Coziness abounds in these perfect fall travel destinations
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The best places to be when sweater weather arrives

Coziness abounds in these perfect fall travel destinations

Words— Jeremy Freed

If you live somewhere with four distinct seasons, among the best days of the year is always that first day of true fall weather. The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to turn golden, and your favourite fall layering pieces are once again at the ready. This, friends, is sweater weather. As that perfect fall day approaches, consider heading to one of these picturesque destinations to enjoy the season in all of its glory.   




Hudson Valley, NY


Running down the southernmost portion of New York state along the Hudson River, this area’s combination of great farmland and proximity to New York city make it a prime destination for eating and drinking, in addition to enjoying the spectacular autumn scenery. 



Where to stay






This former private estate, country inn and tavern in Amenia, NY, traces its roots back to the 1700s, and in its heyday it played host to such luminaries as Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Following an extensive renovation in 2017, the place continues to attract discerning travellers to its manicured grounds with in-room amenities like Frette bedlinens and wood-burning fireplaces.




What to do





Storm King 

This outdoor art gallery is home to a huge collection of sculptures and site-specific installations across its 500-acre property. Highlights include Mark di Suvero’s soaring steel E=MC 2 (1996-97), Maya Lin’s undulating “Storm King Wavefield” earthworks, and sculptures by Alexander Calder. 




Where to eat





Gracie’s Luncheonette

If Dan Barber’s $300 tasting menu at Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a bit rich for your blood, you can get a farm-to-table experience at a much more reasonable price at Gracie’s Luncheonette. The descendent of a popular food truck, this restaurant in Leeds, NY serves up classic American diner fare with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Be sure to save room for their legendary house-made donuts and ice cream.




Burlington, VT


This college town in northern Vermont may be home to just over 40,000 people, but it boasts more great local food and culture than many bigger cities. While most people visit Burlington in winter for great skiing at nearby Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch, fall offers just as much to do indoors and out, plus you don’t have to pack your parka.




Where to stay





Hotel Vermont

This charming indie hotel is conveniently located steps away from Burlington’s main drag, and aims to provide the best of all that is fresh, local and crafty. Food and drinks come from the region’s top farmers, craft brewers and distillers, while thick Vermont Flannel Co. bathrobes in your room keep you cozy on those chilly fall nights.




Where to eat





Dedalus Wine Bar

Burlington’s food and drink scene is booming these days, and nowhere is that more evident than at this wine shop. The food menu at their in-house bistro is short, but it’s the interesting and unusual wines from all over the world that are the stars of the show here, anyway. After dinner you’ll definitely want to buy a bottle or two to bring home. 




What to do





Hike Mt. Mansfield

Vermont’s highest peak also has the distinction of being one of the few places in the state to see rare arctic alpine tundra. A variety of trails lead to the summit, ranging from gruelling to strenuous, but the incredible views of the state’s verdant forests and mountains from the top makes the climb more than worthwhile. 




Cape Breton Island, NS


While it’s a part of Nova Scotia, this island has enough unique personality to stand on its own. Known for its incredible coastal scenery and abundance of Aboriginal, Gaelic, and Acadian culture there’s truly nowhere else in Canada like Cape Breton.   



Where to stay





Lantern Hill & Hollow

This relaxed seaside property celebrates the natural beauty of Cape Breton at every turn. Located on a sandy beach in the fishing community of Ingonish, Lantern Hill & Hollow’s six-acres offer stunning views of the Atlantic by day and clear, starry skies at night.  




Where to eat





The Red Shoe Pub

Sure, it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but this local institution in Mabou is still one of the best places to get a hearty meal with a side of great local music. You can fill up Mabou Seafood Chowder while tapping your toe to some traditional Cape Breton fiddle jams just about any night of the week here.  




What to do





Celtic Colours International Festival

Every October, around the time when the fall leaves are at their most dramatic, Cape Breton celebrates its rich musical heritage with nine days of concerts, workshops and kitchen parties featuring Celtic musicians from around the world.


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