Image: Fall foliage
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Wildflowers, fall foliage and 6,288-foot Mt. Washington serve as a backdrop for Jim and Kathleen Gannon and their son James as their daughter Katarina snaps a picture at Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire last fall.
updated 8/24/2007 7:32:50 PM ET 2007-08-24T23:32:50

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Various through October 2007

The deal
Another fall foliage season is just around the corner, which means the annual color-rich palette is sure to draw visitors to New England and Canada to enjoy the spectacular show. Devoted leaf peepers will pay less for the pleasure this year, thanks to the bounty of autumn specials we found, all with discounts and low rates as golden as the leaves. Hotels in the countryside of Maine and New Hampshire start at just $89/night, while Canada and New England cruises are reduced by as much as 48 percent, with prices as low as $449.

Early fall foliage in Maine from $89/night
Maine’s bold fall colors come in early so if you simply can’t wait to see the multicolored foliage, we recommend a late September stay at rustic Rideout’s Lakeside Lodge. This family-operated spot on scenic East Grand Lake near the Canadian border comes with 20 spacious and comfortable cabins, each with lake vistas from their screened-in porches. A full spectrum of activities is on offer here, from kayaking and fishing for smallmouth bass and landlocked salmon to hiking and wildlife-viewing. The last week of September is the peak of Maine’s leaf-peeping season, when rates here start at $89/night per person, based on a three-night minimum stay. These rates include lodging; three home-cooked meals per day; daily maid service; and complimentary use of kayaks, canoes and paddleboats. Good family rates, too.

Autumn rates in New Hampshire from $119/night
For a spectacularly gaudy leaf show in the first half of October, fall foliage fans should head to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, when maple and oak trees explode with vibrant colors. If you want to catch this fantastic sight, book a sojourn at historic Carter Notch Inn that About.com rates No. 2 of top 10 places to see fall foliage in New England. Boston Globe writes, “a short walk from Jackson Falls, [it] oozes restfulness from the wraparound porch to the outdoor hot tub.” During autumn, nightly rates here start at $119 and run up to $229 for more upscale units; all include a full country breakfast and feature individual décor with antique furniture and arts & crafts. But don’t wait to book your room or you may have to skip the legendary White Mountains’ foliage.

48 percent off New England & Canada sailing
Just imagine gliding through the waters of New England this October, admiring the golden foliage from a ship! CruisesOnly makes this possible at greatly reduced cost with the special we found. From just $799, you can set sail round-trip from New York on a 10-night voyage aboard Norwegian Dawn. Interior cabins on this October 4 cruise are on sale at 48 percent off rack rates! Even oceanview staterooms are discounted and affordable at $1,329. This sea fling takes in four destinations in Canada — Halifax and Sydney in Nova Scotia, Quebec City, and Corner Brook in Newfoundland; as well as two New England highlights — Boston and Maine’s Bar Harbor. CruiseCritic.com describes the ship as “an intriguing blend of the best features of a cruise experience and a land resort” and “whimsically decorated and gorgeous”.

Autumn sea fling with Norwegian from $449
Another well-priced fall foliage option is the Orbitz deal aboard Norwegian Spirit at over 45 percent off standard cost. This six-night voyage has two fall departures that start at $449 in an inside cabin — October 21 and October 28, at the peak of the region’s leaf-peeping season. On this circuit from New York, the ship calls at Halifax in Canada, plus Boston, Bar Harbor and Martha's Vineyard on home turf. There’s also a day at sea thrown in, to enjoy the fine vessel. Rates on this journey regularly start at over $1000 but now you can book an inside cabin for $449 and an oceanview stateroom for just $549 on the October 28 sailing. Even balconied units are a bargain at $799 on the later jaunt!

The dollars
Add hotel taxes and gratuities to the hotel prices quoted above. Note that the cruise specials are priced per person, based on double occupancy, and include onboard accommodations, meals and entertainment; as well as port charges.

The catch
Bring some warm clothes, as it can get chilly this time of year.

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