Experience Autumn in a Vineyard!
Experience the magic of autumn! The air is crisp, and the explosion of fall colors makes the perfect backdrop for making memories with friends and family. We’ve rounded up the best wineries and parks to take in the fall foliage near Drury Hotels.
North Carolina is a favorite fall destination for wine lovers.
Charlotte & Greensboro
An hour north of Charlotte is Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, a Tuscan villa on a 102-acre estate situated against the backdrop of the colorful Blue Ridge Mountains. Sample bold dry reds and delicate, complex white wines from authentic, Italian varietals.
About an hour’s drive from Charlotte, Greensboro or Burlington, Uwharrie National Forest has untouched backcountry and some of the oldest mountains on the continent. Oak and hickory trees contribute to the bright colors and enjoy a hike along the ridgelines for beautiful views.
Colorful Aspen dot the landscape above Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a gorgeous 1.5 hour drive from Denver. Drive or hike the park to experience the dramatic golden-yellow hue of the aspens. Boulder, 40 minutes from Denver, dazzles with its fall display of aspens, cottonwoods and maples. Combine fall sightseeing with great dining in this foodie paradise.
On the way back to Denver, stop off at Creekside Cellars where the wines are hand-crafted onsite from 100% Colorado grapes. Be sure to request a creek-side table and enjoy a Mediterranean menu and linger with your bottle of wine.
Tourists visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Less than 20 miles from downtown Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley National Park will amaze you with a brilliant display of vivid orange and yellow foliage and stunning waterfall views. TheTravel.com recently named Drury Inn & Suites Cleveland Beachwood among the top hotels near the park.
Located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Sarah’s Vineyard is a winery occupying a pre-Civil War barn. Enjoy wine and wood-fired pizzas on the covered patio with a 3-story stone fireplace.
Sipping wine at an Augusta winery is perfect for a crisp fall day! Photo courtesy of Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Nestled in Missouri’s wine country, and just a 35-minute scenic drive from St. Louis, is Klondike Park, with 4 miles of hiking trails and a lookout bluff with views of the Missouri River and Katy Trail. This beautiful parkland was once the site of an old silica sand quarry.
A few miles down the road is the small town of Augusta, which is recognized as the first U.S. wine district because of its unique soil, historical significance and quality of wine. The area boasts 13 unique wineries that produce award-winning wines year after year.
A beautiful stone arch bridge crosses over Pea’s Creek in Ledges State Park.
Ledges State Park is a scenic 45 minute drive from Des Moines and has a four-mile trail system that winds through steep slopes and scenic overviews, with sandstone ledges towering 100 feet above the Des Moines River. Don’t miss the iconic stone bridge spanning Peas Creek.
Jasper Winery is just minutes from downtown Des Moines so you don't have to travel far to see fall colors. This urban winery, near Grays Lake, offers a modern tasting room and specializes in locally grown grapes and innovative new wine styles.
Wine and charcuterie boards are a perfect pairing for a fall day.
York River State Park is known for its rare and delicate environment where freshwater and saltwater meet. With more than 25 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, visitors can view the gorgeous fall foliage while hiking along the river shoreline.
Halfway between Richmond and York River State Park is New Kent Winery & Talleysville Brewing Company, both run lovingly by the same family. Enjoy a glass of wine or a seasonal beer, along with a wide selection of small plates and charcuterie boards in a charming setting.
Nature Bridge spans Sugar Creek in Turkey Run State Park.
Indianapolis, Terre Haute, & Lafayette
Turkey Run State Park, about an hour from Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and Lafayette, is one of the best spots in the state to view fall foliage. Eleven trails wind through ravines surrounded by the park’s signature sandstone cliffs. Don’t miss the panoramic view from the park’s suspension bridge.
Sycamore Winery sits on a beautiful 60-acre estate in West Terre Haute. Guests can enjoy the tasting room, the terrace overlooking the lake and walking trails. Look for the secluded fire pits by the lake to enjoy, roast marshmallows and sip wine with friends.
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San Antonio & Austin
Guadalupe River State Park, in Texas Hill Country, is a scenic 45-minute drive from San Antonio and two hours from Austin. Prepare to be amazed by the bright red Sumacs, brilliant yellow Cottonwoods and vibrant orange Cypress trees. Enjoy the scenery along 13 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Texas Hill Country, easy driving distance from San Antonio and Austin, boasts over 50 unique wineries, each with its own personality and style of winemaking. Grape Creek Vineyards is a picturesque Italian-styled winery and just an hour from San Antonio. Try the Bellissimo and the Cabernet & Syrah blend!