“We fall for these chic and cozy stays in the cities of the United States”, we read in the article, before delving into the details.
Peak foliage tends to strike the region from north to south and west to east. There are already vibrant colors in northwest Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire that will remain at their peak for much of next week, according to a 2021 foliage map from Yankee Magazine. In Massachusetts, peak colors don’t arrive until the second week of October and will likely persist for another week after that, according to Yankee.
And while these Airbnbs have already started booking, they’re still perfect late fall or winter getaways, bare trees and all. Here’s a look at the towns on the list and the quaint and comfortable accommodations you could bookmark.
This A-frame, known as the “Canopy House”, is a design lover’s dream, with wood and exposed beams, comfortable in appearance. bohemian decor, and custom built-in fittings. The 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home sleeps 8, and there’s plenty of outdoor space, including a hot tub “with first-class stargazing all year round,” the listing says.
Located in Stowe, Vermont, nicknamed “the Capital of Fall Colors,” there are many hikes, trails and scenic drives near the A-frame to take in the vibrant colors and watch the season come alive. The Canopy House is located just off scenic Route 100 and less than two miles from downtown.
Peepers can also escape to Maine and to this upscale wood-frame cottage. The 1 bedroom, 2 bath home in the woods sleeps four and features post and beam detailing with all modern conveniences. The chalet has large sliding barn doors, a wood-burning stove and a mezzanine bedroom – unique details for a memorable stay.
Pownal is about 20 minutes from bustling Portland and just a 10-minute drive to Freeport, where you’ll find the LL Bean flagship store and many other stores. Bradbury Mountain State Park is just two miles away by car and is a great place to soak up the fall (or winter) scenery. And those two Adirondack chairs (pictured) in front of the chalet seem like the perfect place to take a breath of fresh air.
Franconia, New Hampshire
Conde Nast Traveler also highlights this creek-side cabin in the White Mountains as an elegant place to observe the leaves. The A-ish frame chalet was, according to his Airbnb listing, built in the 1960s by the owner / architect, and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and sleeps up to eight people. Located in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park, the three-level home has plenty of forest views and is located in the heart of some of the area’s best hiking trails (including Mount Lafayette, Artists’s Bluff Trail and several waterfalls nearby).
Another New England Airbnb highlighted in the Traveler article is located on a restored organic farm on Lake Champlain. The idyllic guest cottage has one bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms and can sleep three, providing a unique Vermont experience overlooking the lake. Guests can sign up for yoga in the nearby barn or help feed the goats, sheep and llamas on site. The cottage has open living space, exposed wooden beans, pops of color, and chic decor throughout. Located in the peaceful town of Ferrisburgh, the property is approximately 20 minutes from Basin Harbor.
Any fall travel list would be remiss if it didn’t mention the Berkshires, and Conde Nast Traveler includes a quaint Airbnb located in Otis on its list. The octagonal glass cabin is nestled among the woods, offering complete privacy and stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding fern-covered hill and natural landscape, according to the listing. A modern wood-burning fireplace is the centerpiece of this one-bedroom, two-bathroom chalet. An open spiral staircase adds to the home’s quirky design, and a rear patio and grill provide plenty of space for guests to enjoy the outdoors. The property offers “complete seclusion,” the listing says, but is a short drive from the town of Otis.