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Leaf Peeping From The Porch (PHOTOS)

Posted: 09/25/2012 7:00 am

You know it's coming, but every year it still feels like a colorful surprise. As you walk outside your door, you're stopped in your tracks by an explosion of brilliant auburns, tangerines and golds. It seems so sudden yet it's been happening slowly and subtly right before your eyes.

The fall foliage, seasonally speaking, is a rite of passage; and, so is throwing on a chunky sweater, strapping on your boots, packing up the camera and heading out on a fall foliage getaway. While driving, hiking and biking are great ways to peep a leaf, sometimes it's best to stay seated.

Some bed and breakfasts not only present opportunities to explore and photograph the fall foliage, but also provide breathtaking vistas right from the inn's porch or the privacy of your room's deck and Jacuzzi tub. So, while others are climbing mountainous trails or driving down winding roads, you can sit back, relax and soak in fall's finest hues from the best seat in the house.

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  • Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa, Sautee Nacoochee, GA

    Sitting atop a mountain does have its advantages. <a href="" target="_hplink">Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa</a> has 10 rooms and boasts 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Admire the canopy of color from a rocker on the wide deck before taking in a game of badminton or croquet on the lawn with the foliage as your scenic backdrop.

  • Wildberry Lodge, Leicester, NC

    Situated on 45 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, the rustic <a href="" target="_hplink">Wildberry Lodge</a> is only a short drive from downtown Asheville. You can step out onto their sundeck or flagstone patio to admire the foliage or soak up the views from the private porch off the Blackberry Suite.

  • Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs, AR

    Indulge in deep relaxation at the <a href="" target="_hplink">Lookout Point Lakeside Inn</a> which is surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and overlooks placid Lake Hamilton. Enjoy your morning coffee and the foliage view from your private deck before taking a walk along the labyrinth waterfront trail.

  • ECCE Bed & Breakfast, Barryville, NY

    You can thank the inn’s location on a bluff 300 feet above the Upper Delaware River for the spectacular panoramic views of the Pennsylvania and New York mountain ranges. Savor your morning meal on one of <a href="" target="_hplink">ECCE Bed & Breakfast</a>’s porches overlooking the river valley while admiring the reds, oranges and yellows.

  • The Swag Country Inn, Waynesville, NC

    Finding the foliage won’t be a problem at <a href="" target="_hplink">The Swag Country Inn</a>. With a vantage point to four of North Carolina’s highest mountain ranges, you can sit back on the front porch and admire the sweeping views before savoring a romantic, gourmet picnic by the meadow.

  • Bear Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Bethlehem, NH

    Attention outdoor enthusiasts: This 9-room rustic retreat on 26-wooded acres of New Hampshire’s White Mountains was made just for you. Head out for a day of ziplining, hiking or white water rafting before relaxing on <a href="" target="_hplink">Bear Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast</a>’s wraparound deck surrounded by foliage-covered hills.

  • Cloverdale, St. Andrews, MB

    Experience rustic elegance at this 3-room handmade log home located in a peaceful country setting outside of Winnipeg. Unwind on <a href="" target="_hplink">Cloverdale</a>’s charming front porch with a warm cup of coffee while admiring the autumn foliage and the local wildlife.

  • Run of the River Inn and Refuge, Leavenworth, WA

    This 7-room inn rests on Icicle River’s high water channel and is partially surrounded by the Washington Department of Wildlife bird refuge. You can choose to view the fall colors from a seat on your suite’s private deck and <a href="" target="_hplink">Run of the River Inn and Refuge</a>’s porch or take a hike using their complimentary outdoor gear.

  • Cameron’s Crag Bed & Breakfast, Hollister, MO

    Sitting atop a bluff overlooking Lake Taneycomo and the Branson skyline, <a href="" target="_hplink">Cameron’s Crag Bed & Breakfast </a>offers an exceptional vantage point to view the bright oranges and radiant reds of the changing foliage. Take a soothing soak in your suite’s hot tub located on your private wrap-around deck surrounded by fall's stunning hues.

  • Berry Springs Lodge, Sevierville, TN

    Spark the romantic flame at the secluded <a href="" target="_hplink">Berry Springs Lodge</a> nestled at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. You can cozy up on the inn’s rustic deck while taking in the brilliant reds and golds by the light of the setting sun, and then escape the evening chill as you warm up next to the camp fire.


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