This will be the final fall foliage outlook for the Columbus Day weekend! Read the bottom part below!!
Even without perfect weather, this year is the year to get out on a drive! I did a drive around central VT on Thursday. I covered Pomfret and Woodstock VT and Henniker NH.
Foliage taken down but not out…I found that in Pomfret the colors were muted to this deep golden hue (seen at left) which means it is past peak. Or I found bare trees. But the barns along the road were wonderful to look at, like this one. Over in Woodstock the situation was the same but with a bit more color and it may have been protected from the possible freeze that I surmise, was the culprit in bringing an early end to the color around Woodstock.
The good news is that you don’t have to drive too far to get back to color (this area is isolated and not everywhere). I went down Route 4 and by the time I hit Route 100 I was seeing more color on the hills above the road.
Henniker NH still coming into colorHenniker NH was maybe 70% to 90% of peak color and even that is early. I think by early next week the color should be at peak in this area.
There are many areas to view the bridge by the college but this view I was inspired by a photo on the Yankee fall foliage website some years ago and I finally found it and I can’t wait to try to get it at peak color… Are you going to join me?
Peak or near peak extends across New EnglandThe good news is that Peak or near peak extends across a wide swath of New England. I’ve been getting reports that peak or near peak conditions exist from the northern areas of VT, NH, and ME. Butch Lombardi called to say he seeing incredible color in Kingfield Maine.
There is still peak or near peak from the Kanc north to Dixville Notch NH. In VT the peak conditions exist from the North East Kingdom over to the west and down into central VT and in some cases good color in southern areas.
Maine reports are spotty but the Maine fall foliage website is showing peak fall foliage across the northern portions of the state and high color (70% which ain’t bad) over the rest…The Massachusetts tourism recording is calling for Peak in the Berkshires and good color in the central areas of MA. You can call the tourism line (if it was a real hot line it would be dedicated to fall foliage but it’s not). The number is 800-227-6277 and option 4 is for fall foliage.
I hope all of you reading this get through it fast and then get out on the road!!! Even with less than perfect weather there will be a ton of beautiful sights to see and harvest items to see and taste. (think Cider donuts and hot or cold cider (although with rain on Sunday hot may be the way to go)…
I hope to see you out there!
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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.