Getaways for a fantastic fall

SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 9/5/2019, 12:54 p.m.
There’s something about fall that’s fantastic.
Nashville, Tenn. Lysa Allman-Baldwin photo

Madeira, Portugal

You’ll like the lovely 70-degree weather as much as the infamous wine. Sail, go dolphin watching, or if water isn’t your thing, hike along the old aqueducts in the mountains, run trails or golf. There’s plenty to explore. Do book any tours in advance, not because of the crowds, but because it’s the shoulder season, some tours may be less frequent or closed. You don’t want any disappointments. What will certainly make you smile is that you’ll be able to find a very good hotel room at $50-$180 a night.

Cooperstown, New York

If you’re looking for an easy get away, Cooperstown is about a four-hour drive from the city, and it’s oh-so-beautiful in the fall. You know Cooperstown is the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but this town isn’t only for baseball fans. For one thing, it’s a great place for the autumn ritual of apple picking. You’ll be surprised how much fun it is. There’s not only a lot of brew in Cooperstown but cider lovers will be happy too. There’s the Fenimore Art Museum that boasts American folk art and Native American crafts. Sit back and relax on a cruise on the lake. Cooperstown won’t blow your budget either. There are deals to be had at places like the Otesaga Resort Hotel with its Autumn Harvest Package that’s 20 percent off.

Nashville, Tennessee

All aboard! Get ready for a Smoky Mountain Rail Adventure. Start the Vacations by Rail tour in Nashville, and spend nine days working your way through Nashville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg and Asheville, North Carolina. During the journey, you’ll visit the Grand Ole Opry performance and backstage tour after the show, the Great Smoky Mountains, Biltmore Estate, Lookout Mountain, Country Music Hall of Fame, much good eating and more.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

The masses flock to The Vineyard in the summer, so swim against the tide and head there in fall. You avoid the crowds and the peak season prices. For example, average summer rates at the iconic Harbor View Hotel start at around $450, while low season rates start at $270. There are trails for biking and hiking. Gallery hop, play a round or two of golf, or, simply chill at the beach.