It is October and the fall season is officially here. With it comes pumpkin spice everything, cooler weather and here in New England we are fortunate to see some of nature’s best. The changing of the leaves.
It’s been 10 years since I have lived here in New England but there are many places I remember that are still the best of the best. Here is a list by state and of course, feel free to comment with your best tips.
According to current estimates, peak foliage will arrive in the northeast and northwest corners of the state around Columbus Day and extend to the lower Connecticut River Valley and shoreline through early November.
Kent Falls State Park Kent, CT
Buttonwood Farm Griswold, CT
Old Lighthouse Museum Stonington, CT
Mystic Seaport Mystic, CT
Clyde’s Cider Mill Mystic, CT
Typically, northern Maine reaches peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October
Enjoy fall color all over Maine: go hiking and biking in Acadia National Park, canoe and listen to loons in the Rangeley Lakes region. And, for a spectacular view, take the elevator to the observatory high up on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge!
Sunday River Resort Bethel Region, ME
Damariscotta Pumkinfest & Regatta Damariscotta, ME
Camden Harbour Inn Camden, ME
Inn on Peaks Island 15 minute ferry ride on Casco Bay Lines
Whether you’re into the foliage, fall treats, or outdoor activities, you’ll always find something that tickles your fancy right here. The second week of Oct will start with the North Shore and finish with Southern Massachusetts through the month.
Mayflower Cranberries Plympton, MA
Mount Greylock Williamstown Region, MA
The Bridge of Flowers Shelburne Falls, MA
Whale Watching Boston, MA
The Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s Groton, MA
Wequassett Resort Harwich, MA
Fall in New Hampshire is a foliage lover’s dream come true. Whether you’d like to feel the crunch of crisp leaves under your feet or take off on a scenic drive through the White Mountains.
Mount Washington Cog Railway Mount Washington Valley, NH
Kancamagus Highway scenic drive along NH’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire
Fall is an especially festive time of year in historic Rhode Island. With endless opportunities for fun packed into New England’s smallest state, Rhode Island’s size makes it possible to drive less and see more farms, seasonal attractions, and memorable events.
Coggeshall Farm Museum Bristol, RI
Beavertail State Park Jamestown, RI
Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard Little Compton, RI
With forests covering three-quarters of our state, and the highest percentage of vibrant maple trees in the country, Vermont explodes with colors once the leaves start to turn. Whether you are touring the state on a scenic byway, or enjoying a crisp autumn hike outdoors, almost everywhere you look in Vermont during the fall months is alive with bursting reds, oranges and yellows.
The Great Vermont Corn Maze St. Johnsbury Region, VT
Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm Mad River Valley, VT
Hildene Manchester Village, VT
Twin Farms Barnard, VT
Stowe Mountain Lodge Stowe, VT
What are some of your favorite locations to see the leaf changes?
How about some of your favorite activities? Share below!
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