Traverse City, Mich., from $45 per room per night
The Fab Fall Package includes a one-night stay, 25 percent off dinner at your choice of six area restaurants, a $10 casino credit, and coupons for local shopping, spa services, and wine purchases. The $45 starting rate is good at 11 hotels, including the ParkShore Resort, right on the city's bay. You can also upgrade to other hotels starting at an additional $15 a night.
When: Oct. 18–Dec. 19, 2009; add $15 per night through Oct. 17.
Details: Does not include taxes of 8 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Based on a midweek stay; add $15 for weekends. Mention "Traverse City Fab Fall Package."
Sparta, Wis., from $109 per room per night
The Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast has a fall foliage special that includes accommodations and two bike passes for access to the surrounding bike trails (an $8 value). Sparta, the self-described Bicycling Capital of America, has an extensive system of state trails that burst into color in October. You can also arrange shuttle service to and from the trailheads through the Franklin. Rates start at $109 per room per night, or $218 for the required two-night stay.
When: Through Oct. 31, 2009.
Details: Does not include taxes of 11.5 percent. Valid Sunday through Thursday only. Requires a minimum two-night stay.
Osage Beach, Mo., from $163 per room per night
The Shop Till Ya Drop package includes accommodations at the Inn at Harbour Ridge in a room with a fireplace, breakfast daily, and a $50 gift card for the Osage Beach Premium Outlets. Osage Beach is located on the Lake of the Ozarks, where the vibrant fall foliage peaks in late October. Rates start at $163 per room per night, or $326 for the required two-night stay.
Details: Does not include taxes of about 11 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Based on a midweek stay; add $50 per night for weekends.
Contact: 877/744-6020, harbourridgeinn.com.
Chattanooga, Tenn., from $200 per room per night
The Choo Choo Centennial Package includes accommodations at the Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo, breakfast and dinner daily, tickets to the Model Railroad Museum and the hourlong Missionary Ridge train (a $27 value), complimentary Centennial glasses, and a Glenn Miller CD. The ride in a historic railcar is a neat way to see the Tennessee foliage. Rates start at $200 per room per night.
When: Through Oct. 31, 2009.
Details: Does not include taxes of 17.25 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings; kids 16 and under are an additional $19 each.
Contact: 423/266-5000, choochoo.com.
Avon, Co., from $219 per room per night
Farther west, the Fall Package includes accommodations at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in a two-bedroom condo, two-for-one breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, and two-for-one spa services. The two-bedroom condos have a gas fireplace, a full kitchen, and a private deck with river views; Avon is in the Vail Valley. Rates start at $219 per room per night, a savings of about 30 percent.
When: Through Dec. 15, 2009.
Details: Does not include taxes of 25 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Ask for rate plan FALL2FR5-10.
Contact: 866/949-1616, westinriverfrontavon.com.