Un-be-LEAF-able places to view fall foliage near New England inns – Part I

Deerfield Inn wreathWe’re getting closer and closer to prime fall foliage season in Northern parts of DINE country while it’s still summer time in the southern part of New England.  All 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are offering up fabulous fall settings for the perfect New England leaf peeping holiday.  From Maine to Cape Cod and from the Green Mountains of Vermont to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, fall is busting out all over with colorful vistas and welcoming New England inns.  This is a wonderful time to plan a romantic getaway to your favorite DINE inn.

What do you have to look forward to in DINE country this fall?  Plenty of color, welcoming innkeepers, great food and fabulous places to view fall foliage.  Let’s take a look at some of the selfie-worthy fall scenic vistas recommended by DINE innkeepers for leaf peepers in New England this fall.

Mt Battie fall viewTake in the view from atop Mount Battie, Camden, ME

For those staying at the Camden Maine Stay Inn, a trip to the top of Mount Battie will reveal a fabulous view of Camden Harbor and beyond.  This is the place where the mountains meet the sea for fall color ringed in the sparkling blue of Penobscot Bay.  You can enjoy a great hike to the top of Mount Battie or for those who’d rather get up to the top a little faster, the road through Camden Hills State Park allows you to drive to the top of Mount Battie.  Return to the Camden Maine Stay to relax in the beautiful gardens then stroll into town for dinner.

Leaf Zipping near Rabbit Hill Inn, Northeast Kingdom, VT

You might think that leaf peeping will be blurred by the speed of the zipline, but it’s a fabulous way to enjoy Mother Nature’s artistry in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Stay at the Rabbit Hill Inn and you’ll have a number of options for ziplining nearby.  Alpine Adventures Zipline Tours offers the biggest zipline attraction in New England.  With 21 zip-lines on 3 separate courses, you’ll cover almost 3 miles of exhilaration through and above the treetops at heights of up to 250′ above the wooded ground. Innkeeper, Leslie Mulcahy says “Hands down, this is the best way to captures the views of the White Mountains.”.  In addition, take a view of the canopy of the woods on the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, a series of zips and ropes courses located at Bretton Woods Ski Area, just 45 minutes from the inn.  Nearby Mt Washington Valley, NH also offers additional ziplines located within this 27-village region, less than an hour from the Rabbit Hill Inn.

Enjoy a taste of fall Americana at the Norman Rockwell Museum, in the Berkshire Mountains

Fall color on trees at the Norman Rockwell MuseumLocated within an easy drive from the Gateways Inn and Deerfield Inn, the Norman Rockwell Museum captures beautifully captures a taste of Americana throughout all seasons.  What makes this a fabulous fall destination is the view out over the hills from Norman Rockwell’s fabulously restored studio behind the museum. Take the trail down to the river adjacent to the studio and enjoy fabulous fall color the whole way!

Hike up Rattlesnake Mountain for vistas over the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Fall colors, Lakes Region, NHStay at the Manor on Golden Pond and innkeeper, Mary Ellen Shields, will be happy to tell you about her favorite hike to the lookout point atop nearby Rattlesnake Mountain.  Within a short 15 minute drive from the inn, the trail is well marked and well-trodden, easy enough for any hiker’s ability.  From the top, take in views of Squam Lake ringed in fall color and the lakes and ponds that surround it, including Lake Winnipesaukee.  Keep a keen lookout for eagles, they’ve been seen flying there before.  Then head back to the inn for afternoon tea by the fire and a game of chess on the inn’s signature salt and pepper chess board!

Next week we’ll complete the suggestions for an un-be-LEAF-able fall views from the other Distinctive Inns of New England.  Don’t forget to book direct when you make reservations at your favorite DINE inn.

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield.

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic.

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.

Gateways Inn with fall foliage in the background