STAY AT ... In autumn many New England inns demand a minimum twonight stay. Book in advance and focus on three bases — North Conway, New Hampshire; Woodstock, Vermont; and Williamstown, Massachusetts. SPLURGE From 1901 to 1902, more than 300 labourers built Robert Paterson a Tudor-style mansion inspired by his mother’s ancestral home in Scotland. Today, only a privileged few occupy the eight rooms, ten suites and three cottages at Blantyre (16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, MA, +1 413 637 3556; blantyre.com). This intensely luxurious Relais & Châteaux property, with sprawling grounds, inventive cuisine, extraordinary wine list and spa, is a romantic autumn hideaway. Rooms from $600. MIDPRICE Choose a storybook Victorian farmhouse set amid Old-style grandeur most spectacular zipline course – the New Hampshire. Settled in 1768, 16 wooded acres and you won’t at McIndoe Falls, Bretton Woods Canopy Tour – an Woodstock is a photographer’s Vermont. have to venture any farther exhilarating way to leaf peep. Less paradise each autumn. Antique than the gracious front adventurous travellers enjoy Conway homes ring the town green. Middle porch for spectacular Scenic Railroad’s nostalgic trips or Covered Bridge is in the heart of Tree foliagescapes. The climbing to New England’s highest the village. And Woodstock has Top view Maple Leaf Inn point aboard an historic marvel, the an unequalled five bells cast at the Months before peaks are (5890 Route 12, Mount Washington Cog Railway. Revolutionary War patriot Paul snow-coated, ski areas fire up Barnard, VT, +1 The Kancamagus Highway, Revere’s foundry: see one near First chairlifts, giving foliage fanatics 802 234 5342; Route 112, cuts a circuitous path Congregational Church’s entrance, mapleleafinn. views of changing hues at multiple from Conway to Lincoln through another behind the Woodstock com) is a gem altitudes. New Hampshire’s New Hampshire’s White Mountain Inn. A quick skip south to Reading, with seven longest sky ride is one of many National Forest. “The Kanc” is and you’ll bump into fellow foliage guest rooms – adventures at Loon widely regarded as New England’s paparazzi at Vermont’s most most with working (loonmtn.com). ultimate fall foliage drive. Although photographed farm, Jenne Farm, fireplaces – and a it is just 55 km-long, its scenic which even appeared in Forrest pillow library to ensure viewing points, hiking trails and Gump. East of Woodstock, Quechee blissful sleep. B&B from $240. landmarks such as Albany Covered Gorge doesn’t quite merit its “Grand BUDGET Want to step Bridge and the Russell Colbath Canyon of the East” nickname, but outside your cosy room on House inspire travellers to make this glacier-carved chasm through a crisp morn and feast your frequent stops. which the Ottauquechee River spills eyes on a view that’s To reach Woodstock, Vermont, is photogenic when riverbanks glow been deemed one of in about two hours, continue on golden and orange. the world’s best from a Route 112 to Route 118 South, then You can reach Williamstown, hotel or inn? Stay at The turn west on Route 4 in Canaan, Massachusetts, in just over two 1785 Inn & Restaurant (3582 White Mountain Highway, s ’ ton Bos ue, North Conway, NH, +1 603 Log rles Cha lt by Irish immigrant 356 9025; the1785inn.com), for AMERICA’S OLDEST BALLPARK ... Bui for Wi-Fi and Yankee hospitality. fenwaypark.com) has been the backdrop beloved Fenway park (+1 617 226 6666; B&B from $99.
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