By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent
Summer is still upon us but before long, cooler weather will set in and turn leaves to colors, which will turn lose thousands of travelers seeking out fall foliage. For those planning ahead, “Leaf Peeper” offerings are available through New England Inn & Resorts with a wide range of packages.
Find them all at www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com. Sample packages include:
A leaf peepers gourmet picnic getaway at the Hartstone Inn & Hideaway in Camden, Maine, includes two nights, breakfast daily, a gourmet picnic backpack lunch and five-course dinner for two. The package, valid September and October, is a $187 add-on to regular room rates, which start at $135 a night.
The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vt., is running a fall foliage mid-week explorers special, where guests stay three nights and get the fourth free. Package includes breakfast daily and afternoon treats of hot cider, Vermont Cabot cheese, and chocolate chip cookies, along with a customized booklet with six detailed maps and foliage tours, and dining recommendations. Rates start at $175 per night, and are valid Sunday through Thursday until Oct. 31.
Follow an apple-picking path from Meadowmere Resort in Ogonquit, Maine, when Maine apple farms are open, following the resort’s guide to apple farms, a hay ride through the foliage, a corn maze and other sites. Rates start at $99 a night, and include amenities and hotel rewards. Optional dining packages available.
Down in Niantic, Conn., at the Inn at Harbor Mill Marina, two-night stays come with two tickets to a trip aboard the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, candlelit breakfast daily, a $50 dinner voucher to area restaurants and free snacks and beverages. Valid Friday and Saturday from Sept. 7-30, and Thursday through Monday from Oct. 4-20, packages run from $585-$850.
The White Mountain Hotel and Resort in North Conway, N.H., has a package with midweek rates from $279 and weekend rates from $285, available Sept. 20-Oct. 24. Prices include stay, one order of the dinner menu and two full country breakfasts.
New England Inns & Resorts, established in 1907, is comprised of nearly 250 properties, including many that are also members of Historic Hotels of America, Preferred Hotels and Select Registry. All can be found at www.NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com.