10 American Boutique Hotels That Bring You Closer to Fall Foliage

by Kristine Hansen

10 American Boutique Hotels That Bring You Closer to Fall Foliage

by Kristine Hansen

Leaf peeping used to mean sleeping in a quaint bed and breakfast. But now, you can check into a modern hotel with amenities like a pool and hip restaurant— all against a backdrop of contemporary style. From Cape Cod’s shorelines to Asheville, N.C., here’s where to book your fall getaway.

Leaf peeping used to mean sleeping in a quaint bed and breakfast. But now, you can check into a modern hotel with amenities like a pool and hip restaurant— all against a backdrop of contemporary style. From Cape Cod’s shorelines to Asheville, N.C., here’s where to book your fall getaway.

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Lodge Kohler
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Lodge Kohler, Wisconsin

This Green Bay, Wisconsin offshoot of The American Club — the plumbing manufacturer’s flagship luxe resort in the village of Kohler — may be across from Lambeau Field, but Lodge Kohler isn’t just for Packers fans. An amazing spa and interior design (plush green armchairs, bejeweled accents, and custom iron work) are joined by wine-paired feasts at Taverne in the Sky. Rates from $132 per night. 

This Green Bay, Wisconsin offshoot of The American Club — the plumbing manufacturer’s flagship luxe resort in the village of Kohler — may be across from Lambeau Field, but Lodge Kohler isn’t just for Packers fans. An amazing spa and interior design (plush green armchairs, bejeweled accents, and custom iron work) are joined by wine-paired feasts at Taverne in the Sky. Rates from $132 per night. 

Dwell Hotel
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The Dwell Hotel, Tennessee

In this Mad Men-like hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the wallpaper is vivid (imagine larger-than-life tropical leaves), the pool scene is hopping, and the vintage furniture is simply gorgeous. The 16-room property, which dates back to 1909, is a member of Design Hotels. The onsite cocktail bar, Matilda Midnight, is not to be missed. Rates from $225 per night. 

In this Mad Men-like hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the wallpaper is vivid (imagine larger-than-life tropical leaves), the pool scene is hopping, and the vintage furniture is simply gorgeous. The 16-room property, which dates back to 1909, is a member of Design Hotels. The onsite cocktail bar, Matilda Midnight, is not to be missed. Rates from $225 per night. 

Boonville Hotel
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Boonville Hotel, California

Yes, leaves really do turn in California, particularly in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. Boonville Hotel — on the “main drag” in boho-chic Boonville — is owned by the son of French Laundry’s original owners, and the onsite restaurant's innovative plating is proof. Here, 15 rooms are spread out between the main hotel, cottages, and roadhouse. The sun-dappled courtyard is definitely a highlight. Rates from $165 per night. 

Yes, leaves really do turn in California, particularly in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. Boonville Hotel — on the “main drag” in boho-chic Boonville — is owned by the son of French Laundry’s original owners, and the onsite restaurant's innovative plating is proof. Here, 15 rooms are spread out between the main hotel, cottages, and roadhouse. The sun-dappled courtyard is definitely a highlight. Rates from $165 per night. 

Lincolnville Motel
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Lincolnville Motel, Maine

Channeling a minimalist nautical theme, this adorable motel in Lincolnville, Maine, reopened in 2015 under new owners and with a sleek new look (all-white cabins with turquoise room doors) for its 1950s-motel bones. Chill at the pool, partake in a lawn game, or relax in one of the rooms, which are complete with record players and books (but no TVs). Rates from $95 per night. 

Channeling a minimalist nautical theme, this adorable motel in Lincolnville, Maine, reopened in 2015 under new owners and with a sleek new look (all-white cabins with turquoise room doors) for its 1950s-motel bones. Chill at the pool, partake in a lawn game, or relax in one of the rooms, which are complete with record players and books (but no TVs). Rates from $95 per night. 

Kimpton Taconic
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Kimpton Taconic, Vermont

Open since 2015 in Manchester, Vermont, Kimpton Taconic embraces its countryside roots. Mountain vistas back at the room are a nice retreat after drinks and eats (from local cheddar to Maine blue mussels) in the Copper Grouse. You can also take a dip in the outdoor pool. Complimentary tea and coffee by the fireplace kick starts every day of leaf peeping. Rates from $231 per night.

Open since 2015 in Manchester, Vermont, Kimpton Taconic embraces its countryside roots. Mountain vistas back at the room are a nice retreat after drinks and eats (from local cheddar to Maine blue mussels) in the Copper Grouse. You can also take a dip in the outdoor pool. Complimentary tea and coffee by the fireplace kick starts every day of leaf peeping. Rates from $231 per night.

Graduate Ann Arbor
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Graduate Ann Arbor, Michigan

A new import to this college town (which is home to the University of Michigan), Graduate Ann Arbor infuses preppy plaid with a lighthearted vibe, including mismatched carpet on the lobby’s winding staircase and oil portraits behind Poindexter Coffee’s espresso machine. Carved headboards and plaid wool throws in each room add a nice touch. Rates from $225 per night. 

A new import to this college town (which is home to the University of Michigan), Graduate Ann Arbor infuses preppy plaid with a lighthearted vibe, including mismatched carpet on the lobby’s winding staircase and oil portraits behind Poindexter Coffee’s espresso machine. Carved headboards and plaid wool throws in each room add a nice touch. Rates from $225 per night. 

Lora Hotel - Lobby
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Hotel Lora, Minnesota

Lora Hotel — which is part of Provenance Hotels — debuted last year in Stillwater, Minnesota. Located within a former brewery, the property retains the building’s cave entrances, stone walls, and vaulted ceilings. The three onsite bars and restaurants are Long Goodbye (craft cocktails), Feller (all-day dining with Minnesota-found ingredients, including quail and bison), and Made Coffee (street-level café). Rates from $136 per night. 

Lora Hotel — which is part of Provenance Hotels — debuted last year in Stillwater, Minnesota. Located within a former brewery, the property retains the building’s cave entrances, stone walls, and vaulted ceilings. The three onsite bars and restaurants are Long Goodbye (craft cocktails), Feller (all-day dining with Minnesota-found ingredients, including quail and bison), and Made Coffee (street-level café). Rates from $136 per night. 

AWOL Hotel
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AWOL Hotel, Massachusetts

Rocking a slang-y acronym, AWOL is a perfect place to crash on Cape Cod’s northern tip for some beachfront hiking. In fact, Cape Cod Bay is right across the street. Warm up near the outdoor firepits or over cocktails at the hotel bar. Beachy-chic room décor includes pendant lampshades woven from natural materials. Rates from $199 per night.

Rocking a slang-y acronym, AWOL is a perfect place to crash on Cape Cod’s northern tip for some beachfront hiking. In fact, Cape Cod Bay is right across the street. Warm up near the outdoor firepits or over cocktails at the hotel bar. Beachy-chic room décor includes pendant lampshades woven from natural materials. Rates from $199 per night.

Foundry Hotel
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The Foundry, North Carolina

One of the country’s most scenic autumn drives — the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway — winds around Asheville, North Carolina. Build in a stay at The Foundry, which opened in November 2018 as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Drinks at Workshop Lounge or dinner at Benne on Eagle (the latter of which features a herb garden, fire pits, and outdoor seating) are a fitting next chapter for this foundry-turned-hotel. Rates from $269 per night.

One of the country’s most scenic autumn drives — the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway — winds around Asheville, North Carolina. Build in a stay at The Foundry, which opened in November 2018 as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Drinks at Workshop Lounge or dinner at Benne on Eagle (the latter of which features a herb garden, fire pits, and outdoor seating) are a fitting next chapter for this foundry-turned-hotel. Rates from $269 per night.

Rivertown Lodge
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Rivertown Lodge, New York

Hudson, New York has become a hotspot for hip hotels, including the 27-room Rivertown Lodge, which is housed inside a former 1920s-era movie theater. Local craftspeople, artisans, and furniture makers partnered on nearly everything you see, from the communal kitchen to the retail shop, to the toiletries. Bookend foliage jaunts with Tavern’s morning brunch and evening dinner. Rates from $219 per night.

Hudson, New York has become a hotspot for hip hotels including the 27-room Rivertown Lodge, which is housed inside a former 1920s-era movie theater. Local craftspeople, artisans, and furniture makers partnered on nearly everything you see, from the communal kitchen to the retail shop, to the toiletries. Bookend foliage jaunts with Tavern’s morning brunch and evening dinner. Rates from $219 per night.

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