Where to Buy a Second Home with the Best Fall Foliage

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The leaves begin to turn in Vermont. Courtesy of Unsplash

There is little that strikes more immediate joy into the heart than the burst of colorful leaves in autumn. Or is that just me? My pandemic-prompted rediscovery of the “casual walk” plus my desire to see every orange, gold and red-leafed tree in the city has me walking endless circles around my neighborhood taking pictures of trees nowadays. 

Dallas has a pretty good show of fall foliage, but I think we can all agree that there are plenty of other more nature-centric destinations that have us beat. 

So without further ado, here are some great places to buy a second home with the best fall foliage… on the off chance you’d be interested in hosting a Thanksgiving or fall break shaded by a kaleidoscope of colored leaves. 

Stowe, Vermont 

Stowe, Vermont

We can’t talk about autumn without mentioning New England — specifically Vermont. This state is primarily forested, known for an abundance of cute wooden bridges and maple syrup. Cue all the cozy fall vibes.

The small town of Stowe embodies all of this and more. There’s premier cross-country skiing in the winter and a burst of beautiful fall colors before the snow starts to fall. 

Aspen, Colorado

The yellow aspen trees in Aspen, CO

Aspen’s namesake trees are the star of the show in this popular ski resort town. Many visit Colorado either in the summer to hike or in the winter and spring to ski, but autumn here shouldn’t be an afterthought.

The aspen trees spring to life, their leaves turning vibrant yellow– a shade that is stunning against their slim white trunks… and conveniently make for great photo ops.

Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

An Ozark cabin in Arkansas

Looking for something a little closer to home? Arkansas isn’t called “The Natural State” for nothing. The Ozark National Forest is full of beautiful lakes, mountainsides, and of course, vibrant foliage in the fall. 

There are plenty of modest cabins available to offer some peace and quiet. There are also plenty of lots available in the Ozark region that are blank slates for building the perfect weekend getaway house.

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Smoky Mountain views

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee — shrouded in blue mist and popping with autumnal color — are a gorgeous place to visit in the fall … and a great place to invest in some property.

There are plenty of mountain towns within and surrounding the famous mountain range to poke around in, from Pigeon Ford (home to the Dolly Parton-inspired Dollywood) to Tellico Plains (a “vintage” mountain town, as they’ll tell it).