As soon as the weather starts to cool down and the trees begin to change colors, leaf peepers make their annual pilgrimages to New England to take in one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular shows. From apple picking to fall festivals, there’s plenty of activities to fill a weekend. But at the end of the day, where you land is just as important as what you’ve done. Here are five luxurious hotels that want to celebrate the season with you.
You don’t necessarily need to stray far from Boston to enjoy fall colors. At Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star XV Beacon, located right in the heart of the city, you can walk to gorgeous parks and scenic attractions by merely strolling out the door. Both the Boston Common and the Public Garden are steps away and many of the city’s other scenic outdoor spaces are also easily walkable. For the ultimate seasonal escape, book the hotel’s Fall Into Fifteen package, which includes a 15 percent discount off the hotel’s best available rate per night when you stay three or more evenings plus an upgrade upon arrival (based on availability). After a day in the outdoors, coming back to your cozy room with a working fireplace is a treat.
Boston Harbor Hotel
There’s never a bad time to stay at the waterfront Five-Star hotel, but considering that its signature Four-Star restaurant Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar was recently renovated, the Gourmet Getaway package is the perfect excuse. Besides a five-course wine pairing dinner that’s been expertly designed by chef Daniel Bruce and advanced sommelier Nicholas Daddona, you’ll enjoy a harborside room, a specialty amenity from the chef, a full breakfast for two at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille or through room service, and complimentary valet parking. Just outside the hotel, the mile-long Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, the city’s most recent park, is perfect for a pre- or post-dinner walk.
If you’re looking to dine at one of the Hub’s finest establishments, then look no further than this Four-Star gem. The Café, known as a culinary landmark in the New England area for more than 55 years, features a power culinary lineup at breakfast, lunch and dinner. When you book a stay for two consecutive nights with the Taj Flexi Credit Offer, you get a $100 hotel credit that can be used for dining at the Café, Bar, afternoon tea or room service. But if you elected to save the credit for the delightful Sunday champagne brunch on the roof overlooking the Public Garden, you wouldn’t hear any complaints from us.
The Langham, Boston
Whoever said overindulging is a bad thing never set foot at Café Fleuri’s legendary all-you-can-enjoy Chocolate Bar. This Four-Star winner knows that no weekend in the city is complete without this experience, so it cooked up the savory Indulging Delight package that comes with overnight accommodations for two, a gift pack of Langham’s chocolate bars and a Saturday spent at the Chocolate Bar. Just opened in September for its 27th season, the bar is where you and a loved one can nosh on intense treats like chocolate lava cake, the classic Boston cream pie and more than 100 other desserts.
The Mansion at Ocean Edge
Though a little more than an hour from Boston, exploring Cape Cod by bike is a must. The Mansion at Ocean Edge’s Take A Bike package is just the answer for anyone with a little time for some two-wheel exploring. The promotion includes a half-day bike rental for two, a choice of accommodations in the Villages or the Mansion, and breakfast for two. You’ll pedal around the resort in style, thanks to the new Freedom Flyer bike fleet. Thoughtfully, Ocean Edge has designed a number of biking itineraries for the area. Of course, if you want, you can always hop on the Cake Cod Bike and Rail Trail, which meanders through the property. A post-biking beverage at Bayzo’s Tavern is the ideal way to relax after a day exploring.