Posted by: Jack Spratt | September 19, 2009

Six Favorite Spots to Spend a New England Fall

I took August off to do some traveling and add to my journals but time has flown by and here we are staring at another New England fall season. There are lots of traditions around the fall – the Big E out at Springfield, harvest of the cranberries down in the Cape Cod region, and scenic drives through the villages and towns to see the fall foliage color.

It’s tough to write about just one spot in New England from my journals to share with you during this season. So instead I’ll give you my favorites from each state – well it’s my journal and I get to do whatever I want.

Connecticut: The Litchfield Hills in Northwestern Connecticut offers color and scenes. Tour the historic town of Litchfield itself and then visit the White Memorial Foundation Center and then tour in the car the wonderful back roads to Kent State Park and the covered bridge in West Cornwall.

Maine: I have to be honest as even though my heart wants to spend time in the north woods of Maine and visit Baxter State Park; I haven’t made it there yet. So my favorite spot so far in Maine has to be Acadia National Park in the fall. It has a rich mixture of environments and color. Taking in the foliage view on top of Mount Cadillac overlooking Frenchman Bay is as close to a religious moment you can get without bursting into a hymn, or whatever is appropriate for your faith.

Massachusetts: Cape Cod is quiet and beautiful in the fall but for color I have to pick the Berkshires. Ideal time to visit is around Columbus Day – second Monday of month – when peak foliage has arrived or is close to the rolling hills of this area. Consider the hike or drive up to Mount Greylock and the surrounding area of North Adams. See my recent post on the Berkshires here.

New Hampshire: The Mount Washington Valley in the White Mountains region competes head-to-head with areas of Vermont for the best foliage show in town. And it’s difficult to find a better place in New Hampshire to view the fall foliage than in the Jackson area. Jackson is a beautiful mountain village anyway with its Inns and covered bridge but it close to outstanding drives and walks in the National forest to take your breath away with the views. North Conway is close by where you can take the scenic train through the notches and valleys in autumn as well – if you can get a seat on the train. See this article on Jackson Getaways here from Jed.

Rhode Island: Because of its southern location in New England, peak foliage comes late to Rhode Island compared to the higher elevations of the northern states, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t color. Consider taking in some of Rhode Island coastal refuge locations to kill two birds with one… oops sorry, bad choice of words. What I meant to say was see the fall and see the wildlife in one location. Locations to consider are: Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge in Tiverton and Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge in South Kingstown. More details on these two Rhode Island fall destinations here.

Vermont: Darn, so many to choose from. And I’ll pick… Woodstock, because it’s central, I know the colors are magnificent and there’s plenty to do. Woodstock is one of those villages that capture everything about Vermont. Village green with a river running through town and a covered bridge, museums and parks, and hiking trails that take you to outstanding foliage views of the surrounding countryside. Woodstock is also within striking distance of Killington which operates its gondola to the summit in the fall, where you get to see the Green Mountains in all its autumn glory – gives me goose-pimples just thinking about it. See this other article from Jed on Woodstock Vermont here.

I’ve run out of space and time for the week so do your research and pick a few spots to visit this fall season and enjoy the show as it won’t be back in town for another year.

Jack Spratt.

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