Fall Getaways for You and Baby

Dress in autumn uniform–chic black leggings, crisp white button-down shirt, and oversized chunky knit sweater–pack up your family, and get outta town! Here are five fall U.S. destinations that will offer the right balance of excitement and (much needed) R&R for you and your partner, while being accommodating for little one.

  1. Fall is harvest time in the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York, named for the eleven linear lakes that span the 4,692 square-mile region, so when you’re not visiting a U-pick farm to fill a bushel with NY apples or sip the freshly made cider, visit one of dozens of gorgeous gorges dotted across the country landscape. Known for over 200 wineries, the Finger Lakes region has three renowned wine trails—Cayuga, Keuka, and Seneca—that are easy to travel along and offer a beautiful view of the changing leaves. Head south to nearby Corning to tour the Corning Museum of Glass, where you can get your hands dirty—protect them first with Nine Naturals’ Repairing Body Balm—and work alongside experienced glassworkers to create your own glass masterpiece.
  2. Portland, Oregon—also known as the “City of Roses”—is an ideal vacay locale for foodies and festival fans, alike. This gem of a city, located in the Pacific Northwest, experiences moderate fall temperatures in the mid-60s (dropping down to the 50s in late fall), and features a vibrant culinary scene, complete with acclaimed restaurants and over 600 food carts. From September through November, festies (festival fanatics) can attend Feast Portland, The Reel Music Film Festival, The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, Wine Country Thanksgiving, and many more. Before returning to the “real world,” take advantage of the city’s zero sales tax policy and shop the Portland Saturday Market, which is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
  3. San Francisco, California one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., is a beautiful city set along the San Francisco Bay that is ideal to visit during the fall, when the sky is sunny and the earth has dried out from the rainy summer. Chock full of attractions to see and things to do, unearth your inner child by devouring a hot fudge sundae at Ghirardelli Square, and then driving down the famously steep and winding Lombard Street. Treat your little one to a visual smorgasbord while riding in a cable car or walking along the streets of brightly colored Chinatown—the largest one outside of Asia. Skip the tour of Alcatraz and opt for a free show at Pier 39 put on by sea lions just returning from southern California islands and Mexico, where they breed during the summer months.  
  4. Dance your way around Nashville, Tennessee during the mild fall months, when temperatures range from 50- to 75-degrees, and music is playing 24/7. Immerse yourself in the culture by sauntering your boot-draped feet through the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum before digging into a plate of Nashville hot chicken. Explore Music City’s past at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President and the Tennessee State Museum—located within the Tennessee State Capitol Building. Let your little one run free—after a liberal application of Nine Naturals’ Natural Sunscreen SPF 32—at Cheekwood Botanical Garden, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, or one of many area metro parks before jumping into the car for your road-trip home.
  5. Bring your appetite when visiting Waterbury, Vermont, because this nearly 50 square-mile town is home to the Ben & Jerry’s factory, Cabot Cheese Annex Store, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, and other delectable food brands. Visit one (or all) of these locales and be treated to a FREE guided tour of the production process, as well as a sample or two of the foods that made these brands Vermont famous. Follow your nose to neighboring Burlington, Vermont where you’ll find the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory, in addition to a cuddly paradise for your little one at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, where children ages 12 and under tour for free. Work off all those samples on the 5.3-mile long Stowe Recreation path in Stowe, Vermont, which is enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists, alike. Hop on the Champlain Valley Flyer train and enjoy a scenic ride through Champlain Valley on your way back to Waterbury.

Happy travels!

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