15 Relaxing Fall Getaways

As autumn rolls in, it’s the ideal time to get away. From California’s majestic redwoods to the quiet shores of North Carolina, here are a few serene destinations perfect for the cooler weather.

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Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail is a scenic highway located around the rugged, northern coastline of Cape Breton Island. Locally referred to as "Trunk 30," it passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Margaree River Valley and along Bras d'Or Lake. Highlights of the drive include the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck, whale watching in Pleasant Bay, quaint fishing villages such as Belle Cote and Dingwall, and the North Highlands Community Museum in Cape North. — Jodi Bettencourt, VP of Digital 960 1280

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Maryland's Eastern Shore

Maryland's Eastern Shore

While the Delmarva Peninsula is a regular summer getaway for residents of the mid-Atlantic, I personally love it best in the fall. Filled with farmers markets, local festivals and regional parks, the area always has plenty to do this time of year. Entertain the whole family by picking pumpkins at a roadside stand, or get lost in the Breckenridge corn maze. For a more adult venture, tease your taste buds at the Good Beer Festival or Autumn Wine Festival on your way through Salisbury. Then, make the short drive down to Assateague Island to see the wild ponies gallop along pristine coastline. And of course, no fall trip to the Eastern Shore would be complete without one last crab feast along the Wicomico River. — Matt Dewhurst, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Minneapolis-St.Paul

Minneapolis-St.Paul

You haven't lived until you've seen the Twin Cities in the fall. Take a scenic leaf-peeping drive along Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis or Summit Avenue in St. Paul, or head down River Road to see the leaves on both sides of the Mississippi River. Go hiking and biking in nearby Fort Snelling State Park and Afton State Park. Sports venues are popular spots in the fall, too. Watch the season wind down for the Minnesota Twins at Target Field; catch a Minnesota Vikings or University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football game at TCF Bank Stadium; and cheer on runners in the annual Twin Cities Marathon. For shoppers looking for a new fall wardrobe, take advantage of the tax-free shopping on all apparel. — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The crowds on Cape Cod, like the summer heat, begin to fade in the fall. It's a great time to explore the cape and enjoy the crisp weather by the sea. I recommend checking out the sites by foot or bike and soaking in the weather on walks along the dunes. While the beach may not be the top priority to visit during the fall, you can enjoy everything from a Cranberry Harvest Celebration to the OysterFest to a Haunted History Tour. This year will be the 14th annual Wellfleet OysterFest, a 2-day, family-friendly festival that celebrates the oysters, clams and shell-fishing traditions that the town is famous for. — Kristen Kochanski, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Fontainebleau, France

Fontainebleau, France

This forested region south of Paris is a magical bouldering area that everyone should visit at least once. It has enough rock climbing to last a lifetime, and you can spend hours wandering through the forests playing on the amazing sandstone boulders. During this season, you can see the beauty of the fall foliage, which could rival the best locations in the US. I recommend starting each day at a local bakery to enjoy a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), and be sure to grab a baguette, some foie gras and a bottle of Bordeaux to snack on at the boulder fields. On rest days, visit the town of Fontainebleau or take the train into Paris for some sightseeing. — Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

For me, the ideal vacation day ends with sore muscles, dirty hiking shoes and a warm drink while watching the sun set over an alpine lake. That's why my fall getaway is Jackson Hole, WY. Combine stunning vistas of the Tetons with exciting outdoor activities, take out the tourists, and you have a perfect place to forget that you have to be back at work the next week. — Josh Levin, Digital Operations Manager 960 1280

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Lewes, Delaware

Lewes, Delaware

This quaint coastal town quiets down a lot after Labor Day, making fall the perfect time to stroll the scenic trails and beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park without the crowds. Enjoy the cooler weather, a canal view and some seafood and pub fare with an outdoor table at Irish Eyes, followed by some window-shopping in the local boutiques downtown. My husband always likes to get in a round of golf at nearby Baywood Greens, after which we settle in for a few cocktails on the clubhouse deck overlooking the lush landscape of the 18th hole. If beer is more your style, take the 20-minute drive to Milton, DE, where you can tour the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and visit its tasting room. — Hannah Prince, Digital Copy Editor 960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Spend 1 weekend in New Orleans during the fall, and you will quickly understand why visiting the Big Easy in autumn is a must. This city keeps locals and visitors busy with countless of events from late September through November, including Oktoberfest, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, a 3-day Halloween weekend concert series. New Orleans also hosts costume events, such as Boo at the Zoo at Audubon Zoo, and fun street events on Bourbon and St. Ann Streets in the heart of the French Quarter. — Rani Robinson, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Seems as though everyone knows someone who's moved to Austin these days, and Austin City Limits is the perfect excuse to crash at their place. The 2-weekend music festival inspired by the PBS concert series has become increasingly popular in its own right, featuring 100-plus impressive acts, an art market and some of the best Austin eats, with vegetarian and gluten-free options, of course. If you're looking to detox after 3 days of nonstop bands and BBQ, pick up a Green Light smoothie from JuiceLand before Zenning out in BFree Yoga's beautiful studio space. — Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer 960 1280

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New York

New York

My favorite time to visit New York is early autumn, when the air is crisp and you can spend all day outside without melting. People-watch at High Line Park, stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge, or take the East River Ferry to Brooklyn with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and the wind in your hair. End the day at Frying Pan, a multilevel, historic floating bar at Chelsea Piers, for prime sunset viewing with a backdrop of the Hudson River.— Kathleen Rellihan, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

It's understandable why it's called the Windy City, because once winter rolls around, Chicago turns cold, unpleasant (temperature-wise) and very — you guessed it — windy. But if you're lucky enough to book a flight for the fall, you're in for a real treat. Take in a Bears game at Chicago's famed Soldier Field, or join in the family fun picking pumpkins at nearby Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm, a 30-acre pumpkin patch where you can cut your favorite straight off the vine yourself. And if you happen to find yourself in town in mid- to late October, take in a few of the upcoming year's best new movies during the Chicago International Film Festival. — Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Sexy Style: New York Fashion Week

Sexy Style: New York Fashion Week

What’s not sexy about models donned in threads from the biggest designers’ fashion-forward spring collections? Get the hottest ticket in fashion, and check out New York Fashion Week, where we’re sure you’ll spot a few celebrities. 960 1280

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Bar: Le Bain at The Standard

Bar: Le Bain at The Standard

Enjoy a Nutella crepe and adult beverage with some of the most breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan on The Standard hotel's rooftop bar. Le Bain, the penthouse discotheque and rooftop bar, is one of the trendiest spots in NYC’s Meatpacking District, with its crêperie, plunge pool and whimsy decor: a faux grass floor, giant pink waterbeds and waitstaff dressed in tennis outfits. 960 1280

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Food Porn: Drizzled Caramel

Food Porn: Drizzled Caramel

Some say that everything is better with chocolate, but this time of year we think everything tastes better with caramel -- or, better yet, with both! Whether it's fresh-picked apples or frappuccinos, it just wouldn't be fall without the sweet and sticky sauce. 960 1280

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Festival: Oktoberfest

Festival: Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich, from Sept. 22 to Oct.7. After a couple rounds with friends or family members -- of age -- everything around you looks a little sexier with your “beer goggles” on, right? OK, we don’t condone excessive drinking, but we do approve of fun. And just in case you can’t make it to Munich, we’re sure there’s a local version of the festival celebrated in a bar or beer garden near you. 960 1280

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Spa: Dolder Grand, Switzerland

Spa: Dolder Grand, Switzerland

Zurich's Dolder Grand Spa describes itself as “classic tradition with a techno beat.” European and Japanese influences have shaped this sexy Swiss spa, which offers Kotatsu footbaths, steampots, indoor and outdoor pools, mineral water, couches and a solarium. The hottest -- albeit cold -- offering? Snow Paradise, a room that offers large bowls of snow to massage onto your body and your partner's. 960 1280

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Car: Aston Martin DB5

Car: Aston Martin DB5

Travel like 007. It may not be the hot new car, but the Aston Martin DB5 will increase its sexy quotient when the new James Bond flick, Skyfall, opens in theaters this November. We thought we’d give you a couple months lead time to save up enough money to purchase this sleek, silver hot rod -- or you can be content with just watching the car maneuver over and through obstacles during the intense car chase scenes. 960 1280

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Sport: Football

Sport: Football

The American football season starts in September, issuing in a new year of tense, but competitive matchups between rival teams. Regardless of whether you’re rooting for an NFL, college or high school team, fans enjoy eating pregame tailgating food and watching cheerleaders as they pump the crowd up in between plays. 960 1280

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Sexy Slipaway: The Solomon Islands

Sexy Slipaway: The Solomon Islands

An exotic escape fit for royalty? Sign us up! Will and Kate put Tavanipupu on our September radar when they planned a second honeymoon on the private island resort. The romantic night in a handcrafted, but decadent bungalow will be a little piece of paradise for the couple during their busy Diamond Jubilee tour of Southeast Asia. 960 1280

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City: Cartagena, Colombia

City: Cartagena, Colombia

After clamping down on violence and cleaning up crime in the past few years, Cartagena, Colombia, is now the safest city in the country, and is emerging as a trendy hotspot for travelers to Latin America. Cartagenga is a music lover's city, with merengue, salsa and Cuban music pouring from bars, restaurants and city squares. And don't miss the most dangerous thing in the city -- aguardiente, the national anise-flavored drink that packs quite a punch. 960 1280

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Concert: Madonna

Concert: Madonna

Madonna exudes sassy and sexy as she continues her 2012 MDNA world tour this month throughout North America. The Queen of Pop makes stops in NYC, Chicago, DC, Toronto and Vancouver this month. 960 1280

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Fall Foliage: Traverse City, MI

Fall Foliage: Traverse City, MI

Everyone looks better in the fall, with the sun’s soft, sexy rays. So grab your honey and a road map, and make it a fall road trip. Our suggestion: Michigan. During September, the Great Lake State’s 19 million acres begin their show of gold, red and orange hues. Make sure you explore areas like Old Mission Peninsula, on the outskirts of Traverse City. This picture says it all. 960 1280

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Exhibit: Universe of Desire

Exhibit: Universe of Desire

Tame on the outside, hot on the inside: That’s the Museum of Sex, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Inside, you’ll learn just about everything you ever wanted (or cared?) to know about this universal topic of interest. On display this September may be the most scintillating angle of all: what everyday people secretly desire. Discover the answer in “Universe of Desire,” an exhibit that showcases erotic imagery based upon the top-100 internet search results related to sex. Maybe leave mom home for this one. 960 1280

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TV Show: Ghost Adventures

TV Show: Ghost Adventures

What’s hot on Travel Channel in September? Ghost Adventures returns for a new season on Friday, Sept. 14, at 9|8c. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin kick off the new season with an eerie lockdown at Central Unit prison in Sugar Land, TX. Can you handle the lockdown? 960 1280

  

Restaurant: De Niro's Locanda Verde

Restaurant: De Niro's Locanda Verde

For a hot new restaurant, try actor Robert De Niro’s new restaurant, Locanda Verde, in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood. The affordable Italian taverna serves a variety of dishes, including grilled octopus, beet and goat cheese raviolini, fire-roasted garlic chicken and blueberry honey upside-down cake. While you’re at it, pair your meal with a tasty cocktail, Italian wine or beer. 960 1280

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Music: Monterey Jazz Festival

Music: Monterey Jazz Festival

Spend a weekend in Monterey, CA, to experience the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, from September 21-23, 2012. The Festival – voted “World’s Best Jazz Festival” by reader of Jazz Times Magazine -- features films, exhibitions, an international shopping bazaar and 8 stages of live jazz entertainment spread throughout the 20-acre fairgrounds. 960 1280

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The Great Vermont Corn Maze

The Great Vermont Corn Maze

What makes a corn maze great? A 32-foot underground tunnel and a 30-foot cabin cruiser that "sails" on top of the corn. This third-generation dairy farm unveils an entirely new maze design in North Danville, VT, each year. 960 1280

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Sever's Corn Maze

Sever's Corn Maze

Self-proclaimed the "Midwest's original corn maze," Sever's is now in its 16th year, and offers Pumpkin Blasters and pumpkin patches in addition to its twisted 14-acre maze. 960 1280

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Kraay Family Farms

Kraay Family Farms

The only "tech" that usually comes with a corn maze is a flashlight -- but not at this Alberta, Canada, farm. The Kraay family has been crafting corn mazes since 1999 and this year they earned the Guinness World Record for the Largest QR code. Of course, you need a smartphone and a plane to test it out. 960 1280

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Treinen Farm

Treinen Farm

Wisconsin's largest corn maze is 15 acres (14 and a half football fields) of twists, turns and dead ends. 960 1280

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Happy Day Farm

Happy Day Farm

This "New Jersey Grown" maze offers 10 acres and lots of games to entertain the whole family in Manalapan, NJ. 960 1280

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Connors Farm

Connors Farm

The Connors Farm's haunted corn maze in Danvers, MA, embraced a spooky "Witches of Salem" theme this year. 960 1280

  

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Families can spend about an hour in this mind-bending corn maze, exploring over 2.5 miles of paths and scenic bridges with the help of 2 Maze Masters and clues. 960 1280

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Queens Country Farm Museum

Queens Country Farm Museum

Don't let its size fool you. With just 3 acres in Floral Park, NY, Queens Country Farm Museum designed a tightly-wound 45-minute maze. Afraid you're not up to the challenge? There are clues in 9 hidden mailboxes and corn-styled phones to "tele-stalk" staff for help. 960 1280

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Long and Scott Farms

Long and Scott Farms

You don't have to be up north to get lost in a spooky maze. People in Mt. Dora, FL, reap the benefits of warm weather and can enjoy this 10-year-old maze until December. 960 1280

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Richardson Farm

Richardson Farm

Not too many farms can handle 4 separate mazes winding through 33 acres of corn. With 24 hidden checkpoints and 3 wooden bridges, the possibilities are endless at Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, IL. 960 1280

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