While many people see the falling autumn foliage as an end to the season of flowers, plenty of gardeners know that the changing leaves indicate anew season of freshness for those with a botanical eye. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these garden tour vacations are a great way to enjoy the changing seasons. So till under those flower beds and treat yourself to a romantic floral getaway at some of the nations finest botanical gardens. These vacation homes are perfect for getting cozy after a day outside.
Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas knows a thing or two about Texas’ native plants. Head over the first weekend in September for the Cactus and Succulent show. You’ll have a rare opportunity to buy exotic and native cacti during the silent auction as well as learn from master gardeners about cactus care.
If all those desert plants have you feeling parched, retreat to this gorgeous lake home on Lake Austin. You’ll get plenty of fall great outdoors in a luxurious setting. Lounge in the hammock and watch the night sky creep over the horizon. If you feel chilly, throw some logs on the outdoor fireplace and bring some cocoa from the gourmet kitchen. If early mornings are your thing, go sun-rise kayaking in the lake mist. How Zen can you get?
If you need even more water to go with your flowers, head to the Florida Keys. Key West Botanical Garden on Stock Island is overflowing with tropical life. This is a great place to warm up before fall chill really sets in.
Enjoy the natural world all around you in this waterfront home. You’ll be in prime location to see some of the Keys’ most beautiful natural wonders including the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. End your day enjoying a perfect sunset over the ocean.
From deep sea fishing to deep dish pizza, creature comforts and athletic excursions are all within reach. The full kitchen and outdoor grill make it easy to serve up your catch. The private pool and outdoor living area are so inviting, you might never indulge in the cozy furnishings inside. Even if you only come in to sleep, you’ll appreciate that this home sleeps 8 in real beds- no sleeper sofas needed!