Summer (in Texas, at least) is certainly still in full swing, but many wanderlusters are already plotting their autumn escapes. Whether it’s culture or scenery, here are five domestic destinations you might consider if you’re feeling antsy or restless as cold weather closes in:
Albuquerque, NM: International Balloon Fiesta
October 6th-8th marks the 41st anniversary of unleashing hot air balloons spanning the space of 54 football fields. Get up early to watch the sunrise on the ascension of more than 600 hot air balloons while spending the weekend at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, nestled in the city’s pastoral North Valley. The cozy 20-room guesthouse combines luxurious accommodations with field-to-fork dining.
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania: National Apple Harvest Festival
If you didn’t head to Albuquerque for the 6th-8th of October, you can stop by PA that weekend or the 13th and 14th for the National Apple Harvest Festival where you can indulge in locally grown fruit, home-pressed cider, pie eating and bobbing contests, or hay rides, scarecrow displays, antique and classic car shows, chainsaw carving demonstrations, and arts and crafts from more than 300 vendors.
San Diego, California: Hot Spot Year Round
When the rest of the states start to get chilly, the southwestern-most corner of the U.S. is still warm and sunny. Extend your summer or boost your cooling spirits with a visit to the oceanside town that offers outdoor activities like sailing, surfing, or just lounging in the sand. Maybe you’d cruise historic highway 101 or visit California’s largest mission. Whatever your fancy, San Diego’s sprawling and inclusive community has it all.
Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The Great Alleghany Passage
The 141-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) traverses western Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania through the forests and along and over riverbeds. The trail is a packed crushed limestone over abandoned railroad tracks and offers easy hiking or biking through a motor-free zone. The trail winds through towns and wildnerness alike, and travelers can plan their route to rest in points of interest like
Frostburg, Maryland at mile 15. The host of the Appalachian Festival, September 14-15, the festival offers regional music and dance, goat milking and beekeeping, and traditional arts and crafts.
Point Clear, Alabama: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort
Live oaks and Spanish moss bedeck this luxurious getaway lying on 700 acres in the Mobile Bay area. The Marriott’s 405 rooms have been redone for a modern upgrade, and the Southern hospitality won’t disappoint when guests are greeted by name upon arrival. Enjoy a cocktail overlooking the bay at a great post-labor day discount (29% off) or use your Marriott points accumulated from Marriott timeshare travel.
After kids are back in school, prices drop and resorts are far less crowded. Get out and enjoy the solitude, or talk to one of our agents about how to maximize your vacation value by buying an off-season timeshare resale today.