With budget-friendly hotel rates and crowds at a minimum, fall is the perfect time to travel.
Take advantage of this "shoulder season" and get out the door to rekindle romance, find your next adventure or just visit somewhere new.
Check into these fabulous hotels in some of fall's most beautiful destinations and check some items off your bucket list along the way:
Santa Fe aptly calls itself “The City Different”. This seemingly sleepy New Mexico town set at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is anything but a ghost town. Its vibrant with art galleries, world-renowned spas and restaurants, and history that takes you back 400 years. It’s the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and rediscover the history of the American southwest. Where to Stay: The Inn and Spa at Loretto, from $188/night on Orbitz.com in early November.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto
While a visit to California is top of the list for many wine lovers, Virginia certainly holds its own with nearly 200 wineries to explore. Named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2012, the stunning autumn colors make fall a prime time to visit. With many wineries just driving distance from Washington, D.C., the proximity of this beautiful area also affords travelers easy access via the metro area airports. Where to Stay: Boar’s Head Inn, from $160/night on Orbitz.com in early November.
Boar's Head Inn
If a trip to France won’t fit into your travel budget this year, take a weekend to escape to Quebec City. This French-speaking city of bistros and boutiques strewn through quaint alleyways makes for the perfect romantic respite without the European price tag. And you’ll feel every bit like you’ve spent the weekend strolling around a Parisian neighborhood. Where to Stay: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, from $203/night on Orbitz.com in early November.
Fairmont's Le Chateau Frontenac
History, romance and southern hospitality come together to make Savannah an ideal fall weekend escape. From sipping sweet tea at a sidewalk café’ to taking a walking tour of the city’s dramatic architecture of centuries past, whatever your speed is you can enjoy it here. This friendly Georgia gem might not be hidden, but it maintains a charm and laid-back luxury that makes it a must-stop for any traveler. Where to Stay: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, from $174/night on Orbitz.com in early November.
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
If you hurry, you may be able to catch some of the beautiful colors of the Aspen trees, but for certain you’ll be able to take advantage of amazing savings before the ski resorts open in this iconic mountain town. Right now, hotels are 54% cheaper than during the ski season, and fall is arguably the quietest time to visit, so you’ll have your pick of the best hotels and no trouble getting reservations at the most romantic restaurants. Not to mention, hiking some of the most scenic trails in the country. Where to Stay: Sky Hotel – a Kimpton Hotel, from $198/night on Orbitz.com in early November.
Sky Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel