This is my weekend foliage report for 4 October
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.
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.
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
Nancy 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 https://www.facebook.com/NewEnglandFoliage 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!
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…Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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.