Nestled between the Catskills and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown is awash in golden and amber hues of fall foliage. The 103-year-old Otesaga Resort Hotel on Lake Otsego has two restaurants that create meals using local ingredients. Visitors can go apple- and pumpkin-picking at the Middlefield Orchard, enjoy harvest festivals at The Farmers’ Museum, and sip on fall beers at Brewery Ommegang, which is the only Belgian-style brewery in the U.S. (Interesting fact: Cooperstown was once the hops capital of the U.S.).
Beer connoisseurs can raise a pint or two at Brasada Ranch’s Lompoc & 10 Barrel Beer Dinner on Oct. 27. Brewmasters Bryan Keilty of Lompoc Brewing and Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel Brewing Company, craft breweries in Bend and Portland, respectively, are pairing their Oregon beers with a four-course meal prepared by Brasada Ranch’s chef Adrian Carpenter. The $65-dinner at Range Restaurant and Bar at Brasada Ranch, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, includes albacore tuna ceviche with sweet corn sorbet, pickled chanterelles, and aji panca chile gastrique; baby spinach and duck confit salad with soft-cooked farm eggs, roasted red peppers, black currants, and warm pancetta vinaigrette; wood-fired beef rib-eye with olive oil crushed heirloom potatoes and roasted romanesco with bourbon whole-grain jus; and Juniper Grove goat cheesecake with caramel, hazelnut sandies, and farm-fresh berries.
Rates: $199 per night; does not include the Lompoc & 10 Barrel Beer Dinner.
A former artist colony originally built in 1905 by California landscape artist Christian Jorgensen as a gift for his wife, the mansion La Playa Carmel was converted into a hotel in 1916 and is now run by Grossman Company Properties and Classic Hotels & Resorts. The resort’s Wine Walk-by-the-Sea package includes one-night accommodations, a local wine fireside on the evening of your arrival, two Wine Walk-by-the-Sea passports, and a self-guided stroll to seven wine tasting rooms within walking distance of La Playa Carmel to sample local estate-grown still and sparkling wines.
Rates: Package starts at $420 per night.
About an hour drive from New York City, the white clapboard boutique hotel Delamar Southport offers Fall into Flavor afternoons this fall. The hotel serves hot apple cider and freshly baked cookies or cider donuts, and guests can rent bikes and pedal through manicured lawns, beaches, and fall foliage. At nearby Jones Family Farms, visitors can go apple-picking or attend the farm’s first Nutmegger Cheese and Wine Festival, a fundraiser to protect Connecticut's farmland and support childhood nutrition on Sept. 23. The Delamar Southport offers anAutumn Escape package, which includes a two-night stay, a bottle of cabernet from Jones Family Farm vineyards, a charcuterie plate from Artisan, the resort’s farm-to-table restaurant, a list of farms in the surrounding area offering apple-picking, pumpkin-picking, and wine tastings, complimentary breakfast, and parking.
Rates: start at $279 per night; double occupancy.
American Express Travel’s new Insider Escapes features food and wine itineraries built around Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio’s recommendations, including Charleston, S.C. Travelers can enjoy fried seafood platters and Low Country classics at Hank’s Seafood; pick pumpkins at Boone Hall Plantation, and visit North America’s only tea garden, the Charleston Tea Plantation, and learn how to brew up sweet tea vodka at Firefly Distillery.
Located outside the hurricane belt, The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba’s Hurricane Free Escape includes overnight accommodation, daily breakfast for two, and a $74 food and beverage credit, in honor of 74 being the minimum wind speed of a Category 1 hurricane, if it rains for more than three consecutive hours during daylight hours during any day of the trip.
Rates: Starts at $181 per room, per night; valid until Nov. 30 (the end of hurricane season); use rate plan HURRICAN.
The mountain village is known for its fall foliage from early September through late October. Topnotch Resort and Spa offers a Fall for Vermont bed-and-breakfast Special, which includes overnight accommodations, including rooms, suites, and resort homes, American breakfast at Norma's, pre-mapped foliage tours, and a Vermont souvenir.
Rates: Start at $195.
Head to the sugar white beaches and crystal clear waters of Nassau Paradise Island for a seafood feast including crawfish, land crabs, grouper, yellowtail, conch, and red snapper. The One&Only Ocean Club’s Epicurean Escape package includes daily breakfast, one three-course dinner for two at Dune with wine pairing, a rum tasting session, $100 resort credit, and a culinary keepsake.
Rates: Starts at $515 per night, and are based upon a minimum four-night stay; rooms must be booked by Dec. 1, 2012 for travel through Dec. 20, 2012.
Beacon Hill’s Fifteen Beacon features the Only in Autumn package, where guests can see fall foliage and take a private tour of Boston's historic spots, including the North End and Boston Common and Public Gardens. After the tour, visitors are treated to Fifteen Beacon's homemade spiced cider and warm donuts.
Rates: Start at $700 per night.
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa offers scenes of fall foliage, covered bridges, and campfires. Guests can take Segway tours of the foliage at Red Oak Lake and Naugle's Mill with the Segway into Fall Package, which includes two-nights' accommodation, a guided Segway tour, and a picnic lunch at Red Oak Lake.
Rates: Starts at $379 per night; 72-hour advance booking required.
Situated between the mountain ridges of Virginia and West Virginia, the historic The Homestead Resort offers a range of outdoor activities, including horseback-riding, golf, archery, hiking, and off-roading. The resort also offers fall hay rides, nighttime campfires with s'mores, and cinnamon donuts for breakfast.
Rates: Starts at $185 per night.
See the changing colors of aspen trees while sampling food from 75 restaurants in Santa Fe and wine from 90 national wineries at the 22nd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta from Sept. 26 to 30. Pair the visit with a stay at the adobo-style La Posada de Santa Fe, which offers a Wine & Chile Fiesta that includes three nights in a deluxe room, one chocolate chile wrap body treatment per person, chocolate and wine gifts, and two tickets to the Fiesta's Grand Food & Wine Tasting.
Experience the Washington Olympic Coast's farm-to-table cuisine on the Olympic Culinary Adventure Route,a self-guided tour with 30 stops around the Olympic Peninsula, including local farms and farmers' markets, wineries, cideries, bakeries, creameries, and restaurants serving sustainable, local products.
Southwest Idaho has had a resurgence in winemaking after grapes were replanted in the Snake River Valley. Some 30 wineries with varietals like tempranillo, malbec, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, chardonnay, riesling, and viognier are grown in the region. Tasting rooms feature tastes that range in price from free to $8, and Vineyards in Caldwell has a bed-and-breakfast with room rates starting at $169.
The Dude Ranchers' Association features food-focused trips with gourmet meals, wine and beer tastings, and cooking lessons At Colorado’s Smith Fork Ranch, the Taste of the West culinary weekends include wine tastings, a cooking class, and a five-course meal with organic produce from the farmstead garden and local lamb, game, beef, and fish. At the Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Idaho, Wine Tasting Weeks feature candlelit dining with Pacific Northwest wines.
Pricing: All-inclusive prices range by ranch. Smith Fork Ranch’s Taste of the West is $2.650 per couple for three nights; Red Horse Mountain Ranch’s Wine Tasting Weeks are $2,600 for two people per week.
When Prince Harry visited Belize in March 2012, he indulged in Hamanasi Resort’s Garifuna and Mayan dishes, which include ingredients like cassava, fresh coconut milk, plantains, local cilantro, and fish. Take advantage of low-season rates with The Reefs and Rainforest package at Hamanasi Resort, which includes meals, adventure trips, and beachfront accommodation.
Rates: $1,083 for a five-day/four-night package; double occupancy.
New England resort Ocean House in situated in the center of fall foliage. Its Autumn in New England package includes accommodations in a Terrace or Deluxe room, daily breakfast for two, a $50 resort credit, complimentary round-trip transportation to visit Clyde's Cider Mill, the oldest steam-powered cider mill in the United States.
Rates: Start at $488 per night; excluding taxes and resort fee; available Sunday through Thursday; valid through Oct. 31, 2012.
The Embassy Suites Niagara Falls — Fallsview features the Wine Tour of Niagara on the Lake package, which includes two tickets for a Niagara Wine Tour with narrated tours at Pillitteri Estates Winery, Reif Estate Winery, and Inniskillin Estate Winery, plus tasting of three wines at each stop. The package also includes casino, Niagara Falls, and attraction shuttle passes, breakfast, accommodation in a two-room suite, and nightly manager’s reception with complimentary snacks and drinks.
Rates: Vary based on dates and number of guests; valid for travel through mid-November.
Less than five minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is tucked away on 18 acres of restored wetlands. The Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar’s executive chef Mark Bodinet, formerly of The French Laundry in Napa Valley, Calif., uses ingredients from the on-site chef’s garden and locally sourced ingredients. The To Dine For package includes overnight accommodations, valet parking, and an $80 dining credit at Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar. The Retreat to Romance package includes overnight accommodations, valet parking, a dozen red roses, and a four-course tasting dinner for two at Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar. The Chocolate — A Girl’s Best Friend package includes overnight accommodations, petits fours, truffles, and a bottle of chocolate wine, chef Bodinet’s Theo Chocolate Pot for two, and a $50 dining credit to Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar.
Rates: To Dine For: starts at $219; Retreat to Romance: starts at $359; Chocolate — A Girl’s Best Friend $299; all packages available through Feb. 28, 2013.
The Inn on the Alameda has teamed up with the Santa Fe School of Cooking to create the Muy Sabrosa package, which features a two-and-a-half hour cooking class followed by lunch. The package also includes a two-night accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, daily afternoon wine and cheese reception, and a $40 gift certificate to Mucho Gusto, a Mexican café adjacent to the inn.
Rate: Varies depending on number of guests, room type, and dates; available dates Sept. 24 to 25, Oct. 15 to 16, Oct. 22 to 23, Oct. 29 & 30; Nov. 2 to 3, Nov. 5 to 6, Nov.9 to 10, Nov. 12 to 13, Nov. 16 to 17, Nov. 19 to 20, and 26 to 27.
Indulge in executive chef Carlos Hannon's colonial Mexican cuisine at Rosewood San Miguel and take colonial Mexican cooking classes, which include a trip to the local farm and the chance to cook dinner with chef, with the four-day Culinary Escapes package. Wash it down with Mexico’s largest collection of mezcals. The package includes accommodation in a Colonial room; daily breakfast; a tour of Hacienda Purisma de Jalpa; a five-course farm-to-table dinner at the resort’s 1826 Restaurant; a cooking class with instruction on how to make ceviche, tortilla soup, guacamole, and salsa; a tequila tasting; and a body scrub at the spa.
Rates: Starts at $1,960 for two; valid through Dec. 31, 2012.
The Emerald Coast is hosting its annual Sandestin Baytowne Beer Festival Oct. 19 and 20, which features more than 100 domestic and international beers from 40 craft brewers. The Baytowne Beer Festival Package at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort includes one free night's stay with the purchase of two, a complimentary half-hour intro YOLO boarding lesson, and access to the fitness center and tennis courts.
Rates: Mention code NBC12 when booking.
Nestled in the Finger Lakes wine region, the 34-room French-style Mirbeau Inn & Spa is offering a Finger Lakes Wine Tour Package, including two-nights' accommodations, a six-hour wine tour, a picnic lunch, one 50-minute spa treatment per person, a three-course dinner, and daily breakfast.
Rates: Starts at $777.50 per night (midweek) and $899.50 per night (Friday and Saturday)
The Relais & Chateaux’s Lake Placid Lodge is surrounded by the Adirondacks’ fall foliage. Hiking, biking, kayaking, sunset rides in the Hackercraft, and s'mores at the lakeside bonfire or in the stone fireplace of each room are just some of the cozy fall activities offered, along with a candle-lit dinner at Artisans restaurant.
From Oct. 25 to 27, Lake Placid Lodge will host its annual Fall Gastro Getaway, during which executive chef Nathan Rich will team up with chef Matthew Delisle of L’ESPALIER in Boston and Dan Stotesbury of Ladera Vineyards to create a special seven-course tasting menu. The event will also include cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, lectures from experts, and mixology classes.
Rates: Starts at $2,230 for three nights.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk is a scenic sanctuary awash in yellows, oranges, and fiery fall reds that is offering a 'Fall' In Love package, which includes two nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, a bottle of Spiced Pear sparkling wine, two tickets to a Newport mansion, a three-course contemporary American meal by executive chef Thomas Duffy at the Spiced Pear restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and complimentary transportation to any location in Newport.
Rates: Starts at $425 per night
This seaside town dotted with antique stores and art galleries is a fun fall retreat. The White Barn Inn’s Autumn Package includes one night of accommodation, a half bottle of champagne, breakfast, afternoon tea, a three-course dinner for two at The White Barn Inn Restaurant or the chef’s menu at Stripers Waterside Restaurant.
Rates: Starts at $630 per night; double occupancy; available from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31, 2012.
Near Southern California’s wineries and breweries, Rancho Bernardo Inn offers beer and wine lovers a tasty trip. The Look What’s Brewing Package includes a one-night stay, breakfast for two at Veranda Restaurant, and tastings for two at local breweries including Iron Fist and Port Brewing/Lost Abbey.
Rates: Starts at $223; available until Nov. 30.
Northern Utah’s moderate temperatures and fall colors complement Washington School House‘s Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice package, a three-night stay for two people in a lofted king suite that includes daily breakfast, a cooking lesson with the pastry chef to learn how to make molasses spiced cookies, mountain biking, an arrival champagne toast, daily afternoon appetizers and cocktails, a massage, and a private, three-hour watercolor class at Kimball Art Center.
Rate: Starts at $675 per night; minimum three-night stay; double occupancy, based on hotel availability; valid until Oct. 15, 2012.
The Corinthia Hotel London’s Autumn Retreat includes overnight accommodation, dinner for two created by three-Michelin-starred executive chef Garry Hollihead at The Northall (one of The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World), and English breakfast at The Northall the following morning.
Rates: Starts at £316 ($512)
The Four Seasons Boston’s adrenaline-fueled getaway lets guests drive a Porsche Panamera while checking out the area’s fall foliage, sip a custom martini, enjoy a morning of yoga outside, and enjoy breakfast in bed.
Rates: Starts at $550; available on weekends, starting Sept. 29
Tour Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park with The Clear Creek Group’s Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park Autumn Adventures package, which includes a stay at Shooting Star Cabins and a Western picnic made with locally sourced ingredients from Wyoming that can be enjoyed while overlooking the Tetons.
Golfers can play alongside touring pros with the annual GolFantasy, from Dec. 2 to 9, at the 700-acre Casa de Campo, which has three golf courses. During the week, guests play 18 holes with touring pros each day in groups of four and five. Other events during the week include clinics, tournaments, forums, individual instruction, and daily contests. The package includes accommodations; round-trip transfers to and from the airport; all private GolFantasy activities including golfing and other interaction with Pros, plus instruction, unlimited golf, including cart and greens fees; three meals per day at on-site restaurants including Chinois and Beach Club by Le Cirque and all beverages including alcoholic beverages; and a goodie bag for all.
Rate: $3,295 for the four-night program and $4,995 for the 7-night program.
Beer lovers can sample more than 100 craft beers, microbrews, limited editions, and more at the Sun BrewFest on Oct. 6 and 7, and we recommend pairing it with the Beer Lovers Rejoice package at the Mohegan Sun, which includes two tickets to a four-hour session at Sun BrewFest on Oct. 6, accommodation, and a souvenir glass.
Rates: Oct. 6 $449, $649 (suite); Oct. 7 $399, $599 (suite)
You’ll have to contact the Foodie Concierge at the Four Seasons Baltimore to book the Gourmet Getaway package there, which includes overnight guest room accommodation, a signed Michael Mina cookbook, dinner for two at PABU or Wit & Wisdom along with a meet and greet with one of the chefs, coffee and pastries at LAMILL along with a discussion on pairing coffee and teas with food, and valet parking. Tailor-made Culinary Immersion packages are also available by contacting Audrey.Slade@fourseasons.com.
Rates: Starts at $519; available beginning Oct. 1.
Sip your way along the Connecticut Wine Trail and stay near the vines at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, a bed-and-breakfast on the Niantic River. The Wine & Dine package includes a two-night stay, daily breakfast, a $50 dining certificate to use at one of three local restaurants, wine glasses and a certificate for a wine tour and tasting at Jonathan Edwards Winery, a bottle of wine, and a visit to the Divine Wine Emporium for wine sampling.
Rates: $410 to $845; double occupancy couple; excludes Mondays, Tuesdays, and holiday periods.
Those seeking an urban fall can book the Fall Frenzy package at Kimpton's The Muse in midtown Manhattan. After cycling through Central Park, guests can sip Apple Crisp cocktails at NIOS restaurant or join the hotel’s complimentary wine hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The package includes two nights of accommodation, two complimentary Kimpton animal-print robes for, two fall Apple Crisp cocktails at NIOS, and a bike ride for two in New York's Central Park.
Rates: Starts at $549; valid until Nov. 26, 2012; reference rate code NYTRIP.
Located in the red rock region of Sedona, Ariz., L’Auberge de Sedona is offering a festive fall package called Capture the Color, which comes with a Sony Bloggie camera and a framed photo of the guest’s favorite picture; a map of "hot color" fall foliage spots; a $25 spa credit; a picnic backpack filled with treats such as Sedona’s house-made charcuterie, imported and domestic cheeses with stone-ground mustards, a half bottle of pinot noir, house-made pickles and lavash, and baby kale salad with Marcona almonds, oranges, baby heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese, and honey with an orange vinaigrette; and a copy of Secret Sedona, a photo book by AZ Highways.
Rates: Start at $225 for a Lodge room Sunday to Thursday; $265 for a Lodge room Friday to Saturday.