Hello leaf peepers!
Well, another week has passed and I was hoping I could say how great everything is looking… 🙁
Well, if any of you saw the weather reports for Central New England From Connecticut up through Massachusetts and into Vermont and New Hampshire saw that we are just ending two days of wind and rain, Oh, Wait! There’s more. After a wonderful Friday and Saturday, Sunday will end up being windy and rainy again.
I know you are all saying, “there goes all the color!” You wouldn’t be alone, I have several photographer friends who have already written off the fall foliage season as dead and gone…
But, you know what? It’s not dead, at least not for folks who don’t HAVE to see entire hillsides of colors and you may still find a few of those but on a limited scale. I have to say this but I can catch a single tree on a sunny day with an old 1800’s building or church or cemetery behind it and I think I can make a good photo. If I can then you can too. I guarantee you will find color if you know where to look. (There are some ideas below)
Have I seen it with my own eyes? In Salem MA, yes. I saw yellow ash trees this afternoon next to the Timothy Pickering house and they still looked very nice and with tomorrow providing a sunny morning, I bet I can make a really nice image. But if you aren’t in Salem, where do you go?
Suggested places for fall colors
Before that dirge starts to play signaling the end of the fall foliage season, I want to say that there are still some places to go and visit. Also, don’t tell anyone but there are still lobster rolls to be had and I think if you look hard you will find cider donuts up high on the shelf over there…
My Maine Thoughts
I know it’s not all fun and games, or is it? First Acadia is a long ways up there on the coast of Maine and I heard tell that they were very beautiful this past weekend. If you don’t want to drive all that way, then just start in Massachusetts and follow Route 1 or 1A up through NH into ME. You will see some lovely scenery and most likely see some nice fall color as well.
My Massachusetts Thoughts
Next, the wind and rain have done a good bit of damage but if you are forgiving as far as expectations, I think you will find some pretty colors on Friday and Sat from Concord to south-central Massachusetts. I even just saw a video from a drone put on by the tourism folks in Connecticut saying they had green trees so come one down to see them turn… That sounds like fun… (like watching paint dry) 🙂
I think they will also still have some colors to see on Fri-Sat after that? It’s anyone’s guess. Salem is gearing up for a wonderful weekend of Holloween frivolity and scary, merry-making so join the crowds. Parking your big worry? Fahgetaboutit! Salem has a free, yes I said free shuttle going from three locations on Sat/Sun from 10-8PM and for the locations here are the facts from the city.
My Connecticut Thoughts
I would take a ride down to Essex CT and check out the Essex Railroad. Even if the colors are down, you can still take a ride on their steam locomotives and if you like trains like I do, there is no downsides there.
My Vermont Thoughts
I know much of Vermont has gone but if you have to go up to Vermont then, by all means, go and enjoy. I just checked the Vermont tourism page (Hey they might be right on this one) They say hit the Lake and ride around Lake Champlain because as you all know, big bodies of water will slow the color change of trees in close proximity to large bodies of water. Also, go to Weston VT and visit the Vermont Country Store and that is a way to kill an hour exploring. Don’t forget to get maple creamy (soft-serve ice cream). It’s more about the memory in my book.
My New Hampshire Thoughts
Same goes here. Try the different routes around Lake Winnipesaukee and see what you can find there. There are many little towns to explore and they would love to see you and your tourism dollars. Buy American and you are spending your money well.
I hope you find some colors to make a memory around. It was one of the tougher seasons to figure out, but I think a great many of you left comments that you found great fall colors with my help or on your own. You made reports in the comments and that helps everyone and I appreciate that because I really am just one guy trying to answer all the messages and emails and comments.
If I missed your question or request to iron out your itinerary, I apologize if I didn’t get to it. But every once in a while my wife does like to see me get off the computer and watch tv with her… She is very forgiving at this time of year but… 🙂
I may have another fall foliage report next week but I believe this will be a recap of this fall foliage season. This will be the end of another year for us here in New England. I hope you will check in or sign up for the blog to come in your email. I don’t send too many out from November to April but I send a couple out and I will announce the grand prize winner in a week or two along with Christmas discount codes that you can use to purchase my artwork.
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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.