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This is my weekend foliage report for 4 October

The colors are running late this year. Normally the New England fall foliage is much earlier

New England fall foliage off I-89

I’m sitting here with my hot pumpkin spice Green Mountain coffee. the cinnamon scent filling the room. The furnace just kicked on as the temps are in the lower 60s today and I have a small stack of wood that needs to be split… So I’m not exactly motivated to leave this nice comfy chair. I will get this out to you and hopefully hear about your search for New England fall colors!

My wife, Lisa and I had one destination on Sunday and that was Cabot Creamery. We drove up 93 to 89 to 91 and got off the road in Thetford VT on Route 113. Our plan was to arrive in Cabot soonest but we were seeing fog rising on the Connecticut river so we went on Lisa’s tours. These happen anytime we see an interesting road and I suddenly leave her planned route of travel and ALWAYS without fail we find interesting things.

south bound ends of North bound cows

south bound ends of North bound cows

Not finding a foggy scene with sparkling fall colors we drove along Route 113 and we did find The Hughes Barn Museum (2274 Route 113) but it’s only open on Mon, Tues and Thursdays. Check their website for hours. And we meandered past Green Goose corner (yes a real place) if only an intersection. We made it up to Cabot Creamery, went on their $3 tour and afterwards I filled up on cheese samples. Don’t worry, they got a pretty penny out of me after Lisa bought a couple of cheese boxes and a mug and I picked up two packages of cheese and other items… Yes I support local businesses when I’m out traveling as I expect all of you to do.

As we headed up into the hills above Cabot Vermont the Vermont fall foliage appeared in my side view mirrors along with this flag over Cabot Vermont.

Cabot Vermont flag over New England fall foliage

We left town with me snapping pictures here and there. Lisa had to be at work in the morning so I didn’t want to dawdle… (does anyone even use that as a word anymore?) We arrived back on Route 5 and followed this old Vermont highway. I didn’t expect to see much color along here and it was still mostly green.

I would say I didn’t find any pretty fall colors. But the Vermont fall foliage has yet to really make a strong appearance. Lisa feels that if the average leaf peeper will be quite happy with the hill sides dappled in more sedate reds and yellows like we saw between Thetford and Cabot and further south towards 89 and Route 5.

All images were made on Sunday 4 Oct 2015.

Foliage comment question

Coburn covered bridge in fall foliage-2Nancy wrote this:  I printed out TONS of possible fall foliage scenic drives in Vermont & New Hampshire but my question is: how will I know each day which of all these drives has the best fall foliage scenery? Do I check with the Visitors’ Center? Will I get this info on your website? Or something else?

My reply more or less: These are all good places to look for updates. I’ve found that it is very hard to do a live update on the road when I’m in rural places as Verizon is stingy in putting up enough cell towers (and who wants to see them?) But  you can check my Facebook page and this is as good as any for updates. You can also check Yankee’s foliage page and the reports come in fast and furious there. They are currently only showing the Montpelier portion of Vermont at peak fall foliage but I doubt it’s quite there yet.

If any of you do Twitter or Instagram you can put in this hashtag #Foliage_reports and we can look at images as they get uploaded.  I’ve head from several photographers who are the ones I get most of my reports from and they are a bit disappointed in the fall colors so far!

Bright! Peak Fall Foliage!

Martin Covered Bridge in New England fall foliage

Martin Covered Bridge in New England fall foliage

This is what we all hope to see and yet, it just hasn’t happened yet. There are many reason for this from Global warming and El`Nino to nasty beetles that stress or kill our colorful trees. But what-ever the reasons this year, you need to know this. They are there!

Lisa and I saw many hills in the Thetford area all the way through Corinth and up to Cabot and while the colors are not the brightest , the trees are coloring in nicely and if we get lots of sun and lows in the mid 30s at night then we should (hear that Mother Nature???) SHOULD see them brighten up more in the following weeks.

Every year is a crap shoot. BUT!   Lisa feels, that except for the most critical (like me) most everybody (all of you) will be very happy with what they find… Just do what I always say.. Have a plan to find a festival or an event or a covered bridge or museum.. Once you’ve done these and you are on the way to the next one you will probably see very nice color and that is the way of it. If you come to New England with only ONE thought which is to go from tree to tree…

I hate to say it, but that is both boring and not the point of coming to New England.. You come for the whole package.

  • Visit the birthplace of America
  • walk on the Battle road in Lexington
  • Visit a apple orchard and taste the harvest textures that autumn brings to us
  • Visit a museum
  • Visit a farm (museum) (Billings comes to mind)

… These are what autumn is all about… 🙂 I’ll get off my soapbox now…

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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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Foliage report 2-4 October — 10 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for your reply! It’s incredibly helpful! I really appreciate it!! We leave in 2 days and I am getting very excited to explore the New England area for the first time with my sweetie!! We will let you know what we find along our journey!

    We are staying in the Mad River area to begin with (10th-12th) and then we found a cool geodesic dome that we rented off of airbnb in Woodbury on the 13-14! I know that whatever we find will be beautiful! I’m excited to even cross the border and check out Canada as well….since as you said, in the North the cold begins and there may be a chance of lovely colors that have been triggered by the crisp cold! Thanks for enlightening me! 🙂

  2. Thanks – can’t find the map you suggested to get, as they were sold out last time I checked so just was not sure if you thought any of the back roads would be worth a ‘detour’ for some pictures or just to head straight up. Based on this – looks like up to Lake District then explore. If you think of some nice photo ops on the way that would be great. Otherwise thanks and I am off to read the articles you sent.

  3. Jeff, we had never been to New England and I have enjoyed and used your postings to plan our trip. I think we had an excellent itinerary and you are welcome to share with your readers if you think worthwhile. After a couple of days in rainy New York City, we started our New England fall foliage trip in Wakefield, NH on October 3 at a marvelous B&B, The Wakefield Inn. October 4, we drove north on Route 16 to North Conway and loved the town. We also loved route 16; we have enjoyed the fall foliage in Virginia numerous times, but the New England trees are more plentiful and you feel they are right there beside you – all over. We left North Conway and drove route 112 on the Kacam?? Highway to Franconia Notch State Park. Another absolute beautiful drive. We spent the night at the Mcindoe Falls Inn in McIndoe Falls VT, another fine B&B. The next morning we drove up to St. Johnsbury on route 5 for another fine drive and this town is also very special. From there we headed down route 5 back and forth to route 10 between New Hampshire and Vermont with stops in Hanover, Windsor, Cornish and Rockingham and finally to Brattleboro, VT where we are now at 1868 Crosby House B&B – really nice. I am very happy with the towns and parks we visited and suggest they not be missed even if you are “only” going for the leaves. We head home to Pittsburgh tomorrow. I think this was an absolute great itinerary but as you have been saying, the only thing missing this year was fall foliage. There was nice color now and then, but we could only imagine how spectacular a peak season would be with all those trees. Maybe another year. Thanks for your help.

  4. Thank you for your reports – excited to be heading up that way from warm Texas on Saturday. We will be in Boston until Monday then heading to Wolfboro area. Any suggestions on good places to stop along the way? Some good picture spots as well as good food or just interesting sites. Will be traveling with parents so will do some walking – but would not look for any “hiking”. I did find an “ice cream trail map” so if nothing else we will likely find some interesting spots while in search for ice cream (and/or hot toddy as it looks a bit chilly). 😉

  5. Hi Jeff! So I hear that the colors of the fall haven’t quite made their peak as of yet due to various reasons and unknown reasons as well. (I asked you about the colors today on your FB page.) Thanks for your response!

    So I have also heard you say that if the colors aren’t quite at their peak wherever we may be, then just keep heading north. Is that a good general rule to go by? I don’t understand why the colors change from North to South actually and if you feel like enlightening me on that, I’d greatly appreciate it!! 🙂

    You seem to have quite a bit of knowledge and experience with the fall colors etc. And I know that there is also the BIG factor of Mother Nature’s mind and what she wants to do, which is unpredictable. But I am curious to know which direction we might want to head during our road trip if the colors where we find ourselves aren’t peaking yet? Since we have the freedom of the road, we can go anywhere! So any advise on that would be awesome! I know it’s hard to give exacts, but whatever you can offer will be of great help!

    We will be on the road in Vermont from Oct.10-14 and then from the 14th-20th we will be around Falmouth, MA.

    Thanks for all your great updates and blog. I am following all your pictures and updates in preparation for our trip coming up. I really appreciate your writings and your sense of humor!

    • I just go back in off the road and don’t want you to wait for an answer but this will be short… Why North? the cold (usually) comes down from Canada and cold is one factor besides amount of daylight that triggers the colors.

      One mans peak is another mans Blah! I’m picky, just ask my wife… you and everyone will probably be perfectly happy with what you find. I’m seeing a lot of green which means there are still a lot of colors to show up… (always a good thing…)

      Normally the 10-14 time frame is central Vermont But as of today I’m still spending time in Peacham and the Northeastern corner of VT (Known as the NEK or Northeastern Kingdom) But I’m getting reports of good color developing in Barre which is further south so in 7 days I would say you could have from Montpelier north to the border to play with. It hard to say right now when the leaves will start dropping but so far they have been staying on the trees. That does not mean I don’t see bare trees yet, because I do… But I was on the Canadian border and the trees are still fully leafed up there (and good color) Click this page and then pic the state you are interested it. it may help

  6. Next year drive a few miles more to the autumn on the green in Danville, vt. Always the first Sunday in October. A wonderful fall festival with localvore crafts, foods, music.

    • I unfortunately had to drive right by it… Did you see me, I was waving… I was going to hit Peacham road but you had it blocked off so we headed for Route 2 and home (Lisa had to work in the morning. And what is up with the bakery closing on Tuesdays when I come by for a cup o joe??? I had to go all the way to St Johnsbury to get my coffee and a breakfast sandwich there??? 🙂 Yes I was there early this morning after photographing Peacham at dawn… So I do stop in from time to time…

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