Ah . . . Autumn – The Perfect Time to Travel
By: Peggy Hattendorf
With a kaleidoscope of colors – bright reds and maroons, burnt oranges and yellows, mahoganies and browns – fall previews in vibrant hues with the changing colors of the leaves. Smells of cinnamon, spices, and cloves fill the crisp air. We wake to misty mornings and the sound of rustling leaves with the wind blowing through the trees. With cooler temperatures, we reach for oversized sweaters or cardigans, jeans and boots. Shorter days bring cozy nights as we settle in around a fire with a blanket, a good book, hot cider or a glass of wine.
Bales of hay, apple orchards, scarecrows, corn mazes, ripe vineyards, pumpkin patches and farmers markets are treasures of the rural landscape. Autumn is a feast for the senses and the perfect time of the year for travel.
Fall trips are charged with eye-popping colors, breathtaking vistas, quaint towns and picturesque villages offering charming inns with candles in the windows, bowls of apples on the front desk and the smells of roasted chestnuts and pumpkin pies.
A little planning will help you see autumn at her “regal” best. The following is a collection of unique, interesting and seasonal attractions to design a memorable fall getaway.
FALL ANTIQUES FAIRS: Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Georgia and France
If you’ve never been to a major antiques fair – be prepared to be amazed and possibly overwhelmed. There’s way too much to see in just one visit. Suggestions are to: check venues, maps and vendors before arrival. Then go early, shop often and spend multiple days.
Celebrating its 48th year in Round Top (population 93), the Round Top Texas Antiques Fair has garnered a reputation for unsurpassed quality and one-of-a-kind antiques. The show features Early Antiques, Silver, Paintings, English, French and Italian Antiques, as well as crafts, Texas kitsch and Americana memorabilia represented by dealers and vendors from across the US and around the world. There are numerous venues spread out over four small towns – Warrenton, Round Top, Carmine and Shelby– along State Highway 237. There are small inns, cottages and bed & breakfasts in the small hamlets and adjoining towns. You might also consider driving in from one of the major cities – Austin is 77 miles, Houston is 95 miles and San Antonio is 134 miles from Round Top…
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