Kick off the fall season with these five weekend trips from New York City!
The Catskills, New York
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The fall is when the Catskills region of New York state really shines. As the leaves start to turn, and the air turns crisp, local vegetable stands overflow with fall’s bounty. The Catskills are known for their apple orchards, and Wright’s Farm welcomes travelers to pick their own apples and even have a picnic or barbecue among the fields. There are also seasonal festivals, like the Shandelee Arts & Crafts Fair in Livingston, the Pottery Festival in Jeffersonville and the Woodstock Film Festival. Ninety miles from the city, the Victorian Castle-style Mohonk Mountain House is offering fall foliage-seeking guests a “Leaf Peeper” package for a midweek stay that includes three meals, most resort activities, a special gift, a list of “you pick” farms and a 20 percent savings on select spa, greenhouse and gift shop items.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Beach season may be coming to an end, but there’s no end to all of the fall activities in Atlantic City. Take a cue from Boardwalk Empire and hit the famed Atlantic City boardwalk. The first boardwalk ever built, the Atlantic City boardwalk is packed nine of the city’s 12 casino resorts, along with shops and restaurants, amusement piers, museums, monuments and nightly shows. AC is known for its amazing nightlife, and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has been at the forefront of mega-resort entertainment for years. This fall, Borgata will host comedians Kathy Griffin and Jerry Seinfeld, resident DJ Samantha Ronson and rapper Lil’ Jon. Book the “Up All Night,” package which includes accommodations in a Classic Room, dinner for two at Borgata Buffet, two tickets to Borgata’s Comedy Club and two beverages at B-Bar or Gypsy Bar.
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The arts take center stage in Philadelphia this fall. On Oct. 10-18, the ninth annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival shines a spotlight on the creative community across Philadelphia. This year’s theme, EXPERIENCEdesign!, engages festival-goers’ senses with more than 120 events in locales across the city including boutiques, museums, warehouses and public spaces. The 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival will take place Oct. 17-27, showing more than 100 films from around the world. The festival also includes industry panels, post-screening Q&As and special events with filmmakers at venues across the region. Get into the spirit of design by staying at the stylish Hotel Palomar in the historic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Housed in a historic art deco building, Hotel Palomar boasts remarkable architecture and art, as well as a prestigious LEED certification.
The Finger Lakes, New York
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A six-hour drive from New York City, the Finger Lakes region is the farthest destination on our list but we think it’s worth it for one simple reason: wine! With more than 100 wineries and vineyards, the Finger Lakes area is New York’s largest wine producing region. Kick off your own wine tour with a stop at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, which offers tours, hands-on classes and lectures by local and national chefs, and a restaurant featuring foods of New York state. Invest in a chauffeured winery tour (no drinking and driving!) with Finger Lakes Winery Tours, including the Cottage and Wine Tour, which includes accommodation in a two-bedroom cottage adjacent to Canadaigua Lake, six hours of chauffeured transportation to Keuka or Seneca wineries in a sedan, SUV or limo, and 200 feet of shared lake access.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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One of the best ways to see Bucks County during the fall is by car. Bucks County boasts 13 historic covered bridges on scenic back roads, and 10 of the bridges can be viewed via a driving tour. The Mercer Mile is a mile-long cultural driving tour that includes Fonthill Castle, Mercer Museum and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works. The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works is a living-history museum where guests can watch artisans at work, while Fonthill Castle, the former home of artisan Henry Chapman Mercer, houses a large collection of Mercer’s original tiles and prints. Across from Fonthill Castle is the James A. Michener Art Museum, home to one of the finest collections of American Impressionist paintings in the country. For a stay in the heart of Bucks County, try the Black Bass Hotel, a B&B situated along the scenic Delaware River.