Provided you’ve chosen the right destination, romance is in full bloom — even in autumn. The russets, golds, rich browns and brilliant orange colors come courtesy of cooler temps and an annual reduction in chlorophyll production in trees, including Bitternut Hickory, Red Maple, Black Cherry, Sugar Maple, Black Walnut, White Ash, American Hornbeam and Flowering Dogwood.
Couples in search of fall color who opt for locations in upstate New York have plenty to choose from when it comes to dreamy lodging worthy of Mother Nature’s annual display. At Lake Placid Inn in the Adirondacks, handcrafted furnishings and regional crafts make up the modern rustic décor at the inn’s apartment-style residences. There’s nature right outside the door, plenty of forest paths for hiking, and a lake to explore from a canoe or kayak. Dine in with a leisurely meal prepared in your fully equipped kitchen, then head outdoors to sit beside the fire pit and listen to the burbling music of the property’s stream. Tear yourself away long enough to visit the Olympic Jumping Complex to ride the glass elevator to the observation deck for more great views of changing leaves in the Adirondack High Peaks.
The Zen Garden and winding pathways at The Abbey Inn & Spa in the Hudson River Highlands are just two reasons to plan a fall escape at this stunning boutique property. The stone mansion began its life in 1902 as the convent of the Episcopal Sisters of Saint Mary’s. Now restored and reinvented as a luxury retreat, the hotel has 42 tranquil guestrooms, a full-service spa and a farm-to-table restaurant that draws from the bounty of fruits, veggies, meats and dairy products produced locally. Lounge by the private pool or the natural pond, or head into nearby Peekskill for a coffee and an afternoon of antique shopping.
Leaf peeping doesn’t get any better than views from an open-air biplane soaring above the Hudson Valley. That’s just one of the memorable experiences you can plan at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck. The almost three-acre property features luxury suites with fireplaces and deep-soaking tubs. Dinner choices at Willow by Charlie Palmer include seared filet mignon au poivre with heirloom spinach and Yukon gold puree; caramelized Mary’s chicken with sunchoke, spinach puree, pickled trumpet mushrooms and truffled chicken jus; grilled stuffed Maine lobster; and a range of nightly specials. No romantic dinner should end before dessert, of course. The menu includes decadent selections such as warm Macintosh apple crisp with toasted oat streusel and vanilla bean ice cream; and the Mirabeau ice cream sundae with warm caramel, chocolate cream and bourbon cherries.
The travel industry continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels are experiencing a direct hit with a significant drop in occupancy rates. The American Hotel & Lodging Association estimates 4 million jobs have been eliminated or will be in the coming weeks. It’s projected 44 percent of hotel employees in every state have lost or will lose their jobs.
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This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
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