West Coast BnB’s for an Unforgettable Fall Foliage Getaway
People often praise New England as a prized spot for catching the best of fall foliage, but least we forget, the West Coast offers some spectacular Autumn vistas too. From Washington to Oregon to California, the trees aim to please with breathtaking colors that are surrounded by equally stunning landscapes. Here’s a look at striking BnB inns that are perfect for fall getaways.
Nestled in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Autumn Pond Bed & Breakfast resides on three peaceful acres surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Cascade Mountains.
This B&B comes complete with its own private pond that features a wooden swing where guests can view wild birds in their natural setting as well as lawn chairs and a relaxing hammock on the deck. Accommodations include four rooms and one suite, all outfitted with queen beds, private bathrooms, and classic country decor. Autumn Pond Bed & Breakfast is located close to downtown, as well as near six wineries, numerous outdoor activities, performing arts, and local events, including the annual Autumn Leaf Festival, which takes place in September and is one of the longest-running festivals in the state.
Peak season: September through the first week of November is usually the best.
Must-see tree: Vine maple. They turn brilliant red and orange, cover the steep slopes, and are especially abundant in old areas where forest fires have burned off the pines.
Surrounded by 14 acres of woodlands and meadows, Meritage Meadows Inn in Redmond is situated in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country within 10 miles of over 105 of Washington’s best wineries and tasting rooms and just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.
This beautiful B&B offers five graciously and uniquely appointed guestrooms, all named after state’s American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s). Accommodations include private baths, air conditioning, garden views, Wi-Fi, heated towel racks, and more. In the morning guests enjoy a delectable breakfast, while in the evening they can indulge in a daily wine tasting. The Cinq Cellars winery (on the property) will be processing grapes while the trees are turning, so will 100 more wineries in the neighborhood. Cookies and additional treats are available around the clock! The inn also has large common areas with two dining rooms, a great room, library, media room, and exercise room. It’s located close to several local golf courses, shopping, restaurants, and other local attractions.
Peak season: October and early November
Must-see trees: Vine Maple, Liquid Amber locally, and Larch and Aspen at higher locations nearby
With grounds recognized as a “Backyard Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation, Old Parkdale Inn in Parkdale is located just 15 miles from Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge and 1.5 hours from Portland.
Nestled within Mount Hood’s majestic foothills a short drive from the National Forest, the inn offers guests three comfortable guestrooms offering queen beds with luxurious bedding, private baths, plush robes, microwaves, coffee makers, refrigerators, and flat-screen satellite TVs with built-in DVD players. All accommodations also feature unique Oregon State symbols: Chinook, Douglas Fir, and Meadowlark. Additional amenities include complimentary beverages, toiletries and high-speed internet access. An enticing breakfast is served daily, prepared with the fresh fruit Hood River Valley is renowned for. Geocaching, kayaking, hiking and more are among outdoor activities guests enjoy, plus a drive on the 35-mile Hood River County Fruit Loop through forests, expansive orchards, wineries, farms, and fruit stands.
Peak season: Mid-September through mid-October
Must-See trees: Cottonwoods and maples along the Columbia River
More Must-See Trees: Larch, Black Cottonwoods, Big Leaf Maple, Vine Maple, and Bracken Ferns in the Mt. Hood National Forest
Located near Pacific Grove and Big Sur, the historic Old Monterey Inn Bed & Breakfast in Monterey is the ideal spot for guests headed to the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel regions.
Enveloped by a lush garden, this alluring and award-winning B&B offers luxurious rooms and suites that include private baths, lavender soaps and Gilchrist & Somes products, cozy sitting areas next to private fireplaces complete with candles, plush feather beds with top-quality linens, soft terry-lined robes, TV’s with DVDs and much more. Select accommodations feature spa tubs for two and stained glass windows and skylights. Additional amenities range from full gourmet breakfast, dining in the garden, concierge services, and freshly baked cookies to romantic couples massages, personalized itineraries, sunset wine & hors d’oeuvers – among others. The inn is also situated near some of the best golf courses in the world.
Peak season: October through early November
Must-see trees: Maple (though the region is predominantly known for its Cypress trees, which are a gorgeous shade of green and do not change color)
Situated in the center of the Sierra Foothill wine tasting region, minutes away from Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley, Hanford House Bed and Breakfast Inn in historic Sutter Creek is a Gold Country boutique B&B hotel offering 16 spacious guestrooms that seamlessly combine the inn’s gracious past with plenty of modern-day comforts.
All accommodations feature private bathrooms, luxury linens and bath robes, flat-screen TV’s, high-speed Wi-Fi, and more. Select rooms also offer Jacuzzi and soaking tubs, gas fireplaces, private balconies and decks, plus heated bathrooms floors. Additional amenities include chef-prepared breakfasts, early evening wine, and private off-street parking. Numerous local activities are available nearby including bicycling, golfing, boating, hiking, white-water rafting and more. Guests can pan for gold, visit wineries, browse through antique and specialty shops, enjoy a variety of dining experiences, or tour the historic “Gold Rush” building and sites.
Peak season: Late September through early November
Must-see trees: Birch, Maple, and the many fruit trees in the area. The grapevines also turn during the fall.
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