• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Fall Travel Guide: Four Inexpensive U.S. Destinations to Visit Off-Season

ByKeith M. Jones

Aug 12, 2022

There’s plenty to see in the United States this fall, and the season is a great time to visit destinations that are excessively hot in the summer or extremely crowded in the winter. Natalia Weidner, Virtuoso Network travel consultant at Travel Professionals International, based in Oakville, Ont., says hotels are typically 10-30% cheaper during the shoulder season compared to peak seasons. Here are four US destinations to put on your bucket list.

People ride swan boats on Orlando’s Lake Eola at dusk.Handout

Orlando, Florida.

Why it’s worth the trip: Weidner points to Orlando as a particularly more economical location in the fall. If you want to visit the city’s theme parks, this is a quieter time as the kids are back in school, which cuts down on family travel. Plus, there’s a thriving foodie scene that’s only getting stronger thanks to four restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars this year.

What weather to expect: Average temperatures range from 32°C in September to 26°C in November, and later in the year there are fewer rainy days. In September, it usually rains 11 days a month, October 5 and November 3.

How much you can save: Expect to save $50-100 per night in a hotel compared to high season.

Where to stay: Lake Nona is a growing neighborhood focused on the future – it has self-driving public transit and the Lake Nona Performance Club is an integrative health and fitness center that is home to Deepak’s first Mind-Body Zone Chopra, a studio for mindfulness and movement classes. A stay at the forefront of design Lake Nona Wave Hotel gives you free access to the Performance Club. Casual elegance Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers free shuttles to two Disney parks, Epcot and Magic Kingdom. The hotel also has its own golf course for those looking for a different type of entertainment.

Traveling to Napa Valley in the fall is the perfect time to catch the harvest and enjoy fresh produce.Bob McClenahan/Handout

Napa Valley, California.

Why it’s worth the trip: Head to Napa Valley in late fall and you’ll enjoy the end of harvest season and an abundance of fresh produce.

What weather to expect: Average temperatures range from 31°C in September to 18°C ​​in November, so packing layers are the way to go. Average rainfall is minimal; November usually has the most, with six days of precipitation.

How much you can save: Hotel savings range from 25-40% on a night compared to high season.

Where to stay: Carneros Resort & Spa, surrounded by vineyards, offers resort-style accommodation and newly refurbished private cottages with their own gardens. The on-site Farm restaurant uses hyper local products. And the the fourth night is free on bookings of four nights or more, available until October 31. Napa’s newest luxury inn, the five-bedroom Francis Houseoffer the third night free for customers who book two. The property, built in 1886, is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors can admire Charleston’s architecture with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

Charleston, South Carolina

Why it’s worth the trip: Although still under the radar of many, Charleston is hot on the heels of New Orleans and Austin as a surprise southern destination. In January 2023, the city will see the opening of the International African American Museum, which will tell the story of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the United States. There’s also an exciting dining and cocktail scene here to fill you up.

What weather to expect: September’s average is 28°C, October sees the mid-20s, while November dips to an average of 20°C. Rain is minimal, with an average of four to seven days per month.

How much you can save: Hotel stays can cost between $100 and $150 less per night compared to high season.

Where to stay: The Ryder, a fun boutique hotel in downtown Charleston, opened last year and combines a fun vibe with its Southern flair. The poolside Little Palm is an indoor-outdoor cafe and cocktail bar offering local specialties such as oysters and prawn rolls. Planters Inn is a Charleston institution, located in the heart of the historic district. It’s the only American hotel to be furnished exclusively with decor from the Baker’s Historic Charleston Collection, a heritage furniture brand that’s been creating pieces since the 1890s. It’s also home to one of the city’s top restaurants, The Peninsula Grill.

Old Town Scottsdale is best seen on an electric bike.Jenna McKone/Handout

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Why it’s worth the trip: Scottsdale is known as a year-round golf and spa destination (well, maybe not in the height of summer, it’s in the Sonoran Desert after all), but what most don’t know , is that it has a “secret” low season. , between Thanksgiving in the United States and Christmas, where travelers can enjoy significant savings. Plus, it’s a place that Canadian travelers love, and you can often find specific offers created for us to take advantage of.

What weather to expect: You are almost guaranteed to have non-stop sunshine between September and December. Scottsdale only has rain one to several days a month. Temperatures cool down throughout the year, dropping from an average of 30°C in September to 20°C in December.

How much you can save: Traveling during the city’s secret season can save you up to 30% on stays, and for Canadian travelers, the destination has a program called Love Looniewhich includes promotions such as 10-25% off at several resorts in the area.

Where to stay: Senna House is the newest hotel in Old Town Scottsdale, close to the city’s entertainment district and the Arizona Canal Trail, a multi-use trail for biking and walking. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel is one of the city’s icons and one of the best places in town for pampering, including aerial yoga and deep tissue massage with arnica oil. For golfers, the hotel is a preferred partner with four local courses and has a golf concierge program to arrange tee times and guide your rounds.

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