12 Cozy Destinations Where You Should Rent a Cabin for Fall Leaf Peeping

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Cabin in Shenandoah National Park during the fall
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Cabin by misty water
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Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia

The Blue Ridge Mountains are a quick getaway from Atlanta, just 90 miles to the north. Plan a weekend getaway in a creekside cabin with a porch where you can sit comfortably with a cup of hot chocolate. It'll keep you warm as you unwind and take in the autumn color.

Peak Fall Foliage: mid-October to early November 
Places to Stay: My Mountain Cabin Rentals or Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals

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Avalanche Ranch Cabins in the fall
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Aspen, Colorado

Fall in love with Aspen's bright, colorful foliage as you hike or cycle through the mountain valley. Enjoy the golden sea of trees from the gondolas and chairlifts, and then retreat to a cabin in the woods. 

Peak Fall Foliage: mid-September to early October
Places to Stay: Avalanche Ranch or McGee Cabins

 

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Cabin overlooking fall colors in the mountains
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Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts

Revel in fall colors in the Berkshire Mountains as you toast marshmallows over a fire beside a glamping cabin. Or relax indoors and leaf peep from the comfort of your bed where cabin rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Peak Fall Foliage: late September to early October
Places to Stay: Huttopia or Getaway House

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Smoky Mountains hiking trail in the fall
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Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Get your front row seat to fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains, where cabins are located just minutes away from various hiking trails. Here, head up to Clingman's Dome for a 360-degree view of autumn's colorful plant life.

Peak Fall Foliage: early to mid-October
Where to Stay: Mountain Air Cabin Rentals or Cabin Resort Rentals

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Cabin in the woods
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West Virgnia

More than 80 percent of West Virginia is covered in natural forests, which makes it a premier destination for fall leaf peeping. Surround yourself in harvest colors and capture photos from Coopers Rock State Forest and New River Gorge.

Peak Fall Foliage: late September to early October
Places to Stay: Mountain Creek Cabins or New River Gorge Cabins

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Cabin in Shenandoah National Park during the fall
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Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

For a quiet getaway with stunning views, book a cabin on the grounds of Shenandoah National Park. Here, you can soak in a hot tub to the backdrop of fall colors surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Peak Fall Foliage: early to mid-October
Places to Stay: Lydia Mountain Lodge and Log Cabins or Lewis Mountain Cabins

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Fall colors in the Adirondack region
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Adirondack Mountains, New York

Located in New York, the Adirondacks offer enchanting views throughout 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Here, travelers can experience the natural beauty of the forests, mountains and waterfalls. Foliage varies heavily throughout the vast region, but you can track down the prettiest and most colorful leaves here

Peak Fall Foliage: early October, varies heavily
Places to Stay: Timberlock Camp or Posh Primitive

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Cabin at Laurel Highlands
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Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania

Head to the Laurel Highlands to zip line through acres of trees covered in a palette of orange, yellow, red and bronze colors. Known as a peeper's paradise, the area offers autumn recreation from Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival to hiking and bike riding.

Peak Fall Foliage: mid-October
Places to Stay: Benner's Meadow Run or The Bear Paw Cabins

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Cabins surrounded by fall colors
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Great Lakes Bay, Michigan

Boat, bike or drive through Great Lakes Bay to fully immerse yourself in the fall colors. While you're there, head to the pumpkin patches and corn mazes to get in the true spirit of the season. 

Peak Fall Foliage: late September for oranges, early October for reds
Places to Stay: Lake of Dreams Campground

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Old log cabin in the fall
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Millsboro, Delaware

Leaf peepers can experience the best of both worlds in Millsboro, Delaware, where visitors can have a traditional log cabin experience away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world or do their leaf viewing while stand-up paddling near a luxury cottage. 

Peak Fall Foliage: late October to early November
Places to Stay: Holly Lake Campsites or Massey's Landing

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Outdoor log cabin
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Mercer, Wisconsin

Adventure awaits in Mercer where cozy, secluded cabins are just steps away from the water. Enjoy fall foliage while riding an ATV through the forests or sit on the dock and relax by the lake.

Peak Fall Foliage: mid-October
Places to Stay: Balsam Ridge Lodging or Craig's Fisher Lake Inn

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Cabin in the woods in the fall
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Countryside Cabins: Smuggler's Notch, Vermont

Canoeing, canopy tours, kayaking and local breweries set the scene in Smugglers' Notch. When you aren't adventuring through the gorgeous splash of autumn leaves, pop open a cold beverage and absorb the beauty of the nature surrounding you.

Peak Fall Foliage: mid-September to early October
Places to Stay: Sterlington Ridge Resort or Stowe Cabins

By Jasmyn Snipes Louis on 08/29/2018

Shorter days and cooler temperatures are the hallmark of autumn, bringing a colorful transformation to the environment. Though temperature and elevation affect fall foliage, leaf peepers can generally expect to see leaves start to change colors between September and November. 

Pinpointing the changing of colors isn't an exact science, so start planning your fall getaway now and find cabin accommodations best fit for viewing, photographing and admiring stunning hues of orange, red and yellow. 

Jasmyn Snipes Louis
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