MISSION: MELLOW OUT

Four colorful leaf-watching spots...that aren't in New England!

 

Itís no secret that New England is the place to be for leaf watching in autumn. Stowe, Vermont, the ultimate Mecca for fans of the fall, is such an in-demand destination that hotel reservations often fill up a whole year in advance.

 

If you're not in the mood to knock elbows with thousands of other picture-taking leaf peepers, yet you don't want to miss out on the awe-inspiring spectacle of the changing leaves, you've got options. After all, New England doesn't have a monopoly on fall leaves. There are trees all over the globe!

 

Here are four of the best less-traveled spots where Mother Natureís glorious leaf show is now playing:

 

Julian Alps, Slovenia
 

Hotel recommendation: Vila Park Hotel

Ukanc 129, Bohinjsko Jezero

 

Lake Bohinj is the largest lake in Slovenia, carved out by a glacier during the ice age. In the autumn, the trees surrounding the lake explode in color and, along with the clear water, snow-covered mountains and unspoiled sky combine to create a magnificent viewing experience. The modern Vila Park hotel nestled among beautiful gardens is just a short walk from the lake. Visitors rave about the elegant rooms, spunky owner, Jana, and excellent food.

 


 


South Molton, Devon, England

 

Hotel recommendation: Heasley House Hotel, Heasley Mill, South Molton

 

Nestled among the rolling English countryside, the Heasley House Hotel in South Moulton is a perfect rural location to experience autumn in Britain. The hotel kitchen will keep your palate entertained with gourmet fare that emphasizes local ingredients including partridge and regional vegetables and fruits. Sublime desserts and afternoon teas are often cited by delighted guests as motivation to come back. Visitors agree that the hotelís serene environment, sitting on a hillside among a patchwork of fields and trees, produces an uncanny feeling of tranquility.

 


 

 

Prague, Czech Republic
 

Hotel recommendation: Claris Hotel, Slezska 26

 

The stunningly beautiful architecture of Prague has made it beloved as one of the most romantic cities in eastern Europe, and when copper rooftops are contrasted against the rusty red hues of autumn leaves in the hills surrounding the city, the perfection is heartbreaking. Head for the castle that overlooks the city for the best view.

 

 

 

Oslo, Norway


Hotel recommendation: Radisson SAS Park Oslo Fornebuparken, Fornebuveien 80

 

The weather tends to be rainy here in October, and the general lack of sunlight in Norway causes the changing leaves to be pale in color. The combination of the low, gray rainy skies with the wet, glistening autumn leaves among the ever-present evergreens creates an alternative and introspective setting for your fall reveries. The Radisson SAS Park Oslo is located on the edge of a fjord surrounded by plenty of leaf-bearing trees.

óDouglas Lichterman
 

  

 

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