Enjoy fall across the U.S. in these budget travel destinations

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We’ve entered the sweet season of travel: the shoulder season that precedes the busy holiday period. It’s the time for bargains and we’ve hand-picked some top hotel and resort deals from around the U.S. for your fall travel pleasure.

Some of the offers are for immediate travel, while others will be valid deep into 2020.

Consider traveling to these on-sale destinations before the holidays

Alabama Gulf Coast

Alabama Gulf Coast

Recently accepted into National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World for their commitment to environmental and economic sustainability, the newly renovated Eagle Cottages at the 6,150-acre Gulf State Park in Alabama offer spacious accommodations along the shoreline of Lake Shelby.

This place is a birders paradise, with a location right along the famous Mississippi Flyway great for viewing hundreds of migrating birds and butterflies.

Each cottage features three queen bedrooms, three full-size bathrooms, a large living room, Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, dining room, two screened-in porches and a side deck with outdoor dining table. Cottages come complete with bed linens, towels, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, flatware and glasses. You’ll also find Adirondack chairs around a fire pit, a BBQ grill, a porch swing and two bicycles to traverse the 28 miles of hiking and biking trails.

If you’d like to skip cooking, dine at Woodside Restaurant, Eagles Cottages’ farm-to-table restaurant. Rates for the three-bedroom cottages start from $220 a night.

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, VIrginia

Get away with the Fall Getaway package from Colonial Williamsburg. The package includes a three-night stay, complimentary tickets to Colonial Williamsburg and shuttle to nearby Busch Gardens, complimentary wellness experiences and a booklet with up to $350 resort outlet savings. Packages start at $129 per night. A three-night minimum stay is required. Book by November 21 for stays through November 26.

Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets grant guests access to the world’s largest living-history museum and two world-class art museums. Colonial Williamsburg is also a certified arboretum offering garden tours and programs amid the beauty of fall foliage. “Meet” the nation’s founders, receive hands-on lessons in historic trades and enjoy romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, ax throwing, firing of a musket and other 18th century experiences in the Historic Area and Art Museums.

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Guests can also enjoy complimentary amenities like guided morning Wellness Nature Walks along the Bassett Trace Nature Trail and access to the expansive The Spa fitness center.

Colonial Williamsburg is a picturesque campus with five hotel properties, including the iconic Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond Williamsburg Inn, the newly renovated Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites, the Griffin Hotel and the experiential authentic 18th-century Colonial Houses.

The resort also offers four historic taverns and 15 food and beverage outlets from casual to elegant dining. Also onsite is the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

While Asheville has a lot of things to brag about, one of the things they’re especially proud of is having some of the best hiking trails in the world.

Check into AC Hotel Asheville Downtown (a Marriott brand) on the Trail Blazer package and receive accommodations, a picnic basket full of hiking essentials, chef-prepared picnic favorites, a house bottle of red or white wine, a personalized trail map and a $50 credit toward dinner at Capella, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and lounge.

Rates start at $219 a night; a two-night minimum stay is required. Valid on stays through November 28. Book using promo code SPO.

View other seasonal travel packages at Explore Asheville.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans

The Big Easy’s Jung Hotel and Residences is a luxurious and amenity-rich 207-room historic hotel along Upper Canal Street, steps from the city’s streetcar line. Enjoy a rooftop pool deck with city views, a fitness center, a restaurant, a coffee shop, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Hotel Mazarin is centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter, a half-block from Bourbon and Royal streets. This 102-room boutique hotel offers charm and elegance. Despite being amid all the action, the hotel’s courtyard with a fountain is a peaceful respite. The hotel also offers complimentary Wi-Fi and a fitness center.

Both New Orleans hotels offer the Summer in the City package, which includes valet parking (a $32 value), welcome cocktails for two, daily American breakfast, and daily in-room bottled water. The Jung Hotel also includes a shopping savings book valid at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.

Rates at the Jung start at $119 and rates at the Mazarin start at $139 for stays through September 30.

Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse CIty, Michigan

Traverse City won’t disappoint on a fall visit with its restaurants, 150+ boutiques and galleries, 40+ wineries and a wide variety of outdoor activities. The nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers hiking, a scenic drive and miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City is designed for family togetherness and is a weather-proof family vacation destination that will leave everyone howling for more. The Traverse City Fab Fall package includes suites there from $149.99 on stays through December 13. Package perks include 25% savings at onsite food and beverage outlets and additional discounts at local businesses. Book a stay at Great Wolf Lodge using promo code TCCVB.

Check out other Fab Fall hotel package deals and things to do in Traverse City here.

Maine Beaches

Traverse City, Michigan

Through October 20, head toward the Maine Beaches area, a few miles from the seaside villages of Kennebunkport and Wells and straight to a glamping experience at Huttopia Southern Maine. Daily activities running from dawn till dusk will awaken the adventurer in you, while the restaurant will entice the most discriminating gourmet travelers.

Rates start at $85 a night and range up to $149. A three-night stay in a Canadienne Tent is priced at $256.50 for two people. Features of the 350-square-foot tent include a kitchen, terrace, picnic table and electricity.

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The 425-square-foot Trappeur Duo Queen is a romantic wood and canvas tent perfect for two, with a bathroom (with shower), terrace, electric barbecue, patio furniture and picnic table. Sample rates for three nights from $310.50.

The Vista is a wood, stone and canvas accommodation that sleeps up to five, with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and dining area in 500 square feet. Other amenities include a large wood terrace and a fire pit. Sample three-night rates start at $445.50.

Huttopia is a French company and this is its third North America location, after Albany, New Hampshire (in the heart of the White Mountains, 2.5 hrs from Boston; open through October 20) and Sutton, Quebec (in a gorgeous 160-acre forest with sugar maple trees, yellow birch trees, and white ash trees alongside a creek, open through October 31).

Various U.S. locations

Getaway cabin

Unplug from the daily city hustle to focus on yourself, your family and the wonder of nature. The travel company Getaway offers tiny minimalist cabins outside of metropolitan areas for weary city-dwellers. You’ll find cabin locations convenient to these big cities: New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Portland, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Dallas, Atlanta and Washington D.C.

At Getaway you’ll choose your Outpost (location), cabin size, and dates. Then you’ll receive an email with the exact address of your cabin, the cabin name, and a keycode to enter. The Getaway team is available by email and text should you need anything.

Getaway recently opened its first Outpost in the south that’s open year-round. Tiny cabins nestled in Suches, Georgia are just a two-hour drive from Atlanta. The collection of cabins is spread across 57 acres and feature one or two queen beds, a safe for cell phones, fresh linens and pillows, a shower, bath products, an electric toilet, heater and a mini-kitchen stocked with some basic provisions for purchase.

Each cabin includes a fire pit, grilling grate, and picnic table and chairs. There’s firewood and fire starters for purchase. You can even bring along Fido, for a small fee. Per night rates start from $89 and range up to $169.

Through September 17, take $40 off two-night stay with code ESCAPE40, or $75 off of a three-night escape with code ESCAPE75. The discount is valid on stays through 2019.

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