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August 15, 2018

The Best East Coast Retreats for Fall

By Elite Traveler

As fall comes around each year, so do the myriad opportunities for idyllic trips along the East Coast to see the foliage as it turns from a lush green to the vibrant orange, red and yellow shades of fall. Some points along the coast are especially enchanting at this nostalgic time of year, including Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, which sits just down the river from St. Michaels, Maryland. Elite Traveler takes a look at how you can enjoy the fall in each of these captivating locations.

Chatham Bars Inn

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Scenically situated on the shores of Cape Cod, Chatham Bars Inn overlooks Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, with its own private stretch of beach giving the hotel unmistakeable appeal year-round. But as fall makes it return and the stunning surroundings are transformed by the season’s colors, it becomes the idyllic setting for nature walks, pumpkin picking, strolls along uncrowded coastline and golfing in the cooler weather.

While staying at Chatham Bars Inn you can set out on boating and fishing excursions, take to the tennis courts, combine hiking with bird watching, and cycle along the coast’s bike paths before exploring the nearby historic town of Chatham. And by planning ahead, you can coincide your stay with the Scallop Fest in September or October’s Oyster Fest.

On returning to the hotel, you’ll then be a part of a culinary program encompassing cooking classes and a farm-to-table dining concept for which the freshest ingredients possible are sourced from the inn’s own eight-acre farm and seafood-rich Chatham. With the farm’s bounty including root vegetables, squash and Eastham turnip at this time of year, and seasonal seafood including scallops, oysters and clams, you know you’re in for a treat. Now, the experience of staying here is supplemented by the hotel’s new world-class spa too, with sea-inspired treatments giving you a real sense of place, providing the perfect indulgence after coming in from the great outdoors.

Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond

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An easy journey from Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, the Inn at Perry Cabin sits amid manicured lawns on the banks of the Miles River, with a golf course and its own dock, not far from the harbour entrance of St. Michaels, Maryland.

Most guests naturally head outdoors to sail, paddleboard and kayak on the water, cycle along scenic trails and into the historic town of St Michaels, and take tours of the many gardens. And what better time to experience all of this than when the foliage turns to orange, red and yellow, and as people gather around fire pits and come together for Oysterfest, Waterfowl  Festival and St Michaels Pumpkin Festival – a real celebration of the season.

When you’re not getting to know the area, it’s worth spending as much time as possible making the most of the Inn at Perry Cabin’s luxurious facilities. Retreat to the Spa at Perry Cabin for treatments incorporating botanicals, play bocce and croquet, sign up for a tennis clinic with tennis director Rob Wright from Cliff Drysdale Tennis, and taste the food this region is renowned for, which in fall focuses on produce such as oysters, rockfish and game, with herbs taken from the garden. After dining overlooking the water at the hotel’s restaurant Stars, treat yourself to a cozy nightcap at Purser’s Pub.

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Whether you decide to visit one destination or combine the two, these one-of-a-kind luxury hotels provide the perfect East Coast retreat to make the journey to this fall.

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