Question about fall foliage travel from Connecticut
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This is another quick question from one of my readers.

a stream in Rhode Island reflecting fall colors on the surface of the water

a stream reflecting fall foliage colors

Even those New England natives want to make the most of their fall foliage vacations.

My question is this? what are the dates that Mitch is coming up with family from Connecticut, read on…

Mitch says…

Hi Jeff, we have some family coming east for the first time for a color watch. What week in October would be best to drag them through Vermont and New Hampshire.  I live in Connecticut, so nothing is far.

Well Mitch, What are you planning on showing them? Leaves, history, farms, museums, or???? Are they and you looking for a little light hiking, or just car time?

brightly colored train rounds the bend at Clark's trading Post in New Hampshire

train coming round the bend

Most importantly are they bringing young kids?  Then you have to plan for shorter duration trips and kid friendly things to do like Clark’s trading Post.(The trading post has great fall foliage over the Columbus Day weekend time period, give or take a few days.)

Do you want to drive the Mount Washington auto road? Or take a scenic train ride from North Conway, up into Crawford Notch area?


Dates, I’m comfortable with.

Mt Washington sets out for a fall foliage tour on the lake

Mt Washington sets out for a fall foliage tour on the lake

Generally 5-15 October are good dates. During these dates but before Columbus Day, I would be thinking about the upper third of Vermont and the White Mountains.

After Columbus day, I would say anywhere from the White Mtns, south into the lakes region (around Lake Winnipesaukee) and South towards the border.  Over in Vermont I would be thinking about central Vermont around the area of Woodstock, and south to the border.

The drive up from Connecticut, scenic opportunities

A covered bridge at Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts with fall colors

A covered bridge at Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts with fall colors

One thing you can keep in mind is things to see on the way up when you’re traveling through Massachusetts.  Certain places like Sturbridge Village and the Quabbin reservoir come to mind and if you went out to the West and came up through Stockbridge you could see the Norman Rockwell Museum.  And from there you could drive up Mount Greylockto get a view into New York and Vermont.

From this jumping off point you could continue north on Route 7 and drive up past Hildene (Todd Lincoln home) near Manchester Vermont. And then there are several routes over the Greens to Route 100 and up to Stowe and Smugglers Notch…

This brings up hotels and whether you are you going to be driving back to CT each evening or are you getting hotels along the way?  If you are driving during the week, it will open up the possibilities to getting a hotel/motel/B&B along the way. Reservations might not be necessary… But don’t quote me on that… Reservations are safer but truth be told there will be less leaf peepers on the roads during the weekdays after Columbus Day.
How is that for a start? :-)

Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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