Fall: Crisp air, warm sweaters, sweet apples and glorious explosions of colorful autumn splendor.
Some homes are shown to their best advantage in fall, surrounded by trees, rolling landscapes and warm fireplaces near picture windows that perfectly capture the season. Like the thousands who flock to New York and New England for leaf-peeping this time of year, we also took a peek at properties that offer colorful seasonal panoramas. Warm the cider, pull on a blanket and take a look.
Fishing for Paradise
Dip your toes where presidents fished at Trout Run, a more than 450-acre estate near the presidential retreat of Camp David in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains.
A two-mile-long stream through sun-dappled forest gives this angler’s paradise a name, while hunting grounds provide outdoorsmen an ideal way to enjoy the season. There are separate guest quarters, including one with an enclosed, heated porch for the less adventurous — a space that was a favorite of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Hallowed in Vermont
The colors of the season surround this classic slice of rustic comfort in Vermont, with three ponds amplifying the reflection of the burnished trees amid the rolling hills of the Green Mountain State.
Trails along the 25-acre property provide a perfect excuse for a stroll. Leave your Wellies in the mudroom and warm up by one of the two stone fireplaces.
If that’s still not enough leaves to satiate your peepers, how about another 100 acres worth of rolling red and gold Vermont hills?
This center-hall country classic includes a separate, five-story barn with office and guest quarters, so friends and family can join you amid the maples. Stalls welcome the equine-inclined.
Water, Water Everywhere
Across the state line with New York, pull up an Adirondack chair to this multimillion-dollar view of Kattskill Bay. Nature lies as close as the bay’s waters, which practically lap the home’s front door — a rarity in an area that typically requires a 100-foot setback.
Scandinavia in New York
Closer to New York City, you’d expect a pillar of Scandinavian design to erect a house worthy of the name. Jans Quistgaard, the mind behind the Swedish Dansk Designs, did his nation proud in a Westchester suburb.
The roof’s many arches perfectly frame the trees and water before wall-sized picture windows. The biggest danger here might be never wanting to leave.
Farther south, a contemporary aerie above a Potomac River hilltop offers another modern vantage point. The home was designed to meld effortlessly with the natural beauty of the site.
The home’s wood siding gives way to glass expanses that offer views from every inside seat, and an outside patio boasts near 360-degree views of the foliage.
Finally, this Maine property holds a special place in our hearts, with more than 1,200 feet of frontage along Penobscot Bay in Camden, including three private beaches and views of wooded islands and hills.
The view is interrupted only by sailboats. But what really captured us was the rainbow arching over the water. Can you imagine that tree ablaze in autumn? Sign us up.