A drive through the New England countryside may be your fall ritual, but this year, why not shake things up a bit? After all, how many times have you seen brown leaves? (Every time you have to rake them, no doubt.)
Wander through Taos, N.M. and you’ll feel as if you walked into an Ansel Adams image. The Sangre de Christo Mountains, Spanish for blood of Christ, stand majestically above this gorgeous city, where travelers plan getaways around hiking, biking and collecting art. In fact, the city reportedly tempts with more than 100 galleries just in case you’re looking for that perfect landscape painting to hang in your living room or turquoise pendant to wear with next summer’s peasant dress.
New Mexico vacation rentals are every bit as enchanting with their adobe-style construction. The one pictured, which rents for $1,200 a week through the end of the year, is a beauty with high ceilings, sizeable windows for mountain viewing and a kiva fireplace. Some homes bear the vigas(beams) common in many Indian villages.
So while this may not be Martha Stewart’s idea of a fall vacation, it could be yours.
Don’t forget the camera.