Questions about foliage travel plans
I’ve gotten behind on my post this week (Next week Hildene in Vermont)…
I just got this question from France, saying they are travelling from New York city, to Woodstock, to Vermont and the White mountains and they were wondering if their dates of 5-10 Oct were ok? Now I don’t know if this route I picked out is a bit too much (it may be) but what they need to do is modify it as they go and reduce or increase the stops based on how long the trip is taking.
Hi, do you mean Woodstock New York? Woodstock Vermont or Woodstock New Hampshire… You can hit one in each state!
I think your dates 5-10 will be fine but I want you to keep this in mind. Depending on the routes, a similar drive in Europe would be akin to driving from Paris to Koln Germany down into Austria and back into Bordeaux Fr.
I may be off a little but I lived in Germany for 4 years so I have a good guess as to the distance. But I want you to enjoy your trip as much as possible so driving all day is never that much fun and I stress getting out of the car as much as possible.
But every time you get out of the car, you should note the distance you can travel will shrink. Also there are a fair number of highways but the better locations are on the smaller backroads.
New York City to Woodstock NY is 2 hours via Interstate 87. Then I suggest another 2h46m drive to Fort Ticonderoga. The British and the French fought for control of this fort in the early 1700s.
From here depending on how much day you have left you could push to Essex NY which is where one of the ferries will take you across Lake Champlain to Charlotte VT
When you get off the ferry proceed a little North to the Shelburne Museum. You can take 89 east to Waterbury and get off the highway there and head north to Stowe VT. There you will have cold hollow cider mill, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory (free tour and tasting) and if you like teddy bears there is also the Vermont build a bear (you make your own).
Just north of Stowe is Smuggler’s Notch road. This is a road that snakes it’s way up through the mountains and over to the other side.
Just East of Stowe is the North East Kingdom. This is the northeast corner of Vermont and towns like Peacham, Groton and Danville may be having harvest festivals but I haven’t received any dates yet…
Then you could head over to New Hampshire. I would suggest taking Route 2 east to Lancaster then down to Whitefield where you pick up route 3 through Carrol. There it turns into Route 302 and you are now travelling through the White Mountains. Look for pull outs on the right and across from one will be the Mount Washington hotel. A luxury hotel in white with a bright red roof and the mountains all around.
Lots of opportunities to stop along 302 and you will come to the junction of Route 16 and you could take this North to Jackson and then after visiting there (Covered bridge and Jackson falls) continue north on 16 to Pinkham notch. Take a look at this article http://www.jeff-foliage.com/2012/06/lake-chocorua-pinkham-notch/ As it covers much of route 16. Once you see Mount Washington you can again back track down 16 to North Conway. See the last article for details on that area. As you leave Conway look for the right hand turn onto 112 which is the Kancamagus highway. A 32 mile scenic road that goes through the White mountains.
You come out in Lincoln NH and you can had under route 93 to Woodstock NH. Continue along 112 and now its called lost river road and you will find the Beaver Pond, read this article to see why it’s special. http://www.jeff-foliage.com/2013/08/beaver-pond-at-kinsman-notch/
From here you will head west into Vermont. I would go until you hit Route 100 and then follow that south until you hit Massachusetts and Route 2. From there you head west, through the Berkshires into New York state and pick up I-87 and head back to NYC…
The reason I took you along this route is because there are rules or guidelines to the behavior of fall foliage which you can read here. http://www.jeff-foliage.com/2016/04/basic-rules-fall-foliage/
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