The arrival of autumn comes with colorful foliage, cooler air and all of the seasonally inspired flavors. Here are some perfect escapes that make the most of fall:
A stay at Charlottesville’s Graduate Hotel rekindles memories of your college years and makes for a perfect fall getaway for a weekend. Located within the lively seven-block stretch of The Corner and across from the University of Virginia campus, the hotel has a unique boutique atmosphere, two on-site restaurants and a rooftop view of the town.
Fall might just be the best time to visit Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley, as the mountains offer all the views of the leaves changing color. The college town of Harrisonburg is full of local flavor and character; the homegrown movement flourishes at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, and there’s an exquisite selection of restaurants with seasonally inspired menus that go well with locally made craft beer and wine.
Steeped in history and natural beauty, Leesburg is a true Northern Virginia retreat. Leesburg’s Lansdowne Resort provides for a relaxing stay with its luxurious rooms and spa, delicious eats such as locally sourced oysters paired with the region’s wine and access to hiking trails along the Potomac River and Morven Park.
Loudoun County sets the scene for autumn in the rolling piedmont, with country stores, pumpkins, local apple cider, shops with seasonal goods and small towns with lots of charm. Take in some rich Virginia history and culture with fall events tied to the fox, hound, horse and hunt.
The Outer Banks has a reputation as a summer destination, but the fun and festivities continue well into the fall with a season slated with local events. October’s Duck Jazz Festival kicks off with jazz bands and swing music, while November’s Outer Banks Marathon Weekend celebrates family and fitness with runs along the coast.
Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains sprawls across 12,000 acres with gorgeous scenery, spacious and comfortable rooms and lavish dining. Plus, Primland has a long list of outdoor activities such as guided hunting and fishing trips, sporting clays, tennis, golf and hiking trails.