My Favorite Fall Getaway Spots

Fall Getaways

Fall is in the air! Well, for some of us at least. The one downside about living in Florida is that there isn’t really a change in the weather until November or sometimes even December. I don’t know about you, but as soon as fall hits, all I want to do is throw on a cozy sweater, trendy hat and booties, and sip on a warm chai latte while strolling through a scenic park. But in Clearwater, that’s just not going to happen right now.

No matter where you live– even if it’s somewhere with a true autumn climate– taking a little time off for a fall getaway a must! Luckily for you, these destinations are perfect for both short and long trips, and will be sure to cure your travel bug (at least for a little!). Here are some of my favorite places to escape to during the season…

1. Savannah

This is one of my favorite places to road trip to. You can’t go wrong with watching the leaves fall in Forsyth Park or in one of the 22 historic squares throughout the city. Be sure to grab some artisan chocolates from Adam Turoni, and explore the Wormsloe Plantation (where Forest Gump ran) to get into the fall spirit.

Savannah in Fall

2. Charleston

This charming town in South Carolina is simply irresistible. From Rainbow Row to the stunning mansions and horse-drawn carriages that line East Battery Street, there is no better place to enjoy the perfect weather.

For more Charleston inspiration, check out: Top 10 Must-Dos in Charleston.

Charleston in Fall

3. Napa Valley

To be honest, there is no bad time to visit Napa. But if you want to take your experience to the next level, why not visit during or just after harvest? Fall is the ideal time of year to stroll through the vineyards and tour the incredible chateaus… All while sipping some of the world’s best wine, of course.

Want more Napa advice? Check out: Tips for Visiting Napa Valley on a Budget.

Napa Valley in Fall

4. Big Sur

Get ready to roll down the windows. Big Sur is the highlight of the iconic Highway 1 drive through California. With its rugged landscape, beautiful wildflowers, and cool sea breeze, it’s the perfect place to experience fall while remaining close to the water. Be sure to visit McWay Falls and Bixby Bridge!

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Big Sur in Fall

5. New York City

I’ve experienced NYC during every season, and fall is the time of year that takes my breath away over and over again. It’s not absurdly cold yet, but you still get to throw on a light coat. Obviously, Central Park is a must! The trees turn a rainbow of colors, making the photo ops even more epic than usual.

Check out:The Ultimate Guide to New York City and Sweets in the City.

New York City in Fall

I know, I know. They’re all a bit too dreamy for words. The good news is, I’m here to help! Feel free to reach out to me in the comments with any questions.

Which one of these destinations would you choose for your next fall getaway?

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Top 10 Must-Dos in Charleston

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1. Hot Little Biscuit
This hole in the wall shop serves up an assortment of the best house-made biscuits you’ll ever have. The blackberry jam, cheddar and chive, black pepper bacon, country ham and cinnamon flavors are all to die for. Be prepared for a wait time— but it’s totally worth it!

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2. Charleston City Market
Dating back to 1840, this open-air market stretches four city blocks and holds everything from the famous sweetgrass baskets and handmade jewelry to artwork and southern-style food. I highly recommend stopping in for lunch, as the South Carolina BBQ booth is melt in your mouth good.

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3. Waterfront Park
Home to the famous Pineapple Fountain, this picturesque park is perfect for a picnic or afternoon stroll. Grab a wooden swing and you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins jumping in the distance!

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4. Rainbow Row
This stretch of East Bay Street is one of Charleston’s claims to fame. The series of thirteen Caribbean colored homes makes for some pretty vibrant photos, and instantly puts any passerby in a cheerful mood.

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5. East Battery Street
With some of the most breathtaking mansions you’ll ever lay eyes on, a walk down East Battery Street is a must! The scenic street runs parallel to the water and is filled with horse-drawn carriages and tons of historic monuments.

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6. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier
This French themed chocolate shop has some of the best French-press coffee and hot chocolate I’ve ever had. But the beautiful macaroons, chocolates and pastries are what they’re really known for! Stop in for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up.

7. The Vendue Rooftop
Rated the best in Charleston, this boutique hotel’s rooftop bar is a prime happy hour spot. The quaint environment is ideal for grabbing a handcrafted cocktail while watching the sunset. P.S. The Gouda Mac N’ Cheese with braised short ribs is out of this world!

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8. Shopping on King Street
If you’re looking to do a little window-shopping, this is where you’ll want to be. King Street is home to some of the best antique, fashion and home furnishing shops in the country.

9. Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B.)
Holy smokes… Where do I start? I’m still dreaming about the shrimp and grits and apple tart I had at this restaurant. Everything was truly incredible, including the décor and southern hospitality. Request to sit at the chef’s table to get a front row view of the open-air kitchen.

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10. Angel Oak Tree
If you don’t mind going for a drive, the Angel Oak Tree is definitely worth a visit! It’s believed to be over 1500 years old and is truly stunning. I’d recommend packing a little picnic and grabbing a shady spot under one of the massive limbs.

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Feel free to ask me any specific questions regarding Charleston in the comments. Happy travels!

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