The Chattanoogan will also offer a $299 Fall Foliage package for couples during peak viewing season (late October through early November) that includes overnight accommodations, tickets to Southern Belle Riverboat’s fall foliage cruise, breakfast at the Broad Street Grille and other amenities.
• Details: www.chattanooganhotel.com, 800-619-0018
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Ky., marks the season’s bounty with an Heirloom Supper, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. Dine on grilled pork with cornbread dressing and cream gravy, eggplant casserole, coleslaw, country ham, lemon pie and salsify casserole, made with the white carrot-like root veggies or “poor-man’s oysters” the Shakers themselves once grew.
Other fun fall activities include free “Evenings on the Lawn,” Sept. 28 and 29, with bonfire and make-your-own-s’mores, and HarvestFest, Sept. 29, where you can make apple cider, taste apple butter made with apples straight from the orchard, tour the fall garden and learn how to prepare foods for the winter.
New activities at Shaker Village include Fall on the Farm Weekends, Sept. 29 through Oct. 28, with Kids’ Village and a chance to pick your own pumpkins and apples, and Saturday guided fall foliage hikes, scheduled Oct. 6 through Oct. 27.
Give yourself time to tour America’s largest restored Shaker community with a stay at The Inn at Shaker Village. The historic property encompasses 70 guest rooms, suites and private cottages spread throughout 13 restored 19th century buildings on 3,000 acres of preserved farmland.
• Details: http://shakervillageky.org. Tickets for the Heirloom Supper on Sept. 28 cost $25/adults and $12.50/kids 11 and under. Reservations: 800-734-5611 x360.
Get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent colors of North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest by signing up for Biltmore Estates’ Architectural Tour. Located near the Blue Ridge Parkway — a key destination for leaf peepers — this 250-room chateau in Asheville, N.C., built in the late 19th century by George Vanderbilt, offers a panoramic view of the forest from its roof. This daily 60-minute guided tour not only shows off the fall foliage, it also nips into areas not on the regular house visit.
Combine the tour with the Biltmore’s two-night Fall Celebration package (from $1,318), Oct. 26-28, and indulge in seasonal bounty. The package includes a gourmet breakfast buffet and dinner at Antler Hill Village Barn with a fresh-from-the-grill menu, wine, beer and live music. Also included: accommodations, estate daytime admission, audio guides to Biltmore House, pumpkin carving event and pumpkin lighting ceremony Oct. 27, a Halloween candy bar in the lobby and more.
Included with admission, tours and tastings are offered daily at the winery, featuring Pinot noir, merlot, Sangiovese, syrah, zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
• Details: www.biltmore.com, 800-411-3812 or 828-225-1333. Tickets for the Architecture Tour are $17/person (in addition to Estate admission); advance reservations are required.