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The side of Cannon mountain in fall color

The side of Cannon mountain in fall color

I’ve been getting a ton of questions in the comments section under my articles. I’m looking for a way to turn all of these into a searchable FAQ section but if you have a question for me, that is the best place to look for answers.

Rarely does anyone ask me a completely new question that I’ve never seen before (it does happen though).Most questions can be answered by looking under the article you are reading (look at the bottom)  If you look in my archives page, you’ll see on the left a listing of all my articles and on the right is a column devoted just to planning topics.

So if your question revolves around some facet of planning, then this is probably your best place to start. (Click the link above and it will take you right there)

The first day of autumn is just days away!

sun streaks in on the walking path

walking the path in autumn

Just a short time we’ll be waking up to that first cool, crisp morning where the air is completely still and you can almost smell the change of season. Where everyday is filled the wonders of Autumn. Crunchy leaves underfoot… fat plump pumpkins on every porch… the intoxicating smell of warm apple pies and roasted corn wafting through the air…

a cup of hot apple cider in one hand with a ciderdonut in the other… cranberry bogs… Halloween decorations… geese flying overhead… hot tea and coffee on a cold morning…pumpkin pie… college football (go Irish!)… the first crisp day where you need a sweater or jacket… catching a glimpse of that first tree showing off its fall colors… just thinking of it all gives me the goosebumps. I mean, my goodness, is there anything better?

A few of the best fall foliage comments comments this week!

Andy wrote in the comments

New England fall foliage stretching as far as the eye can see in Rangeley Lake Maine

Rangeley Maine; A view from the height of land above Rangeley Lake on 3 Oct 2013

Great source of information here, thank you for sharing your prior experiences. I am going to kick my fall shooting off with a trip to Baxter Sep. 22 and staying for a few days, hoping to get an idea of what is changing between there down to Portland for the following weeks.
In your experiences, how long will the leaves hold their color and what could change them more rapidly?

Andy, good plan… Color will drop fast is the area gets a hard freeze. It may only affect small areas or more but I hope you have a way to let the rest of know what you see up there. I head to Greenville on the 25th and my concern is wifi and 4G… What a world when I have to worry about things like that…   The trees have been pretty healthy this summer with decent rain so they should stay on pretty well… Good luck!

Jeff, we are from Florida and are planning to visit relatives in South Lancaster, MA Oct 8-15 this year. Are those dates good to see peak color?

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The tree's canopy is fully peak in autumn foliage colors. New England fall foliage in Massachusetts.Well, the simple answer is yes those dates are just fine. As I look at the map you have a lot of areas that you can go to from the Quabbin reservoir to the West and route to or the Mohawk Trail runs just North of your spot. If the color is moving faster than even I think it will, then you can head South into Southbridge and old Sturbridge village.
You can also jump on 190 which will join up to 395 and take you into the quiet corner of Connecticut and that is always a beautiful area to visit (not that every spot in New England is beautiful visit). But I think you shouldn’t have any troubles finding things to do when you’re not visiting with family. I hope you stop and visit my fall foliage page on Facebook and update us with what you’re seeing in real time during that week. Click this link to go to my New England fall foliage Facebook page.

Hi Jeff, I am so grateful for the info you post on this website!
I will be surprising my husband with a leaf-peeping trip to the New England area from October 24-November 1. (We are from So Cal where out-of-state transplants roll their eyes every autumn when we admire our slightly yellowing leaves.) I have tentative reservations in the coastal areas of Connecticut and Rhode island, but am not heart-set on anything yet. Here’s what I’m considering:
Litchfield, CT area
Possibly Sleeping Giant State Park area
Possibly heading north to Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard or Boston, OR
Possibly heading south to NYC

I realize it will be late in the season, but our dates are set as we will be celebrating our anniversary.
Any suggestions for where we should go? I am open to traveling anywhere in the area.
I would love to see incredibly beautiful fall foliage but know that the weather can be capricious. Fall festivals, small towns, gorgeous scenery… We are likely to have fun wherever and whatever the surroundings.
Again, I really appreciate the time you invest in this site!
~Katherine

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a Maple with a few orange and red leaves still on it allow you to see the churches steeple with the blue sky surrounding it

Most important tip! limited Brooklyn CT fall foliage didn’t mean no picture opportunities, it meant getting out of the car and exercising my body and mind (read about it in the article)

It’s always hard when someone has so much riding on what I say. So I slept on it… I think with your late dates you will be in a good area. There is a very nice and romantic hotel in the Litchfield hills called the boulders but it’s not cheap…
I think most if not all these could or should be very good during these dates. You could drive to NYC to do Central park with a nice carriage ride through the foliage. I’ve heard in most years they peak there around 1 Nov.
I hope you’ll check back in and let me know how things went! Post a foliage selfie shot (even from central park) on my fall foliage page for Facebook!
Meriden Turner Society Oktoberfest – Meriden, CT – October 25, 2014
A smoked pork chop dinner with live music and bavarian dancers performing. Event starts at 6:00 pm.
Bunnell Farm – Litchfield, CT
The farm is a fifth generation family owned and operated business. Maze opens October 5, 2013. Flashlight maze starts October 18th. Don’t forget to enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride and pumpkin picking on weekends.
Location: 498 Maple Street, Litchfield, CT 06759

Castle Hill Farm – Newton, CT – 6 Acres
A fourth generation family owned and operated farm located one mile from historic downtown Newton. It is now a retired dairy farm with a 7 acre corn maze and a 4 acre pumpkin patch, although it was once the second largest producer of dairy products in the Fairfield County. Hay rides, petting zoo, pony rides, live music and more fall fun.
Location: 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown CT 06470

Trail of Terror – 60 N Plains Hwy., Wallingford, CT 06492
The Trail is an outdoor attraction that has been frightening folks for 20 years. It is the best haunt in the state. Tickets are available for $15 or timed tickets for $20 online for guaranteed admission on the night of your choice. Doors open at 7 pm and close at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday. Funtober names Trail of Terror the #1 Haunted House in Connecticut.
Dates Open in 2014:
October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
November 1

16th Annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire Connecticut Renaissance Faire Norwich CT
Dodd Stadium – 14 Stott Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860-478-5954
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Now at its new location in Norwich, CT! New England’s Old England
Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, Sept. 27 to Oct. 26, 2014

The Renaissance Faire returns to southeastern Connecticut for five consecutive weekends and Columbus Day. Don’t miss one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations complete with knights in shining armor, fair maids, jousting, comedy, games, archery, rat circus, fire eaters, rope walkers, birds of prey demonstrations, interactive characters from history, contests, and continuous themed entertainment on nine stages – and all shows are included with your admission!

Link to scenic drive in CT
http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2697&q=322758&deepNav_GID=1631#Loop1

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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.
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Best Fall Foliage Comments of the week — 6 Comments

  1. I’m heading out today and again tomorrow from S. Willington, CT. I saw the great color changes on the Mass Pike a few days ago. I want to go towards Litchfield today. Am I likely to see any color? From south Florida, visiting family.

  2. Hi Jeff, I’ll be arriving on October 1st and leaving Oct. 8. Staying in Marshfield VT, Woodstock VT and North Conway. Is there any chance of seeing Northern Lights in or near any of these areas? I’ve read this has been a good year for them and that they are going farther south. Boy would it knock something big off my bucket list. Thanks for all your great info, it sure helps planning a trip.

  3. Hi Jeff,
    We haven’t been to any of the New England states. We plan to drive through all NE then on to Montreal on October 4-8. Starting in New Haven, CT on Oct 4, we’ll drive through (sightseeing) CT, RI, MA, ME, NH & VT in that order. We will spend a day or two in New Hampshire to explore the Kancamagus Highway and Franconia Notch State Park. What’s the best route would you suggest? Are there other equally interesting places you think we should not miss? Photography is one of the reasons we’re making this trip. Thank you.

    • Well Gene, you must have missed my memo on not doing that very thing… 🙂
      Well If I was to under take this journey and you realize you probably won’t get to stop as much as you want to. Also Normally I would say start in Montreal and head south…

      Aside from that I would take a drive on 95 along the coast for some nice scenics. I would cross over to middletown in RI and up through Fall River. The time of day matters so I might take 495 west around Boston (unless you want to stop there over night and take a quick tour there). Then up to Portsmouth in NH and about here if you have made really good time maybe slide over to Route 1 and you can slow down a bit. In York Maine you have Cape Neddick and the Nubble lighthouse.
      Take 111 west from there to Alfred (great cemetery and church) catching 4A to 11 to 16. Follow 16 up into Conway and Jackson NH. From here follow 16 north or 302 NW but the general idea is to head west to St Johnsbury VT. From there take Route 2 to Route 15 to Hardwick and the Jeffersonville.
      If you are now short on time you can head west on 15 to 104 to 104A to I-89 which will take you up to the border and with in a few hours you’ll be in Montreal… give or take.

      If you could when you get to Montreal send some pictures from your whirlwind tour!

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