7 Weekend Getaways for Fall

From charming and eclectic towns and burgs to heritage coastal climes, America’s historic areas are back welcoming you for day trips, weekend getaways, or more.

Enjoy Main Streets, dining and shopping, rural bike rides, walks on the beach, and fascinating tours and museums—all of which are included in Preservation magazine’s fall 2022 issue as part of the "Weekend Getaways" advertising special.

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    St. Augustine, Florida

    Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine is America’s oldest continuously occupied European city. You’ll find dozens of historic sites just a short walk from luxurious accommodations, including the 1888 Casa Monica Resort and Spa and The Collector Luxury Inn and Gardens, a one-acre oasis comprised of nine historic homes dating from 1790 to 1910. Stroll along the Matanzas River to visit the Castillo de San Marcos, the longest-standing States. Enjoy fine dining in award winning restaurants and fine art in our galleries and museums, including The Lightner, which showcases decorative arts in a stunning Gilded Age hotel designed by architects Carrere and Hastings. Opportunities to experience performing arts—from opera to theatre, chamber music to ballet—abound. Learn more and plan your trip.

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    Quincy, Illinois

    Wine all you want. We’ll reward you. Take the Trailblazer Challenge: Enjoy seven wineries along the Mississippi Valley Wine Trail and collect free signature T-shirts or wine glasses. From Illinois’ oldest winery in historic Nauvoo to a young tasting room on the scenic Quincy bluffs. 800.978.4748. Make it a weekend > Self-Guided Driving Tours: Mid Mod Quincy + Abundant Architecture

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    Allegany County, Maryland

    Where America’s rivers, rails, and even the National Road, the first federally funded highway, converged as the crossroads for America. Mountain Maryland is the perfect getaway for inviting views, magical main streets, and enduring historical experiences.

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    Frederick, Maryland

    Wander the quaint streets of Downtown Frederick lined with historic buildings that house over 200 locally-owned boutique shops. Indulge in world-class restaurants and embrace our lively & diverse arts scene. Venture outdoors in National & State Parks and experience our storied past at Civil War battlefields. Unwind at dozens of wineries, breweries & distilleries. Make moments that matter to you in hip & historic Frederick County, Maryland.

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    Belhurst Castle, New York

    Named a World’s Best Wine Hotel by Wine Enthusiast, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and voted most romantic getaway in the Finger Lakes, Belhurst offers three unique hotels, two restaurants, a Winery and Gift Shop and a Spa-Salon.

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    Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial, Virginia

    Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is the final home and burial place of Founding Father, American Revolution hero, and five-time Governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry. Visitors can tour the breathtaking beauty of over 1,000 of Patrick Henry’s original acres and historic buildings year-round.

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    Staunton, Virginia

    Decades of historic preservation have led to a nationally acclaimed downtown—anchored by ornate architecture, fascinating museums, six historic districts, and two Historic Hotels of America. Year-round performances are offered in the stunning Blackfriars Playhouse, and scenic train rides take you along the 150-year-old railroad. Staunton is the perfect homebase to explore the beautiful color-changing seasons at Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the historic Blue Ridge Tunnel, Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.

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