East of the Rockies travel...where should I go this fall?
January 19, 2014 2:46 PM   Subscribe

I finally have the time and money to really get away this fall and I'd love to hear some ideas for where to go.

I am an urban dweller on the west coast, and have done a fair amount of traveling, but I like the idea of being somewhere for at least a month to really experience a region. Through a family member, I've spent a lot of time in the Rockland/Camden area of Maine which has the perfect combination of good food, water views, history, interesting architecture, outdoor activities, artists, etc. I have up to a month and don't mind moving around a bit within a region. I will most likely be alone for at least some of the time. I'm a 55 yr old woman (it's weird to see that in writing) with a wide range of interests, but also enjoy down time just gazing at a view. I love thunderstorms so interesting weather is a plus. I'm open to anyplace east of the Rockies, rural or urban. My budget, and style, isn't ultra-luxury, but I can spend good money on the right place. The two areas I really haven't experienced at all are the south (except New Orleans) and the upper Midwest. Can't wait to hear your ideas!
posted by Gusaroo to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Fall leaf season in Maine or anywhere in New England would be nice.
posted by COD at 3:18 PM on January 19, 2014

If you haven't been to the South, and you're looking to travel in the fall, spending some time in the Blue Ridge Mountains or Smokies could be rewarding. Potential for great fall color, opportunities for art, history, outdoor activities.

I'm more of a mountain person than a beach person, but you might also enjoy a lot of areas in the North Carolina and South Carolina coasts.

I think it might help people if you could be a bit more specific about what you want and what you are looking for in a destination.
posted by jeoc at 3:44 PM on January 19, 2014

Martha's Vineyard is really, really groovy in the fall. I'll buy you a few beers!
posted by vrakatar at 4:15 PM on January 19, 2014

This place is a perfect example of what I'm looking for...small, cozy, in an interesting little rural pocket of a larger urban area. On the water.

In CA anyway, I prefer beach to mountain. I'm an artist and sometime musician, I love interesting cemeteries, spooky places. Hope that helps. I don't want to narrow things down too much though.
posted by Gusaroo at 4:46 PM on January 19, 2014

I love interesting cemeteries, spooky places.

Salem might blow your bubbles, but the Vineyard is way better.
posted by vrakatar at 6:05 PM on January 19, 2014

Do the circle tour
posted by edgeways at 6:21 PM on January 19, 2014

Say yes to Michigan! We have all of the above and more -- Fall colors, crazy weather, sandy beaches, and interesting fun and funky cities from Detroit to Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City up north. All of the former have good food, shopping, and history coming out their ears. As for spooky, we've got that too.
posted by Smells of Detroit at 7:43 PM on January 19, 2014

Martha's Vineyard is beautiful. Are there any parts of the island that you would recommend vrakatar?

Also checking out that Circle Tour and Michigan.

Thanks guys...still evaluating and open to suggestions.
posted by Gusaroo at 4:19 PM on January 20, 2014

I just came across an interesting spot in Maryland. Woods, lake, eco friendly and tiny house lodging!
posted by cat_link at 2:36 PM on January 29, 2014

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