One Last Vacation Opportunity of the Year, Compliments of Fall

fall-foliageImagining a fall foliage vacation is hard to conceive these days. Tropical disturbances seem to form every other day, serving as constant reminders that tropical weather is still alive and well. However, fall is just around the corner, and for some regions of the country, the emergence of beautiful foliage is especially breath-taking. Schedule a last minute vacation to one of these exquisite fall locations.

New York State is known for its picturesque fall days. Catskills, New York is especially scenic during the fall months. Commonly known as “America’s First Wilderness,” the Catskills’ region provides plenty of outdoor fun for all age groups with a beautiful natural backdrop. It’s hard to believe that this still, tranquil region is just 100 miles north of the largest city in the United States. When visiting the Catskills region, don’t limit your experience to the comforts of your family sedan. Get out and enjoy the woods. Nature trails are plentiful here and accommodate all levels of fitness. So whether your group prefers to stroll through the woods to gawk at the wildlife or your group prefers a challenging run along with the wilderness, there is something for everyone.  No vacation is complete without delicious and sustainable dining, so be sure to stop by Garden Gate Café before leaving the Catskills region. Contact Garden Gate Café at (518) 943- 1994 for more information.

Canada is known for its generally cold climate, but scheduling a vacation in Eastern Townships, Quebec between mid-September to October will prove to be a memorable experience. The red maple leaf is the star of the show in this region just north of New England.  Much like the aforementioned suggestion for visiting the Catskills region, it is mandatory to abandon your vehicle to experience fall in all its glory. This popular summer tourist region has a number of sustainable options to choose from. One of the most popular ways to see the country side is by horseback. Try out Ranch Winslow, a local horseback riding business specializing in horseback tours for Eastern Townships. Arrange a horseback ride to witness the coming of fall with all its splendor.

The Great Smokey Mountains encapsulate everything to love about the onset of fall. Transformative foliage, wildlife, and endless outdoor activities can all be found along the Great Smokey Mountains. Sugar maples, scarlet oaks, hickories, and other common trees in the region bring forth the shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple that make fall such a magical time of the year. Sustainable living won’t be difficult while vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains. Consider mingling with the locals at the Cork & Bean Wine Bar and Coffee House, serving fair trade coffee with locally and organically grown food choices.

After the hottest summer on record, the return of fall is a welcomed change for everyone. Cherish this time by visiting regions that show the best of the season.

Photo Credit: doortoriver

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