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5 Southeastern leaf peeping destinations to book now

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee all offer extraordinary fall foliage and the seasonal change is a great excuse to book a weekend away from Atlanta. But you'll want to reserve your room soon before these destinations get booked up.

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens (Pine Mountain, GA) – One hour south of Atlanta, in the mountains where President Franklin Roosevelt escaped to find comfort is the grounds of Callaway Gardens. Each reservation at the hotel offers passes to Callaway Gardens, giving guests the opportunity to be surrounded by changing leaves and flowers, while exploring the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, fly fishing or ziplining. Across the street from Callaway Gardens is Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park where you'll find stunning views of Georgia's hillsides, covered with the colors of the season.

Grand Bohemian Hotel (Asheville, NC) – The six-year old Marriott Autograph Collection hotel looks more like a centuries old European mountain getaway destination than a hotel in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Conveniently located across from the Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Village with easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and a 30-minute drive to Mount Mitchell State Park, the Grand Bohemian serves as a gateway to outdoor exploration.

Fire Mountain Inn (Highlands, NC) – Miles upon miles of mountainous views of fall foliage? The Fire Mountain Inn has it! In addition to the inn, the property features cabins and treehouses as lodging options. All the accommodations sit at about 4,000 feet, offering colorful views of the Highlands area during peak season with hiking and walking trails available on site for mountain exploration. Just down the street from the Inn is Highlands Aerial Park offering canopy tours, hiking trails and an adventure course with ziplines and obstacles testing your agility.

Laurel Springs Lodge Bed & Breakfast (Gatlinburg, TN) – Close to downtown Gatlinburg's main streets, the 1930s era home of innkeepers Dan and Karen Berry is a quaint stepping off point for weekend leaf peeping adventures. Conveniently located just three miles from Smoky Mountain National Park, 5 miles from Pigeon Forge and 30 minutes from Knoxville, the B&B is surrounded by scenic opportunities befitting a Tennessee mountain town.

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The Inn at Fontanel (Whites Creek, TN) – If you want your leaf peeping with a side of country music, there is no better place to make your destination than Nashville, Tennessee. Just under 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, a stay at the Inn gives you the versatility you need to experience the best that the city offers. Visitors can take advantage of the Inn's easy access to walking/running/biking trails including a connection to the Metro Parks Greenway. Guests will also find eight ziplines and a distillery on site.

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