I have heard it said that the devil is in the details…
How do you go about…
Planning a New England Foliage Trip?
The planning for a New England Foliage Trip can be the worst part of the trip. How long does it take to get from point A, to point B? How long will we stay at point A? What if there is only a little color at Point A or worse, raining leaves to the ground, where do we go? What if we arrive and it’s supposed to rain for the next 5 days?
For those old enough… “Take me away Calgon!” 🙂
The devils in the details, or is it?
If you are OCD over details, my website is as good a place to start as any. I will say, that I can’t help you on making reservations and lodging. If you’re one of my long-time readers you know that living in Salem Massachusetts, affords me the opportunity to drive out to explore and back home all on the same day…
One thing I will say is this, early in the season, this can make for very long days. (4hrs up to the NEK and 4hrs back, plus time to explore) At the beginning of the season in either late September or early October, I’m arriving by dawn by getting up at 2-3 AM in order to arrive in the area of Conway or Lincoln or Stark NH. Earlier if I want Dixville Notch or Moosehead lake.
I just checked and arriving in Dixville Notch on the 3rd of Oct and out on the 4th (2017) resulted in as cheap as $79 and as expensive as $172. What is bad is some of those places has only ONE room left and this is the end of April!!! Are you panicking yet?
What I use to find accommodations
As I’ve gotten older, I find that I don’t like to spend nearly as many hours on the road traveling. I used to be able to do it without even thinking about it when I was 10 to 20 years younger.
So I drive up to where the color is good and then (click this link)—> I’ll hit my Hotels combined app. You will probably see this link on many of my pages at the top of the pages. IF you don’t then you may be blocking ADs. (please don’t) This is as easy as I know, just click and put in the city, town and state that you are near and it will tell you all the places near to it with vacancies.
The last time I used it I found a place in Stowe for $97. I think that is very reasonable and it was near to Columbus day weekend. The app can be used anywhere in the world but I use it here in New England. OH! and I did it from my smart phone.
Researching fall foliage locations
I do this all year long. Sometimes it comes from your questions or your pictures that you post. I will see a great picture and decide I want to get something like that also. I also look over my notes from previous trips and see if I have mentioned an area that I want to get back to. A particular road or vantage point that seemed interesting.
You, on the other hand, can simply look on the menu above where it says “Foliage Articles” and hover there, the pull-down menu as seen below, shows many different research options.
Just so you know, since 2011 when I started this site, I’ve written somewhere in excess of 300 articles about new England photography and New England fall foliage iconic locations. So I have tried to break them up into categories.
The archives are the most general break out of my articles. You can choose a year, 2011-2017 (currently) to see what I’ve written in that year.
Forecasts and Reports
Under here you will find a link to my fall foliage forecasts and fall foliage reports articles.
Planning your fall foliage trip
If I think a particular article has information to help someone planning for their fall foliage vacation, then this is the place they will be listed
Locations by state
This is a popular page, as it has a link to all six states and any article that has been written about that state will be under one of those state thumbnail links.
Art of getting lost
This is an article that I wrote years ago that I think is one of the most important tenets of a fall foliage vacation. It’s sort of the Zen of fall foliage and contains my thoughts on what I feel the whole search for color is about.
As the name will suggest these are routes of travel with some included stops for scenic fall shots. Most of the time, I won’t include lodging because I didn’t stay at any of the places along the route of travel but there are usually B&Bs all along or near the routes. I’m always adding more…
I have photographed maybe half the covered bridge in New England, Don’t complain to me, there a lot of them and sometimes they are hard to find. But this one isn’t…
Now it’s simple to say that this is the Woodstock covered bridge or the middle bridge… When I wrote these up I will also tell you where you can find this vantage point which you won’t find on any guide book map. 🙂 Damn, now I have to go write this up, don’t I?
FAQs for Fall Foliage questions
FAQs are Frequently Asked Questions. I have picked some questions that I see over and over and answer on this page, don’t see what you want to know? Ask and you may see your question show up on my FAQ page.
Nothing says autumn has arrived like a good fall foliage festival. On this page I list a few of the festivals from around New England. I do not have the resources to track and list all of them but these are a few of the ones I like to visit.
Just as this sound, you can find tour ideas like travel on a steam or diesel locomotive through the fall colors. Or how about checking out a bike ride through the fall colors. I even has suggestions for cranberry bogs to visit. Always call first because as I try to keep the information current, it can change…
Well as you can see, there are a ton of articles to help you on your way. Yes you may message me, some folks even hit my donation page to make sure I notice the email coming in…
But if you leave a comment on an article I will usually answer it in a timely fashion… Do not expect timely answer in late September or October, those will be answered in November… Sorry but I have to sleep and recover sometime.
Questions leave a comment and if you make me think to hard then think about a donation as well. 🙂
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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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.