This time of year, when the crimson leaves crunch underfoot, most folk share that same ideal, well, idea.
November's blue sky - on a distinctly dry year where even now, Bonfire Night, the same uneasy warmth still hangs in the air - offers the perfect amber-shaded canvas for that postcard Autumn weekend away.
From west-central, here's an easy one through Stirling to Perthshire and Crieff.
Head out on the M80 towards Stirling and make the Wallace Monument your first stop. The hike up the hill is steep, slippy and in parts swampy. But go for it. The stone tower - visible from five miles out - watches over our heartland and on a clear day offers insatiable views of the snow-capped Ben Lomond and all in between. The colours, at this time of year, look like wood-chipping peppered over the rolling landscape. We didn't go in the tower (£20 for two of us) but it's exterior is grand enough to still make the hike, on a cloudy day, more than worthwhile. Take binoculars and gaze for miles.
Jump back in the car and head for Perth. Tap Scone Palace into your sat-nav and head to the grand country estate, most famous for its role in Shakespeare's Macbeth. It's doors are closed from Halloween till Spring, but the grounds are where the fun is anyway. It has a maze, nuff said. And an amazing maze at that. Follow it up with a scone at Scone, then let the roaming peacocks chase you back to the car. Highland coos on site too - head late in the afternoon and let the sun set behind them. Spectacular Scotland!
Long known as one of Scotland's best country getaways, we stayed at Crieff Hydro, a 20 minute drive from Perth. Book a stay via a daily deal website (we found ours for £55 + £10 for a room upgrade on Itison, a deal which included bed, breakfast and a bottle of wine) and you've really won a watch. Beds and baths are huge, and the grounds and views tantalising. Three restaurants offer a range of delicious wallet-friendly fare, and the Victorian Spa soothes. Spend a wee bit more and you can enjoy a whole host of fun - tennis, horse riding, shooting and zip lining. The whisky selection is drool-worthy, the bar rich and cosy. Ideal for a warming dram after a day hiking in the cold.
Round-up your night away with a stop at Aughingarrich Wildlife Centre in Comrie en route home. It is brilliant, if you like a) animals and b) scenery. Feed everything: pigs, goats, cows, sheep. And you can hold stuff too: Guinea pigs, rabbits and day-old chicks. Entry cost just over a tenner for the two of us, which includes feed. The views out beyond the farm are mesmerising and are best enjoyed with a soup in the on-site patio cafe.
It's a simple trip heading from anywhere on the central belt, east or west coast. Enough to feel like you're genuinely really away and so cost effective. Even when it's over it's brilliant...jump in the car from the farm and get on to the A822 back towards Stirling. A drivers drive, if ever there was one!