Travel sounds especially enticing this time of year with refreshing cooler weather, fewer crowds and gorgeous fall colors. If you’re looking for your own autumnal escape, we found seven hotels with stellar packages that will sweeten any seasonal stay.
Inn Walden, Cleveland
It may not be the wilderness, but this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel certainly evokes the beauty of untouched land — and just 35 miles outside of Cleveland, no less. The boutique property sits among the meadows, lakes and wildlife of Ohio’s Western Reserve, a picture-perfect respite come fall. The Horse-A-Round & Stay package is our pick for the season because it includes two 60-minute trail rides, breakfast and a night in a Pyramid (traditional and charming) or Equestrian (contemporary and design-forward) suite.
The Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis
When it comes to cultural attractions, this season is perennially filled with some of the year’s top works. That’s especially true for fall movies, when many of the Oscar-worthy flicks finally hit the screen. That being said, there’s no better time to visit this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended charmer, which has a five-screen cinema on its grounds (in fact, it’s just off the stately hotel’s lobby). The Getaway Package lets cinephiles stay overnight, indulge in breakfast for two and get tickets to the onsite theater.
One Ocean Resort & Spa, Jacksonville
If you don’t want to part with summer just yet, head to Northeast Florida. This beachside locale is teeming with water sports (surfing, sailing, jet skiing) and an array of top-tier golf courses. In fact, this corner of the Sunshine State has more than 70 courses, including TCP Sawgrass, where the PGA’s The Players Championship is held each year. The Sports Package at the Four-Star One Ocean Resort & Spa is ideal for active types, as it includes accommodations and a 50-minute deep-tissue massage at the Four-Star Spa One Ocean to relieve any tension that all of the kayaking may have caused.
There’s no better place to view the splendors of autumn than New England. Just take a walk through the auburn- and gold-splashed Boston Common in early October to see what we mean. To make your trip really special, though, book the Suite Celebrations Package at Four-Star Taj Boston — you’ll get 50 percent off your second night in any suite, plus complimentary luxuries such as continental breakfast, Wi-Fi access and use of the car service. Our choice among the suites is the Park View, of course, with its vistas of nearby gardens and outdoor spaces in addition to a wood-burning fireplace and a butler in charge of lighting it up.
Just because this Five-Star hotel landmark is sophisticated and full of chic activities for adults (a Five-Star spa, fine Italian dining), it doesn’t mean it doesn’t cater to younger guests, too. Case in point: The Family Moments Package includes two adjoining deluxe rooms and amenities for both adults (cheese and wine) and kids (child-sized bathrobes, coloring books, crayons). And while the concierge can send board games, an Xbox console and books to your room, he can also direct you to horseback riding in Hyde Park, Madame Tussauds wax museum, the London Dungeon and the city’s other kid-approved sites.
Monterey is the perfect spot for a girlfriend getaway this fall — it’s got shopping, spas, beautiful coastal views for long walks and some seriously good restaurants. Make the most of it with this Four-Star hotel’s The Girl Power Getaway. The promotion comes packed with ocean-view accommodations (the property is right on the water); a wine, cheese and fruit amenity upon arrival; a 50-minute spa treatment (for each of you); and breakfast at Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, where you can take in sweeping vistas of the bay while planning out your relaxing day.
Chambers Hotel, New York City
We adore New York City in the fall, and we’re betting our children (and yours) will, too, especially when you’re holed up in this fuss-free Midtown hotel that’s near many of the Big Apple’s all-star sites, like Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. The Chambers’ Kids Rule Package includes a $25 gift card to the nearby Sony Store, kid-sized bathrobes and an in-room PlayStation 3 setup. The whole family will also love the Momofuku Milk Bar connected to the hotel — it’s got all the decadent desserts your brood might need for a pre- or post-outing snack.