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The fall colors lead the eye to the Canterbury Shaker Meeting House

The New England fall colors are still around…

IF your expectations aren’t too high! Let me explain.

Canterbury Shaker Meeting House

Canterbury Shaker Meeting House

Lisa and I just drove this morning, up into New Hampshire and we found only hints of color. (See the bottom paragraph for this weekends suggestions)

Our route took us up I-95 to 16N. Then we took Route 11 and followed that up to Alton bay at the southern end of Lake Winnipesaukee. From there we headed south by west towards the Canterbury Shaker Village. The Canterbury road coming south to the Village was a very nice drive.

As a bonus there is an antique place called Old Ways Traditions where you can view and for this weekend only, you and your kids can get hands on experience with old time tools and see demonstrations of steam engine driven tool like lathes and planers that are still being used today.

The place is just a few miles north of the Canterbury Shaker Village and the price of admission is by donation only. They also have other new wood crafts to purchase if you are of a mind.

I caught the two rows of maples leading to the Meeting house as close as I have ever gotten to peak but as you can see here they aren’t really on the same play book.

Henniker Covered bridge in autumn

Henniker Covered bridge in autumn

Then we dropped into Henniker NH and caught a couple of sub sandwiches and I snapped a picture of the Henniker Covered bridge. Again just nice fading color.

We caught Route 121 south of Manchester and drove into Chester NH where I saw my first really bright color. The cemetery doesn’t have a way to drive into it so go over to the general store of post office to park. Be VERY careful crossing Route 110 or 121 to get over there.

Chester Cemetery

Chester Cemetery

There are all these great markers and I have to look up what a consort was in 1789. It looks like several of the husbands had many successive wives and they may have referred to them as consorts. I laid down under this huge maple tree looking up through the branches wondering what it would be like to spend eternity here.

Each fall I would be able to look up through these branches and the fall colors above. Hopefully I would be looking down on them but one never knows…  🙂Winnekenni Castle

We finally stopped in Haverhill Massachusetts and I had a sudden wild desire to go see Winnekenni Castle which was just a mile or two away. Winnekenni Castle is a Gem that few know about. It sit above a lake and park that the locals come to walk and explore the woods. You can drive right up to the castle and I got out with only moments to spare as the sun quickly sunk below the horizon.

Where to go looking this weekend

Where to go and find New England fall colors?  Well while this day was pleasant and I had Lisa with me which was as always special but the colors were lacking. I’ve heard on my New England fall colors Facebook page that in Hollis and Groton NH, the colors were much nicer. Also Butch Lombardi says the colors in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island are in many places, at peak.

Southern New England joins the show. Instead of driving hundreds of miles all I had to do was grab a cup of coffee and drive 2 miles to get this. Warren RI, 10-16-2014…Butch Lombardi

Posted by New England Fall Foliage on Friday, October 17, 2014

I would seek out routes in southern MA, the Quiet corner of CT, and Little Compton and Tiverton RI. I think you’ll enjoy getting lost down there.

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Bright New England fall colors to be found! — 10 Comments

  1. Some nice fall color starting in Clinton, CT heading east on I 95 toward RI. Drove through there yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at how nice the color was. I drove as far as I 395 North so I would imagine if you keep heading east out toward Mystic, CT it should still be pretty nice. Not sure whether they call that route I 95 North or East, but either one will get you there as long as your heading toward RI.

    • In the western part of the state where Kent is more then likely has bare trees at this point. Sorry.

    • Hard to say as I haven’t had to make it all the way over there with my work schedule. But after the rain and winds I doubt wholesale color will be found anywhere. I think it’s more likely that you will find small areas of great color and in between that, a lot of bare trees. If you do what I tell everyone to do which is plan for having fun with farms or farm stands along with Pumpkin festivals (pumpkintonwe USA in CT comes to mind) and over in RI there is a zoo (Roger Williams) that does Halloween up big. I hope this helps a little…

  2. Jeff,

    Drove yesterday from route 684 NY/CT line to route 84. Traveled across route 84 to route 9 (mid state) south all the way down to the shore in Old Saybrook. Sorry to say it was all well past peak. The trees in western part of CT were already missing most of their leaves. There we’re some spots of dull color along 84 closer to route 9 and some of the same south on route 9 to Old Saybrook. Coming back west along 95 from Old Saybrook to New Haven which is also along the CT shore was all well past peak.

  3. Hi Jeff – thanks for the update! Question for you – where do you think the best places to view peak colors will be around this coming Thursday/Friday (the 23rd/24th)? My husband and I will be in CT and would love to hear your thoughts.

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