View a Kaleidoscope of Fall Colors at a Bed and Breakfast in New England

Leaf-Peepers Look to when Viewing Autumn Foliage

By Shirley Anitra Swagerty

New England is wonderful throughout the year, but it is at its colorful finest in the fall when the leaves turn color from green to vibrant scarlet, gold and orange. A bed and breakfast or country inn is the perfect place to rest at the end of a crisp day of viewing the kaleidoscope of fall colors. Leaf peepers around the country look to, America’s premiere bed and breakfast and country inn directory, a great place to find New England retreats when viewing autumn foliage. Here are just five from our collection.

Seasonal Getaway in Southern Vermont
windhamhillfallWhen you see the fall colors in West TownshendVermont–home to the magical Windham Hill Inn–you will think you are looking through a kaleidoscope! The autumn foliage is that vibrant here. The Windham Hill Inn is a beautiful three-story house, once at the heart of a working dairy farm. Today, this tranquil Green Mountain bed and breakfast is accented with Oriental carpets, period antiques, fine locally made furnishings and wood-burning fireplaces in the two parlors.

The Outdoor Package (subject to availability) includes two nights’ lodging in a room of your choice, dinner for two one night in the Windham Hill Restaurant, a private trail ride at Mountain View Ranch in Danby, two Windham Hill Inn logo baseball caps, a daily, three-course gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea and sweets, evening savories and use of the pool, tennis and 10K groomed hiking or snowshoeing trails. This may be your perfect New England leaf-peeping retreat!

Fall Discounts and Deals in Maine 
inn_and_gazebo_from_oceanThe Oakland House Seaside Resort near Bar HarborMaine offers bed and breakfast lovers the mirrored colors of fall reflected in the water. Run by the same family for four generations, this coastal resort has 50 wooded acres with hiking trails, panoramic views and a half-mile of private oceanfront in Brooksville. Period antiques, fine linens, working fireplaces, porch rockers overlooking the lighthouse and the island make this resort an ideal location for fall color-seeking. 

Fall discounts are available for midweek and weekend stays too! Fall cottage deals include firewood and do-it-yourself meals. Shore Oaks Seaside Inn at the resort boasts a two- or three-day East Penobscot Bay Schooner Day Trip package with lunch on the schooner, all breakfasts, dinner two evenings and restful nights dreaming in color.

Autumn Architecture and Eco Tourism in Rhode Island
grapes(1)Inn-lovers go to The Cliffside Inn in NewportRhode Island to enjoy the very best of bed and breakfast luxury living. This exquisite Victorian inn is renowned for its refined ambience, restful rooms, and a creative menu that includes Eggs Newport with crab cakes.

Nature and eco enthusiasts will especially delight in the Eco Tourism Fall Foliage Hot Spots package that includes admission to Norman Bird Sanctuary with 300 acres of foliage-rich woodlands, ridges and coastal trails; a walking guide to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge with dramatic oceanside setting, wine tasting and self-guided tour of coastal Greenvale Vineyards; and the just-published walking guide and tour map to the renown Cliff Walk. 

Take a Walking History and Architecture Fall Tour package through Newport’s “living” colonial neighborhoods with guides from Newport Historic Society; lunch for two at the White Horse Tavern; entry to the Museum of Newport History and American Institute of Architects “Guide to Newport,” an excellent self-guided tour for all eras of local architecture and history.

Fall Fairs and Festivals in Connecticut
picnic-LNorfolk, Connecticut has been a New England resort town since the 1870s. Businessman Charles Spofford commissioned well-known architect E. K. Rossiter to build a Victorian Tudor mansion that today is the elegant Manor House Bed and Breakfast. In fact, if you have ever wanted to stay in a Victorian-style Tudor castle, then the Manor House is a must! Period rooms boast two-person Jacuzzi tubs. Schedule an in-room massage and picnic baskets to take along on your fall color adventures. 

Autumn activities are abundant in this Green Woods area near the Berkshires. Stockbridge holds its annual Harvest Festival, and the Harwinton, Riverton and Salisbury Fairs and Fall Festivals include food, contests, crafts, music and much, much more.

Mission Accomplished in Massachusetts

The B&B at Howden Farm in SheffieldMassachusetts is home to an 1830s-era restored Greek Revival farmhouse. Enjoy this 250-acre working farm where you can freely wander in your search for the best in fall colors. You can also go bird watching, hiking, biking, canoeing or fishing along the Housatonic River, which borders the farm. The bed and breakfast’s four guest rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated, and restfully relaxing.

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Meanwhile, the farm’s famous Howden pumpkins add an extra tang of orange to the landscape, and its vast pumpkin fields are enough to make any Charlie Brown fan of “The Great Pumpkin” gasp in wonder! Howden Farm’s mission is “to maintain the agricultural integrity and heritage of this farm by raising the Howden pumpkin varieties and other quality produce and to give B&B guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed casual atmosphere in the beauty of this open agricultural land.” Mission accomplished!

Find other places to stay while leaf peeping when you browse through the 19,000 bed and breakfasts and country inns. Some of the properties listed above may be in the best-selling bed and breakfast guidebook Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns with a Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free Certificate. I Love Inns also offers Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates, a perfect solution to help celebrate any occasion