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Best places to see Fall Colors

Best places to see Fall Colors

Fall is right around the corner! While in some parts of the world it may currently feel like Fall is nowhere in sight, in reality, it is only a month away. When most people think of Fall, they think of all things cozy. We are talking pumpkin spice flavored and scented everything, fashionable scarves, breaking out new sweaters, pumpkin patches, comfy leggings, boots, and of course, the beauty of changing leaf colors. With so much changing in the world, a Fall trip may be just what the doctor ordered. Spending time outside and watching the leaves change is the perfect way to get out of the house, while still staying safe. While viewing the changing leaf colors is an amazing experience no matter where you are, there are some cities that offer a more magical experience than others.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, SC is hands down known for its charm and history. From casual strolls down Rainbow Row and tours of the Boone Hall Plantation to tasty bites and creative cocktails along King Street, there is no shortage of experiences when visiting Charleston in the Fall. In some ways , a trip to Charleston may make you feel like you have taken a step back in time. The slower paced way of life, close knit community, and overall beauty of the city will have you feeling like you are in a dream.

Where To Stay:

The Belmond is one of the best hotels in Charleston, SC. Located in the middle of the historic district, The Belmond is walking distance to all major attractions and is the perfect home base for any traveler looking to explore the city. From beautifully decorated rooms and suites to the spa, health club, and pool with retractable roof, you cannot go wrong with a stay at The Belmond. 

Where To See The Leaves Change:

Charleston is one of the best places to watch the leaves change colors. While tourists can see some bursts of color in October, the best time to view the changing colors is between the end of October and early November. Simply walking around town will be enough to get a peak at the beautiful fall colors. 

Where To Eat:

Frannie and The Fox: This is a new restaurant known for its wood-fired cuisine. Fresh local ingredients with Southern infusions has made this restaurant a hit among locals. 

The Darling Oyster Bar: Known for being one of the most beautiful restaurants in Charleston, The Darling Oyster Bar is a must visit during your trip. Located in the middle of King Street, this restaurant offers over the top Bloody Marys and oysters galore. 

Magnolias: Magnolias is a classic in Charleston. The menu offers elevated Southern food that would make anyone’s mouth water. Located in the middle of the French Quarter, this is the perfect place for a classic southern dinner.

What To Do:

King Street: King Street is filled with restaurants and shops galore. It is the city’s main drag and there is never a shortage of things to do or people watching in this part of Charleston. 

Boone Hall Plantation: The Boone Hall Plantation is a famous historic site in Charleston. It is one of America’s oldest working plantations and is filled with history from which the whole family can learn.

First Friday On Broad: If you happen to be in Charleston on the first Friday of the month, head over to Broad Street. From 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM people are welcome to browse the various art galleries and sip on wine while enjoying the company.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is a ski resort town known for its high end restaurants and boutiques. As a town surrounded by nature and beauty, there is no wonder it is sited as one of the best places to see Fall leaves change colors. When the leaves change from green to golden, it leaves a beautiful landscape for viewing, hiking, and enjoying outdoor activities.

Where To Stay:

Hotel Jerome is by far the best place to stay on a trip to Aspen, CO. As a modern landmark since 1889, Hotel Jerome is the epitome of all things Aspen. From spacious rooms to activities galore, you cannot go wrong staying at this hotel. 

Where To See The Leaves Change:

The best time to see the leaves change colors in Aspen is between mid-September and early October. While it is a bit of a trek to get to, Maroon Bells is the most ideal place to see the beautiful golden leaves. The twin peaks create a picturesque display of the Fall colors.

Where To Eat:

Steakhouse No 316: This is a quintessential steakhouse with dark rooms, stiff drinks, and big steaks. If you feel like a hearty meal after exploring Aspen for the day, this is your place.

Jimmy’s: Casual fine dinning is the best way to describe Jimmy’s. Upscale American food, unique cocktails, and a fun and lively atmosphere make Jimmy’s a must visit during your trip to Aspen.

What To Do:

J-Bar: Located in Hotel Jerome, J-Bar is a must visit, even if only for a drink. A lively atmosphere and bartenders that have stories for days will have you feeling like you never need to leave the hotel.

Hiking: There is no better place to go hiking than the miles and miles of trails in Aspen. Whether you are looking for a mellow stroll or a strenuous climb, Aspen has it all. 

Lost Forest: The Lost Forest is one of Aspen’s newest features. With unique physical challenges that include everything from zip lining to a ropes course, this outdoor adventure will have guests testing their physical abilities every step of the way.


Napa, California

         Napa is home to wine tasting and good food galore. From the expansive vineyards to Michelin rated restaurants, there is no shortage of amazing experiences available in Napa. Napa is also a great place to see the leaves change in California.


Where To Stay:

            Auberge Du Soleil is the best place to stay in Napa, CA. The resort offers top of the line everything, from breathtaking views and luxurious guest rooms to unique culinary experiences. Located right smack dab in the middle of Napa, Auberge Du Soleil acts as the perfect home base whether guests are looking to visit St. Helena, or the entrance to Napa.


Where To See The Leaves Change:

            The best place to see the leaves change in Napa is Napa Valley State Park or any of the vineyards. Napa Valley State Park is located just south of Calistoga and is home to big leaf maples that turn a golden yellow color in the Fall. Climbing to the top of Coyote Peak gives guests a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous forest. In addition, many vineyards are lined with beautiful trees that turn color in the Fall months as well.


Where To Eat:

The French Laundry: The French Laundry is one of the most famous restaurants in California. Chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant boasts three Michelin stars and is nothing short of a one of a kind experience. Most seatings for French Laundry require a booking 2-4 months in advance and available tables are released the first day of every odd numbered month. Sometimes, you can get lucky and snag a seat last minute so be sure to be on the lookout.


The Restaurant at Auberge: One of the reasons to stay at Auberge Du Soleil is The Restaurant. Earning 13 consecutive Michelin awards, The Restaurant offers guests mediterranean inspired cuisine with a 15,000 bottle cellar, and views overlooking the vineyard.


Bistro Jeanty: Bistro Jeanty combines French food with a casual vibe. After a long day of wine tasting, Bistro Jeanty offers the perfect food and setting for relaxing before a good night’s sleep. While everything on the menu is phenomenal, the puff pastry tomato soup is an absolute must, and signature of the restaurant.


What To Do:


Wine Tasting: The number one thing to do in Napa is wine tasting. There are more vineyards than you would ever be able to visit in one trip. So, doing your research before is highly recommended. A couple fan favorites include Domaine Carneros (most regal grounds), Sterling Vineyards (aerial tram), V. Sattui (great for families) and Caymus (amazing wine).

Visit Oxbow Public Market: This is a great place to pass the time while enjoying good bites and boutique shopping. At Oxbow Public Market, you’ll find everything from fresh oysters to burgers to bulk spice shops.

Hot Air Balloon: Another great way to see the beautiful changing leaves is through a hot air balloon ride. This gives an aerial view of the vineyards, and is amazing experience on its own.

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