Why it pays to travel in the off season

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Temperatures are dropping along with the leaves. Most people claim to love fall, but the arrival of the season also gives us the distinct feeling that the fun of summer is coming to an end. It doesn't have to though. As the Earth continues to tilt us away from the sun, it's actually plunging us into the perfect time for the weekend getaway: The off season.

Now that you’re no longer dealing with crowds and oppressively hot weather, there are a bevy of fast and fun getaways worth exploring, each a hotspot for food, outdoor adventure, and music.

To kick off your next escape, Expedia is offering 10% off $400 or more hotel bookings for stays during Oct. 21, 2019 to May 31, 2020. Just book through Oct. 25, 2019, with our exclusive Mashable code: MASH10OFFHOTEL. (See terms and conditions here.)

If you're not quite sure where your travels can take you, here's a rundown of some of our favorite vacation spots during the non-summer months:

Austin, Texas


Whether you’re planning early for a music fest or looking to feast on BBQ and chili, Texas’s quirky capital has all the fixings of a big city with the vibe of a small town. Pleasant fall and winter weather make this prime time to visit.

Stowe, Vermont


Between leaf-peeping and snowboarding, Stowe hits its seasonal stride in the fall and winter months — especially when it comes to outdoor adventures. Soak up crisp autumn days at small, local breweries or be among the first to hit the slopes when the chairlifts start running at the end of November.

Boulder, Colorado


With the scenic Flatirons in the backdrop and its proximity to top ski resorts, Boulder is a great base for mixing snowy fun with cool bars and restaurants. Enjoy the laid back pace on Pearl Street or head to the Eldora Ski Resort for serious snowboarding

Montréal, Québec


Get a taste of Europe without leaving the continent in this city known for indie music and 24-hour-a-day poutine (that's French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.) Explore ultra-trendy boutiques and hip coffee shops while strolling down adorable, cobblestone streets. (Your Instagram followers will be so jealous.)

 

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