I’m sorry to get this out so late. I know many of you want an update before the weekend hits.I just got back from a short trip through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. We stayed overnight at Halladay’s Harvest Barn Inn in Bellows Falls just above the Connecticut river. As always we started in Salem MA and headed up I-93 to I-495 and then got sidetracked and got on 119 (finally).
For most of Thursday (11th) Route 119 was our main route of travel and we found some ok to very nice spots of color. We stopped at a antique shop that was next to a grist mill. So while Lisa checked the antiques… you guessed it I headed for the grist mill.The wheel was gone, so not too much to shoot but this was one of the few areas that I would say the color was very nice along the river.
Next we stopped at Trap falls. Its a short walk from the parking area and there is lots of cover and a walking bridge to put in your photographs.I also found in Townsend MA, two things.. Central pizza with really good pizza (great for a lunch break) and on their town common is a bandstand and a huge yellow maple…
Route 119 took us into Brattleboro and I-91 which took us up to Bellows falls. On Friday the 12th we headed north catching a few covered bridges, a meeting house and the Vermont Country store. Their fudge is to die for!
Then we heads east on Route 11 making our way to Concord NH. Little was seen in the way of color and we got of on many side routes until we hit 152 and then 125 and 101 which dumped us out onto I-95.The trip down 95 finishes out the loop of 2 days and I did see a bit of color along 95 near Newburyport but it was quickly gone.
I had a report this afternoon that western RI is still mostly green with some bear patches where the early trees that turned are now gone. I also hear good things about the Litchfield hills in western CT but it comes down to sunshine.
My opinion is that unless we get 4-7 days straight sunshine we won’t see much progression in the colors and that color that we do get will be short lived because this year it isn’t taking much to bring down the leaves once they change..
I have had some great emails telling me how many of you had great vacations and I’m glad it worked out good for those who got here on the early side… I’m more worried about the late arrivals… Did you make alternative plans? I tired to put that into every post I made and this later portion of the fall foliage season appears to be needing a fair bit of alternative planning…
I hope everyone is having a good foliage season
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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.