New England Foliage

New England Foliage Tour

The best way to view the stunning scenery of New England’s fall foliage is by car as it offers you the ability to take a road trip towards the most promising colours. The further north you go the earlier you will be able to see the brilliant oranges, reds and golds of the season. The further south you go, the colours will appear later in the season.

Here are four ideas for scenic drives in New England during the fall foliage season:


Weekend in the Vineyards on Long Island

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A double-duty tour, visit the North Fork of Long Island not only for the foliage but also for visiting its vineyards and seafood restaurants with a view along the shore.

The little Morning Glory B&B in Greenport has only three rooms, but it is the quintessential New England B&B experience with excellent food. Once settled in, you can take off for a drive over country roads to the vineyards for wine tasting. You’ll be amazed how many vineyards there are, how big they are, and how good their wines are. You could also take a bike ride to view the beach and the fall foliage. For dinner, try The Frisky Oyster, a small casual restaurant showcasing local produce.


Vermont Fall Foliage Drive

Vermont Fall Foliage Drive

Do you remember the movie The Sound Of Music? The movie was about the Trappe Family. When they moved to America they settled in Vermont to open a country inn called The Trappe Family Lodge, which you can visit today and is a fantastic choice to stay in during fall foliage season. Their sprawling Austrian-style lodge is located in Stowe, Vermont, and it has superb mountain views that blaze with colour at this time of year. You can use the lodge as your base for day trips or simply enjoy its grounds and activities. This is a nice time of year to borrow their bikes and take off for a ride, or to hike on the over 60 miles of hiking trails on the property.


New York State’s Hudson River Valley

New York's Hudson River Valley

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As you drive north from New York City along the historic Hudson River you will witness the unfurling of a truly brilliant blanket of color. Hugging the river are stops all along the way to catch the spirit of the season. Why not drive up to the town of Hudson to use it as your base? It is a lovely small city filled with antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants. You could stay at Mount Merino Manor, a typical New England Inn with a large wrap-around porch to relax on. For a day trip outside of Hudson, visit the Olana Mansion, former home of Hudson River School artist Frederick Church. It is filled with his art and antiques and has stunning views of the Hudson River Valley, which are even more stunning during fall foliage season. Hiking trails out from the property also offer a great way to experience the vibrant colors and go leaf collecting.


New Hampshire’s Pumpkin Festival

One of the prettiest small cities in New Hampshire, Keene has an annual Pumpkin Festival during fall foliage season that draws thousands who come to view the hundreds upon hundreds of carved pumpkins, watch pumpkin eating contests, go shopping and watch the fireworks at night.

New Hampshire’s Pumpkin Festival

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A short 40 minute drive away, you can book a room in the picturesque village of Hancock and stay at the colonial Hancock Inn. For dinner, order their New England Pot Roast With Cranberries. Rock in the rocking chairs on the porch later with your glass of wine. And stroll down to Norway Pond the next morning. The colors of the fall season reflected in the water make even village residents draw in their breath.

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Date posted: 19th September, 2011

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