7. Topnotch Resort: Stowe, Vermont
At this family-friendly resort in the Green Mountain State, you'll be surrounded by nature's perfect playground. You'll also be surrounded by modern amenities, as the lodge -- which has been an area staple since 1959 -- recently underwent a $15 million renovation.
The 68 rooms feature wooden furniture, woven textiles and art inspired by the pristine natural setting. In the evenings, you can gather around fire pits, where there are s'mores for the kids -- and s'more martinis for the adults.
On the grounds, you'll find an excellent on-site tennis program, equestrian center, 35,000-square-foot spa, hot tub and heated outdoor pool, as well as daily activities such as wildlife walks and trivia nights. Dogs are welcome here, too; you can even request an in-room "Rover Reiki Massage."
The quaint town of Stowe hosts several events throughout October, including Oktoberfest, the Foliage Arts Festival
and Dine Stowe, during which you can sample specialty menus for $20.17.