There is something about that small-town New England charm that beckons us – practically every seasonal Hallmark movie has a similar setting. We want to be surrounded by those autumn colors, front porches decorated with pumpkins, mums and hay bales, and white picket fences adorned with garland as we sip on our hot coffee (or pumpkin spice latte) to keep warm while wearing fingerless hand-knit gloves. Here’s four locations where you can find these idyllic settings and activities which will make you feel as if you were on the set of Gilmore Girls: a fun, Fall television favorite.
Scituate, Rhode Island
The Ocean State may be more renowned for its waterfront towns, but it is also home to heavily forested areas and an abundance of white church steeples jutting above the fall foliage. Just 15 miles west of Providence, Scituate has been a fixture of the Fall season since 1710. Every Fall, its seasonal festival turns the streets lined with historic buildings into a gathering place for artists, with sidewalks lined with pumpkins and visitors sipping on mulled cider. This destination is perfect for any family going on their first trip together!
Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, if it’s fall leaves you are seeking in the south, the Northern Georgia Mountains are it. Blairsville is an intimate mountain town full of whimsy and small-town charm that is still close to big cities. You can hike trails that lead to the Appalachian Trail, see beautiful waterfalls and settle in at local mom-and-pop-run restaurants that will remind you of Luke’s Diner (counter stools and nosy neighbors included!)
Clinton, New Jersey
As you stroll past the old mill that helped Clinton get its start, you’ll discover a community of locally owned shops, restaurants and inns that give off spooky vibes perfectly. This town has a place in Revolutionary War times along with homes dating back to colonial times. It also features beautifully restored Victorians and a flower-filled Main Street that transforms to something straight out of home decor magazines showcasing how to decorate for Fall or the holidays – in other words, Instagram-friendly.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge, this town goes all out in its fall activities. Thousands of people wander the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Irving is buried alongside Colonial patriots, Rockefellers and Carnegies. Don’t let the name fool you: this “sleepy” town is so much more than a Halloween jaunt. It’s a collection of regular Joe’s in flannels and some of Manhattan’s commuting elite (in other words, a bit of Lorelai’s parents, Richard and Emily) and you’ll find places that cater to both crowds when you book your weekend getaway!
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