Autumn is a beautiful time of year with lots of things to do and plenty of memories to make. With trees changing color for a beautiful backdrop, apples to be picked for a fun family day, the crisp air with the warm sunshine, it’s a great time to grab some cider, take in the beautiful changing landscape, and enjoy a wonderful fall holiday before the chill of winter sets in.
And, as with any season, fall has its hallmark festivals and celebrations, and many of them are worth checking out over and over. Here are some of the top fall events and suggestions on great hotels in the area:
Foliage in New England
One of the most beautiful parts about the fall season is the changing landscape, thanks mainly to the transition of colors as trees change from green to red, yellow, and orange. While this beautiful phenomenon takes place around the globe, some of the most stunning fall foliage can be found in New England, namely Vermont and Connecticut. Nestled in the Green Mountains, Vermont’s brilliant colors of fall paint a bronze landscape, and the parklands of Connecticut make for great camping or day trips from New York City.
Vermont hotels for fall foliage include the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, a beautiful hilltop compound that lends stunning views, wonderful accommodations, and lots of fun fall activities. Other great hotels in Vermont include the Rabbit Hill Inn, a B&B in Lower Waterford, and the Mountain Meadows Lodge near a ski resort in Killington.
Further south and perfect for day trips from Boston or New York, Connecticut also offers wonderful accommodations for fall foliage, including Winvian, a group of individual, uniquely-decorated cottages in Morris. Other great Connecticut hotel options are the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington and the Best Western Regent Inn.
One of the most hyped fall events is Oktoberfest, a near two-week annual beer festival in Munich, Germany. Don your lederhosen and grab your stein—it’s going to be an amazing celebration of beer tastings and fun.
The quaint yet swanky Hotel Seibel is a fantastic Munich hotel for Oktoberfest—it’s actually one of the closest hotels you’ll find to the Oktoberfest site. Other nice options include Meininger Hotel, which is great for those on a budget, and the Four Points by Sheridan, which is a good choice for those looking for a familiar hotel setting.
Many cities around the world can be scary on a daily basis, but some step it to celebrate Halloween. Particularly in the United States, people dress up on October 31 and take part in spooky spectacles, including haunted houses, costume balls, and ghost tours. Two must-visit Halloween cities are Salem, Massachusetts, and New York City. Salem, famous for its witch trails in the late 1600s, Salem is the self-proclaimed Witch City, and every October, Haunted Happenings takes place across the town. Then there is the West Village Halloween Parade in New York City, when the entire neighborhood is overtaken by a mass of people dressed to the nines in original, elaborate, and truly unique costumes.
Halloween hotels in Salem include the Hawthorne Hotel and the Salem Inn—both of which are said to be haunted, in addition to the Morning Glory B&B. Hotels in New York City for Halloween include the Washington Square Hotel, the W Union Square, and The Standard along the Hudson River.
Guy Fawkes Night
Every November 5 across Great Britain, you’ll be able to see some spectacular fireworks shows as well as some impressive bonfires as the country celebrates Guy Fawkes Night. An occasion to commemorate the failed assassination attempt on King James I, the annual bonfires and pyrotechnics continue to fulfill the original order in 1605 to celebrate the king’s survival.
To get amazing views of the Guy Fawkes Night celebrations, head to London hotels near the Thames River. Some nice hotels in London with views of the river include London Hotel Marriott County Hall, the Wyndham Grand, and The Savoy.
One of the biggest holidays in the United States is one that celebrates the coming together of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans in a meal that became known as Thanksgiving. On the last Thursday in November, Americans get together with friends and family to give thanks for the things in their lives and to eat an enormous meal. Two wonderful places to celebrate Thanksgiving are Plymouth, Massachusetts, and New York City. It was in Plymouth that the Pilgrims first settled and where the first Thanksgiving took place, and to this day, Thanksgiving there starts out with a reenactment. Further south in New York City, Thanksgiving Day starts out with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring enormous balloons that wind their way through Manhattan.
Plymouth hotels include the Best Western Plus Cold Spring and the John Carver Inn and Spa. Meanwhile, great New York hotels on Thanksgiving include Hotel Pennsylvania, which is right around the corner from the finish line of the parade; the Mandarin Oriental, a swanky spot in the Time Warner Center at the south west corner of Central Park; and the Residence Inn on 6th Avenue just south of Bryant Park. But keep in mind that these hotels fill up very quickly during the holidays, and as a result, prices can sometimes triple. As a result, you should book in advance to make sure you find a great deal on your NYC hotel.
Plymouth hotels include the Best Western Plus Cold Spring and the John Carver Inn and Spa. Meanwhile, budget friendly hotels in New York on Thanksgiving include Hotel Pennsylvania, which is right around the corner from the parade finish line in Herald Square.