Summer’s still in session, but fall is calling. Where to head for a long weekend after Labor Day? Virtuoso travel advisors share their top spots.
“For fantastic fall colors, I recommend the remote Dunton Hot Springs resort. A renovated ghost town in the San Juan Mountains, it features hand-built cabins filled with historic artifacts and luxe furnishings. Hike, horseback ride, fly-fish in the Dolores River, or just chill out in the springs under the stars or in the restored nineteenth-century bathhouse.”
– Chad Clark, travel advisor, Phoenix, Arizona
WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
“Whistler is beautiful in September and October. Stay in a mountain-view suite at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, bike to Alta Lake, and hit the greens at Nicklaus North Golf Course. Be sure to ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to the top of Blackcomb Mountain for panoramic views at Christine’s restaurant.”
– Lorraine Stobbe, travel advisor, Vancouver, British Columbia
“Only 90 minutes north of San Francisco, this stylish town is surrounded by several excellent wine appellations; autumn is an exciting time to visit, with plenty of vineyard harvest activity. Must-taste wineries include Copain, Littorai, and Kistler. Just minutes from Healdsburg Plaza, Farmhouse Inn offers wine tours and rides into town in its new Tesla Model X.”
– Michelle Murré, travel advisor, San Francisco
“In the South, college football isn’t life or death – it’s more important than that. This season is extra special, as rivals Florida State and Alabama will square off in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2. Virtuoso-preferred partner EliteAxis has access to tickets, and the Buckhead area boasts four Virtuoso-preferred hotels.”
– Damien Martin, travel advisor, Overland Park, Kansas
COASTAL RHODE ISLAND
“Autumn is the ideal time for a New England beach vacation: no crowds, nice weather, and all that seafood, especially in Rhode Island – think lobster, stuffed quahogs (clams), and creamy ‘chowda.’ Overlooking a beautiful beach, the Relais & Châteaux Ocean House hotel in Watch Hill is the place to see and be seen.”
– Fran Kramer, travel advisor, Rochester, New York
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