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Enjoy B&B and hotel packages for leaf peeping in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, and Wyoming.
updated 9/24/2008 9:45:17 AM ET 2008-09-24T13:45:17

Colonial Williamsburg, Va., from $100 per room per night
The Autumn Splendor package includes two Colonial Williamsburg admission passes (a value of $58), accommodations, and breakfast daily. The lowest rate of $100 per room per night is based on a stay at the Governor's Inn. But there are other hotels offering this package: Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites from $164 per room per night, Williamsburg Lodge from $274 per room per night, Colonial Houses from $294 per room per night, Providence Hall Guesthouses from $376 per room per night, and Williamsburg Inn from $548 per room per night.

When: Through Nov. 25, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent or fees of $2 per night. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates vary, but start at $69 at the Governor's Inn.

Contact: 757/229-1000, colonialwilliamsburgresort.com.

Virginia's Historic Triangle

Charlotte, N.C., from $109 per room per night
The newly remodeled Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel is offering a special Fall Getaway rate. You'll stay in a two-room suite whose parlor has a microwave, a mini fridge, and a TV. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to the Charlotte airport. Visitnc.com, the state's official tourism site, publishes weekly fall-foliage reports. Rates start at $109 per room per night, a savings of about 12 percent.

When: Through Dec. 27, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Friday and Saturday night stays only. Ask for Fall Getaway rate.

Contact: 704/357-1414, marriott.com.

25 Reasons We Love Asheville

Branson, Mo., from $125 per room per night
Located high on a bluff overlooking Lake Taneycomo and the Branson skyline, Cameron's Crag Bed & Breakfast makes an ideal base for celebrating Missouri's fall offerings. About five miles away, the Silver Dollar City theme park hosts the National Harvest Festival, from September 11 to October 25, which has music and crafts in addition to regular park entertainment and activities. Or you can simply enjoy the Ozarks scenery from the private hot tub in your room. Rates start at $125 per room per night and include breakfast daily.

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When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 6 percent. Based on double or single occupancy.

Contact: 800/933-8529, camerons-crag.com.

Coolest Small Town: Parkville, Mo.

McHenry County, Ill., from $134 per room per night
The Convention & Visitors Bureau of McHenry County—about an hour's drive northwest of Chicago—has a few packages to facilitate a fall getaway. For example, Country Inn & Suites-Crystal Lake is offering a Family Date Night package that covers accommodations, four movie passes, breakfast daily, and a pizza and a pitcher of soda at a local restaurant. Be sure to visit the world's largest corn maze while you're in the area. This year, the 28-acre maze has a bipartisan political theme, with both the GOP's elephant and the Dems' donkey represented.

When: Packages are available on an ongoing basis; the corn maze is open through Oct. 31, 2008.

Details: The Family Date Night package does not include taxes of 11 percent. Based on double or single occupancy; kids under 18 stay for free.

Contact: 888/201-1746, countryinns.com/crystallakeil.

Chicago Hotels at a Price That's Right

Pine Mountain, Ga., from $149 per room per night
The Autumnfest package at Callaway Gardens includes accommodations at the on-site Mountain Creek Inn, breakfast daily, admission for two to Callaway Gardens (a $26 value), and the use of the fitness center. Plus, there are weekend activities happening all season: Autumn Pot'em, Garden Fest, Callaween Weekend, Corn Maze, and more. Rates start at $149 per room per night at the inn, with lots of upgrade options.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Kids 12 and under stay free.

Contact: 800/225-5292, callawaygardens.com.

Experts' Favorite Gardens

North Adams and Stockbridge, Mass., from $168 per room per night
Porches Inn and the Red Lion Inn have teamed up to offer the Berkshires Top to Bottom package, including accommodations and breakfast at each property. The 45-minute drive from the hip Porches in North Adams, right next to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, south to the cozy 108-room Red Lion in Stockbridge, near the Norman Rockwell Museum, will give you plenty of time to soak up the foliage and tool around the countryside. Rates start at $168 per room per night, or $336 for the required two-night stay; upgrade to a suite for $42 per room per night.

When: Sundays-Thursdays, Oct. 27, 2008-May 28, 2009.

Details: Taxes are included. Based on double occupancy. Requires a two-night stay. Ask for the Berkshires Top to Bottom package.

Contact: 413/664-0400, porches.com; 413/298-5545, redlioninn.com.

Coolest Small Town: Great Barrington, Mass.

Martha's Vineyard, Mass., from $169 per room per night
Just south of Cape Cod (about 45 minutes by ferry), Martha's Vineyard has historic charm and presidential fans aplenty—as well as beaches, nature reserves, and, yes, those T-shirts from the famed Black Dog Tavern. The Winnetu Resort's Autumn Escape package includes accommodations, a buffet breakfast for two, and fitness and yoga classes. You'll stay in a studio with a kitchenette. The resort has a heated outdoor pool and is a five-minute walk from the beach. Complimentary shuttles to downtown Edgartown, a great shopping location, are available. Rates start at $169 per room per night, or $507 for the required three-night stay (a 25 percent savings).

When: Through Oct. 26, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 10 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a three-night stay. Ask for the Autumn Escape special.

Contact: 866/335-1133, winnetu.com.

Road Trip: Cape Cod Uncrowded

Dixville Notch, N.H., from $198 per room per night
The Golf Free package features a stay at the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, breakfast daily, and unlimited rounds of golf on the resort's two courses in the scenic White Mountains (at a value of $84 per round for two people). Rates start at $198 per room per night.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Taxes of 8 percent and gratuities of 15 percent are not included. Based on double occupancy; single bookings start at $99 per night.

Contact: 866/380-6798, thebalsams.com.

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in New Hampshire and Beyond

Lake Placid, N.Y., from $245 per room per night
The Park Your Car and "Leaf" It package at the Mirror Lake Inn includes accommodations, a hearty breakfast, and a $50 credit towards a spa treatment or a meal at one of the inn's three restaurants. You'll stay in a Classic Room, with a large private balcony, a picture window, and country furnishings. Downtown Lake Placid is a five-minute walk away, or you can take advantage of the inn's complimentary canoes and kayaks to enjoy the fall colors from the lake, ringed by the Adirondack Mountains. Rates start at $245 per room per night.

When: Through Oct. 30, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 10 percent. Based on double occupancy; single bookings start at $205 per room per night. Kids 12 and under stay for free. Ask for the Leaf package.

Contact: 518/523-2544, mirrorlakeinn.com.

Road Trip: Old-fashioned Fun in the Catskills

Telluride, Colo., from $250 per room per night
If you stay two nights at the Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Kammer Lodge, you get a third night free (a $250 value). The hotel offers some adventurous ways to enjoy the fall foliage: horseback riding ($95 per person with an included lunch) and guided hikes on the Bear Creek and Mill Creek trails ($20 per person). Each room includes a living and dining room area, a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private balcony. Rates start at $250 per room per night, or $500 for the required two-night stay that qualifies you for a third night free. Transportation to and from Montrose or Telluride airports is also included.

When: Sept. 7-Oct. 18, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Ask for the Third Night Free package. Requires a two-night stay.

Contact: 800/441-1414, fairmont.com/klammerlodge.

Coolest Small Town: Manitou Springs, Colo.

Bolton Landing, N.Y., from $255 per room per night
The By Land and Lake Foliage Getaway at the Sagamore includes two nights' accommodations, breakfast daily, and a luxury luncheon cruise on Lake George (a $44 value). You'll stay in a Lodge room, which includes a living room, a kitchen, a fireplace, and balcony. Book fast: If a Lodge room is unavailable, you'll be in one of the Historic Hotel rooms, which lack fireplaces and kitchens. Rates start at $255 per room per night, or $510 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through Oct. 20, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 11 percent and a resort fee of $9 per day. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a two-night stay.

Contact: 866/385-6221, thesagamore.com.

My Hometown: Niagara Falls

Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., from $289 per room per night
Yellowstone National Park Lodges have put together a Wolf & Elk Discovery package. You'll venture into the park with a wildlife biologist, who will lead you on viewing expeditions. During these hikes, you'll encounter elks during their high mating season (called "rutting season"), and possibly wolves—they are notoriously elusive. No matter what animals you encounter, you are certain to see spectacular fall foliage along the way. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel will be your base for four nights. Most meals (breakfasts, lunches, and one dinner) are included, as is your in-park transportation. Rates start at $289 per room per night, or $1,156 for the required four-night stay.

When: Oct. 1, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of about 15 percent. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates start at $197 per room per night. Note that the minimum age for this trip is 12. Requires a four-night stay.

Contact: 307/344-5566, travelyellowstone.com.

Beat the National Park Crowds in October

Jonesville, Mich., from $300 per room per night
The Southern Michigan Fall Colors package at the Munro House Bed & Breakfast and Spa offers a two-night stay, breakfast and dinner daily, and 2 one-hour massages (a $160 value). Included dinners are at the Chicago Water Grill and Savarino's Restaurant. Note that here in southern Michigan, the peak leaf color times are in mid-October. Rates start at $300 per room per night, or $600 for the required two-night stay. Upgrade to a room with a hot tub for $50 per night.

When: Sept. 15-Nov. 15, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 6 percent plus $2 per room per night. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings.

Contact: 800/320-3792, munrohouse.com.

Road Trip: Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Resources
Interested in New England? The New England Inns & Resorts Association has pulled together 12 Leaves & Lessons packages at properties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

BedandBreakfast.com has picked a few of its properties with stunning fall foliage.

Virginia's official tourism site has tons of trip ideas and vacation packages from around the state for viewing the fall colors.

It's a little early yet, but weather.com is a good source for data and predictions on when the foliage colors will peak in a certain area. Your state tourism Web site might also have peak maps—see Michigan's and West Virginia's as examples.

Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

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