Fall Getaways 2010

Where to go and what to do: Six nearby spots where you can shop, dine, explore — and relax



Photograph courtesy of Equinox Resort

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The bad news: Summer is winding down. If you’re like many folks, that weeklong vacation spent on Cape Cod or at the Jersey shore is now but a distant memory. And before you know it, winter will be rearing its snowy head, making travel planning all but impossible.
The good news: Autumn is the perfect season to escape for a long weekend here in the Northeast. Mother Nature usually cooperates, often providing blue skies, pleasant temperatures — and brilliantly colored foliage — in September and October. You can still engage in many of those favorite summertime activities (hiking, biking, wine tasting, antiques shopping) in the fall. And best of all, you won’t have to spend hours riding in the car — or, worse yet, fighting your way to the airport — to reach your destination.

We’ve discovered six locations that offer everything you could ask for in a getaway trip: good eats, luxurious accommodations, interesting sights to see, access to outdoor fun — and abundant fall color. Our profiles highlight locales in Rhode Island, southern Vermont, and northwestern Connecticut — as well as three spots in our very own Hudson Valley. So if you’d like to sleep in a hotel room fashioned out of a helicopter, take a lesson in falconry, hang out at a watering hole where actor James Cagney once held court — or just enjoy some plain old peace and quiet — read on.

» First stop: Equinox Resort, Manchester, VT

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