Greetings my fall foliage seekers
Are you wondering where to go the week of CDW (Columbus Day weekend)? This week starts with a sound. This sound is of everybody heading south to get back home. (Ok, most everybody, I mean you and I are still here) 🙂
You open your door and you hear, quiet… Because the 3 day weekend is over and we have all of new England to ourselves. So, what do we get, now that so many folks have gone home?
For a start, travel gets easier
I won’t say there’s NO traffic but there is a bit less traffic on Route 100. Great you say! But be warned, Stowe will still be a tough drive to get through. Also, traffic will be less on Routes 93, 91, 89, 16, 95, 7 and well you get the idea. They are just carrying go-to work traffic in the mornings and go-home traffic in the evenings. So outside of those times, the roads will be downright pleasant during the week. The weekends? You’re on you own there. 🙂
Where to start looking for autumn colors?
This week is what I term “The sweet spot”, for New England fall foliage color. This is only true IF, a big storm doesn’t come through. In past years October, especially between Oct 4th – 8th have been notorious for rain and wind and if this happens you will need to cross your fingers.
It’s at this point when all the colorful leaves are peak AND still on the trees, that they are at their most vulnerable to wind and rain. Here is where I interject some of my past articles for you to review. The first is “The 6 stages of fall foliage“, from anticipation to Disbelief and denial. Next I would like you to review “The New England foliage season takes a breather“.
Where exactly is this “Fall Foliage Sweet Spot”?
This “sweet spot” area covers large areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and a fair bit of Massachusetts (There is some color in CT & RI but that is better for later this month). Also this range depends on rain, heat or lack there of. With that in mind here is one more article on “Finding peak fall foliage in New England“. This article defines what I think peak fall foliage is. Then I describe… Well I’ll let you read it. It’s very informative (in my opinion)
Finally! How to get an idea on where the fall colors can be found this particular week.
All the pictures in this article were taken between Oct 8th and Oct 10th and between 2003 and 2013 which is on or just after CDW (depends on the year). in each caption you will find the date taken and a general location. All of the photos below, range from central Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and the northern half of Massachusetts. I probably could have spent some time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and found some wonderful color but in these given years I had felt that the color was further south.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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.