09/25/2012 07:27 am ET Updated Nov 25, 2012

Leaf Peeping From The Porch (PHOTOS)

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.

10 Inns With Prime Fall Foliage Viewing