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Come to Atlantic Canada for Foliage, Flavor and Festivals This Fall

September 29, 2017
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Prince Edward Island’s red clay roads are delightful for biking in fall.

ATLANTIC CANADA  – The Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island offer more than breathtaking horizons of gold, crimson and amber leaves in autumn.  This fall, travelers to Atlantic Canada’s coastal region will find fewer crowds, lower rates and a variety of festivals, culinary indulgences and experiences that deliver more than simply peeping at leaves from a car.

Prince Edward Island

Throughout September, the Fall Flavours Festival takes foodies on a culinary journey across Prince Edward Island.  From mussel and lobster shore boils and grilled cheese chef challenges, to made in Canada food tours, the festival also features signature events hosted by popular celebrity chefs including PEI’s own Chef Michael Smith. Pricing for individual events vary.

For leaf peepers, the red clay roads on Prince Edward Island(http://www.tourismpei.com) are lined with trees full of apricot orange, fiery red and bright yellow and showcase best between mid-September and mid-October.  Bicycling on the Confederation Trail, which is built on old railroad tracks and spans about 270 miles (435 kilometers), offers spectacular views of colorful foliage with sections that lead through wooded areas and along the coastline.

Nova Scotia

With a famed heritage for its giant pumpkins, Windsor in  Nova Scotia ( http://www.novascotia.com) hosts the annual Pumpkin Festival and Regatta, where people paddle in hollowed out oversized pumpkins and race across Lake Pezaquid. With a backdrop of autumn leaves, spectators can cheer on the pumpkin racers, children can participate in scavenger hunts and so much more during the festivities on October 9.  For more information, visit http://worldsbiggestpumpkins.com

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, activities and events celebrating the community’s rich culture during the annual Celtic Colours International Festival.  Held from October 6-14 when the leaves of Cape Breton are vibrant in red, yellow and orange hues, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premier musical events. At one of the many concerts, guests will be entertained by musicians from around the world sharing the stage with Cape Breton’s best singers, dancers, players, story-tellers and culture bearers in venues that range from community halls and churches to modern schools and theatres. For more information, visit http://celtic-colours.com/.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Foliage enthusiasts looking for an offbeat way to view fall colors can head to Newfoundland and Labrador (http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com)and hop on an ATV.  In Western Newfoundland, Mount Musgrave ATV Tours travels along Marble Mountain’s jaw-dropping vistas of Humber Valley. The one and half hour tour brings ATVing guests beyond the chairlift to the summit of Mount Musgrave to spot wildlife such as moose, caribou, black bear, and of course, the vibrant hues of changing leaves. Available through October 31, price is $55 CAD per person.

From October 6-8, Fogo Island celebrates the partridgeberry, the tart red berry that grows in abundance in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Fogo Island Partridgeberry Harvest Festival showcases local produce of Fogo Island and Change Islands through farmer’s market, crafts, bake-offs, harvest competitions, demonstration of traditional woodworking and quilting, music, jam sessions and much more.

New Brunswick

Indulge, New Brunswick’s annual food and wine festival in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, features three days of food experiences and more from October 13 to 15. From a walking tour and tasting of top chefs’ wares along shorefront Water Street to a farmer’s market, tasting dinners and wine trails, guests enjoy local culinary delights.  On October 14, adventurists can race the tide across the ocean floor on bike during Cyclocross the Tide on Ministers Island.  Pricing for individual events vary.

In Miramichi, New Brunswick (http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca), the newly opened Over the Cove Zipline stretches more than 980 feet (300 meters). Adventurers can zip over water and through the changing colored leaves in two directions at French Fort Cove, which also offers walking, hiking and biking trails. Over the Cove Zipline is open weekends through October 9. Price is $20 CAD per person.

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Vermont, Staking Claim for ‘World’s Best Foliage’ Provides Weekly Foliage Reports

October 2, 2015

After years of watching other states attempt to position themselves as autumn destinations, Vermont has thrown down the gauntlet and declared itself the home of the World’s Best Foliage.

“No one does foliage better than Vermont,” declared Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Three-quarters of our state is forested, and we have the highest percentage of maple trees in the country. With our flaming reds, blazing oranges and glowing yellows, we have the most vibrant fall colors in the world.”

In previous years, states as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona have claimed their fall season was as pretty as Vermont’s. “Clearly, we’re the bar,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “Our fall advertising campaign will articulate the myriad reasons we have the World’s Best Foliage. Our hope is that people will be inspired to come see it for themselves.”

Smith added that Vermont’s fall campaign isn’t just about bragging rights. Visitors spend $460 million during the foliage season, which represents about a quarter of overall visitor spending each year. Nearly 3.5 million people travel to Vermont in the fall to experience its unique working landscape of bucolic villages, pastoral meadows, and forested hillsides.

To help visitors plan their trip during “peak” season, the state’s official tourism website, www.VermontVacation.com, will offer weekly foliage reports, Best Bets for driving tours, and a foliage tracker. The website will rely on information from the state’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and its commissioner, Michael Snyder. Snyder is a well-regarded forester, and with over 30 years of professional experience, has earned the title of Vermont’s official Foliage Forecaster.

“Predicting fall’s color changes is part science and part luck,” admitted Snyder. “We know the science of color change and the factors that influence it, but we don’t know exactly how it will unfold in any given year. The good news is, our foliage is like a day on the slopes—when it’s good, it’s great. And even when it’s a bit off, it’s still really good.”  Snyder says Vermont’s abundant spring rain and summer sunshine have created the right conditions for a spectacular fall in 2015.

To see the top reasons why Vermont has the World’s Best Foliage, go to www.VermontVacation.com/worldsbestfoliage.

 

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AccuWeather Fall Foliage Forecast: Exceptional Year for Northeast

September 17, 2014
The Berkshires, Massachusetts. Accuweather is predicting an exceptional fall foliage this season © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Berkshires, Massachusetts. Accuweather is predicting an exceptional fall foliage this season © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Start planning your fall getaway! AccuWeather experts say the summer season has set the stage for potentially exceptional fall colors in the Northeast, though the weather through mid-October will ultimately determine how stellar of a display will emerge, reports Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer for AccuWeather.com.

The Northeastern states have had a good to excellent growing season without any major disturbances, according to Dr. Michael Day, University of Maine research professor of Physiological Ecology.

“In addition, adequate precipitation and lack of wind disturbances has resulted in trees with an exceptional amount of foliage still attached,” he said.

Slight drought stress in the late summer helped to signal a seasonal change but did not force an early leaf drop.

The upcoming weather will play a critical role.

A cold snap in the next four to six weeks would bring out the vibrant fall colors, resulting in what Day considers an ‘exceptional’ year for fall foliage in the Northeast.

Cool, dry weather into September and October is typically ideal for producing the bright colors favored by tourists and locals alike.

The next month is forecast to deliver just what the doctor ordered with dry periods and some chilly weather in the northern areas of New York state and northern New England for the second half of September, according to AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok.

Meanwhile, those in the Midwest and Southeast may be shortchanged. An abundance of wet and warm weather may hinder the display for the Midwest, southern Appalachians and Southeast.

According to the 2014 AccuWeather.com Fall Forecast, wet weather will be focused from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf coast in October.

Though the early emergence of color can already be seen in many locations throughout the East, the peak of colors will hold off for a while, according to Dr. Marc Abrams, professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology at Penn State University.

Those planning trips to see the foliage in late September should head north, but trips to the Southeast should be put off until late October, Abrams said.

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Indulge at Twin Farms, Vermont’s 5-Star, Relais & Chateaux Country Hideaway

September 3, 2014
Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway and a five star Relais & Chateaux Resort, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway and a five star Relais & Chateaux Resort, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway, set amidst 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley, just 15 minutes north of Woodstock, in Barnard, Vermont, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

The five star Relais & Chateaux Resort provides 20 lovely rooms in 10 freestanding cottages

Originally the home of the writer and Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis, the five star Relais & Chateaux Resort provides 20 lovely rooms in 10 freestanding cottages.

In 1993, Jed Johnson, interior designer and friend of the famous artist Andy Warhol, designed 15 rooms, before Peter Bohlin and interior designer Thad Hayes completed the rest in 2005. A special combination of American folk and contemporary art gives Twin Farms its special charm. Decorative ceramics are mixed with originals by Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and David Hockney, among others, while fine woodwork made of maple and pine relate with modern sculptures.

Gourmets will appreciate the elegant and authentic cuisine at The Main House restaurant. Chef Nathan Rich’s dishes reflect the seasons and are prepared with ingredients from the garden or from the nearby region. The wine cellar, consisting of 26,000 bottles of fine wine of international origin, completes the taste experience. Nathan Rich was honored last year as one of the world’s only three chefs with the award “Relais & Chateaux Rising Chef Trophy 2013”.

At the “Spa at Twin Farms,” guests can indulge in relaxing massages or enjoy a workout in the fully-equipped fitness center. The Spa menu offers tailor-made spa treatments, luxurious facials, rejuvenating pedicures and manicures as well as exquisite body treatments. All Spa products are handmade Vermont and contain only herbal extracts, organic herbal teas and pure essential oils.

Summer and winter, there is a lot to do, whether hiking, climbing, fishing, canoeing, skiing or ice skating.

Accommodations start at $ 1,450 for two people. The price includes all meals, drinks, cocktails, wine and the use of the spa area including the Furo – a 104 degree Japanese style soaking tub – as well as the use of recreational equipment such as canoes and fishing tackle.

Twin Farms, P.O. Box 115, Barnard, Vermont 05031, 802-234-9999, info@twinfarms.com, www.twinfarms.com.

 

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Evergreen Inn at Spring Lake on the Jersey Shore Has Fall Promotion

September 20, 2013
The Evergreen Inn, Spring Lake Estates, NJ, has a fall special through Dec. 31.

The Evergreen Inn in Spring Lake Heights on the New Jersey shore, has a fall special through Dec. 31.

The Evergreen Inn at the Jersey Shore has a terrific Fall promotion: “Life’s a Beach” is a $150 package that’s free when guests spend any two consecutive nights until December 30, 2013.

  • Two $25 massage credits ($50 value) toward an inn house Swedish Massage
  • Two gym passes ($40 value) at The Atlantic Club
  • Enjoy a dessert/appetizer/glass of wine ($10 value) at several local restaurants
  • A $50 ‘gift’ certificate to give to a friend toward a stay at the Evergreen Inn

The Evergreen Inn, which has been called the “Sweetheart of the Jersey Shore,” is conveniently located in Spring Lake Heights, two blocks from Spring Lake and another short walk to the Atlantic Ocean. Owner Laurie Carloni has been hosting guests for 17 years in her 10 room historic bed & breakfast.

The Evergreen Inn’s accommodations reflect the colorful spirit, creativity, privacy and relaxation that have been recognized by Arrington’s for ‘Best Breakfast’ and Trip Advisor for being in the top tiered ‘shore’ properties for Excellence.

What is more, if you don’t want to drive, the inn is minutes from the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line train station.

Contact The Evergreen Inn, 206 Rt. 71 (corner of Ocean Road), Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey 07762, 732-449-9019, Laurie Carloni, Innkeeper, evergreeninn@verizon.net, www.TheEvergreenInn.com.

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Top Fall Getaways in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County in NYS

September 11, 2013
Thompson House, Windham, NY has a fall golf getaway © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Thompson House, Windham, NY has a fall golf getaway © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offer a colorful, and family-friendly destination for leaf peeping located just two hours north of New York City. Save with seasonal packages, participate in the Adventure Passport Contest and experience autumn in the Adventure Capital of the Catskills!

In celebration of fall, the Great Northern Catskills offer special lodging deals, a number of seasonal festivals and ongoing family-friendly entertainment creating an unforgettable mountain getaway. Check out these top fall package deals and find additional savings online at www.greatnortherncatskills.com.

Save, Stay & Play Fall Golf Getaway at the Thompson House in Windham. Package includes accommodations, breakfast and lunch, 18 holes of golf at the Windham Country Club or Christman’s Pleasant Valley Golf Course with cart. Rates start at $101 per person, per day. Available through mid-October. Guests can also join in the revelry during Oktoberfest I at Hunter Mountain. Slated for October 5-6, the weekend will include authentic Bavarian entertainment, cuisine and family-friendly activities.

Adventurous Rejuvenation Package at the Kaatskill Mountain Club in Hunter. Package includes overnight accommodations in a suite, two 25-minute massages each day, dinner at Van Winkles Restaurant, easy access to hiking and geocaching at Hunter Mountain and late check-out. Rates start at $134 per person, per night. Package available through October 31, Wednesday-Friday only.

Columbus Day Guinness Oktoberfest at Gavin’s Irish Country Inn in Cornwallville. Package includes entry to Gavin’s 6th Annual Guinness Oktoberfest Weekend, three nights’ accommodations, six meals, a pint of Guinness at check-in, and live Irish musical entertainment all weekend. Rates start at $349 per person based on double occupancy. Available October 11-14. For additional fun, check out Hunter Mountain’s Oktoberfest II festivities, from October 12-13.

While visiting Greene County, look for Adventure Passport Contest locations, snap a photo and enter to win incredible prizes worth up to $3,400! Simply take four photos at participating Greene County Adventure Passport Contest attractions, log onto contest.GreatNorthernCatskills.com and upload the photos for a chance to win prizes, including an all-inclusive vacation, a brand new mountain bike, golf passes, gift certificates to Greene County businesses and more.

Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley.  The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park and is known as the nation’s first wilderness. Renowned as the home of Thomas Cole’s Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration.

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Greene County Offers Hudson River Tours, Moonlit Paddles and New York’s #1 Water Park

August 20, 2013
Hiking the Hudson River Art School Trail in the northern Catskills Taking in the spectacular view along the hike to Sunset Rock, one of eight Hudson River School Art Trail sites in New York's northern Catskills © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Hiking the Hudson River Art School Trail in the northern Catskills Taking in the spectacular view along the hike to Sunset Rock, one of eight Hudson River School Art Trail sites in New York’s northern Catskills © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offer adventure all summer long – from sightseeing tours on the legendary Hudson River, to moonlit paddling excursions and hiking trails that wind to panoramic vistas with 360-degree views. Beat the back-to-school blues in Greene County and cool off in the Adventure Capital of the Catskills.

Cruises along Catskill Waterways

Sail along the Hudson River and explore Catskill Creek, one of the river’s most scenic tributaries, offering access to Greene County’s waterfront communities, restaurants, shops and scenic parks. The Great Northern Catskill’s Waterfront Guide offers invaluable information for boaters, including the locations of full-service marinas, restaurants, shopping districts and nearby attractions. Just download, print and set sail along one of North America’s most scenic and historic rivers.

Hudson Cruises Inc. offers sightseeing boat tours along the river on select weekends, and invites visitors to climb aboard the Little Spirit of the Hudson for day or evening excursions, complete with an on-board murder mystery show, or just in time to relax with friends and enjoy the view. This Saturday, August 10, join in one of three guided excursions to the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse and discover the fascinating history of the lighthouse keeper as told by his daughter, Emily Brunner. Tours leave from the Athens Riverfront Park every hour from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Reservations are suggested and tickets cost $25 for adults, $5 for children. Lighthouse excursions are also scheduled for September 14 and October 12.

Great Northern Catskills Paddling Adventures

Paddlehead Boards in Athens, NY sponsors paddling events and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) excursions, as well as providing canoe, kayak and SUP rentals. On August 20, join the Paddle Club for an evening of excitement, refreshments and full moon fun with a SUP trip around the Hudson River. Perfect your SUP skills and paddle like a pro on the legendary river as the sun sets and the full moon rises. The group will depart from Paddlhead Board’s storefront at 6 pm. Admission is $60 and includes a paddleboard rental, food and refreshments. For more information about this and other paddling events, visit www.greatnortherncatskills.com.

Starting from the banks of the Hudson River, travel into the mountains for family-friendly fun at Greene County’s premier lakeside destination – North-South Lake State Park. Situated within a few steps of many popular Catskills hiking trails, North-South Lake offers the ideal mountain getaway. Enjoy easy access to popular Catskill hiking trails, paddle the scenic lakeshore and enjoy a Catskills camping trip at one of the 200 campsites available throughout the park.

Don’t miss New York’s #1 Water Park, the Zoom Flume Water Park in East Durham, offering family-friendly fun and relaxation, with water attractions, games and more. Experience the thrill of shooting down waterslides bearing names like the “Black Vortex,” or spend an afternoon by the Lazy River with a good book. Open through Labor Day, the Zoom Flume caters to families and groups looking to beat the back-to-school blues by making a splash.

For ticket information, canoe and kayak rentals and lodging packages, visit: www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com.

About Greene County:                

Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley.  The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park and is known as the nation’s first wilderness. Renowned as the home of Thomas Cole’s Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration.

Now through October 13, visitors can share their own legendary adventures through the Adventure Passport Contest. Log on to: passport.GreatNorthernCatskills.com/contest for details and the chance to win a grand prize seasonal getaway to Greene County. Discover the Catskills and Awaken to Adventure at www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com.

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Leaf Peepers Stay Two Nights, Get Third Night Free At Mount Snow, Vermont This Fall

September 16, 2012

A view from a hot-air balloon of Mount Snow, Vermont, in the fall.

With the days becoming shorter and the nights cooler, it can only mean that fall is approaching and along with it comes the breathtaking colors of fall foliage in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont; a phenomenon of nature that annually attracts thousands of leaf peepers to the area.  Now those leaf peepers can enjoy an extended stay at a Mount Snow lodging property for less with the resort’s new Fall Foliage Special offering three nights for the price of two during the peak foliage timeframe.

Mount Snow is the southern-most mountain resort in the State of Vermont making it easily accessible for folks living in and around the northeast’s bustling metro areas.  The Mount Snow Valley is home to an abundance of dining options, shopping, events and festivals which make it a top destination for guests looking to enjoy a fall getaway.

The Fall Foliage Special is available to stay the nights of September 23 – 27 and then September 30 – October 5 at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel or a Mount Snow Condominium.  Guests booking their stay for the week of October 1 can include a complimentary scenic chairlift ride to the summit of Mount Snow in their package.  The Bluebird Express chairlift will be running daily from September 29 thru October 8 from 10am to 4pm for scenic rides.

To book a Fall Foliage Special or discover more about Mount Snow visit www.mountsnow.com or call 800.245.SNOW.

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Woodstock Inn offers ‘Inn-Richment’ Summer, Fall Packages for Nature Lovers and Bakers

June 4, 2012

This summer and fall, The Woodstock Inn & Resort is partnering with two renowned local organizations, the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS) and King Arthur Flour to provide hands-on exploration for nature lovers and bakers.

President and General Manager Werner Graef linked the new partnerships to the growing trend of experiential travel, a cornerstone of the Woodstock Inn and Resort since its inception in 1793, and supported by a travel trends report in April of this year by Forbes magazine. Indicating travelers are looking for both active vacations and cooking and culinary programs, the report stated, “…travelers are seeking out ways to stay active and healthy on the road, carving out time for bike rides, hiking, and water sports. A cooking class can reflect the spirit of a place that you can recreate yourself when you get home.”

Skilled craftsman at King Arthur Flour offer tips and techniques to visitors with more than 20 classes and demonstrations a month at The Baking Education Center. Guests can fulfill their desires to be a top pastry chef or learn the basics. The facility is located in Norwich, Vermont just 20 minutes from The Inn.

The package includes:

  • One night accommodation for two (weekends may require two night minimum)
  • Country breakfast in the Red Rooster restaurant
  • Choice of a three or four hour baking class at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center
  • Midweek and weekend classes are available. Calendar of classes can be found at www.kingarthurflour.com/baking/baking-education-center-calendar

Rates start at $397 per room, based on double occupancy excluding applicable taxes, gratuities, and resort fee.

Guests of Woodstock Inn can explore nature at its finest with an outdoor adventure with a guided hike from VINS. The Inn will supply the luxury and VINS will supply the adventure.

The adventure includes:

  • Two nights accommodations for two
  • A complete country breakfast daily
  • A Saturday afternoon guided group hiking tour on Mt. Tom
  • A Wine & Dine Saturday evening at The Inn’s Red Rooster restaurant and discussion of the hike with the guide and other guests.

Dates available in 2012: July 6 – 8, August 3 – 5, September 7 – 9 and October 12 – 14.

Rates start at $802 per room, based on double occupancy excluding applicable taxes, gratuities, and resort fee.

While staying at the Woodstock Inn & Resort visitors can enjoy resort amenities including a 10,000 square-foot LEED-certified spa, offering a nature-inspired ambiance featuring nourishing treatments with organic products. The Racquet & Fitness Club is a complete facility with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and steam and sauna rooms.

For those seeking outdoor activities a visit isn’t complete without a round of golf at the 18-hole golf course designed by legendary course architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. or a dip in the outdoor pool. Dining options include The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant which emphasizes a menu using fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England and Richardson’s Tavern which offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with an extensive dinner menu and full bar.

For more information, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Woodstock-Inn-Resort, visit www.woodstockinn.com or call (888)-481-8802.

About The Woodstock Inn & Resort

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations. The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England. The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

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Last-Minute Golf Deals for Leaf Peepers, Thanksgiving Trips in the Pocono Mountains

October 14, 2011

Revel amid spectacular foliage – and perhaps even exfoliation – with Woodloch Springs Resort’s Golf Goddess Getaway.

The 800poconos.com have two more weeks of incredible fall foliage, and a series of November golf options through the Thanksgiving holiday. Golfers are in luck: end-of-season packages have just been released, offering deals not found at any other time of the year.

Travelers can check out the fall foliage forecast for the four-county Eastern Pennsylvania region here (www.800poconos.com/visitors/fall-foliage-forecast/) before choosing any of the offers listed below.

The Birdie in Paradise Package at Mount Airy Casino Resort, $529: Available through Oct. 31, the package includes two rounds of golf per room per stay, one night in a lavish deluxe room or suite with pillow-top beds, spacious bathrooms, room service, LCD TVs with in-room movies, high-speed Internet and $15 in casino Bonus Rewards per room. Available seven days a week. Rates range from $199-$274 per room, Sunday through Thursday; $529 per room, for a two-night stay, Friday and Saturday. Rates based on double occupancy. Visit Mount Airy Casino Resort to book.

Free Golf in November, The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, $69: With two months left of the resort’s centennial year, Shawnee celebrates its proud golf heritage with Free Golf in November. The package – valid from Nov. 1 through Nov. 19 – includes midweek accommodations, breakfast, cart and 18-hole green fees Sunday through Thursday, starting at $69 per person, which includes tax and service charge. Visit shawneeinn.com to book.

Buck Hill BOGO: Pay one green fee and get the second one free weekdays or weekends at this Donald Ross original. Power cart rental is required. Call for tee time, and ask about 2012 membership offers, which come with a 25% discount if secured before the end of the year: 570-595-7730.

Double Eagle Golf Package, Skytop Lodge, $188: Fall visitors can enjoy the rest of the golf season on Sundays through Thursdays through Nov. 22, which includes accommodations, three meals daily and one 18-hole green fee per person, per day. Cart rental is an additional fee. Play a second 18-hole round the same day for 50% off the published rate. You can also enjoy Skytop’s indoor pool and 30 miles of hiking. Rates start at $188 per person, based on double adult occupancy in a standard room, plus tax and service charge. This package is not available over holidays or with any other discounts. Visit skytop.com to book.

Thanksgiving at the Inn at Pocono Manor, $139: The Donald Ross East Course will remain open until November 27 (weather permitting), making this the best place to take the family for a fun outing. Follow it with the Inn’s incredible Thanksgiving buffet, and a stay at the resort. Rates start at $139 per person for overnight and Thanksgiving Buffet; golf rates apply. Visit www.poconomanor.com for information and reservations.

Woodloch Springs Resort, $250: Revel amid spectacular foliage – and perhaps even exfoliation – with Woodloch Springs Resort’s Golf Goddess Getaway. Available seven days a week through Oct. 31, this deal includes spacious accommodations, two meals daily, activities, amenities and 18 holes of golf on the nationally recognized Country Club of Woodloch Springs (left), including cart and range balls. Guests will also receive $120 spa credit at The Lodge at Woodloch. Rates start at $250 per person, per night, based on adult double occupancy, plus tax and service charge. Some restrictions may apply. To book visit woodloch.com.

See 800poconos.com for a complete list of golf, accommodations, fall festivals and event listings through the four-county region in northeastern Pennsylvania, within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey.

About the “Pocono Mountains: Discover Golf’s Great Destination Secret”

The Pocono Mountains has long been known to avid travelers and mountain aficionados for its lush, relaxing family-friendly ambiance and romantic setting, as well as its fall foliage, winter skiing, spring-summer outdoor recreation options and natural beauty. Numerous lakes, parks and other environmental wonderlands are found throughout the four-county Pocono Mountains region.

A venerable destination that has welcomed generations of travelers, the Pocono Mountains has undergone a renaissance over the last few years. While renovations have swept through stately and historic resorts, other properties have joined the mix. Gaming at Mount Airy Casino Resort and the award-winning Jack Frost National — named a “Best New” and “Best You Can Play” course by leading industry publications — are two of the many exciting additions.

Attributes of the golf-and-resort properties and destination include:

• Home to more than 35 golf courses with hundreds of holes for beginners and avid golfers alike; close proximity gives golfers chance to play 36 in a day
• Two NASCAR races held annually
• Golden Era of Golf Architecture period designs strongly represented by legendary designers Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast
• Hiking, biking, camping, spas, horseback riding, boating, fishing, hunting and many other activities
• Attractions, festivals and other special events
• Meeting and conference facilities
• Great food at a wide array of eating establishments and resort restaurants
• Bed & breakfasts, country inns and resorts
• Antique shops, outlet malls and other unique shopping venues