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updated 9/15/2006 1:49:27 PM ET 2006-09-15T17:49:27

Now that the tank tops and flip-flops have been stowed away till next season, it's time to celebrate fall -- and that means leaf-peeping! Haven't booked your autumn getaway? You're in luck. We've gathered a number of fall foliage deals from around the country to help you book your ideal getaway. Whether you're looking for a country lodge in New England, a Victorian hideaway in the Ozark Mountains or a leaf-peeping cruise to Canada, we've got a deal to suit your tastes -- and budget.

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2-Nt. Vermont Fall Foliage Pkg. from $292.50
With its picturesque towns, rolling mountains and miles of scenic byways, Vermont embodies the qualities that have made New England the country's most popular leaf-peeping destination. The Thatcher Brook Inn in Waterbury, Vermont, is offering a special two-night fall foliage package from just $292.50 that includes lodging for two, full country breakfast, and all taxes and fees. This romantic Victorian inn is located in Vermont's Green Mountains, within walking distance of the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and a quick drive from hiking trails, antique stores and other regional attractions.

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Mackinac Foliage Package from $160
Get away from it all on Mackinac Island, Michigan, where you'll find horse-drawn carriages instead of cars, and Victorian cottages instead of suburban sprawl. You can enjoy the fall colors as you circumnavigate the island by bike. The Lake View Hotel is offering a "Fantastic Fall Color" package from $160 a night, including accommodations, breakfast and local discounts. It's available weeknights through October 12.

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7-Nt. New England/Canada Fall Cruise from $749
If you can't settle on just one place to see the foliage, cruise to five different ports with NCL. The 2,240-passenger Norwegian Dawn will sail round-trip from New York City on October 7 to Boston, Newport, Bar Harbor, Martha's Vineyard and Halifax. Rates for this seven-night cruise start at $749 per person for an inside cabin, or $1,114 if you'd like to watch the colors go by from an oceanview cabin.

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2-Nt. Fall Foliage Pkg. in the Ozarks from $299
Though they're beautiful in any season, the Ozark Mountains in northwestern Arkansas are at their loveliest when blanketed by brilliant fall foliage. After a day of hiking around the region's scenic lakes and rushing waterfalls, spend the night at the Cliff Cottage Inn in historic downtown Eureka Springs. When you book a midweek stay this fall, you'll pay just $299 for two nights in a queen suite with Jacuzzi; the rate also includes full gourmet breakfast delivered to your room, complimentary Champagne and white wine, and other fun extras. This deal and many others are available through BnBFinder.com.

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New Hampshire Senior Getaway from $196/Nt.
Seniors 60 and up can enjoy an active fall getaway at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. The Center offers guided hikes and local tours, as well as evening programs in the cozy mountain lodge. Rates for midweek getaways start at $98 per person, per night ($82 for Appalachian Mountain Club members). Rates include lodging, meals and complimentary use of gear.

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