Next Weekend: Go for the Gold

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Roam a Private Island
GEORGIA
No tribal councils, no one to vote you off--just 10,000 unspoiled acres off the Georgia coast that you share in roadless quiet with 30 people (tops), bald eagles, mink and otters. The 15-room Lodge on Little St. Simons Island ($399; www.littlestsimonsisland.com), where the vibe is early-20th-century hunting lodge (lots of mounted antlers), is the only accommodation and overlooks a marsh that's home to roseate spoonbills, herons and ibis. Farther afield, you can kayak tidal creeks, pedal a cruiser on deserted beaches, or hike 21 miles of trails that lace the live oak woods and wetlands.

Paddle Among Peepers
MAINE
Let the leaf-peepers have their roads. On the equally colorful waterways of midcoast Maine, H2Outfitters guides weekend trips ($595 for two nights, including meals; www.h2outfitters.com) out of Sheepscot Harbour Village on Davis Island in Edgecomb. Slip into the tidal waters of the Sheepscot River and float past forts that date to the War of 1812. Or reverse course for some saltwater paddling, dodging harbor seals as you navigate a convoluted coastline. Needless to say, fall color is rampant, the air cool, and back in Sheepscot Harbour, there's a lobster with your name on it.

Become a 46er
NEW YORK
Now, you could just hunker down in The Point, the Adirondacks' ultra-elegant camp-style lodge panoramically perched on Upper Saranac Lake ($1,350; www.thepointresort.com). You could light a fire, loll in a deep-soaking tub, watch the leaves change, dine on loin of lamb pomme fondant and call it a weekend. But not you. You'll earn your indulgence by climbing an Adirondack 46er--a peak 4,000 feet or higher (www.adk46r.org). The Point will shuttle you to nearby mountains such as Cascade (4,098 feet) and Marcy (5,344 feet), plus they'll pack you a lunch.

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