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Exciting autumn breaks

Back to work… Back to school… Back to the grindstone… Autumn can come as a rude reality check after a leisurely summer of fun. But if you book yourself a cheeky break, you can give those autumn clouds a silver lining. Here are some ideas.

Tenerife

The beaches of Tenerife can be super-crowded in summer, so autumn is the ideal time to explore this magical island in the sun. And if you have kids, it’s the perfect destination for a half-term break because October temperatures can still be up in the mid twenties

Many destinations claim to have “something for everyone”, but on Tenerife, it’s true. The traditional towns of Playa de las Americas and Los Christianos are famous for their bustling bars and noisy nightlife. While Costa Adeje is a relatively new resort, boasting upmarket restaurants and chic boutiques.

If you prefer a little peace and quiet, the Teide National Park has almost 20,000 hectares of it. Fresh-air fanatics can hike up Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak. Or if that sounds too much like hard work, ride up in the cable car and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire island.

New England

New England in the USA’s north east corner is the iconic autumn destination, and tourists from around the world flock here every “fall” to see one of nature’s most spectacular events - the “turning leaves”.

This multicoloured marvel sweeps through the region from north to south, as the trees turn from green to gold in a rolling wave. The phenomenon begins in Maine in September, then heads down through New Hampshire and Vermont, reaching Massachusetts and Rhode Island in October. You can catch it in Connecticut as late as November.

Fly into Boston and you can combine your trip with a city break. Flight time from the UK is around 7 hours, and prices at this time of year are much cheaper than in the summer months. The weather in Boston can still be quite balmy in autumn - but don’t forget to pack a sweater, because if you catch one of the Nor’easters that blow in off the Atlantic, you’ll need it.

The Lake District

If you fancy a trip to see the turning leaves, but you don’t relish the 7-hour flight, the UK’s Lake District offers a pretty good show of its own. The region’s attractions are more accessible now the summer crowds have disappeared, and once you’ve enjoyed the spectacular scenery in all its autumn splendour, there’s a massive range of activities to enjoy.

Adrenaline junkies can seek out challenging climbs in the high hills, while culture vultures can walk in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Maybe try your hand at trout-fishing on Lake Windermere, or take a trip on a luxury cruise. If you’d like to captain your own vessel, why not hire a rowing boat or cabin cruiser? Then you can explore England’s largest lake at your own pace.

If you’d like to discover somewhere new this autumn, as a Toyota customer you can enjoy savings of up to £350 per room at one of Warner Leisure's picturesque, historic hotels.

From grand country houses to charming coastal retreats, each location is ideal for a restful break or an activity-packed weekend. And whether you want to relax and unwind, or stretch your legs in the great outdoors, you’ll find a warm welcome plus all the comforts of home.

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