NEW ENGLAND

FALL FOLIAGE

Ranking high on the travel bucket list, fall foliage in New England is a stunner. Old-growth forests and gently rolling hills and mountains explode in hues of red, orange, gold and russet as the scarlet and sugar maples, birch and beech, oak, ash and dogwood trees prepare for the coming winter months. It’s a quiet and spectacular end to summer and a great excuse to come and take in all the pleasures of fall in New England. Our New England fall foliage vacations will guide you to remote country roads, those less traveled by the leaf-peeping masses, into sleepy villages and along colorful leaf-strewn paths to stunning view points.

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FALL FOLIAGE IN MAINE


FALL FOLIAGE IN MAINE

Maine is a fall favorite, with more than 12 million acres of spectacular fall foliage. Our Maine vacations are based largely on the south and mid coast, from which we venture on day trips along the coast and into the Maine Interior. We will traipse along mountain trails, walk carriage roads through a state park or drive deep into the woods along a remote dirt road. And, we’d be remiss in not mentioning that your fall Maine vacation is sure to include abundant helpings of lobster, as this is the most plentiful time of the year for this scrumptious crustacean.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Our fall foliage Maine vacations typically center around the first two weeks of October, as this is often the peak of the season. Of course, the season varies each year based on fall temperatures and precipitation, so we’ll keep a close eye on the trends as the fall approaches. We’ll venture out on smaller roads to the best uncrowded sites, keeping our schedule flexible to allow for impromptu stops at food and cultural festivals, farmers’ markets and orchards in the thick of harvest season. Watch the sun rise over red, orange and gold leaves from Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor. Drive the Fryeburg to Bethel corridor on small country roads, snapping a photo of the picturesque Sunday River Covered Bridge in Bethel at journey’s end. Or take the chairlift up to the Camden Snow Bowl for 360-degree foliage views and a traditional Maine blueberry pancake breakfast.

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FALL FOLIAGE IN NORTHERN VERMONT


FALL FOLIAGE IN NORTHERN VERMONT

Branching out from the renowned and storybook Stowe region of Northern Vermont, our fall foliage tours typically take place between the last week of September and third week of October, with a peak during the first two weeks of October. Of course, the season varies each year based on fall temperatures and precipitation, so we’ll keep a close eye on the trends as the fall approaches. From picture-perfect, 200-year-old Stowe village, our Northern Vermont vacations will wind up Smuggler’s Notch through the Green Mountains below Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s highest peak) in search of the best vantage points. As the season progresses, the riotous colors bloom from north to south, from the highest elevations to the lowest, and our expert foliage team knows how to maximize your leaf-peeping opportunities.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Our Northern Vermont vacations are designed to get you into the woods and away from the crowds. We’ll embark on private driving tours on smaller country roads to the best uncrowded sites for foliage viewing and photographs, past historic barns, working farms and quiet town greens. There will be ample opportunities to taste the bounty of the harvest season when we stop at local, family-owned orchards where apples, pears, pumpkins and aged cheeses tempt your taste buds. There’s little more satisfying after a morning in the chill autumn air than a steaming mug of freshly pressed, hot apple cider. You might opt to mountain bike through all that color in Cady Hill Forest, or take the leisurely gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield for a stunning panorama of three states and Canada from the ridgeline. Our experienced local guides can arrange for wine and beer tastings, make reservations during Stowe’s October “Restaurant Week,” and suggest the most indulgent spa treatments at Stowe Mountain Lodge to warm you up after a day of exploration. Rest assured, you’ll come away having had that longed-for Vermont fall foliage experience – and the vibrant photographs to show for it!

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FALL FOLIAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS


FALL FOLIAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS

In Massachusetts, particularly the western part of the state and the pastoral Berkshires, October reigns supreme for its ever-popular, dramatic fall foliage performance. Of course, the season varies each year based on fall temperatures and precipitation, so we’ll keep a close eye on the trends as fall approaches. A riot of scarlet, gold, pumpkin and russet emerges from the treetops, every turn more mesmerizing than the last. Our Western Massachusetts fall foliage vacation will whisk you to the less-trammeled parts of the Berkshires for views unmarred by teeming crowds. We will travel along smaller, quieter country roads and take walks in the woods in small numbers. From the Mohawk Trail to Williamstown, North Adams to Mount Greylock, we’ll chase the peak of the season as it migrates through the region. With our local experts by your side, it’s easy to stop along the road anytime the light shifts or the cloud shadows change, taking your breath away just when you thought it couldn’t get any prettier.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Walk or drive across iconic covered bridges backlit by vibrantly colored forests. Day dream of collegiate life in quintessential tree-shaded New England academic towns. Hike colorful sections of the Appalachian Trail. In between photography stops, we can pop into the region’s prolific art museums and studios and visit historic sites and famous homes. There’s also opportunity during your fall foliage vacation to venture to Boston for Revolutionary War history and fresh, local seafood. A bit west of Boston, walk the forests of Lexington and Concord – Thoreau country – and experience the nature and serenity he described so vividly. There are apples to pick, cider to drink, cheese and wine to sample and pumpkins to carve, all of which can be part of your Western Massachusetts vacation.

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