The New England fall colors are still around…
IF your expectations aren’t too high! Let me explain.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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