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October 19, 2011

A New Twist on Seeing the Fall Colors

By Marnie Hanel | Travel

Courtesy Setai Fifth Avenue

Forget going for a drive to see the fall leaves. Check out the color show from its best vantage point—above—with the Setai Fifth Avenue hotel’s New England Fall Foliage Flight experience. The package includes two nights in the Setai’s top-notch one-bedroom Avenue Apartment. After the first night, you’ll be driven by Maserati to a nearby helipad and given a private Heliflite helicopter ride to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for the day. Upon arrival, a car and driver will greet you with a picnic lunch for your outing in the picturesque New England village. If it looks as though Norman Rockwell could have painted it, in fact he did! You’ll sip cocktails by the fire and feast upon a four-course dinner at the historic Red Lion Inn before alighting for Manhattan on a 45-minute return flight. By night’s end, you’ll be tucked back into a Fifth Avenue king-sized bed, having seen fall in New England without missing autumn in New York.

For another spin on the experience, try the Hamptons by Helicopter package. Takes off for East Hampton and have lunch on the beach and supper at Race Lane. Starting at $15,000 per couple, based on double occupancy; setaififthavenue.com.