Road Trip


“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

Lauren DeStefano Wither

From Connecticut to Atlantic Canada, the Northeast is arguably the best destination in North America to see the epitome of leaves changing during the fall months. Unique Venues offers a scenic road trip, highlighting eight member venues that offer a front-row seat to the transition from summer to fall as the crisp autumn air gives way to the beautiful work of Mother Nature. At each of these destinations, guests are able to experience the feelings of warmth that the colors of the leaves invoke and the nostalgic memories that autumn offers, leaving your guests inspired and rejuvenated.

Yorke Photography (Moncton, NB)

Bates Barn

Long Point, NB, Canada | 506-647-6781

Located in Atlantic Canada and surrounded by Belleisle Bay, Bates Barn in New Brunswick is a perfect place to take in the breathtaking views that accompany the changing seasons. As the venue’s name suggests, Bates Barn is located on a family farm covering 15 acres. The barn is surrounded by an array of trees and can be conveniently accessed via car or boat. A popular method of transportation to the barn is aboard the Belleisle Bay Ferry which only takes a few minutes but leaves riders with a cool autumn breeze on their face, the sound of dry, rustling leaves, and of course, a picturesque view.

After a busy day, guests are able to view the vibrant colors of autumn from the outdoor patio that offers a perfect ambiance. Bates Barn is able to hold year-round events because of their built-in climate control. Over 175 guests can comfortably fit in the barn with added space in the loft overlooking the main floor. The open layout of the barn is a perfect place to host meetings, weddings, and special events. Bates Barn offers a rustic yet elegant atmosphere where guests and planners are graciously assisted by the owners to make their experience more pleasant.

Guests will continue to be entertained even after their event has ended with unique adventures and activities located right on the property. The Bates family offers an apple orchard where guests and attendees can take a leisurely stroll to a quaint orchard and pick their own apples. A perfect fall activity for your guests to do on their own while they’re waiting for their next training session or before their conference begins. In addition to apples, guests have the option to pick their own strawberries, raspberries, corn, and pumpkins. Bates Barn is situated in a charming location surrounded by beautiful trees, but also is ideally located near beaches where guests can listen to the breaking of waves on the shore and feel the sand in between their toes.

University of New England

Biddeford, ME | 207-221-4989

Offering some of nature’s most beautiful views as well as being considered the cultural hub of the northeast, Portland, Maine is an ideal location for a fall getaway. The restaurants, art, and culture offer visitors a unique experience which is elevated by the ambience of the cozy colors that autumn offers. Centrally located in Portland, the University of New England offers over 75 meeting rooms that guests are able to utilize for conferences, meetings, and social events. UNE also welcomes wedding ceremonies and receptions on campus that would be perfectly suited for the couple desiring an autumn nuptial.

Walking through downtown Portland, visitors are able to take in the crisp fall air and admire the vibrant colors of autumn. Each and every guest will be able to find activities that will interest them even after their event has concluded. Accommodating up to 800 overnight guests from June to early August, the University of New England, Biddeford campus, is a gorgeous location for your guests to spend a couple days away from home.

An abundant number of lighthouses, including Two Lights State Park and Portland Head Light, will keep sightseers entertained and engaged. Antique shops and cozy boutiques fill the city of Portland and will keep guests interested. The art in Portland is one of a kind and captures the culture that embodies the city. After an adventurous day of tourism, guests can relax and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner. New England specialties, the inspiring art of Portland, and the magnificent beauty of nature are just a few reasons to make the University of New England your next event destination.

David J. Murray/

The Music Hall

Portsmouth, NH | 603-766-2187

Doused in history and culture, Portsmouth, New Hampshire offers enchanting views from its walkable city and to its historic seaport nearby. Home to one of the oldest ports in the United States, Portsmouth offers visitors a historic feel with their museums, shops, and culture; however, Portsmouth is continuously making advances to be a more modern town with their nightclubs and restaurants. Balancing both modern amenities and historic elegance along with its breathtaking views makes Portsmouth a great destination for your next event.

Keeping up with the historic culture of Portsmouth, The Music Hall is a downtown venue where guests can be wowed by live performances in this charming theater. About 900 guests can comfortably fit in the theater for a special event or a corporate retreat. The Music Hall also offers a loft location which fits up to 120 guests for a more intimate experience. This historic theater has become a popular venue for many companies’ special events. Elegantly decorated, the inside of The Music Hall will be just as beautiful as the autumn views you will experience outside of the venue.

If your guests are in search of something to do in between meetings or as a night-time activity, Portsmouth will fulfill all of your guests’ wishes. If you’re a history buff, you’ll be intrigued to learn more about one of the nation’s oldest cities. Take a tour of the nation’s first naval shipyard or visit the historic Strawberry Banke Museum which interests guests with information about Portsmouth’s earliest English settlement. A shopping addict? Downtown Portsmouth is lined with little boutiques and shops where you will be sure to find something amazing. The upside to shopping in New Hampshire? No sales tax! Finally, if you just want to enjoy being close to the ocean and staying by one of the oldest ports, the harbor is the place to hang out. There are scheduled cruises each day to learn more about the history of Portsmouth and experience the golden colors of the leaves and magnificent autumn sunsets.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Hancock, MA | 413-738-5500 ext. 3020

A ski and snowboard resort can be one of the best venues for events in the fall because of its abundance of trees and hilly slopes. These resorts are beautiful in the winter and are usually even more breathtaking in the fall with the changing hues of the leaves. Nestled in the mountains of Hancock, Massachusetts, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the ultimate place for a delightful get-away for all events. Did you know Jiminy Peak is the largest ski and snowboard resort in New England? This four-season resort offers friendly service to every guest, even their mission statement guarantees it!

Nothing will beat the view that guests are able to experience while staying at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. Guests will spend the day comfortably in the 15 meeting rooms, equipped for every event, from corporate social events to youth retreats. After a busy day, up to 400 guests can be accommodated to stay the night with gorgeous views to wake up to the next day.

Booking your event at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort will offer a unique experience for all of your guests. Offering many on-site activities such as chairlift rides and scavenger hunts, guests are able to find something to fill their time with without ever having to leave the resort. If guests are looking to venture into nearby cities, there are numerous activities such as Berkshire Paint & Sip and The Clark Museum. Whether you’re staying in or going out after another adventurous day, you will not be disappointed with the number of activities on and around this resort.

Simmons University

Boston, MA | 617-521-2288

A gorgeous view of downtown Boston during the peak of fall is a site that many people wish to experience. Taking a stroll after your conference or meeting to cherish the historic feelings that this town has to offer is just an added bonus. By booking your next event at Simmons University, your guests will be in awe with the beauty of the campus and its amazing location to enjoy every activity Boston has to offer. Located just minutes from downtown, Simmons University is a great space to hold your next event and impress each one of your guests!

Within walking distance of great museums such as Museum of Fine Arts, and oldest ball parks such as Fenway Park, Simmons University is the best location for any guests who are interested in the culture or history of Boston. After a busy day of working, guests can enjoy a night out on the town by visiting some of the greatest museums and galleries that Massachusetts has to offer. Up to 850 overnight guests will be accommodated after their adventurous day. Whether you are hosting a social event, a professional conference, or a youth event, Simmons University offers 20 meeting rooms to choose from, guaranteeing content attendees.

Because it is one of the oldest cities in the United States, for those that are historically inclined, Freedom Tours are offered with costumed guides that will provide guests every piece of information they could ever need. If your guests are more interested in Boston’s marine life, whale watching cruises set sail each day to please nature-lovers of all sorts. If you came to view the beautiful fall foliage that Boston has to offer, then scheduling a Harbor Sunset Sightseeing Cruise is perfect for you! Guests will enjoy the sunset and take in the most colorful season of the year.

The Plumbing Museum

Watertown, MA | 617-926-2111

Massachusetts is a great state to consider when searching for breathtaking fall foliage views in the northeast United States. Located 15 minutes from downtown Boston, Watertown is a community rich with history and beautiful views. Because of the creation of new businesses and more residents flocking to this neighborhood, Watertown is becoming a more popular district outside of Boston. A perfect example of Watertown’s history and new reputation is The Plumbing Museum. As the name states, this venue is a museum as well as a non-traditional location to hold social events, conferences, weddings, and many other events.

Not only does this venue attract tradesmen, it also attracts the curious visitors and planners looking for a unique space to wow their guests when booking their next event. The museum can fit about 100 guests for any event and gives visitors an interesting room to explore during the night because of all the information guests receive without ever having to leave the event venue. Your event rental goes toward a good cause, too! The Plumbing Museum helps to fund the schooling of local craftsmen and helps promote the plumbing industry.

The Plumbing Museum is part of the history of Watertown, Massachusetts and attracts tourists from across the United States. After you’re done exploring the historic museums of Watertown, you can drive the short distance to Boston where there are multiple activities you can enjoy. Visit Fenway Park for a ballgame, take a stroll through the Boston Public Gardens, or pay tribute to the 35th president of the United States at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library. No matter what, guests will have a great experience even if the only place they visit is The Plumbing Museum!

The Amber Room Colonnade

Danbury, CT | 203-748-3800

If you want New England’s fall foliage as the backdrop of your next event, Connecticut might be the perfect state for you! Why? Because Connecticut’s foliage season typically lasts longer than most of the states in New England, allowing more time for your guests to experience this magnificent beauty. Located about 50 miles from New York City, Danbury, Connecticut is a town where guests will be able to experience the leaves transition from summer to fall. Just as gorgeous outside as it is inside and recently renovated within the past two years, The Amber Room Colonnade is sure to be a venue that will leave your guests awestruck.

Located in the rolling hills of Connecticut and on 26 acres of land, The Amber Room Colonnade is a historic and elegant venue to hold your next event. Even more impressive, this historic venue is celebrating a big milestone this year - 50 years in business! With 4 meeting rooms, this venue is a favorite location for weddings but can also host other types of events such as social events, retreats, conferences, and more. The Amber Room can hold just under 700 guests with hotels nearby for overnight accommodations. Delicious catering options and a friendly staff help make The Amber Room Colonnade the perfect place to host your next meeting or retreat.

Looking for activities to do in your free time? If you are interested in history, visit the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. Then, you can visit the theater for a screen a play or attend a festival in the Ives Concert Park where you will also be able to take in the beautiful views and colors of Danbury’s nature. Are you interested in eerie, spine-chilling stories? Visit the site of the only trial to ever use dark magic as a criminal defense and learn of its history. You can even visit New York City by taking a quick car or train ride into the city. The Amber Room Colonnade is a gorgeous venue to host your next event and is located in a town where there are endless possibilities of activities to do after your event ends.

Branford House at Avery Point

Groton, CT | 860-405-9072

With a front-row view of the Thames River and oceanfront to Fishers Island and Long Island Sound, the small town of Groton, Connecticut offers spectacular views of fall foliage. Though the town may be small, it features rolling hills covered with trees that lead to the shore of the rivers, creating a picturesque view. Another remarkable feature of Groton includes a gorgeous, castle-like building that sits along the rivers. This beautiful building is named the Branford House at Avery Point and is a top destination for corporate events, retreats, weddings, and more. Its beautiful ballroom and elegant staircase make it the picture-perfect backdrop to hold a wedding or a corporate gala.

The Branford House offers an ocean front patio where guests can delight in an ocean view making it the perfect place to watch the sun set. Any destination that is considered great to watch sunsets is also an amazing place to see the beautiful colors of fall. Guests are able to enjoy the crisp Connecticut air while being amazed by the beauty of Mother Nature. Up to 300 guests can enjoy a standing reception at the Branford House then enjoy a night away from home at a nearby partner hotel.

Home to the United States’ main submarine base and Fort Griswold, known as the infamous site of betrayal of American forces by Benedict Arnold, Groton is a sample of history. Guests will never run out of things to do with abundant museums to visit and on sandy beaches to unwind. In this beautiful castle, guests will feel right at home as they watch the sun set on the outdoor patio and converse with other guests. The Branford House is an excellent location to hold your next event if you’re looking for a gorgeous, historic building to wow your guests.

Share this article