Vogue Magazine

I know, I know, it’s sad that summer is coming to an end. But do you know what is not sad? The end of peak travel season—and its overpriced airline tickets, jacked up lodging costs, and crowds.

Fall, with its calmer—and cheaper—charms is, in my opinion, the best time to travel. But where to go is quite the loaded question. To make deciding easier, here are a set of destinations to consider from the get-go. They’ve got new, interesting hotels or events that will have you ahead of the pack, should you go.

Kingston, New York

Summer may belong to the Hamptons, but autumn is best spent in the Hudson Valley. Stay at Hotel Kinsley in Kingston New York, a new boutique property that stretches across four historic buildings, two of which date back to the 17th century.

The designer behind it is Robert McKinley, the creative interior mastermind behind The Surf Lodge and Montauk’s McKinley Bungalow. He’s designed each building to be different, with a mixture of Scandinavian and bohemian touches, vintage furniture, and lots of greenery. Bonus: each room comes with a self-serve bar—so a nightcap is never out of reach.

The food is by Taavo Somer, of perennially trendy Gemma in the Bowery Hotel and perennially divey bar The Rusty Knot (their pretzel dogs: if you know, you know). Restaurant Kinsley serves up a locally sourced menu of feel-good food like lamb meatballs and pasta with stracciatella.

Plus, the town of Kingston is only two hours away from New York City—perfect for anyone with wanderlust, but also for those with just a weekend.

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