Fantasizing about cool, crisp autumn mornings during another heat wave? We all are.
To make those daydreams a reality, now’s the time to book a cozy little fall escape before all the good vacation rentals get snatched up. Here are some recs based on what we know are quality-assured leaf-peeping locations.
Spacious cabin with fireplace | $307 per night | Sleeps eight
You can bring the whole crew to this spacious, yet snuggly cabin. Comes with a fancy schmancy hot tub, an office (for booking your next vacation), a crackling fireplace, and 180° views of the surrounding forest.
Small Timbers riverfront home | $224 per night | Sleeps two
Looking to maximize those “Virgin River” vibes? Light up the firepit and gaze across the Skykomish River at the grand Cascade mountains — the fall colors will accent the view beautifully.
Dog-friendly home overlooking the bay | $255 per night | Sleeps four
Sit on the waterfront porch, let Fido run around the fenced-in backyard, roast some marshmallows, and wave to the folks across the bay on Whidbey Island.
Cottage overlooking the Saratoga Passage | $192 per night | Sleeps two
Cook up some pumpkin concoctions in the gourmet kitchen + gaze at a 180° view of the Saratoga Passage on the second floor of this intimate, art-filled cottage.
Cute sunset hideaway with firepit | $136 per night | Sleeps two
Check out the peekaboo water view of the beach, surround yourself with towering trees on the furnished patio + sit under the lanterns, while warming up with the outdoor fire pit in this beach-themed home.
Private lakehouse | $275 per night | Sleeps four
Umm, okay, we’ve seen very few lakes quite as opalescent + beautiful as this one (show off) that you’ll get entirely to yourself. Take a dip for us and send pics of your stunning autumnal view so we can live vicariously through your adventures.
Stump House at Sunray Shire | $88 per night | Sleeps three
It’s hard to get closer to nature than spending the night in a “stump.” This woodsy escape looks just like a fantasy with its own hiking trails, apple orchard, and tons of sculptural art across the nine-acre property.
Stunning guest home on the water | $243 per night | Sleeps two
The entire back wall is made up entirely of windows overlooking Deception Pass, so fall color viewing and orca spotting will be an absolute ocean breeze.
Creek-Front Chalet | $184 per night | Sleeps three
9/10 leaf lovers agree that fall colors look better from the warmth of a fresh bubble bath. The other expert just likes a good, covered front porch — which this listing also has.
Chipmunk cabin | $167 per night | Sleeps six
If the charming country vibes don’t put you in the pumpkin spicey spirit, the five-minute walk to the Cowlitz River and short drives from A+ hiking trails will definitely do it.