En español | Each year’s explosion of autumn hues and crisp, cool days fills me with energy. When this mood hits me, I like to take advantage of it and get outside for some fun. Here are a few of my favorite ways to spend fall days.
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Fallingwater in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania
The iconic house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is stunning year-round, but I am convinced that it’s most beautiful in autumn, when the earth tones of the exterior are enhanced by the changing colors of the trees in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.
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Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois
In 1951, Edith Farnsworth sued her architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, for his international-style house (essentially, a raised glass box with two rows of eight steel columns supporting the floor and roof, and glass walls in between), claiming the structure wasn't livable. She lost the lawsuit but won public opinion when House Beautiful magazine called it "a threat to the new America." Today, it's considered a stellar example of a residence built in a style more often associated with commercial buildings.
A blaze of red, orange and yellow lights up Stowe’s best features: its covered bridges, church steeples and tree-lined roads. You’ll feel a chill in the air when you wake, then you can warm up on a guided hike or bike ride in the afternoon.
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View From a Lighthouse
Combine leaf peeping with a drive to a historic Northeast lighthouse located anywhere from Connecticut to Maine. One of my favorites is the Nubble (aka Cape Neddick Light Station) in York, Maine. Turn the trip into a special adventure by booking a day with New England Lighthouse Tours.
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Hudson Valley, New York
My favorite drive takes me through Dutchess County to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever set my eyes on. Go deep into valleys where the fall colors will consume you, and marvel at mansions along the way.
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Spend an afternoon or evening at an outdoor concert. Go online and search for your favorite musical genre — you’ll find festivals and concert series all over the U.S. While summer is synonymous with multiday festivals popular with the younger set, the fall brings pleasant weather and less crazy crowds.
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Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
This is one of those special under-the-radar resorts with layer after layer of awesome —especially when the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains blaze with fall colors. Tour the farm and gardens, enjoy an artisan cooking demonstration, relax in the spa, hike or enjoy a horseback ride.
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A white church contrasts with colorful leaves on mountain trees.at Stowe, Vermont. Covered bridges in the vivid colors of autumn makes for a stunning autumn trip to the mountains of Vermont.