Autumn Escapes Savor the season of change
Published September 2020 — Updated September 2021
Get away this fall with Archer
The school year has kicked off. A certain something is in the air. And the holidays are right around the proverbial corner. What better time to make an autumn escape or fall getaway?
Archer Hotels (all seven of them) invite you to enjoy an autumnal adventure with their hotel as your home base. Archer’s in-the-know teams have gathered fun fall ideas for their guests, ideal for couples, families, girlfriends, individuals — anyone needing a bit of time to breathe and take in the changing season.
Esther’s Follies — Enjoy live productions downtown — sketch comedy, political satire, award-winning magic. Come early to enjoy the full bar and taqueria attached to the courtyard.
A Christmas Affair — Austin Jr. League hosts the iconic November five-day holiday market event that helps 200+ small businesses from around the country.
Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In — Smaller is better: Watch indie, art house, cult, Gen X/Y, childhood favorite and drive-in classic films in an intimate setting under the stars.
Annual OktoberFest — Admire the changing foliage, hoist some steins and toss some kegs at Wachusett Mountain, just north of Princeton.
Connors Farm — Head to Danvers and wander the corn maze, take a hayride, pick pumpkins and sample freshly squeezed apple cider.
Parlee Farms — Take your autumn escape to Tyngsborough, where you can visit Annie’s Animal Barns, pick your own flowers, pumpkins and apples and cheer on the kiddos racing “tractors” around the track.
Archer’s favorite leaf-peeping locations in New England:
- Woodstock, VT
- Stowe, VT
- North Conway, NH
- Manchester, VT
- Lenox, MA
- Bar Harbor, ME
- Bethel, ME
- Franconia, NH
Florham Park, New Jersey
Alstede Farms — Enjoy breakfast or brunch on the farm, which includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride and admission to the seasonal pick-your-own fields and orchards, greet the variety of farm animals and enjoy an outdoor wine tasting.
Ort Farms — Peruse the farm store for fresh produce, take a walk along the Sunflower Trail, “get lost” in the corn maze, find your perfect pumpkin and try a freshly baked pie.
Stony Hill Farms — Explore the greenhouses chock full of plants (including their specialty: orchids), snap photos in the sunflower fields, listen to live music and try homemade flights of ice cream.
Sky & Vine® Rooftop Bar — Groove to live music every Thursday, plus a rooftop view unlike any other in the valley.
Napa Farmers Market — Tuesdays and Saturdays, stop by the highly ranked farmers market for farm-fresh goods, specialty foods, artisan product and food trucks while supporting local nonprofits.
Skyline Wilderness Park – Plan your autumn escape and channel your inner adventurer via hiking, biking, horseback riding, disc golf, archery, fishing and picnicking surrounded by a variety of flora and fauna.
Silverado Trail — Follow this quintessential wine route for autumn leaf and vineyard peeping between Oakville Crossroad and Zinfandel Lane and along Hwy 29 traveling to Yountville and St. Helena.
New York, New York
The Met Cloisters — A local favorite: part museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, part scenic overlook with beautiful views of uptown Manhattan.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden — Take a walking tour and enjoy the fall beauty in the Rock Garden, Cranford Rose Garden, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and stunning foliage throughout the property.
New York Botanical Garden — Hosting special fall events, including musical performances, woodworking and Shakespeare in the forest, the New York Botanical Garden makes a gorgeous autumn escape.
Bear Mountain State Park — A bus operates directly from Port Authority to the park. Enjoy a fun hike to the top, where Perkins Memorial Tower has beautiful views of the Hudson and the Palisades.
Golden Gate Loop Hike — The 4-mile loop at in Mt. Rainier National Park is a great place to see the seasonal change of colors and is a great family destination.
North Cascades Scenic Highway — Drive the 140-mile highway with many different spots to see along the way. It’s closed during winter, so this is the last chance to see the autumn beauty.
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm — An amazing couples date or a family-fun event that includes a sunflower experience, apple cannon, huge corn maze and bonfires.
Remlinger Farms — Take the family for an autumn escape and check out the farm stand, u-pick fields, amusement park for kids and fire pit rental. Then try their famous mini pies at the restaurant.
Chateau Ste. Michelle — Reserve a private outdoor Chateau cabana through the end of October for day or twilight parties of up to six adults. The winery provides a Bluetooth speaker, glassware, ice bucket, one bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle wine and outdoor lawn games. Add-ons include wine by the bottle, charcuterie trays and snacks from their shop.
Fall Festival — The Fall Festival in Fairfax presents 400+ arts, crafts, food, beer and information vendors. Plenty of amusement rides and children’s activities abound, and three stages host music and entertainment for all ages.
Fall Fun Days — October weekends at Whitehall Farms in Clifton are cornucopias of fall fun. Festival activities include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon ride, yard games, moon bounce and nature trail, along with plenty of chickens, pigs and cows and open fields to “free range” the kiddos.
Great Falls Park — McLean’s scenic park is home to one of the country’s first canals, as well as hiking trails. A must-see is the Great Falls of the Potomac River, where water rushes over and down the jagged rocks, with the fall foliage creating a breathtaking backdrop.