Mother Nature’s annual turning of the leaves is a sight to behold

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

Fall foliage

Fall foliage

Today is officially the first day of fall.  Mother Nature is getting ready to work colorful magic on the falling leaves. I live in Los Angeles where fall does a different take.  Leaves pretty much stay the same.  So I enjoy going to parts of the country where I can “leaf peep” my heart out.

During a fall  drive in the Poconos it felt as though we were heading into a Monet landscape painting going downhill. It’s simply autumnal awesome.

See the USA

And today while  Americans continue to face obstacles traveling abroad,  a fall foliage foray in the  US of A is a perfect substitute.

There are plenty of options.  One of which is tour operator Costsaver’s  exhilarating leaf peeping excursions.  Just call a Pavlus travel specialist (800-528-9300) to arrange your nature walks.

Also offering great foliage forays is  Tauck, check it out here.

The tour company takes care of everything. All you need to do is bring your camera and a good pair of walking shoes.

We all need a breath of fresh after what we’re going through with this pandemic. And there’s truly nothing like this work of art of nature.


The  Costsaver fall foliage sojourn starts in historic Boston where you’ll visit old Cape Cod, bubbly Burlington and sea swept Maine set under a blanket of vibrant fall foliage.

Typical Itinerary from last year

What’s included

Peepers are provided with audio headsets, accommodations, transfers by luxury air-conditioned coach and orientation tours. All hotel service charges, baggage handling and taxes are also included.  An expert travel guide and separate driver lead each tour.

And then there’s the Catskills

While you’re on the East Coast you might like to head up to the world famous Catskills and spend three nights at  Emerson Resort & Spa.

Just two hours north (and an easy drive) from NYC the 20-acre luxury boutique property provides an environment for to reconnect with nature. It also offers a Stay Safe Pledge,” which outlines the details of their new health and safety protocol, as part of their reopening.Safety pledg

During the vibrant Upstate NY autumn season, the Emerson offers special packages. It also publishes the Ashokan Rail Trail Self-Guided Birding Booklet for aspiring bird enthusiasts.  The Ashokan Rail Trail is open sunrise to sunset. It stretches 12 miles along watershed lands which were previously closed to the public for over 100 years.

Inspired by the resort’s location in the Catskills, as well as its namesake, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, the luxury boutique hotel features 53 rooms and suites, a signature restaurant Woodnotes Grille that serves locally sourced produce from the Hudson Valley, a luxury destination Spa, and  dog-friendly amenities.

Leaf peeping in the Catskills


Another option for leaf peeping is the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.  We’re talking  the most explosive fall foliage productions on the planet.

The Poconos span 2,400 square miles and include Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties. The topography unfolds with breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers.

Active types can hike or bike 261 miles of leave-falling trails. There are also more than  35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating and fishing.

Check with a Pavlus travel specialist for more details.

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