Is it too soon to be thinking about leaf-peeping trips? Although September is that crazy transitional month here in New England that’s kinda still summer but also kinda fall, the slight shift in weather this week has us thinking about fall foliage and romantic Sunday drives to sleepy New England towns. Here are a few ideas and photos to get you in the mood for the inevitable fall fare of apples, pumpkins and spiced everything.
Vermont: Perhaps the prettiest foliage destination of them all, with it’s sprawling landscapes, covered bridges and quaint barns, this is the place to head for proper New England vistas. If you’re in need of a place to stay, The Red Clover Inn in Mendon is a great choice in the heart of it all, plus they offer mid-week fall foliage getaway specials for those who are lucky enough to be able to sneak away for a few days.
Photo Credit: Corey Hendrickson via Yankee Magazine
Massachusetts: Truly a state for all seasons, Massachusetts offers plenty of fall fun. Westport, MA, which borders RI is home to the oldest mill in New England, Gray’s Grist Mill, and is also part of the Coastal Wine Trail. If you venture to the western part of the state to areas such as Deerfield, Amherst and Northampton, you’ll catch more traditional landscapes and a mix of bucolic and eclectic charm.
Photo Credit: Kristin Teig via Yankee Magazine
Rhode Island: Although most people don’t think of Rhode Island as a foliage destination, the combination of ocean views, farmland, vineyards and historic sites make it a great option in the Southern New England area. Check out Mount Hope Farm and Blithewold Mansion in Bristol for some scenic seaside views, and then venture over to the historic Four Corners in Tiverton (make sure to stop at Gray’s Ice Cream!), and don’t miss Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton for some wine tasting and rustic charm.
Photo Credit: Ed King