Foliage report for this weekend 22-23 Sept
Well, my recommendation is this: There is still only a little fall foliage color showing up in Northern NH/VT and I talked to Jamie in Colebrook NH (Near Dixville Notch and she said there wasn’t much color yet!, even with the cold nights they’ve been having. Would the Notch make a nice drive? (Only if you are in the area (1-2 hours away so you don’t drive all day to get there… See the rest of the article..) I would say stay closer to homeand visit a farm to look over pumpkins or a great local orchard and pick apples and get a cider donut (but in reverse order). Then walk out to the fields to pick apples to work off the donut… 🙂
New England fall foliage trip 2013?
- If it’s a vacation then decide what you both (assuming there is a both) really want to see.
- Then determine where those things are located.
- Location will determine your timing as to when arrive.
- If you are a photographer then book the three weeks that you know you will need to do this trip… 🙂
Remember Interest = arrival date + location
- If you for instance want fall color and lighthouses then you will choose the coastal areas and you will come in late October.
- If you want antiques (which can be done anytime) then you should think about where good antique shopping can be done. (Such as Essex MA or Route 4 in NH, also known as Antique alley)
- Do you want to see places that have re-purposed items? Once you decide where it determines the when.
- If you have kids to entertain… Then locations will be determined by proximity to amusement parks, (six flags, Canobie Lake, Story land, Clark’s trading post, etc…) Also remember that most of these shut down for the season right around Columbus Day So now you have a location limitation and date limitations.
Drive times across New England
Also, it is quite easy to drive from Connecticut to Montreal (in about 8 hours). This is straight through (gas and potty breaks only! no camera stops). From Where I live in Salem MA I drive to St Albans Vermont in about 4.5 hours. This is with one or two stops for stretching the legs at a rest stop but not for anything really scenic. So keep in mind the greater the travel distances then you have more time in the car. (is that what you really want?)
My Advice is…
- I spotted this pond reflection while driving just at sunset. I parked, got out and took a few shots. You don’t have to hike miles to get a good fall foliage picture.
- You should concentrate on getting out of the car and exploring nature I always suggest a base of operations and explore 50-100 miles around that B&B/motel/hotel.
- Stay there for a few days and really explore that area and then move on and explore another area. This way it’s not all a blur but a memory.
- Don’t try to knock all of New England off in one trip as marking off your bucket list. I’ve lived here for ten years and I’ve only scratched the surface…
Jeff “Foliage” Folger
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.