Time for summer to slip away. In a couple of weeks, those long and lazy days on the beach or at the lake will be sunny memories. Fortunately, the fall travel season has delights of its own: mostly balmy weather, lower prices, smaller crowds. Those are all reasons I am waiting till late September to scratch Mount Rushmore off my life list of places that must be seen.
Samples of what's in store:
The Sagamore, a private island resort on Lake George in New York's Adirondack Mountains, has put together a Land, Air and Lake Getaway , Sept. 5-Oct. 7, Monday through Friday, that includes two nights ' accommodations, a complimentary shuttle to Prospect Mountain , cider and cookies on arrival, and a luncheon lake cruise on the resort's 72-foot yacht or a two-hour sightseeing train ride on the Upper Hudson River Railroad . Prices start at $245 a person; for $225 extra, guests get a hot air balloon flight with champagne.
Call 800-358-3585 or visit www.thesagamore.com.
Book two or more nights at the Benjamin F. Packard House in Bath, Maine , Sept. 5-30 and receive a Special September Secret Discount upon arrival. Guests draw a ``secret" card for 5 to 50 percent off the total bill before taxes. Before the discount, rates range from $130-$170 a night.
Here's an opportunity to fall asleep in school and not get in trouble. The Lebanon Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast in Dolores , Colo., was a Greek Revival-style schoolhouse constructed in 1907 and restored as a B&B in the 1980s. The original merry-go-round remains on the schoolyard grounds and old-fashioned phones and the school's grandfather clock are in the common areas. Rates are $85-$115.
Call 970-882-4461 or visit www.lebanonschoolhouse.com .
At this writing, you'll have to hand over $1.28 US to get one euro, but the price of air fares and accommodations are often lower in fall. Bargain-hunters can look for specials at websites like Go-today.com and
Bike Riders has a variety of rides through the splendor of autumnal New England. For instance, a Cultural Renaissance trip goes to Vermont and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, taking in art centers, museums, and galleries as well as the scenery. The price of $2,280 includes lodging, all breakfasts, all dinners but one, and picnic lunches. Departure dates are Sept. 24-29 and Oct. 1-6 and 8-13.
Call 800-473-7040 or visit www.bikeriderstours.com .
In the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will present fitness instructor Charlene Prickett 's Fall High Adventure program , available as a four- or seven-night, fully-inclusive vacation. Among activities are horseback riding, golfing, fly fishing, and daily guided hikes. The package starts at about $1,200 for a four-night package or about $1,950 for the seven nights.
Call 800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/lakelouise.
Entries should be sent to Candlelight Inn Concierge for a Day, 1045 Easum Drive, Napa, CA 94558. The website is www.candlelightinn.com .
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. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at email@example.com.