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New England foliage takes a breather — 11 Comments

  1. Hi, Jeff! We will be flying in, visiting my daughter in New Haven, then driving to see my son in Ithaca, NY. We thought we would drive via Lake Waramaug, Kent, CT,and Kaaterskill Falls, NY, because those areas are recommended as pretty in fall. Our plans are for this weekend (Oct 12 – 15), but we are also able to come two weeks later (Oct 24-27). Do you have an opinion on which weekend would be more likely to have beautiful color? Do you have any other suggestions for beauty or family fun (older kids) between New Haven & Ithaca? Thank you in advance for taking time to answer!!! (Love your site! Wish I’d found it sooner!) Colleen

    • I believe I answered this before so I guess I’d like to know how it went?

  2. How about the Mohawk Trail heading out to Williamstown and Cummington MA area? How’s the foliage out that way for next Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 16 and 17). Any hope for some good color then?

    • If we get sun then there is a chance of color on the hills. If we get rain or cloudy days then the leaves may not develop full color.

      • Please add the caveat that tonight we’re getting a heard freeze (not good) and after 7-10 days of rain it will take 7-10 days of sunny weather (straight) to get the leaves that are still green to turn… So saying the Mohawk trail isn’t peak isn’t saying that it will be soon… I just drove 357 miles out through northern MA to Bellows Falls VT. There was no peak anywhere to be seen… Unless we get 7+ days of sun I’m not sure we’ll get any more peak.. it will most likely be a tree here or there… I don’t want to give you false hope at this point. I’m not hearing about peak from anyone at this point so keep an eye on my blog and on my FB page where many photographers are uploading images that they see in their trips.

  3. Hello Jeff,

    I want to thank you again for your diligent reporting and many suggestions. My wife and I just returned to Burbank, CA from a wonderful tour of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We based our timeline on a comment I read on one of your earlier entries that mentioned your timetable for your vacation this fall. We flew in to Boston on 10/3 and stayed in Concord, NH overnight, jogged over to Portland Maine on the 4th for a tour of the Art Museum there and then drove over to Franconia NH. We were blown away by the colors we viewed. It was a kind of drizzly, overcast day but thrilling to us newbies. On the 5th we drove down to Lincoln, NH, stopping at the Cannon tram and again at Flume Gorge. The sun was out and the colors were as brilliant as they could be! Just fabulous! That afternoon we went zip-lining in Lincoln and it was the most beautiful experience I have ever had….sliding through and above the treetops in the afternoon sun after Jack Frost had magically colored the entire forest. Priceless! We spent the next several days touring NH and VT and even though the colors were not at peak anymore it was still a beautiful 1000 mile drive. The reds were disappearing but the yellows and oranges were still abundant. We flew back to drab old Los Angeles on the evening of 10/9, very grateful for having had the experience of leaf-peeping. We thank you again for your input over the past couple of months.

    Jim Farrell
    Burbank, CA

    • I’m so very happy that you got here when you did. The season has been a tough one and those who came later are finding more difficult. The weather has been rainy for the past 7 days and with out the sun the colors have taken a slow boat to China in developing more color… I hope you got tons of great pictures…

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