Top things to do this fall on your downtime.

Prepare for Take-Off: Want to upgrade your privacy settings and take your jet-setting ways to new heights? Paramount Business Jets, a global private jet charter service, plans great escapes for folks wishing to travel for the weekend in their own private jet from NYC to exotic places, like Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. They can even arrange for ground transportation for door-to-door service, lobsters and premium champagnes, for an additional cost. Work hard, play harder! ParamountBusinessJets.com

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Take One Out For a Spin: How about a nice Sunday drive? Hertz Dream Car Collection gives new meaning to the term ‘joy ride.’ You’ll be able to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the wheel of a sleek, powerful sports car – like an Aston Martin, Ferrari or Lamborghini – for a weekend getaway or just the day at a much lower cost. For detailed pricing and availability, visit Hertz.com.

Come Sail Away: If you want to escape for a few hours, Spirit of New York and Spirit of New Jersey offer fall foliage lunch cruises on October 18, October 25, and November 1. During this cruise up the Hudson River, diners will experience the spectacular beauty of all the fall foliage as well as a DJ narration and a spectacular lunch buffet. Call 866-483-3866 or book online at SpiritCruises.com.

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Strike a Pose: The months of September and October are known in the travel industry as “the shoulder season,” making it the perfect time to visit the Nevada desert: Great temps, fewer crowds and lower rates. Whisk away for the weekend on a Vegas vacation like no other and get Zen with Paddle to the Core’s Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa – a secluded lakeside paradise located about 25 minutes from the strip. For details, visit WestinLakeLasVegas.com.
Photo credit: Paddle to the Core

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Hit the Vineyard: Each fall, Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, NJ hosts a Harvest Festival with live music, wine tasting, vineyards walks, food vendors and more. It’s a great way to escape the city (or suburbia) and relax for a day in bucolic Hunterdon County. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, October 11. They are also open seven days a week, 12pm-5pm for tastings. Private large group wine tastings, tours and events are available by reservation; visit UnionvilleVineyards.com.

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Explore the Hauntings: Head to the Finger Lakes region (if you dare!) for a Haunted History Trail of New York State. Eleven pristine lakes surrounded by lush, fertile landscape make the area a gem to visit and explore as grapes grow for miles and wine flows in abundance. So too do the tales of ghosts, zombies, and sharing a room with someone who didn’t check-in. Stops on this real-life ghost-infused trail include Allegiance Bed & Breakfast (where ghosts Karen and Ray frequently visit), Spook Hill (where cars roll uphill when put into neutral), and the Naples Hotel (haunted by at least six friendly spirits), among others. For more information, visit FingerLakesTravelNY.com and HauntedHistoryTrail.com.

Photo Credit: Larry Tetamore

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Get on Track: Every weekend in October, you can hop on board the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad for their annual Fall Foliage Excursion Train. All aboard their 1920s vintage passenger coach for a 2-½ hour journey through the picturesque country side. You catch the train in Bucks County, PA – a charming countryside destination located 75 miles from New York City. With more than 30 B&Bs, Bucks County has traditionally been known as an “inn” destination, perfect for a weekend getaway! To plan your trip, go to VisitBucksCounty.com.

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