The Complete Guide to a Perfectly Shot Fall Getaway
Not to kick things off when starting a fight, but summer is the most overrated time to travel.
This is the most obvious. It is often the busiest. Yes, it’s hot and sunny, but if you only travel during the summer, you’d be wrong.
Cue Fall, the most underrated travel season of the year.
Mosquitoes? Faded away. Sweaters? At. The list of reasons why an elite travel period is stacked. In the travel industry, fall is the “shoulder season,” a gap between the much busier summer and the holidays.
There isn’t just one way to take a fall trip. But there is a way to abuse a fall getaway, and that’s by skipping the clichés. The road to fall bliss is littered with traditional touches. Don’t avoid them; life is hard enough like that without trying to be cool all the time.
Embrace the classics and take a proven fall trip the Hallmark chain would be proud of. Here’s how to plan one.
DON’T FOLLOW THE CROWD
Just because fall is less busy than summer doesn’t mean that no one is traveling. Some destinations flock to visitors in leaf viewing season.
Salem, Mass., For example, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each October. (Last year they asked people to stay away for safety reasons in the event of a pandemic). Many luxury lodges in oases of fall foliage fill up months in advance.
When choosing your fall destination, you may want to think outside of the places where you are sure to encounter overtourism and traffic. Think of small towns, rural vacation rentals, and remote campsites that aren’t crowded.
PUT YOU AT EASE
The word comfortable may be cringe-worthy, but the experience of becoming comfortable is not. While summer vacation is all about the ocean breeze, mojitos, and sizzling in the sun, fall vacation is the opposite. It’s about curling up by a fire, curling up on a sofa with a book, or layering knit clothes under down jackets for walking around.
Keep in mind that you are choosing where to stay. The guest rooms are particularly suited to the untranslatable Danish concept of hygge. They are also good at avoiding hordes of strangers as they are small and often silent.
Other contenders for comfortable accommodation include cabins, yurts, cottages, and cabins. Bonus points if you have access to a fireplace.
LOOK FOR SEASONAL DELIGHTS
It is scientifically proven (please don’t check this) that certain foods taste better in the fall – apple cider donuts, plain old apple cider, moon cakes, Oktoberfest beer and the meat bratwurst to go with it. .
Plan your trip taking inspiration from the best that fall has to offer, whether it’s heading to specific food or drink destinations (maybe your favorite bakery, brewery, cellar, cider house, or distillery) or to find delicious pit stops along the way.
The main locations for doing either are the farms. Think of orchards where you can pick apples or pumpkin patches where you can … pick pumpkins. Sometimes it’s just an empty field where a guy has arranged a bunch of hay bales to look around the room. These places usually sell the treats you are looking for in the fall.
TRY CAMPING (OR GLAMPING)
Between all the weddings you’ve reluctantly agreed to attend and the holiday festivities, make the most of the most charming time of year by sleeping outside. You can use this fall foliage prediction map to know when the colors will be most vivid in the area you’re camping to create an even more beautiful setting (or even better Instagram photos).
Of course, camping is not for everyone. You don’t have to force it. If you have the means to do it, opt for the “glamp” instead.
There are ultra high end options that look like luxury safari adventures but in the United States (see: Group Retreats). There are also more reasonable options that should cost you about as much as a night in a hotel room; Hipcamp, Campspot, and Glamping.com are good places to start your research.
Go with friends. Go it alone. Just go enjoy the great outdoors shortly before it gets so cold you get stuck inside wishing it was summer again so you could go on a beach vacation.