Aside from the holidays, summer might seem like the most obvious time to travel. But why not treat yourself to a fall getaway at a fancy hotel? If you've always wanted to experience a luxurious vacation, consider staying in of these elegant hotels in America this fall.
Four Seasons, Miami
There’s so much to do and see in Miami. The city has the hot new Faena Forum to experience and excellent restaurants aplenty.
And who says you have to stay on the beach? Stay at the impeccable Four Seasons, which is the tallest building in Florida and offers incredible views over the glittering Biscayne Bay. Under the glorious South Florida sun, enjoy a 2-acre terrace that includes two pools and plenty of space to lounge. Room rates in late October were listed at $359 per night.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Miami’s Mandarin Oriental sits along Biscayne Bay on the southern tip of Brickell Key, a man-made island. The luxury hotel boasts its own private white sand beach, and its spa earned a Forbes Five Star Spa rating. Prices are rock bottom in the fall. Room rates in late October start at $252 for a deluxe room with a view of the Miami skyline. And if you love this property, just wait until you see inside the Mandarin Oriental Boston.
Taj Campton Place San Francisco
San Francisco's historic Taj Campton Place hotel has fall room rates available from an average of $432 per night, which includes a daily breakfast credit. The hotel’s location right next to the vibrant Union Square makes it an especially good spot for those looking to shop, eat out and take in a show or two. And should you prefer to stick even closer to home, the hotel even has a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant. Or, you can check out this five-star restaurant in the city that's worth the money.
The Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara
One of the oldest hotels in California, the Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara is also one of the grandest. Its sprawling 7 acres are synonymous with West Coast chic. Although the hotel is only a few minutes from town, its perch atop a hill affords such stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and a sense of serenity that guests might never want to leave.
Prices are usually commensurate with the impeccable level of service and attention to detail evident throughout the property. In a recent search, rates fell to roughly $417 for a deluxe bungalow king room.
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
Nestled in the hills of swank Bel-Air above Los Angeles, the Hotel Bel-Air is a romantic, historic, Spanish-revival hotel that attracts the rich and famous; stars from Grace Kelly to Elizabeth Taylor to Marilyn Monroe to Tom Cruise have stayed there. Wolfgang Puck also has a restaurant on site at the expensive hotel — and you might even spot celebrities here.
If you’re up for exploring, consider ordering banana pancakes from the iconic Fountain Coffee Room at the hotel's sister location, The Beverly Hills Hotel. Then head downtown to check out The Broad, a museum of contemporary art, before returning to Bel-Air for a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city. Room rates for fall start at $565 per night.
Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Less than 5 miles from downtown Jackson Hole, Wyo., and perched in the foothills of the majestic Teton Mountains, is the Amangani Resort — a five-star ski lodge that's open all year.
Every window in the hotel spans floor to ceiling, affording sweeping views of the mountains and the Snake River Valley. Rooms have fireplaces and deep soaking tubs, and the hotel also has a spa, a restaurant and even a cozy library. A recent search saw fall prices starting at $750 per night.
The Peninsula Chicago
In a city full of excellent hotels, The Peninsula Chicago stands out for its incredible décor and its unbeatable location on Magnificent Mile in the high-rise Water Tower Park.
The lobby has a beautiful stained-glass art installation, 20-foot windows and even a chocolate bar on weekends. Use the hotel as your home base to explore the world famous Art Institute of Chicago, and then treat yourself to a burger and fries at Ralph Lauren’s RL Restaurant around the corner. Rooms are available at $408 per night.
Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, N.Y.
When the hordes of summer tourists in the Hamptons go home, hotel prices in the area plummet. One of the best hotels on the posh stretch of Long Island is Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, N.Y.
Situated in a historic white clapboard house with a contemporary adjacent house, 22 guest rooms and suites are decked out in Frette linens, with a heated outdoor pool and the Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House restaurant, which features produce from the property’s farm. Rooms start at $495 a night.
White Elephant, Nantucket, Mass.
Further north, on the island of Nantucket, the White Elephant offers a luxurious experience. The impeccable property on Nantucket Harbor is done up in true island style, with gray shingles and white trim. Walk to town in about 10 minutes along the cobblestone streets for lunch at Black-Eyed Susan’s, and then venture to Great Point for a harbor cruise, whale watching, a seal cruise or clamming. Rooms start at $225 per night.
Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Are you planning a luxurious Hawaiian vacation? Consider staying at this hotel.
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Fairmont Orchid is a serene paradise perched on a white sand beach on the Kohala Coast. The 540 rooms have their own balconies, and there are ample opportunities to get active with the hotel’s fitness center, as well as its golf, tennis and waterfront pool amenities. Norio’s Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, in the hotel, gets top marks for its incredibly fresh fish. A garden room is available for $319.
The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C.
Book a stay at The Hay-Adams this fall — one of the most luxurious hotels in the U.S. It has hosted everyone from Amelia Earhart to Ethel Barrymore.
After a long day of sightseeing at the Newseum and the latest Smithsonian Institution museum, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, dine at chef José Andrés’ buzzy Oyamel. Then, head to the hotel rooftop for a nightcap with a view of the nearby White House. Some rooms cost an average of $399 per night this fall.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, N.M.
Fall is the best time to visit Santa Fe when the temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy all the hiking, biking and nature the Southwest has to offer. Stay at the gorgeous Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, which is 10 minutes from the city’s vibrant downtown, tucked into rolling hills under the high desert skies.
The rooms have wood-burning fireplaces and terraces with incredible views, and the hotel organizes expeditions to everywhere from nearby hiking trails to the Ghost Ranch made famous by artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Rates start at $473 per night.
Keswick Hall and Golf Club, Keswick, Va.
In the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Keswick Hall and Golf Club is a beautiful hotel with Italianate-style architecture and an excellent golf course. If you don’t mind slightly cooler temperatures while playing golf or exploring the grounds of nearby Monticello — Thomas Jefferson’s estate — fall is an ideal time to visit. A recent search for rooms in October saw prices at $499 per night. However, rates start at $189 per night, based on availability, according to a representative for the property.
Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, S.C.
The Magnolia trees in bloom offer a good reason to visit Charleston in the spring. But there are plenty of good reasons to visit in the fall. The stifling heat and humidity of summer will have faded away, but the weather will still be temperate.
Stay at the luxurious Wentworth Mansion, which dates back to 1886 and was built as a house for a wealthy cotton merchant. It even has Tiffany glass above most of its doorways. Fall rates start at $430.
Go on one of the annual fall tours put on by the Preservation Society of Charleston to get a sense of the city’s rich history, then enjoy a meal at James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock’s Husk Restaurant.
The Saint Paul Hotel, Saint Paul, Minn.
By September, the summer tourist crowds have left the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, but frigid winter temperatures have yet to set in, making it the ideal time to visit the bustling Midwestern city. The Saint Paul Hotel is the city’s ritziest and most historic. It was designed by Reed and Stem, the architects who created New York City’s Grand Central Station.
Go to the famous Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a contemporary art fix, then have dinner at the area’s noted Spoon and Stable restaurant. Fall rates start at $232.33 per night.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Before Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest tourists gum up the streets of New Orleans in the winter and spring, visit this iconic city in the fall. The Ritz-Carlton is the perfect place to stay. Located on the edge of the French Quarter, the hotel features all of the neighborhood’s architectural charm but is far enough away from the noise of the Quarter’s rowdier center. Have a mint julep in the hotel’s courtyard before heading to Café Du Monde for beignets. Rates are as low as $258 for a deluxe king room.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
Despite sweltering temperatures, summer is peak season in Dallas, so wait until fall to book a stay in this exciting city. Stay at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, which originally was a private residence of a cotton mogul. His family traveled throughout Europe, collecting antiques to enhance the residence. Fall room rates start at $371 per night.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
With the leaves changing in the dense woodlands around Seattle and the beautiful Puget Sound area, fall is an excellent time to visit the Emerald City. The Fairmont Olympic is one of Seattle’s oldest hotels. Built in 1924, it features crystal chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and an afternoon tea. Rooms are available from $299 per night.
The US Grant, San Diego
Want to visit one of the most historic sites in America? The US Grant in San Diego is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1910 by the son of President Ulysses S. Grant, for whom the hotel is named.
Live like a president by taking advantage of the off-peak travel season in San Diego in the fall. Rooms at the US Grant can be had for as low as $332 per night. While in San Diego, visit the famous Birch Aquarium, and eat at the acclaimed Sushi Ota.
Fall is an excellent time to visit Boston, as summer crowds have left but temperatures are still moderate before the winter cold sets in.
The majestic Taj Boston in Back Bay looks over the beautiful Boston Common, where wooden swan boats will still be operating in the fall before being retired for the winter. Walk the Freedom Trail before having dinner at local favorite Yvonne’s, a cozy supper club where it might be crisp enough for the fire to be lit at night. Fall rates are available from an average of $491.10 per night.
All fares are based on a recent search for a three-night stay in late October and are subject to change.