Yellow vineyard with red house and colorful-leaved trees in background.
Book yourself a bed and breakfast in this charming region and spend afternoons sipping wine and taking in each other's company.
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Revel in Autumn Romance at These 5 Destinations

Falling for Fall (and Each Other)

The summer heat is beginning to fade, the days are getting shorter and there is a bit of a chill in the air. The golden sunlight is tilted at an angle and the leaves are starting to change from deep green to a vibrant array of yellow, red, orange and gold tones. The smell of wood smoke is in the air and it’s the season for wool sweaters and warm cups of coffee.

It’s also a great time to plan a romantic getaway with your sweetheart. The summer crowds will be gone and accommodation prices will be more affordable. A shoulder season trip will not only save you money, it will be a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your special someone somewhere beautiful.

So, where are the best fall vacations for couples?

Willamette Valley, Oregon

In the gently rolling wine country of the Willamette Valley the leaves of the huge Oregon white oaks will be turning hues of yellow and orange as the vineyards begin to harvest their grapes for the season. This region is filled with delightful hotels and bed and breakfasts, a paradise for a wine loving couple. If you don’t want to bring a car, you can even explore the valley via train.

The region is also known for producing other delicious treats, such as fruits and artisan cheeses. Take a trip around tasting all of the yummy local products, then treat yourselves to a fine meal at a great restaurant in one of the valley towns.

There are also plenty of other things to do that don’t involve wine, such as biking, hiking, visiting the art gallery and gently floating above the countryside in a hot air balloon.

Rocky coast with orange spots on rocks and colorful trees.Hiking trails and fall colors abound all along the Bruce Peninsula.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

If you want to view some serious autumn colors, head to the Bruce Peninsula, home to a thick forest of thousand-year-old cedar trees that become spectacular and fiery in the fall. Located in a World Biosphere Reserve, this park is a delight to explore.

Take a stroll along a portion of the 800-kilometer-long Bruce Trail for stunning views of the park and a chance to get exercise together in the fresh autumn air.

For up-to-the-minute color reports on the leaves and viewing spot suggestions, you can check out Ontario Parks’ Fall Colour Report. The more vibrantly red and orange the leaves become, the more they make the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay pop in comparison.

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Silhouettes of mountains with dark cloud overhead and sunbeams streaming down.The view from lower Knock Hill looking out onto the Ben Chonzie mountain range.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Perthshire, Scotland

Perthshire is known as Big Trees Country for a reason. It is one of the most stunning places in all of Europe for dazzling autumn colors. Scotland is already known for its natural beauty, but this place stands out from the rest.

Some of the most impressive views can be found on Knock Hill, the Pass of Killiecrankie and near Loch Tummel. The hike up to Knock Hill will take you through mixed woodlands and scenic viewpoints with breathtaking views from the summit.

Autumn is also one of the best times of the year to spot rich and varied wildlife in Scotland, including red deer, grey seals, barnacle geese and swans. If you are lucky and the nights are cool and clear enough, you might even spot the Northern Lights.

Hilly landscape covered in vineyards with snow-capped mountains far in the distance.Enjoy a slower pace of life that will let you take in all the beauty of the region.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Piedmont, Italy

The fall season is the peak time of year for food and wine in Italy. This is when the vineyard harvests begin and truffles, mushrooms and chestnuts are harvested. The farmers slow down the traffic as they cart their heavy loads of grapes to the wineries.

The gentle rolling countryside of Piedmont comes alive with color in the fall as the light changes and the evenings cool. There are so many beautiful trails to explore in the surrounding peaks.

Plus, fall is one of the best times of the year for festivals in Piedmont. The Alba White Truffle Market (the largest truffle festival) is held from October 5 to November 24 and the Turin Chocolate Festival is happening from November 8 to 17.

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Hot air balloons rising up into the air with cityscape down below.Watch 600 balloons float across the city during the annual hot air balloon festival.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Albuquerque, New Mexico

This beautiful, warm desert city is known for its autumn hot air balloon festival, where you can watch over 600 balloons glide gently above the arid landscape, or treat your sweetheart to a ride you will never forget.

Then, take a ride on the longest aerial tramway in North America and enjoy a glass of wine while overlooking the views of the city. Then, have a romantic meal in one of the many excellent restaurants — Albuquerque is known for its culinary scene.

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