Fall is just around the corner, and while the weather in Cincinnati isn’t suggesting it yet, we will soon be donning our warm fall clothes and adorning our porches with mums and decorative gourds (maybe you already are!). I planned my fall getaway, have you? If not, the members of the HCM staff have generated a list of favorite places to visit in the fall.
Now you may be asking yourself, why is my financial advisor asking me about my vacation plans? The answer is simple. We are on a mission to empower our clients to make intelligent decisions, so they can enjoy financially secure retirements. The keyword there is to enjoy. We empower you to strategically plan your retirement in way that allows you to fully celebrate and enjoy the freedom retirement brings.
Your team of professionals at HCM compiled a list of their favorite fall destinations. We have ordered them in distance from Cincinnati. Enjoy!
Shawnee State Forest – Travel Time: 2 Hours
Located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River, 1,095-acre Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest. Once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, the region is one of the most picturesque in the state, featuring erosion-carved valleys and wooded hills. The rugged beauty of the area has earned it the nickname "The Little Smokies."
Hocking Hills – Travel Time: 2.5 Hours
Located in southeastern Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park has received national and international acclaim as a top park to visit. Stunning in every season, visitors can look forward to views of wildflowers adorning the forest floor in springtime and vivid foliage in the fall. The park features towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep, hemlock-shaded gorges for hikers and nature lovers to enjoy and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Travel Time: 5 Hours
Gatlinburg is a charming destination nestled at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It fills with millions of visitors each year, though the town’s population is just under 4,000, giving it a nice mix of tourist destination and small-town charisma. Come experience soaring mountains, Appalachian hospitality and local shops that reflect true mountain living.
Norris Lake, Tennessee – Travel Time: 5 Hours
Norris Lake is East Tennessee's premier lake destination. Norris Lake covers 5 Counties; Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger and Union. Blue Waters of Norris Lake cover nearly 35,000 acres at normal elevation and attract thousands of visitors for boating, fishing, swimming and more. The shores, winding 800 miles through thousands of tiny coves and narrow valleys between wooded slopes, are favored for wakeboarding, boating, camping, kayaking, and more.
Asheville, North Carolina – Travel Time: 5.5 Hours
Discover so many things to do in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Since the Blue Ridge Mountains cover a 90-mile radius of Asheville (16 counties), there is something for everyone, no matter your interests. Find national treasures, award-winning restaurants, museums, shopping, music, performing arts, galleries and tours. If you love the outdoors, there are so many places to go in the national forests and parks, filled with hiking trails, waterfalls and spectacular mountain views.
Interested in staying closer to home? Cincinnati offers a variety of options for a day-long getaway in our own city. Consider these options:
Ohio Renaissance Festival (September 1st – October 28th)
Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 14 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (September 21st – 23rd)
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America's largest Oktoberfest with more than 575,000 people attending each year.