When you think about it, a fall vacation makes perfect sense.
Summer has finally come to a close, and the promise of cooler, crisper weather is in the air. Now is the perfect time to plan a fall vacation to witness the colorful changes that the season brings. But what makes a fall foliage pilgrimage meaningful is where you choose to stay, and Omni Hotels & Resorts has several properties that will make your experience truly memorable.
So much to do, and all conveniently located.
Located in one of the District’s premier residential neighborhoods, this elegant urban retreat boasts a resort atmosphere and a personal taste of politics, culture, art and music. Situated on 11 lush acres, you’re just steps away from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, which is home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species. (And admission is free.) You’re also close to the Metro, which will take you to all points of interest throughout the city and beyond.
For many, fall rivals spring as their favorite time of year in D.C., and for good reason. With temperatures in the upper 50s to 70s, it’s the ideal time to get outside and enjoy the nation’s capital, magnificent in the vibrant yellow, red and orange colors of fall.
Word of advice: Bring your walking shoes.
You will run out of day long before you run out of things to see. True, sights and museums are nearby for the most part, and there is the Metro, but we’re talking 19 Smithsonian museums (all with free admission), the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court and the Capitol. Then there are all the monuments on or flanking the National Mall, which is beautiful in any season, but there’s something so compelling about the view of the monuments rising from the brilliant, multicolored treetops.
Fall is also a great time to explore Old Town Alexandria, just across the Potomac River, and only a few Metro stops away. Events and activities include the King Street Art Festival, Pedals ’N’ Pints from Port City Brewing Company and Alexandria’s Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour.
Fall comes early to Toronto, so plan accordingly.
Built in 1903, The King Edward Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Toronto. With a $40 million renovation, Omni has restored the magnificent building to its original palace-like grandeur. The hotel is conveniently located in the financial, entertainment and shopping districts, with easy access to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Sony Centre, The Distillery District and the St. Lawrence Market. So no matter which direction you walk, you’re bound to find something to pique your interest.
Fall awaits outside your door, along with a million things to do.
Fall is a great time to explore Toronto. The cooler temps will draw you outside to explore the sights and witness the spectacle of Toronto’s abundant greenery as it gradually ignites into shades of scarlet, gold, orange and yellow.
Some of Toronto’s other famous sights near the hotel include the Rogers Centre, the Air Canada Centre and the Harbourfront, where you can take a leisurely stroll, or just relax near the water’s edge and sip a latte or a beer. You’re also steps away from the renowned Eaton Centre and some of the best shopping Toronto has to offer. Casually explore King Street and the chic Queen West, or visit the pride of Canada, the Hockey Hall of Fame. For more dramatic views, go to the top of CN Tower and dine at the 360 Restaurant or test your nerves at the EdgeWalk.
Of course, being a half-block from the subway, you’re only a short ride from many of Toronto’s other attractions, like the Toronto Zoo, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto Botanical Garden, and Princess of Wales Theatre.
And then there’s stargazing and beer.
Among the events to consider this fall is the 42nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival, which is sure to attract stars and celebrities. And Toronto Beer Week will have 35 craft breweries participating.
Fall has arrived, and so has the bustle of activities that come each year at this time.
Nestled within the historic and vibrant Shockoe Slip district, Omni Richmond Hotel will put you amid the timeless architecture and gas lamp-lined brick streets reminiscent of another time. Best of all, it’s fall, and as the trees come alive with vibrant color, you’ll revel in a city buzzing with activity.
Celebrate the roots, richness, and variety of American culture at the Richmond Folk Festival.
Come join over 100,000 people in downtown Richmond. The riverfront event includes music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food. Voted the best musical festival in Richmond for several years running, the Richmond Folk Festival always features an amazing list of performers, artists, and exhibitors.
MakerFest makes for an ingeniously good time.
RVA MakerFest will celebrate inventors of all kinds, and why not? Where would we be without them? The festival gives inventors the perfect platform to showcase their creations, wowing and inspiring all who attend. Maybe you’ll find that gadget you’ve been looking for, or a new DIY project to keep you busy. It’s a ton of fun, and it’s family-friendly, so don’t miss out.
Take to the streets where the dazzling fall foliage isn’t the only color taking stage.
Home to over 100 murals, Richmond and the RVA Street Art Festival have become a favorite destination for street art enthusiasts. Each year, artists from all over the world descend on the city. This year, “Richmond’s iconic baseball stadium [will be turned] into a canvas of mixed-media art – including painted murals, projection lighting, landscape art, stairwell art, drone art, and other forms yet to be identified.” It will make a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day, and “will also include a concert series, food and beer trucks and creative activities for children and adults in the parking lot around the stadium.”
If you’re looking for a more intimate experience with the season, here’s a short list of some of Richmond’s best parks and other places to walk and see fall foliage: James River Park, Monument Avenue, Hollywood Cemetery, Byrd Park, Maymont Park, Bryan Park and Forest Hill Park.
Fall is coming to New York. How about you?
Conveniently located on 52nd Street between Madison and 5th Avenue in the heart of Manhattan, Omni Berkshire Place puts all that New York has to offer right at your feet, including Central Park, where the fall foliage beckons.
Walking the tree-lined streets and the many parks in New York is exhilarating any time of year. But seeing the city with an arboreal backdrop of red, yellow and every hue in between makes the experience that much more remarkable. So throw on a sweater and head for the many area attractions and places of interest. Like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Museum Mile and the theater district, featuring on- and off-Broadway shows. Also near the hotel are Rockefeller Center and The Shops at Columbus Circle, where you’ll find fine shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Whatever you’re looking for, the Omni Berkshire Place makes sightseeing and exploring that much more convenient.
Still want more fall foliage? Explore some other options.
Of course, you already know about Central Park, but there are other spots around the city that only the locals know about. Like Fort Tryon Park, Prospect Park, Tulip Tree Trail at Alley Pond Park and, for the best leaf spotting, visit the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden, which boasts the city’s largest patch of old-growth forest.
Fall never gets old in Boston. Not even after 375 years.
This grand luxury hotel has been a part of Boston’s rich history and culture since 1855. Old-world charm and elegance are accompanied by all of the modern conveniences of an international-level establishment. Nestled in the heart of downtown, Omni Parker House is conveniently situated along the Freedom Trail and at the foot of Beacon Hill and Quincy Market. In other words, you’re in the middle of it all.
Many tourists think they have to drive north to see the blazing displays of fall foliage, but you can enjoy much of the same brilliant colors without leaving the city.
Boston is at its most beautiful in the fall. And as the leaves go through their many changing hues, the city’s parks ignite into a kaleidoscopic display.
So many places to see the spectacle of color, and all within your reach.
Some other areas that are perfect for leisurely strolls amid the changing leaves are the tree-filled Boston Esplanade, which is the long, linear park along the Charles River, stretching between the Museum of Science and the Boston University Bridge. Then there is the Boston Common, the first public park in the nation, established in 1634. And Public Garden was America’s first public botanical garden – an oasis of greenery for the public’s enjoyment – was established in 1837. Cambridge and the Harvard campus parks put on an unforgettable show, complementing the historic architecture. Arnold Arboretum houses a collection of almost 5,000 different species of deciduous trees put on a fiery display throughout most of the month of October. And don’t forget the city’s Freedom Trail, which now doubles as a foliage tour.
It won’t be long before you experience that giddy feeling when catching the first hints of fall wafting on the breeze. But when exactly should you head out for a leaf-peeping trip? As a rule, any time from mid-September to early November, keeping in mind that the farther north the leaves are, the sooner they will turn. So what are you waiting for? Choose your destination, and Omni will be happy to provide you a fall experience you’ll never forget.