Planning a fall family vacation is a fun way to get outdoors and take in the changing season. Get the kids interested in active adventures and nature excursions, or escape on a less-traveled beach stay with your partner for some alone time. Either way, autumn is a fun blank canvas for outdoorsy travelers.
Check out these unique stays to help you narrow down your options.
Deep in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home to a close-knit Amish farming community, the Red Caboose Motel is a great family getaway. This historic stay welcomes guests with cozy accommodations — the train car’s caboose — in a beautiful rural town.
This motel is not as “rustic” as it sounds, as it comes with cable, full bathrooms, kitchens and some with private decks boasting country views for miles. Visit nearby attractions like Dutch Wonderland and petting zoos with the kids, or stick around the motel for fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. Rates begin at $95 per night.
Have your own old-world luxury cruise stay without actually committing to the whole multiday trip. Stay aboard The Queen Mary for a touch of throwback, nautical charm with all the amenities of a luxurious hotel.
Located in Long Beach, California, the once active ocean liner is now a luxury stay with all the trappings of a high seas sailing vessel. Guests enjoy fine dining, nearby beach attractions, stunning views, Art Deco décor, WiFi and luxury services, beginning at $149 per night.
Stay in a lighthouse for a unique experience in Cape Cove, Oregon. The Heceta Head Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s house date back to the late 1800s and is currently home to six guestrooms.
Accommodations include classic antique furniture, a working fireplace, private lounge areas to unwind with friends and family — all with unencumbered views of the water. Accommodations begin at $234 per night.
Accommodations include underwater rooms with unbeatable views of marine life. Take advantage of other inclusions, like scuba diving lessons and other water-based activities. Accommodations begin at $800 for two.
If you’re planning a multigenerational getaway this winter, look into these luxury resorts perfect for a vacation with the entire crew.
After gathering apples from our tree for several days, my husband and I made the drive to Kisma Preserve near Mount Desert Island in coastal Maine with one wish: to meet the resident bear. A long-time resident at Kisma, Flipper the Bear has lived at the wildlife preserve since he was discovered (as a youngster himself) playing with a group of small children in a swimming pool. Authorities knew his fascination with people and being around them was likely to be his undoing, and he’s been in his own private section of the preserve ever since. The owners insisted his area include a deep, stone-rimmed pool of his own where he could safely indulge in his passion for swimming whenever he chooses.
With the return of the Netflix hit The Crown, fans will have their Anglophile fix from royal family drama in no time. Chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the new season returns with all the same stunning locales and real-life royal settings fans expect, and some additional wanderlust-inducing destinations avid travelers are going to want to add to their lists.
Families who love being fully wrapped up in new surroundings can put a fun spin on exploring by choosing a hotel that offers the opportunity to participate in a self-guided scavenger or treasure hunt. Along the way, discover fun details about your destination that you might have otherwise missed.