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The best fall getaways from NYC

Our list of fall getaways has everything from Instagrammable fall foliage and wine tours to cozy lodging and glamping

By Time Out editors
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It’s time to admire some fall foliage! Sadly, the concrete jungle doesn’t offer many leaf peeping opportunities, but these picturesque fall getaways from NYC do. Pack your bags and get acquainted with nature while wandering along amazing hiking trails before seeking shelter inside of a cozy cabin. Looking for something more boozy? Taste different spirits at nearby wineries or visit a cidery that also offers apple picking. The season would not be complete without spending a weekend in one of the many rural hamlets that are a quick drive, train or bus ride away. Read on for all the best things to do upstate and where to stay during our favorite time of year.

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Best fall getaways from NYC

16. Providence, RI

Ideal for history buffs, art lovers and foodies alike, Providence offers a balance between old and new with a little bit of everything in between. As an extremely walkable town, you'll be able to enjoy the fall foliage at its peak until to mid-October. 

What to do: Looking to brush up on some U.S. history? Consider an "Autumn in Providence Walking Tour" with Experience Rhode Island. The tour takes you on a 2-mile walk around town, exploring some of the city's secrets and historical landmarks. You’ll pass by America’s oldest Baptist church on College Hill near Brown University and wind through the streets of downtown. Then, head over to Wickenden Street for some afternoon antique shopping. We’d highly recommend a trip to Jaswell’s Farm (a 20-minute drive from downtown) for apple picking — grab some fresh-pressed cider and apple cider donuts to-go. Swing by The Rogers Williams Park Zoo for a drive-thru Jack O'lantern Spectacular, where patrons can check out thousands of hand-carved gourds from the comfort of their cars. To eat? Make a resy at Oberlin for dinner, expect fresh seafood and Italian focused bites. 


Where to stay: Hotel Providence is a historical hotel in an ideal location; in close proximity to local boutiques, restaurants and ideal for those who will be getting around by foot. The spacious Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel Suite is a fun nod to the beloved author and offers a few recognizable children's books in the room to enjoy.

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The Elm's; Newport
The Elm's; Newport
Photograph: Courtesy Gavin Ashworth/The Preservation Society of Newport County

17. Newport, RI

If you’re heading to Providence for a long weekend, consider a night in the scenic coastal town of Newport, which is a short 1-hour ferry ride away. It’s all about classic, New England culture here, complete with historic places like White Horse Tavern (America’s oldest restaurant) and a bevy of briny bivalves. 

What to do: Newport is home to some of the most impressive, ridiculously elegant mansions in the nation. The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island’s largest cultural organization, has 11 historic properties and landscapes on its register (newportmansions.org). Take a trip back in time from the colonial era to the Gilded Age by walking in the footsteps of some of America’s most historic elite. If you only have time for one, make it the Breakers, the grande dame of Newport’s elite homes, boasting 70 rooms, a man cave mostly made of gold and stories galore. (Cole Porter used to pen hits in one of its luxe bathrooms upstairs.) One way to see the mansions is to take the famous 3.5-mile cliff walk for some truly breathtaking views. Don’t miss a fried clam roll or clam cakes from Flo’s Clam Shack and consider Midtown Oyster Bar for fresh oysters and vibrant seafood dishes.


Where to stay: Hotel Viking, a luxurious historic hotel on top of the hill with gorgeous views overlooking the harbor. It offers first-come, first-serve bike rentals, so that you can zoom around town free of charge. Looking to treat yourself? Cap off your weekend with a visit to its Spa Fjord or simply head upstairs to the rooftop bar for incredible views.

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Saltwater Farm Vineyard; Stonington CT
Saltwater Farm Vineyard; Stonington CT
Photograph: Courtesy Jon Bach

18. Stonington, CT

This seaside town is picture-perfect New England, with old-time homes, farm-to-table eats, craft breweries and kayaking on Little Narragansett Bay. Most people stop in Mystic, Connecticut, because of the public transit access (and the pizza), but Stonington offers the same type of feel, with far fewer people. Get in good-clean-fun mode at nearby B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill (129 N Stonington Rd, Pawcatuck, CT; 860-536-3354, bfclydescidermill.com), where pumpkin and apple picking, pies, maple syrup and fudge, attract fall-weather lovers every weekend.

What to do: Toast the changing of the season at Saltwater Farm Vineyard (349 Elm St; 860-415-9072, saltwaterfarmvineyard.com). Its tasting room lives in a restored World War II–era airplane hanger with views of the 15-acre vineyard. The winery produces chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and cabernet rosé, but come the colder months, you would be remiss to skip the estate’s cabernet franc, known for its seasonal cherry and blackberry flavors.

Where to stay: With views over the harbor, the upscale and centrally located Inn at Stonington (60 Water St, 860-535-2000, innatstonington.com) has some pretty swanky touches: four poster beds, balconies, window seats, fireplaces and even whirlpool tubs. Consider breakfast in your plush bed overlooking the harbor from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/G Bayliss

19. Mystic, CT

Three hours northeast of Manhattan lie this quaint maritime village, located on the Mystic River.

What to do:
Shop for vintage furniture, wares and jewelry from more than 90 dealers at the Past Antiques Market (1630 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale; 860-437-3615, naturesartvillage.com) or take a crash course in nautical history at the Mystic Seaport (75 Greenmanville Ave; 860-572-0711, mysticseaport.org), the world’s largest maritime museum.

Where to stay:
Take in unbeatable views at the waterside Steamboat Inn (73 Steamboat Wharf; 860-536-8300, steamboatinnmystic.com). Guests can borrow bikes to peruse downtown Mystic, but you’ll want to be back by 5pm for complimentary sherry and cookies in the Inn’s common room.

 

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