If you are looking for the perfect weekend getaway during the cooler months, there is the option to sneak away to the mountains to view the changing foliage. Whether you are planning for you and that special someone, or a dozen of your closest friends, we have five perfect mountain rentals from HomeAway that are sure to inspire you. These five charming lodges, scattered across the United States, are some of the best locations for watching the leaves change color.
1. Lake Champlain Valley: Montgomery, Vermont
The Sugar Shack is a one bedroom cabin nestled on 25-acres between Jay Peak and Montgomery. In the wintertime it is a ski lodge, but during the fall it is privy to some of the most stunning displays of foliage in the country. This cabin rests on a hilltop facing south, allowing for some incredible sunsets. The quaint structure boasts wood paneling, an Americana decorating scheme, and a claw foot tub. There is easy access to hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and golf.
2. Blue Ridge Mountains: Asheville, North Carolina
This vintage lakefront property is locally known as ‘the Enchanted Cottage.’ Experience some of the best living that the South has to offer in this 12-person cottage on the shores of Lake Lure. Your stay includes unlimited use of the Tri Toon boat for cruising, fishing, and going to Larkin's on the Lake for drinks and dinner. One of America’s best autumn color drives is nearby along the Blue Ridge Parkway through Mount Mitchell State Park.
3. Eastern Sierras: Mammoth Lakes, California
You do not have to be on the East Coast to enjoy the changing of the leaves. There are plenty of deciduous trees as well as rich local history in the Eastern Sierras of Northern California. You will be able to see all of that from your Mammoth Lakes Chalet Rental. This cozy A-frame cabin comfortably sleeps up to nine people. It is within a bus ride's distance to the Red Meadow facilities where there are hiking trails, mountain biking, and gondola rides.
4. Adirondacks: Lake Placid, New York
This beautiful property on the southern tip of Moose Island of Lake Placid is only accessible by boat. Yet the 1600-square-foot cabin has all the modern luxuries you would expect to find in the city. The house sleeps up to 10 people, with satellite TV, a gourmet kitchen, a fireplace, a rooftop deck, and a jacuzzi tub. On the shore, there is a restored 1880’s skating cabin and a dock with four boat slips a fire pit, and a canoe.
5. Rocky Mountains: Aspen, Colorado
Apparently, it is no secret that the mountains surrounding Aspen, Colorado have some magnificent fall displays of color. This 12-person luxury home will run you more than all of these other retreats combined. Note the fresh modern decor, multiple fireplaces, seven-person hot tub, 3D television, video game system, wet bar, powder room, personal concierge, and grand piano. This palatial lodge is within walking distance of the Rio Grande Trail, Aspen Highlands, and Aspen Mountain.
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