Photo courtesy of Paul Gelsobello
Driving Time from White Plains: 3 hours
Weekend Rates: from $399 per night
You know that a hotel takes fall foliage more seriously than it does itself when its Do Not Disturb signs advise would-be knockers to “Leaf Me Alone.” A contemporary take on New England’s grand historic inns, Taconic, a new boutique property from the Kimpton collection, boasts friendly, laid-back charm along with views of the Green and Taconic Mountain ranges. And its location in one of our favorite little Rockwellian towns couldn’t be more perfect for a fall getaway.
Situated on picturesque Main Street, close to boutiques, eateries, golf, and even outlet shopping (if you can tear yourself away from the dazzling scenery), the Federal-style inn, with its inviting wraparound porch, is perfectly situated to experience a variety of seasonal outdoor activities, including leaf peeping. And a stay here includes curated hiking itineraries, bicycles for loan, and hand-carved walking sticks in each room.
Taconic also enthusiastically welcomes pets (who stay at no additional charge) because what’s a ramble through the technicolor countryside without one’s furry family member? Your four-legged friends are even welcome on the porch at Copper Grouse, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, which delights with a regionally inspired menu featuring the bounty of local farms and orchards and authentic Vermont maple syrup.
|The Equinox Preserve offers trails for all levels. Only have an hour? Hike the Pond Loop. All day? Head up the Blue Summit Trail to the top.|
|Revel in the scenery along Route 30 to the stunning Dorset Quarry, where fall colors are breathtakingly reflected in the water.|
|Seriously, the town is one big photo op. But Robert Todd Lincoln’s nearby estate, the 412-acre Hildene, offers astonishing vistas of the foliage-covered countryside.|
Guests who book an excursion with photographer Les Jorgensen are treated to the best under-the-radar photo-op spots, plus tips on capturing the season in all its glory. Or, simply relax on the old-fashioned porch and create your own masterpieces in the coloring books of iconic local spots, provided by the local arts center.