5 Cozy Autumn Getaways for Hygge Lovers - A Travel Series - Island Thyme Soap Company

5 Cozy Autumn Getaways for Hygge Lovers - A Travel Series

While the summer sun still warms our days, savvy travelers know that now is the perfect time to start planning those cozy autumn getaways. Popular fall destinations can book up quickly, and the best deals are often found months in advance. So, grab your favorite iced tea, find a shady spot, and join us as we explore some of the most enchanting autumn destinations for hygge lovers. By planning now, you'll have a magical fall escape to look forward to all summer long!

As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, there's no better time to embrace the essence of hygge in your travels. Autumn, with its warm colors and invitation to slow down, perfectly embodies the Danish concept of coziness and contentment. In this series, we'll explore five destinations that promise not just spectacular fall foliage, but also the kind of cozy, comforting experiences that hygge enthusiasts crave.

Over the coming weeks, we'll take you on a journey to some of the world's most enchanting autumn destinations, each offering its unique blend of hygge and fall magic. From the misty highlands of Scotland to the vibrant maple forests of Japan, we'll guide you through the best places to stay, what to do, and how to capture that perfect hygge moment in each location.

To kick off our series, we're starting close to home with a classic autumn experience: New England, USA. Known for its stunning fall foliage and charming small towns, New England is the perfect place to begin our hygge autumn adventure.

5 Cozy Autumn Getaways for Hygge Lovers: Part 1 - New England's Fall Magic

When it comes to fall foliage, few places can compete with the stunning display in New England. The state of Vermont, in particular, offers a perfect backdrop for a  hygge-inspired autumn getaway.

Where to Stay

For the ultimate hygge experience, consider these cozy accommodations:

What to Do

  • Take a scenic drive along Route 100 from Wilmington to Stowe, often called Vermont's most beautiful road. Stop at overlooks to admire the colorful vistas.
  • Visit Shelburne Orchards near Burlington for a quintessential autumn experience. As you wander through the apple-laden trees, the crisp air fills with the irresistible aroma of freshly made apple cider donuts. These warm, cinnamon-sugar coated treats are the epitome of fall comfort food. The experience is so iconic, we've even captured it in our new "Apple Cider Donut" candle scent, allowing you to bring a piece of New England autumn into your home.
  • Explore the charming town of Stowe, known for its picturesque church steeple and mountain backdrop. Warm up with a hot chocolate at Black Cap Coffee & Beer.
  • Attend the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival in October, where you can appreciate local crafts and artisanal foods while surrounded by autumn colors.

Hygge Moment

After a day of leaf-peeping along the Molly Stark Byway (Route 9) from Bennington to Brattleboro, return to your cozy accommodation. Wrap yourself in a soft throw blanket, put on your warmest socks, and settle in by the fireplace with a mug of hot apple cider from a local orchard.

Pro Tip: Vermont's fall foliage typically peaks from late September to mid-October, but this can vary by location and year. Check foliage reports before booking your trip. For a unique experience, consider timing your visit with the Mount Snow Oktoberfest for an extra dose of autumn festivity.

Excited about the scents of autumn? Keep an eye out for our upcoming Apple Cider Donut candle, launching August 1st. It's the perfect way to bring a touch of New England fall into your home, no matter where you are

Coming Up in Our Hygge Autumn Getaways Series

  • Part 2: The Scottish Highlands - Misty Mountains and Cozy Cottages
  • Part 3: Kyoto, Japan - Ancient Traditions Meet Autumn Splendor
  • Part 4: Bavaria, Germany - Fairytale Castles and Festive Cheer
  • Part 5: The Laurentians, Quebec - Canada's Colorful Autumn Playground

Stay tuned for our next installment, where we'll explore the rugged beauty and cozy charm of the Scottish Highlands. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when each new post in the series is published!

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