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Do cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the memories of summer vacation have you full of wanderlust for your next getaway? With colorful foliage, seasonal flavors, and 11 regions to explore in New York State, fall is the perfect time to enjoy a weekend retreat. Whether the mountains call, the rivers beckon, or rolling fields entice, round up your travel companions, pack your coziest sweaters, and enjoy an intimate autumn escape before the snow flies!
Remember to social distance and wear a mask as required by state guidelines. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available.
Hotel Kinsley (Hudson Valley)
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Picture this: you spend the day strolling through apple orchards breathing in the heavenly scent of ripe apples and picking a basketful to take home. Maybe you've stopped at Kingston’s Half Moon Books to peruse the shelves looking for a classic tale. Found one? Good, now head to Hotel Kinsley and curl up with your book and a hand-crafted cocktail from the hotel's wood-paneled bar. Hotel Kinsley is located in a restored 19th-century New York State Bank building in the Stockade district of Kingston. Spend the evening getting lost in a gothic tale, or hit the town for dinner at the Hoffman House.
The DeBruce (Catskills)
Listen to the autumnal crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet as you explore acres of easily accessible, private land around the DeBruce in Livingston Manor. Situated on a ledge overlooking the Willowemoc Valley, the DeBruce is a cozy retreat that zeroes in on the simple pleasures of a walk by the river, a sumptuous culinary experience, and the bone-deep desire to curl up by the fireplace and relax. Taste the flavors of the Catskills at a chef-prepared dinner by Executive Chef Eric Leveillee and his team (reservations required). Creative, locally sourced, and bountiful, multiple course dinners are prepared to a seasonal theme. Dinner starts in the “jewel box” dining room where a wood-burning stove creates a cozy atmosphere and the sunset over the mountains and valley offers nature’s finest show. After dinner, sit back and relax in front of a fire in the DeBruce’s fieldstone fireplace made with stones from the Willowemoc River.
The Wick Hotel (Hudson Valley)
If you’re interested in discovering local, independently owned shops featuring affordable artwork, seasonal culinary creations, and craft beverages, Hudson is the place to be! The Wick Hotel is in the heart of this creative town’s renaissance. Put your feet up in your modern-meets-vintage hotel room or indulge in various small plates and charcuterie boards at the Wick Restaurant and Lobby Bar. Traveling via train? The Wick Hotel is a very short walk to the Amtrak station, making this an ideal location for a quick escape.
Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast (Long Island)
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Looking for a romantic getaway? Feel like you’ve ventured to Italy in the Tuscan Villa or Suite at Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast in Cutchogue on Long Island’s North Fork. Each morning, share a freshly made breakfast with your sweetheart on your private patio or balcony overlooking the vineyards. Wander through the vineyards to the new, on-site, eco-friendly tasting house for a complimentary tasting of Sannino’s locally produced wine and a complimentary cheese platter. The tasting house was built using environmentally efficient materials, aligning with the vineyard’s sustainability practices. Sip a glass of wine as you watch the sunset over the vineyards from your sumptuously appointed room.
The William Vale (New York City)
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If coffee on your own balcony overlooking the city that never sleeps in the morning and cocktails at a rooftop bar at sunset sound like your kind of cozy, then the William Vale in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn is your kind of place. This bold-yet-intimate boutique hotel excels at making each guest experience feel special. Indoor spaces feature artwork by artists from Brooklyn and beyond and outdoor spaces provide little pops of seclusion amid the urban landscape. The Beer Garden on Vale Terrace features murals from local artists, as well as craft beer from Brooklyn’s most celebrated breweries. Don’t miss dinner at the William Vale’s culinary concept, Leuca, featuring Southern Italian cuisine from celebrated NYC chef Andrew Carmellini. Bonus: In the winter, skate the skyline at their rooftop ice skating rink!
1000 Islands Harbor Hotel (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
Wake to a panoramic view of the rolling St. Lawrence River from your well-appointed suite when you get away to the charming, pedestrian-friendly village of Clayton in the Thousand Islands Region this fall. Clayton sits on a peninsula surrounded by the river, creating a coastal feel that permeates through the downtown’s shops, art galleries, waterfront restaurants, and museums. Take a boat tour to the region’s two castles, Singer Castle and Boldt Castle, enjoy a show at the Clayton Opera House, and settle in for a cozy dinner at the Seaway Grille at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Grab a few bottles of wine from local vineyards, such as Coyote Moon Vineyards or Thousand Islands Winery, and enjoy a glass as you watch one of the Thousand Islands’ legendary sunsets.
Aurora Inn (Finger Lakes)
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In the heart of the Finger Lakes, the Aurora Inn offers a nostalgic retreat for grown-ups. Join in organized activities, including lawn or indoor board games, grab a chair for lakeside bonfires, take a walking tour, and perfect your skills at cooking classes offered by the inn. A trip to the Finger Lakes wouldn’t be complete without wine! Guests enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at happy hour, then sit down to an exquisite meal without leaving the property at 1833 Kitchen & Bar (reservations required). Named in honor of the year the Inn was built, one taste of Executive Chef Eric Lamphere’s Ricotta Gnudi Puttanesca will leave you wanting more. The Inns of Aurora offer four additional stately properties for fall escapes: E.B. Morgan House (pictured), Rowland House, Zabriskie House, and Wallcourt Hall. Find your place and enjoy a cozy escape this fall.
The Inn at 28 (Chautauqua-Allegheny)
Do country explorations and historic settings excite you? Venture to the Inn at 28 in Cuba to find a wonderful gem of a fall escape! Wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and homemade breakfast each morning. Spend your day breathing in the crisp air and leaf peeping on a hike at the nearby Letchworth State Park—known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Relax in the afternoon lounging by the fireplace with a coffee or freshly baked treat. Do you have a dog you just can’t leave behind? Not a problem! The Inn at 28 is dog-friendly. Finish your day trying Irish favorites at the Old Grey Hound pub on-site.
The Adelphi Hotel (Capital-Saratoga)
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Walk through the picturesque downtown Saratoga Springs, stopping at local shops and distinct restaurants, before arriving at the historic Adelphi Hotel. Renovated in 2017 to showcase its timeless beauty through a modern lens, the Adelphi Hotel isn’t just a hotel, it’s a must-experience destination. Forget your worries as you put on your soft robe and warm slippers and relax in ultimate luxury. Rooms feature deep bathtubs, heated everything, and luxurious touches like the hotel’s signature lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. As the sun begins to set, enjoy seasonal cocktails at Morrissey’s Lounge before heading out to dinner. Local to the Saratoga Springs region? Take advantage of the Adelphi Hotel’s discounted rates for those who reside within a 50-mile radius of the hotel to have a well-earned staycation this fall.
Brewster Inn (Central New York)
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Are you dreaming of a quiet lakeside escape before the snow falls? Head to the noteworthy Brewster Inn on Cazenovia Lake. Wake up each morning to fresh breakfast before taking on a day of fall activities. Navigate through a corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, and sample sweet apple cider at Critz Farms. Later in the day, relax along the lake with a glass of wine, or share a bottle from Cazenovia Inn’s award-winning, climate-controlled wine cellar. Consider yourself a “foodie?” Try Brewster Inn’s beautifully prepared dishes such as grilled filet mignon, apricot-almond-encrusted salmon, and spicey tomato cream rigatoni—all made from scratch.
Dartbrook Lodge (Adirondacks)
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Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains and surrounded by lakes, the Dartbrook Lodge is the perfect place for hiking and paddling among vibrant fall foliage and experiencing all those cozy fall feels. With unlimited seasonal outdoor activities, you’ll find adventure at every turn. After making your way through forested trails or over serene waters, get comfortable in your private cabin featuring natural wood furnishings similar to those in traditional Adirondack Great Camps. You can even bring the cozy Adirondacks feel home with you with a visit to nearby Dartbrook Rustic Goods, where you’ll find an array of handcrafted furniture and lifestyle goods. End a quintessential Adirondack day trying locally and internationally inspired dishes at Baxter Mountain Tavern in Keene.