THE MURAL ROOM AT JACKSON LAKE LODGE
Wyoming locals say fall is the best season to visit the state. In addition to there being fewer tourists, wildlife can be seen roaming and of course the foliage makes the landscape a site to behold. One of the best places to see the display is at The Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge. The restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the Tetons in the distance and Willow Flats in the foreground, which is typically shimmering in the fall with a range of yellows, greens, and golds.
YELLOW MAGNOLIA CAFÉ AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
Opened in 2017, the Yellow Magnolia Café is a celebration of its garden setting. The restaurant was built in a greenhouse that was erected in 1917. The greenhouse setting provides views overlooking the urban botanic garden allowing guests to enjoy bright fall foliage while dining on the sustainable cuisine featured by the cafe.
Surrounded by picturesque hills and horse farms with white picket fences, Wallace Station is a country café just outside Lexington. Guests can sit on the back patio or at picnic tables in the pasture enjoying the café's signature ham and pimento cheese sandwiches, savory sides, biscuits, and fresh pastries.
MOOSE LODGE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT AT THE WHITEFACE CLUB & RESORT
Lake Placid, New York
The Moose Lodge at the Whiteface Club is perched on the edge of Lake Placid, offering stunning views of Whiteface Mountain in all of its fall glory. The resort is one of only two public properties on Lake Placid and offers a wrap-around deck and dock where guests can enjoy the majestic mountain view.
It's hard to beat the views provided by the floor-to-ceiling windows at River, a restaurant located along the Connecticut River. Guests can observe the foliage display from nearly every seat in the house. For still more views, there's a multi-level deck outside. As for the cuisine, River is known for its modern take on traditional Italian dishes and prepares meals using locally sourced meats, seafood, and produce.
POLLOCK DINING ROOM AT SKYLAND RESORT
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is widely known as a leaf-peeper's paradise. One of the best places to take it all in is at Pollock Dining Room, located in the middle of Shenandoah National Park. The restaurant features giant, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Shenandoah Valley and serves a rotating seasonal menu inspired by local produce and regional favorites.
Dine on French classics like escargot, goat cheese tartine or cassoulet, while enjoying the views at Reno's Beaujolais Bistro. The restaurant has large front windows that overlook the colorful landscape beyond.
THE VIEW RESTAURANT & BAR
Located at a beautiful country club on the edge of a PGA-rated golf course, The View Restaurant & Bar in autumn provides views of fall colors as far as the eye can see. The restaurant is known for its fresh and locally sourced cuisine, such as caprese salad with Pennsylvania-made mozzarella, and Berkey Creamery ice cream for dessert. The fresh food comes in second only in the fall, when it's outdone by the restaurant's breathtaking views of Tussey Mountain and Mount Nittany during Pennsylvania's most beautiful season.
Cross Village, Michigan
The ideal place for fall dining in northern Michigan, Legs Inn is located on what's known as the famous Tunnel of Trees drive. Come fall the route is ablaze with a yellow and gold canopy and dazzling blue views of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay, making it a favorite leaf-peepers route. The historic Polish restaurant is noted for its craft beer, interesting architecture (it's stone on the outside and hand-crafted wood on the inside), and its picturesque garden dining. But many say the drive alone is worth the trip.
When it comes to views, it's hard to go wrong with a restaurant named for its perch along a lakeshore. This locally owned Chattanooga restaurant is located above Lakeshore Marina on the Chickamauga Lake. Known for its gorgeous views, one of the best places to dine is on the restaurant's outdoor patio, which provides an unobstructed view of the vibrant changing colors of the season. The restaurant's menu includes variations of American favorites such as seafood, steak, and pasta.
THE DINING ROOM AT SALISH LODGE & SPA
Salish Lodge offers the memorable combination of picturesque waterfalls and seasonal foliage. The restaurant is perched atop Snoqualmie Falls along the Snoqualmie River. When not gazing out the windows at the view, guests enjoy local and sustainable menu items that showcase Pacific Northwest cuisine with flavors.
Jackson County, North Carolina
This restaurant's name comes from its unique location between Cow Rock Mountain and Laurel Knob in North Carolina's Lonesome Valley, which is the largest box canyon east of the Rockies. Canyon Kitchen offers open-air dining that allows guests to take in all the stunning hues of fall that overtake the area. The property is surrounded by rolling meadows and includes gardens that guests are invited to explore. As for the menu, it features items that rely on ingredients sourced from local and regional farms.
JEFFERSON'S RESTAURANT AT THE OMNI HOMESTEAD RESORT
Hot Springs, Virginia
At Jefferson's, there are sweeping views of the region's rolling green hills both from inside the restaurant and out. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the dramatic outdoor display, but for those who want to get even closer to nature, there's an outdoor terrace. The elegant yet casual restaurant serves farm-to-table food featuring a hand-picked selection of the best regional and prime meats.
BACK INN CAFÉ
Housed in a renovated Colonial Revival mansion, guests at Back Inn Café can enjoy dining in two romantic sunrooms or outside on a terrace that overlooks the Tennessee River and provides views of the foliage on Maclellan Island and Coolidge Park. An upscale restaurant, Back Inn features a menu that changes seasonally to provide fresh dishes and an extensive wine list.
PRAIRIE STREET BREWING COMPANY
Situated on the banks of the Rock River, the oldest brewery in Illinois is a sight to behold. The brewery, founded in 1849, features a striking red brick exterior that's offset by the natural scenery surrounding it. Beattie Park, located across the river, creates a backdrop of colorful fall foliage that can be viewed through generous windows. In addition to craft beer, Prairie Street serves a seasonal menu featuring classic dishes like burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads.
FRIDAY HARBOR HOUSE
San Juan Island, Washington
From its position on picturesque San Juan Island, Friday Harbor House maximizes the views of the San Juan Channel by offering guests the option of dining on a new patio and outdoor space (which includes space heaters and fire features for warmth). The island can be reached via a short seaplane ride or a ferry from Seattle. It's worth the journey; Friday Harbor House is known for seasonal specialties featuring the freshest fare from local waters and farms.
HOPKINS INN AND RESTAURANT
Located on property that overlooks scenic Lake Waramaug, guests can enjoy panoramic views of vibrantly colored trees during the fall at Hopkins Inn and Restaurant. The restaurant's main dining room features picture windows that are ideal for foliage gazing. Or, for warmer days, there's a flagstone dining terrace located under a grand horse chestnut tree. An award-winning restaurant, Hopkins Inn features contemporary Austrian cuisine with an American influence.
THE BRINTON BISTRO AT THE BRINTON MUSEUM
Big Horn, Wyoming
Located on the top floor of the Brinton Museum, the Brinton Bistro features 180-degree views of northern Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. The museum itself is located on the 620-acre Quarter Circle A Ranch, adding even more charm to the restaurant's visually stunning setting. Before, or after, enjoying a meal, visitors can explore the museum's display of 19th, 20th, and 21st century Western and American Indian art.
CAMPFIRE GRILL AT MASSANUTTEN RESORT
A mountainside indoor-outdoor dining venue located amid 6,000 acres of land in the heart of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Campfire Grill offers scenic views and a menu inspired by the great outdoors. The restaurant's outdoor seating area features cozy seats and fire pits and provides sweeping views of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains. Menu highlights include camp stove chili, chicken dumplings, and s'mores skillets.
THE COTTAGE RESTAURANT AND CAFE AT MIRROR LAKE INN RESORT AND SPA
Lake Placid, New York
Located on the edge of Mirror Lake, the Cottage Restaurant and Café features views of the Adirondack Mountains Great Range. A casual restaurant known for offering a twist on pub-style favorites, there's a large deck outside with a wood burning fireplace where guests can cozy up, enjoy a meal and soak up the view.
One of many notable pit stops along the famous 63-Mile Mohawk Trail (one of New England's top foliage routes), the Golden Eagle is famous for its unbeatable views. To make the most of the view, be sure to ask for a seat on the restaurant's outdoor patio. You'll find Golden Eagle at the route's legendary Hairpin Turn.
THE LAUREL TREE
What better way to enjoy the foliage than sitting in a tree? The Laurel Tree provides a chance to do just that. The restaurant is a private treehouse dining room nestled in a rustic, 150-year-old oak tree. Laurel Waters, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef serves a French-inspired menu to diners in this unique space furnished with antiques and artwork. After the meal is over, there's a porch to relax on while taking in the scenery. Not only is the fall foliage so close you can touch it, the leaf colors in Utopia are said to rival those on the East Coast.
BOYCE GENERAL STORE
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Don't be fooled by the name, Boyce General Store is a restaurant, one that specializes in Southern comfort and hospitality. It's located at the end of a picturesque country road and surrounded by acres of beautiful trees. As visitors dig into home-cooked meals, they can take in views of the Kentucky countryside. One of the most popular places to sit is the outside deck where guests are treated to bluegrass tunes amid the shifting colors of the surrounding trees.
LOOKING GLASS RESTAURANT
Bar Harbor, Maine
A repeated winner of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and previous winner of "Best Breakfast with a View" for the entire state of Maine, the Looking Glass provides panoramic views of its Bar Harbor setting from its dining room. The restaurant's deck, which sits high above the town, is yet another dining option and has a fire pit to keep guests warm on autumn nights.
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
The journey to Ishnala Restaurant, which is located in the middle of Mirror Lake State Park, will take you through hundreds of acres of meadow and forest. The restaurant located on the shores of the lake and provides breathtaking views of its surroundings from its dining room. But the trees aren't just outside. Giant Norway pines grow right through the roof. The restaurant is fond of saying that fine dining joins with nature to create a truly memorable experience.
Lansing, West Virginia
Surrounded by West Virginia's lush forests, and overlooking the New River Gorge (which is dazzling during the fall), Smokey's Steakhouse offers views and Appalachian-style food. The restaurant features a timber-frame dining pavilion and an open-air deck.
MAIN DINING ROOM AT OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
The Main Dining Room at Omni Mount Washington Resort, which is open to the public, offers sweeping views of New Hampshire's Presidential Range. A four-diamond restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, the menu features locally and regionally sourced produce, meats, and seafood. There's also live nightly entertainment.
SILVER PINE RESTAURANT & BAR
Situated amid 500 acres of Ponderosa pine, the al fresco dining patio at Silver Pine Restaurant & Bar is one of the best places to take in the vibrant view here. There are also many hiking trails around the property that take visitors to vistas overlooking the pine forest.
TARRAGON AT THE INN AT HONEY RUN
For budget travelers, Ohio tends to be a much more affordable place to spend some time leaf peeping than New England. One of the most notable dining options for foliage views is Tarragon in Amish Country. Guest rave about the high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding woodlands.
Located between historic downtown Brattleboro and the Connecticut River, Whetstone Station is a traditional pub with outstanding views. There's a roof deck offering outdoor dining overlooking the river and mountains. Equally notable views can be had from the indoor, firelit dining room. And here's a fun fact, while sitting on the property's deck, or in the restaurant, you will be overlooking New Hampshire, not Vermont. The restaurant sits right on the border of the two states and across the river is New Hampshire's Wantastiquet Mountain.
Sitting on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe offers an Atlantan foliage experience. Each fall, the riverbanks come to life in shades of oranges, reds, and browns, all of which are visible from Canoe's patio. The restaurant, in the city's Vinings neighborhood, was recently named most romantic in Georgia by Food & Wine. Don't miss strolling in its manicured gardens after dinner.
Cle Elum, Washington
Known for its 360-degree views of the Cascade Mountains, Portals Restaurant is part of the Suncadia Resort. It features an artisan menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest and seasonal ingredients. Notable options include the restaurant's Dungeness crab cakes and Elk Black & Blue burgers.
ACE'S RUN RESTAURANT & PUB
Named after Helmuth "Ace" Heise, who founded Maryland's only ski resort, Ace's offers indoor and outdoor lakefront dining with views of Deep Creek Lake. The restaurant is popular for its Open Kitchen Nights when guests pick their own dish and ingredients and the chefs prepare it right in front of the diners.
16 BAY VIEW
Enjoy a small-plates menu while sitting at the sprawling, 2,000-square-foot rooftop bar at 16 Bay View. The rooftop offers views of Camden Harbor and Camden Hills State Park and stays open through September and most of October, depending on weather. To keep guests warm, there are blankets, patio heaters and glass fire pits on chillier nights. Camden has been named a Tree City for more than 20 years now, making it a popular choice for those in search of fall foliage. In addition to its small-plates menu, the 16 Bay View serves brunch on Saturday mornings.
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Chef and owner Sean Stout has developed quite a following over the past two decades thanks to his menu's creativity and consistently good food at Coyote Grill. But come autumn, there's yet another attraction — the restaurant's big windows overlooking the 4,000-foot-mountains that surround the valley, offering an unforgettable seat to witness the sun setting over the foliage of the White Mountains National Forest.
MOGULS GRILLE & TAP ROOM AT CARIBOU HIGHLANDS LODGE
Moguls Grille combines views of autumn colors with artisanal dining. Located beside Lutsen's legendary mountains, the restaurant offers outdoor seating (with a warming fire pit) where guests can enjoy unobstructed views of the foliage. As an added attraction, on Sundays, Moguls hosts a rotating list of local performers.
Greenville, South Carolina
Few things beat an unforgettable meal paired with a stellar view of nature's fall beauty. And Passerelle Bistro offers this combination in spades. Located on the banks of the Reedy River in Falls Park, guests at the French-inspired bistro enjoy such dishes as Croque Monsieur or Charcuterie & Fromage while taking in views of the surrounding 32-acre park, known for its beautiful gardens and trees that come fall are a show of yellow and orange foliage. The bistro's al fresco dining option on its patio, also provides views of the nearby falls.
Overlooking the Willamette River, Rosswood is surrounded by natural beauty including views of the bursting colors of autumn thanks to entire walls of windows. The restaurant, which features modern American cuisine infused with subtle Mediterranean influences, is located inside the newly renovated River's Edge Hotel, and the scenic Willamette Greenway Trail runs directly behind the property, in case you want to work off your meal.
OLD POST OFFICE
Home-cooked breakfasts and traditional Door County fish boils are among the main attractions at the Old Post Office, a property that dates back to the early 1900s. But the restaurant is also known for offering picturesque waterfront dining, which come fall, is even more memorable.
COPPER LEAF BAR & TERRACE AT CEDARBROOK LODGE
Crafting meals using ingredients plucked from an onsite garden, Copper Leaf Bar & Terrace was designed to be an urban oasis. It's located amid 18 acres of natural, protected wetlands that come September and October put on quite a fall display. The restaurant offers both terrace dining and indoor seating with equally notable views.