Top 7 Fall Getaways on the East Coast in 2017

By Bakari Olivetti

While many a region across the U.S. experiences a fine fall season, the real star of the autumn show is the East Coast area. Filled with pride and love for their stunning fall foliage, it's time Midwesterners, West-Coasters, and Southerners got a taste of what fall is like along the eastern edge of the U.S. Let us take you on a jaunt along the East Coast, stopping at all of our un-be-leaf-able glamping sites from which to watch the leaves change colors.

East Coast Maine-ia: Portland

A treehouse near Portland, Maine.

Looking out to the Back River of Maine, you'll love life perched high amongst the trees.

There's nothing like waking up to elevated views of lush woodlands and tranquil waters in secluded Maine. Top it off with a cedar hot tub, and relax the morning and night away. At less than an hour's drive, the city of Portland awaits glampers for the quintessential, New England fall experience. For lovers of the outdoors, there are endless hiking trails and fall foliage coloring nature at every angle. A popular spot toooh and ah over the leaves is Bradbury Mountain State Park.

Don't miss out on stocking up on Bean Boots in Freeport, a nearby town with the original LL Bean factory. All beer, wine, and food enthusiasts can find their niche at the variety of festivals throughout the fall months in Portland. As a seafood capital of the East Coast, fresh lobster, fried clams, and succulent oysters are awaiting your arrival. Let's just say no one will be feeling crabby while visiting Portland.

I Lo-Vermont: Burlington

A two-story tree house near Burlington, Vermont

This two-story tree house will make you wonder if you're living in a fairytale.

Known for beautiful foliage, abundant nature, and Ben & Jerry's, Vermont is your go-to stop this fall. Staying at this tree house will be an unparalleled experience—the handcrafted design includes a wrap-around staircase, large pines holding the floors together, and a panoramic room facing the Green Mountains. Set in the quaint town of Waterbury, there are many local shops to browse and nearby peaks to climb. In many surrounding towns, you will be busy between the harvest festivals, apple picking, corn mazes, and fall foliage.

At just a short drive away, both Ben and Jerry's and Cabot Creamery offer tours to see the products in action. Guests must travel half an hour to Burlington, the most populated city in the state, for beautiful views of Lake Champlain, local restaurants and shops on Church Street Marketplace, and the hopping art and music scene. It's hard to decide which will be sweeter—the pure Vermont maple syrup you'll taste or your time in the Green Mountain state.

Pahk the Cah in Massachusetts: Boston

A cabin on the sea near Boston, Massachusetts

Your family is going to absolutely love this charming cabin and its proximity to the ocean.

Perfect for a family trip on the weekend, this cabin is just steps to the ocean, set in the lovely coastal town of Rockport, Massachusetts. The indoors is simply elegant with a cozy feel and attractive decorations that will put you at ease. Enjoy a crisp morning sipping your coffee on the deck, and later, head to the magnificent city of Boston for the day. On the way, be sure to stop at Salem, a Halloween destination where the norm is to be dressed in spooky costumes while exploring the haunted houses and fall-themed shops.

Known for its crisp weather, rich history, and adoring sports fans, Boston is a perfect place to visit in the fall. Catch a seat (or better yet, a home run ball) at Fenway Park and watch the Red Sox defeat the Yankees. Or, walk along the Freedom Trail while viewing fall foliage, eat at restaurants near Faneuil Hall, or shop on Newbury Street.

Pennsyl in your Trip: Lancaster

An A-frame couples' cabin near Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The angled ceiling walls add to this cabin's cozy and romantic feel in every room.

Set on 10 acres of woodlands, this unique cabin will be the perfect place for a couple to stay this autumn. With a soaking tub and fireplace inside and a light-up hot tub and chimenea outside, there is no doubt you'll give this cabin an A(-frame)+. Just a bit north is Lancaster, a city that truly comes to life when fall arrives. Annual harvest festivals and Halloween celebrations fill up the fall months to keep everyone in the spirit.

Savor the taste of local products from the farmers' markets, take a ghost tour through the streets, or experience a truly core fall activity—apple picking. Fresh cider, warm cider donuts, and crisp, just-picked Macintosh apples are just the beginning of what can be found at the numerous apple orchards. What won't be found? Anyone having a rotten time in Lancaster.

Do you have it in ya to go to Virginia?: Blue Ridge Mountains

A rural cabin near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

This countryside cabin will be all you need to relax and take in the sites of fall.

Every piece of this cabin speaks fall—from the warm color scheme to the forest-themed bedding and furniture and wooden accents in each room. The screened-in porch provides a relaxing space to sit back and enjoy the lush surrounding forest. Tucked just north of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is the ideal location for fall activities.

You can hike trails surrounded by colorful trees, taste your way through the vineyards and wineries of the area, or visit the annual food, sport, and beer festivals. With over 400 miles of breathtaking sights, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway provides hours of fall foliage viewing. After seeing such beautiful leaves, you'll stick to the area and won't want to branch out to see another place.

North Caro-lie-in-a Bed near: Asheville

An elevated cabin in the woodlands near Asheville, North Carolina

At this eco-friendly cabin you can see all the forest views–from the porch, deck, and hammock.

Imagine wooden furnishing, tree-themed decor, and quaint accents in each room. This elevated cabin is completely immersed in the forest, making you double take the log beams. No, you're not in a tree—you're just one with nature. Just a bit south, you'll reach the fall destination of Asheville. Known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, autumn adds more of a reason for visitors to fall for the city. With its locally-sourced restaurants and over 15 farmers' markets, you will be tasting the fall harvest at every stop.

Situated near several national forests, Asheville is an easy drive to both the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you want to hike one mile or 10, there is a peak for you with lovely views of the foliage. The sounds of the wind sweeping past your ears won't be the only thing you'll hear. Prepare for the many music festivals lining the streets and, hey, next thing you know, you may be bopping down the sidewalk.

Georgia on my Mind: Savannah

A homey cabin on Saint Simons Island near Savannah, Georgia

Take advantage of this homey cabin while you can because you'll be missing it once you leave.

Wake up to beautiful river views just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean on Saint Simons Island. You may wake up thinking you're on a summer getaway at the beach until you remember the hype Savannah has during the autumn months—at times being called the most haunted city in America. Just a bit north in Savannah, you can go on one of the many ghost tours and explore the tales that surround the houses, squares, hotels, and restaurants that date back centuries. Vacationing families are long gone so the city won't be swarming with crowds. You can wander the graveyards, dine at Southern-fried restaurants, or attend a show at one of the many theaters.


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