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Some not too far fall getaways will help you appreciate the beauty of the season. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

When Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months and two days at Walden Pond back in the 1840’s, the writer surely was inspired by the views when summer gave way to fall. It's a lovely place to visit during the change of seasons where you can put the beauty into your own words.

"If you spend some time here and think about your own reaction to it you get closer to Thoreau’s experience, whether or not you’ve ever read any of his works," says one visitor.

A nearly two-mile trail surrounding the pond offers access to the site where Thoreau’s house at Walden Pond once stood, now simply marked by a bunch of pillars. Very popular this time of year with school groups, Walden Pond State reservation in Concord, Massachusetts is about a half hour drive from Boston. There is no admission fee, but parking costs $5.

For those who are looking to scare up some last minute fun for the family before Halloween arrives, look no further than New York’s Hudson Valley. The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze is the site of more than 5,000 individually hand carved, illuminated pumpkins in Croton on Hudson.  This walk through experience takes place at Van Cortlandt Manor for select dates through early November.  Tickets range from $16 to $20 for adults and $12 to $16 for kids ages 3 through 17.

Dare to live out the Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Philipsburg Manor plays host to Horseman’s Hollow, where visitors walk a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes in a town tormented by the Headless Horseman. Elaborate costumes and the work of award winning feature film makeup artists make it all too real for little ones and timid big people.

Tickets range between $20 to $25 for brave adults & children over 10 years old through the first weekend of November.

As is common practice in the travel industry, Travel With Val often receives complimentary travel or reduced "media" rates at hotels, resorts and attractions, including those that may be featured in these reports. Such consideration is not taken in exchange for any express or implied promise or understanding of any nature, particularly regarding the content of these reports. These reports only feature travel providers personally recommended by Valarie D’Elia in the exercise of her independent editorial judgment, and do not represent the endorsement of Time Warner Cable or any third party.
 
 
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