Where to enjoy the best colours this autumn

Country stays in spectacular surrounds

Autumn’s colourful foliage is sweeping across the US in vivid shades of gold, amber and red to create spectacular natural scenes.

The season’s changing colours is a thrilling spectacle, and there’s no better way to enjoy its beauty than on a weekend escape in the country. Here we have selected six cosy cottages in remote spots, which will give you a boost of colour before the winter sets in.

Upcycled architecture in Mount Vernon, Missouri

Via Airbnb

Wide skies stretch overhead in this shipping container abode, with a modern, monochrome interior and a cantilevered terrace. Part of a 400-acre century farm, guests can explore its elderberry and hemp fields and can stroll beside or fish, kayak and or swim in the Spring River. Mount Vernon and its surrounds offer the fall experience in HD colour and host an apple butter cooking event.

From $125 per night 

An angular ‘lantern’ home on South Lake Tahoe, California

Lighthus cabin is a modern beech-plywood lined rural retreat with translucent windows and angular forms
Photography: William Liow / Peripherie Design Studio

The Lighthus is a contemporary barn-like home with an angled, wooden interior and deep windows framing its pine tree setting. Frosted and lined glass covers the cabin’s front end-gable, giving it a lantern-like look at night. Dotted around Lake Tahoe in the fall season are yellow aspen groves, which sit among evergreens and illuminate its edges.

From $529 per night (3-night min stay)

A classic A-frame in Stowe, Vermont

A frame cabin for rent with vintage 1970s vibes
Via Airbnb

Sitting within a woodland clearing, this vintage A-frame house is lofty and light, with macrame-hung houseplants and warm wood accents accentuating its 1970s vibe. It has an open fireplace nook and folk-style textiles to cosy up with when the temperature drops. One of Vermont’s highest peaks, Mount Mansfield looms over Stow town, and its many wooded trails offer colourful views of the fall landscapes.

From $557 per night

Adobe living in Taos, New Mexico

This traditional Adobe (earth clay) home is surrounded by orchards while interiors have a vintage 1970s vibe
Via Airbnb

Live in a period adobe (mud-made) house while exploring north New Mexico‘s high desert landscapes which turn a deep gold in the fall thanks to its bounty of aspen trees. Set in a private, park-like setting, the rustic home was originally the dance studio of the renowned flamenco artist María Benítez and has original rough-hewn beams,  vintage-chic decor and an indoor hammock.

From $129 per night

Craftsbury cabin in Vermont

Mediterranean influences blend with Alpine chalet-inspired architecture at this Vermont retreat
Via Airbnb

This Craftsbury wooden cabin is an alpine-style home with Mediterranean flair and clean lines, centring around high views of forested mountains. Its earthy hues, painted cement floors and glazed wall are uplifting while its grounds feature blueberry bushes and explorable acres of land. Nearby Craftsbury Common’s pastoral farmlands and white clapboard architecture feel classically New England in the fall months.

From $201 per night

A plant lover’s paradise in Silverton, Oregon

A Silverton cabin for rent in Oregon with serene, Asian botanically themed interiors
Via Glamping.com

Horticulture fans will love this Oregon greenhouse home, which has an Asian botanical theme and an all-timber frame with glass walls. It glows with natural light and green views from every angle, an indoor Japanese style hot tub and an upstairs sleeping pod where guests can gaze at the stars at night. It lies within a fall lovers’ favourite spot, the Willamette Valley, which also has great wineries.

From $213 per night

A gallerist’s Hudson Valley retreat asks $3.745m

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