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Want more than to just fall into autumn?

Email|Print| Text size + By Richard P. Carpenter
Globe Correspondent / August 28, 2005

As September comes around, so do thoughts of foliage season. If you are not content to watch the autumn leaves drift by your window, and want to make something special out of this glorious time of year, start planning.

The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vt., celebrates its fourth annual Autumn Harvest Weekend Oct. 14-16 with a package that includes two nights' lodging, breakfasts each morning and an afternoon snack, a welcoming bonfire with s'mores, cider making, apple bobbing, and a harvest buffet dinner. From $204 a person.

Call 800-627-8310 or visit www.wildflowerinn.com.

The Rosewood Country Inn in Bradford, N.H., calls its package ''Hail to the Leaf." From Sept. 12-Oct. 15 for any three nights Sunday-Thursday, a self-guided tour is offered through covered bridges and back roads, highlighted by a two-hour train ride along the Connecticut and Williams rivers with views of Brockway Mills Gorge. Visitors also can spend an afternoon hiking the nature trails at The Fells at the John Hay Estate, shop in Antique Alley, or stroll by historic houses in Canterbury Shaker Village. Rates start at $487 per couple for three nights' lodging, breakfasts, the train ride, two tickets to The Fells, and two tickets to either Canterbury Shaker Village or Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth.

Call 800-938-5273 or visit www.rosewoodcountryinn.com.

The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic, Conn., brings on the romance with its Fall in Love package, available Sept. 9-Oct. 30. The two-night package, starting at $470 a couple, includes lodging in a water-view room, breakfast each morning, two tickets to the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, two fish and chips dinners and two lobster bisques at Constantine's Restaurant, complimentary snacks and beverages, and a self-guided scenic driving tour along Route 169. Lodging tax is included in the package.

Call 860-739-0331 or visit www.innharborhill.com.

The Sagamore, a private island resort on Lake George, N.Y., in the Adirondacks, has a Fall Land, Air, and Lake Getaway from Sept. 6-Oct. 8, Mondays through Fridays, that includes two nights' accommodations, a complimentary shuttle to Prospect Mountain, cider and ginger snaps on arrival, and a luncheon lake cruise or two-hour sightseeing train ride on the Upper Hudson River Railroad. The package starts at $314 a person; for $225 more, guests can take a hot-air balloon flight, with complimentary champagne.

Call 800-358-3585 or visit www.thesagamore.com.

Bicycling is an excellent way to take in the autumnal show. Bike Riders Tours has a six-day trip through Camden and Rockport, Maine, with meals and inn accommodations for $1,980. (Visit www.bikeriderstours.com or call 800-473-7040.) Easy Rider Tours offers an Autumn in the Berkshires trip Sept. 25-30, Oct. 2-7, and Oct. 9-14. The per-person price of $1,750 includes five nights' accommodations, most meals, two guides and a support vehicle, and round-trip transportation to the Berkshires from Boston's Logan Airport. Bike rentals are an extra $115.

Call 800-488-8332 or visit www.easyridertours.com.

If you're leaf-peeping in New Hampshire's Hillsborough County, a unique lunch stop would be at Pickity Place in Mason. Pickity is a 200-year-old cottage in the woods that was used to illustrate one classic edition of ''Little Red Riding Hood." While dining on a five-course meal, you can view oak, maple, ash, and birch trees from the glass-walled dining room. A brick path leads through the Old English Gardens. Cost is $14.95 for adults, $5.95 for children.

Visit www.pickityplace.com or call 603-878-1151.

When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at carpenter@globe.com.

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