10 Cozy Vacation Rentals With Contactless Check-Ins Where You Can See Fall Foliage
Avoid contact and settle in for the ultimate fall retreat from these cabins and guest homes in prime fall foliage country.
Fall may slide in quicker than ever this year as freak winter storms have plagued the Rockies and the weirdest, shortest summer slips away from us. You'll want to book now if you're hoping to snag a fall foliage getaway: Nature retreats and rural vacation rentals have been hot this year as people search for relaxing getaways where they can escape for a bit.
These cabins, cottages and guest suites around the U.S. all offer self-check-in so you don't have to break social distancing guidelines to get settled.
This one-bedroom, three-bed home is on 9 acres of property in Knoxville, so you can settle in and enjoy the views from "home" or set out for scenic drives around the mountains of eastern Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about an hour away.
This log cabin in the Poconos in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, is in a gated community with its own lakes and parks. The three-bedroom house is the perfect place to go off-grid: There's no WiFi or cable, but there are plenty of board games to keep the family entertained.
You might not think of New Mexico as a fall foliage destination, but this might be one of the most underrated states in the U.S., overshadowed by its neighbors to the north and west. Cloudcroft is in the mountains of southern New Mexico, a little oasis of forest amid the state's deserts. This guest suite is in a cabin on a plot with oak and aspen trees. White Sands National Monument, an otherworldly gypsum dune field, is a 45-minute drive away.
Silverthorne, Colorado, is a great basecamp for fall adventure. It's right in the heart of the Rockies, with easy access to mountain towns like Breckenridge but without the same high prices. You can spend an entire day taking scenic drives around this area to spot golden aspen groves in the mountains. This one-bedroom guest suite has space for three and gorgeous views of the mountains from the back patio.
This carriage house in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet, is an ideal basecamp for leaf-peeping: The Appalachian Trail runs just steps behind the house. A short walk away, you can reach a gorgeous river overlook.
This gorgeous two-bedroom cottage in Smiths Station, Alabama, is right on Lake Oliver, which straddles the Alabama-Georgia border. Columbus, Georgia, one of the region's best spots for leaf-peeping, is just a short drive away.
The guest suite in this gorgeous lakefront home in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, has an almost-perfect rating from its nearly 150 guests. Previous visitors rave about the views, the kindness of the hosts and the comfort of the home. You'll be a short drive from scores of leaf-peeping sites around New England, as Nashua, New Hampshire, is just a 12-minute drive and the borders of Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut are all within an hour.