When the leaves are falling and autumn is calling, it’s time to pack your camera and your canine and strike out in search of fall foliage. If you’re looking for a getaway where you and Fido can bask in the glorious displays of fall colors, these nine pet-friendly vacation rentals will leaf you smiling.
Posted by Jessica Roberts
1. Fabulous All-Season Lakehouse
Each year as fall creeps in, leaf lovers flock to Vermont to watch the maple trees burst into brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. This Fabulous All-Season Lakehouse is the perfect spot to witness the Green Mountain State reveal her autumnal splendor. Originally a rustic cabin built in the 1930s, this pet-friendly vacation home is situated on a peninsula on pristine Lake Eden. It has been renovated to provide modern convenience while preserving its original charm. The house is also close to more foliage-viewing fun like the Stowe Pinnacle Trail, the famous Gondola SkyRide, and Smugglers Notch State Park.
Nightly rates start at $238.
When to go: September and October are the best months to see the fall foliage in Vermont, but some color change can begin here as early as mid- to late-August.
2. Mod House by the Taos River
The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in New Mexico is a must-drive for anyone seeking a unique southwestern perspective on fall foliage. The 83-mile loop encircles Wheeler Peak, the state’s highest point, providing views of the famous aspens as they turn dark orange and the purple cinquefoil and cottonwoods that burst into bright shades of red and yellow. The route starts and ends in Taos, where you and your pup can post up in this Mod house by the Taos River, complete with hot tub and a meditation hut, located right on the Taos de Fernando River in a grove of 100-year-old cottonwood and willow trees.
Nightly rates start at $152.
When to go: Late September to early October offers the most vibrant colors along the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway.
3. Pop's Cottage
If leaf-gazing with your hound from the top of your own private mountain sounds like a little slice of heaven, book a stay at Pop's Cottage. The open floor plan cottage just outside of Bryson City features absolutely breathtaking views of the Smokey Mountains as the backdrop. From here, you’ll also be close to hiking trails at Nantahala National Forest, the best dog-friendly alternative to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If your pup isn’t too keen to hike, you can hop on the 61.3-mile Mountain Waters Scenic Byway to view more of Western North Carolina’s many forests, waterfalls, rivers and awe-inspiring mountaintop vistas from your vehicle.
Nightly rates start at $209.
When to go: Bryson City and the rest of Western NC are awash in fall colors from early October to late November.
4. Woodland Cottage
The Woodland Cottage is a cozy craftsman-style home featuring a wood-burning stove, covered porch and outdoor fire pit perfect for s’ mores. But best of all, this vacation rental sits on a private 50-acre property with its own marked hiking trails, an ideal place for basking in the beautiful Massachusetts autumn. More pet-friendly hikes and foliage await at the Appalachian Trail, just a half-mile from the property. Dogs are also welcome to join their owners for a stroll around nearby Otis Reservoir, a 1,065-acre body of water at Tolland State Forest.
Nightly rates start at $246.
When to go: The fall foliage display in Massachusetts starts in late September and continues into early November, but October is the prime month for leaf-peeping with your pup.
5. Secluded Home with Private Hot Tub & Amazing Views
The fantastic fall views from this pet-friendly Secluded Home in the Great Smoky Mountains will "leaf" quite an impression. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop walkway, you and Fido will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views entirely uninterrupted by roads, power lines or buildings. While in Tennessee, check out the two pet-friendly hiking trails at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take a drive along Newfound Gap Road for incredible lookouts, and find some down-home country cooking on one of the many pet-friendly restaurant patios in the area.
Nightly rates start at $314.
When to go: Late October to mid-November is peak season for the most spectacular fall foliage displays in the Great Smoky Mountains.
6. House On The Rock - Ozark National Forest/White River
Experience a fall color explosion at the House on the Rock near Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. The Ozarks become even better in the fall as the summertime crowds disperse and the temperatures cool to the 60s. From the property’s wrap-around deck and private 4.5 acres, you and your pup can bear witness as the surrounding hills ignite in shades of scarlet, gold, mahogany and russet. You might want to try your hand (or paw) at fishing on the adjacent White River, a world-renowned spot for some of the finest trout fishing anywhere.
Nightly rates start at $185.
When to Go: The last two weeks of October are the indisputable prime time for fall foliage at the Lake of the Ozarks.
7. Waldhous Modern Forest Home
You don’t have to stay in a rustic cabin in order to immerse yourself in a forest awash in fall colors. The Waldhaus - Modern Forest Home feels like you’re staying in a treehouse, but with all the modern conveniences of a boutique vacation home. The convenience doesn’t end at the door to this pet-friendly vacation rental, either. You can hike trails right from the property, and there are many restaurants and cool attractions like Sugarbush Farm within a 15-minute drive of the house.
Nightly rates start at $195.
When to go: Enjoy the best of Vermont’s autumn from late August through October.
8. Beautiful Berkshire Family Home
Bring Fido and up to 12 guests to stay in this spacious five-bedroom, farmhouse-style Berkshire Family Home nestled in the beautiful Massachusetts mountains. Surround yourself with crunching leaves while you sup and sip on the screened-in porch at the large garden table, or take a hike at one of the many nearby state parks and forests. There’s plenty to do in the Berkshires with your pup, like picking your own fruit at dog-friendly Hill Top Orchards and grabbing a glass of wine at the nearby Land of Nod Vineyard & Winery.
Nightly rates start at $250.
When to Go: Look for the red maples from late September through November.
9. Charming Log Cabin Steps Away From Rangeley Lake
No list of fall foliage destinations is complete without a spot in Maine. For optimal autumnal views in an entrancing setting, book this Charming Log Cabin just a few steps away from Lake Rangeley. Situated in a wildlife preserve, your stay here may also include sightings of loons, deer and even the occasional moose. Lake Rangeley itself stretches 9 miles, is full of salmon and trout, and is an ideal fall destination for anybody looking for Maine’s famed red and scarlet maples, oaks, flowering dogwood, and sassafras trees.
Nightly rates start at $140.
When to go: Rangeley is situated in the middle of the state, where peak fall foliage conditions run from late September to mid-late October.
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