After 5 and a half days without power, we are up and running again! Now to think about the upcoming Fall season.
I can’t think of a better place to view fall foliage than New England – picturesque towns, winding country roads, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and hayrides. I absolutely love Fall. It’s one of the reasons I couldn’t think of moving somewhere else in the country. I love when the temperatures dip to sweater weather, the changing colors on the trees, going apple picking, sipping apple cider and going on a hayride to pick pumpkins with the kids. When I lived in Puerto Rico for a year and a half, I remember coming back up to the mainland in October. I was so depressed when I had to go back down to Puerto Rico. If you’ve never experienced Fall in New England, you are really missing out. Put it on your vacation to-do list. The best month to visit is October. Which time in October will depend on the state you’re visiting, so check out their sites below.
Here’s a list of leaf peeping routes in each of the New England states:
Maine - Many people visit Maine only over the summer. That’s a shame because it is fabulous every season of the year. We’ve even visited in the winter months to enjoy some clam chowder in Portland at Gilbert’s Chowder House, but I digress. Here’s the link to Maine’s Official Fall Foliage site.
New Hampshire - I regret to say that I haven’t visited New Hampshire extensively. Since my husband’s family lives in VT, we tend to go there instead of New Hampshire. It is a unique state in that the southern part is very close to Boston and more populated, but as you more north it becomes less and less populated. Here’s the link to New Hampshire’s Official Fall Foliage site.
Vermont - I am so sad to hear about the destruction that Hurricane Irene brought to Vermont. It really is one of the most beautiful states you’ll ever visit. That is one of the reasons that my husband and I decide to get married there instead of my own hometown. Most of the state is very rural. There are so many idyllic small towns, covered bridges and maple sugar houses. Because Vermont isn’t overpopulated, you will see tons of trees changing colors. You don’t need specific scenic routes because most roads in the state are scenic. If you want to go leaf peeping, but still want to have conveniences of a larger city, visit Burlington. It is located right on Lake Champlain and within about 30 minutes of ski resorts like Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch. Here’s a link to the Vermont’s Official Fall Foliage site.
Massachusetts – Eastern and Western Massachusetts are a world apart. You have Boston and the Cape in the east and the Berkshire’s in the west. So you can have many different kids of vacations in Massachusetts. If you visit western Massachusetts, make sure you visit the Yankee Candle Flagship Store in South Deerfield. Here’s a link the Massachusetts Fall Foliage site.
Rhode Island - It may be our smallest state, but it’s surely not one to miss. I love the beaches and the Newport Mansions. As a side note, Newport Mansions are an incredible place to visit around Christmastime. Here’s a link to a Rhode Island Fall Foliage site.
Connecticut - Okay, I’m a little biased, but Connecticut is a fabulous state. You have beautiful beaches, wealthy Fairfield County, scenic Litchfield County, wonderful historic sites, wineries, casinos and the Quiet Corner (northeastern CT). Don’t be scared away based on damage from Hurricane Irene. We are resilient people and are quickly rebuilding. And because of the rain we received this year, I’m guessing that the Fall foliage will be vibrant. Here’s a link to Connecticut Fall Foliage site. Here’s another site you might like to check out.