09/10/2010 11:58 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Best Hotels to Stay in While Leaf Peeping

There's something about fall that brings out the best in travelers. It's hard not to enjoy hayrides and ghost tours; pumpkin patches and apple picking; hot cider and hot toddies. Autumn means cozying up near the fireplace, breaking out the warm scarves and gloves, and of course, fall foliage.

From mid-September to early-November, nature knows no limits to the colors it bears. Reds, purples, golds and greens blend harmoniously to provide a backdrop worthy of postcard potential. From the tip of Maine to the Virgina mountains, the New England and mid-Atlantic states offer spectacular leaf-peeping opportunities for the nature lover. Every year, people flock to these areas to catch a glimpse of Mother Nature's splendor. But where to stay?

Whether you're into witches or just want to spend a lazy day in the warm springs, we've come up with the best hotels for fall foliage.

Melanie Nayer's Picks For Best Places To Stay For Leaf-Peeping