Away We Go: 4 Trips For FallOctober 13, 2017
There’s no wrong time to travel. From the peak of summer to the dead of winter, we’re always excited to cue up the out-of-office and explore somewhere new. But if we had to pick? Book us for autumn, please. The crowds are smaller, the leaves are fancier, and the air is crisper (hello, good hair days).
So where to this fall? We have a couple ideas—and we’ll even help you pack.
Autumn is Jackson Hole’s best-kept secret. After summer campers pack up and before the snowbunnies move in, the picturesque valley is prime for a low-key cabin getaway. If you’re up for an afternoon hike, let the fiery fall aspens lead the way. If you’re looking to put your feet up, that’s OK, too—for a frontier town, Jackson Hole doesn’t skimp on the spas, and a mug of cocoa is never out of reach.
Don’t miss: Fall is the perfect time to pay a visit to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, both just a short trip from Jackson Hole. As the weather cools and the crowds thin, the wildlife comes out—have your camera ready.
What to pack: Cozy does it. Think warm sweaters for the crisp mountain air and an oversize throw for nights by the fire. And don’t forget your rancher and boots—this is moose country, after all.
Like your autumn air salty? Consider Islay. The Scottish island has everything you could ask for in a fall getaway: gorgeous coastlines, scenic hillsides, historic castles, and whisky—lots and lots of whisky. Known the world over for producing the peatiest, smokiest, coziest single-malts, Islay is home to no fewer than eight distilleries (not bad for an island of under 4,000 residents). A popular way to warm up, they’re open for tours and feature tasting rooms and restaurants.
Don’t miss: Accessible only by ferry, neighboring Jura is well worth a daytrip. The mountainous island has a wild and wonderful vibe, with its famous red deer far outnumbering people. George Orwell spent his later years here, putting the finishing touches on both Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four at Barnhill, a secluded farmhouse now available for rent (fair warning: it’s heated by a cast-iron stove).
What to pack: Autumn on the sea is chilly around these parts. Break out your chunky cableknits, don’t forget a warm scarf, and keep things practical in classic clogs.
The City Escape: New Orleans, Louisiana
When it comes to NOLA, there’s always magic in the air—but fall is when things get really special (and much, much less humid). Festival season brings the New Orleans Film Fest, while Halloween in “America’s Most Haunted City” goes big with everything from historic cemetery tours to Mardi Gras-level costume parades. For spooky fall foliage, pay a visit to New Orleans City Park, where Spanish moss drapes the oaks.
Don’t miss: Drinking al fresco is a New Orleans pastime, and one worth doing right. Perched above the Garden District’s Pontchartrain Hotel, Hot Tin offers a bird’s eye view of downtown and the Mississippi River. The name pays tribute to Tennessee Williams, a hotel regular along with man-about-town Truman Capote—not bad company to keep.
What to pack: New Orleans is an around-the-clock city, so pieces that go from day to night are key. A versatile knit dress goes a long way, as does a classic denim jacket and embellished flats. Temps can still flirt with the 80s, so remember a tee or two!
The Road Trip: Provence, France
Every season is a good season to visit Provence, of course. But come fall, the region’s vineyards erupt in a rainbow of crimson and gold—quite the backdrop for a road trip, no? The weather is mild, the corks are popping, and the truffles are back in season…in other words, can we get a ride?
Don’t miss: Whether you painstakingly plan your route or just follow the grape trucks to the nearest harvest festival, you can’t really go wrong. One town on our list? Carpentras, which hosts a Very French outdoor market every Friday morning. Although packed during the summer months, the crowds die down during autumn. Take your time winding through the stalls and be sure to stock up on fresh fall almonds and figs for the road.
What to pack: Don’t forget sneaks and a water bottle! Provence may be known for its charming villages, but there are plenty of scenic hikes perfect for stretching your legs.
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