August 22, 2019

Leaf Peeping This Fall

Saying farewell to summer is always bittersweet, but luckily there’s plenty to look forward to in the USA and Canada this fall– mulled apple cider, crisp evenings by the fireplace, and most of all, the spectacular changing colors of the fall foliage. This week, we’ve examined the forecasts and consulted with our on-the-ground team to put together a hand-selected list of our top leaf-peeping destinations for 2019. 

The Berkshires, Massachusetts
A leaf-peeping destination that needs no introduction, The Berkshires invite guests to join a local foliage enthusiast for a private guided tour of off-the-beaten-path viewing spots, then cap off the afternoon with some world-class art viewing at the renowned MASS MoCA or Norman Rockwell Museums.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
If the perfect Instagram-worthy snapshot is what your clients are after this autumn, look no further than Oregon’s dazzling Columbia River Gorge, where the fall colors of the temperate rainforest join towering waterfalls to create one of mother nature’s most photogenic works. Fall also heralds the grape harvest season in the nearby Willamette Valley, allowing for a wide variety of hands-on wine production experiences. 
Stowe, Vermont
Covered bridges, quaint village streets and inspiring hues of red, orange and yellow mark Stowe as one of the foremost leaf-peeping destinations in the USA. Explore the surrounding mountains, then round out the day with a delicious guided tasting tour of Stowe's best local breweries, cideries and distilleries.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Head to the remote highlands of Cape Breton Island during the second week of October for an unforgettable excursion along the singularly beautiful Cabot Trail, then celebrate the island’s proud Gaelic heritage that is on full display during the annual Celtic Colours International Festival. (October 11-19)
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With the summer crowds gone and the ski rush just around the corner, the normally-bustling Jackson Hole quiets down just long enough in late September for fall to announce its presence with a brilliant explosion of color. Apart from the views, an autumn visit to Jackson allows guests to view the resident elk engage in exciting rutting behavior.
Quebec, Canada
A destination practically tailor-made to fall travel, Quebec invites visitors to soar above its vibrant autumn blanket on a privately chartered seaplane flight from Charlevoix, taste homemade ice cidre on the Ile d'Orleans, and visit family-owned sap houses for freshly-tapped maple treats in Mont-Tremblant.
Park City, Utah
Lesser-known than its Northeastern counterparts, Park City, Utah is a fall destination that beckons to leaf-peepers with a taste for adventure. Experience panoramic vistas of fall peak at mile-high elevations from the top of the Deer Valley ski lift, then venture into the alpine forests by foot, mountain bike or off-road vehicle.
Aspen, Colorado
Lending their name to the upscale idyllic mountain town, Aspen’s groves are as abundant as they are breathtaking– seemingly glowing shades of yellow and gold against the sweeping Rocky Mountain backdrop. Visit during the first week of October to catch this spectacular yet ephemeral phenomenon at its peak.
The Canadian Rockies, Alberta
While enjoying privileged crowd-free access to Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks' most popular landmarks proves to be a major draw for many autumn visitors, the sublime scent of the fall morning air alongside the glow of the changing golden larch trees certainly helps to sweeten the deal.