New England is renowned for being one of the top United States destinations when it comes to Fall Foliage. “Leaf Peepers” travel great distances to experience the natural beauty of seasonal changes from summer to fall. If you are planning your own Fall Foliage getaway, here are five areas of New England that you must check out.
1) Lake Placid, New York
Travel to upstate New York and take in the natural beauty of the Adirondacks during your Fall Foliage getaway. Lake Placid is typically not one of the first areas to witness the changing color of leaves thanks to a moderate elevation (1,500-2,000 feet), but travelers who journey to the area around the first week of October are in for a treat. The extensive Adirondack trail system covers more than 2,000 miles, and allows you to get an up-close look at these beautiful colors.
Lake Placid also offers a great selection of unique accommodations you can enjoy during your trip. Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is the ideal venue for an outdoor getaway in New York, andMirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa provides travelers with the perfect blend of mountain and lakefront beauty.
2) Stowe, Vermont
When the snow begins to fall, Stowe turns into one of the biggest downhill destinations in New England, but the breathtaking foliage is also a great reason to head to Vermont. As a rule, you can be assured of viewing brilliant colors from the last week of September through the first two weeks of October in this area.
One of the best reasons to head to Stowe for a Fall Foliage tour is the wide variety of ways to view these colors. Try a scenic boat charter, a gondola ride, a carriage and wagon ride, or even a zip line tour. All of these amazing guided tour options are available to help you experience the perfect leaf peeping getaway.
Looking for lodging during your stay? Look no further than Stowe Mountain Lodge andTopnotch Resort, two of the top properties in the area offering luxurious rooms and suites with breathtaking mountain views, and all the amenities you need to ensure a fun-filled getaway in Vermont.
3) Lenox, Massachusetts
Lenox is just one of the small villages located in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains that offers travelers the ideal destination for your next Fall Foliage getaway. October Mountain State Forest, the largest state forest in Massachusetts at 16,500 acres, sits just a short drive from downtown Lenox and offers miles of picturesque trails to enjoy during your Fall Foliage getaway.
October also just happens to be the peak foliage month in Lenox and the Berkshires. Exact timing typically varies from year to year, but in Lenox trees turn throughout the month, providing a colorful tour for travelers and locals alike.
Travelers from out-of-state can stay at great properties Canyon Ranch in Lenox, The Rookwood Inn, Cranwell Resort Spa and Golf Club, and take advantage of spacious accommodations, and great amenities like an 18-hole championship golf course, spa facilities, and gourmet kitchen layouts.
4) Boothbay Harbor, Maine
When you plan your Fall Foliage getaway to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and the Mid-Coast Region of the state, you may have a hard time deciding which is more beautiful: The trees changing colors, or the seemingly endless shoreline set against the Atlantic Ocean.
Make sure to keep the Annual Fall Foliage Craft Festival in Boothbay in mind when planning your leaf peeping trip. This is Maine’s best festival for foliage, food, and fun, and is usually held around the first weekend in October.
Charming is the best way to describe some of the local accommodations in the area. Great properties like The Topside Inn, Linekin Bay Resort, and Harborfield Waterfront Vacation Cottages offer a cozy and rustic feel. Whether you are bringing your entire family, or are just looking for an intimate weekend with your special someone, enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds you, Boothbay Harbor has everything you are looking for.
5) Hawley, Pennsylvania
The Pocono Mountain region is home to fall foliage that will blow you away with its beauty. This region of Pennsylvania has so many great ways for leaf peepers to see these magnificent sights. Head to Lake Wallenpaupack and enjoy Fall Foliage on the Lake, a 50-minute guided cruise that provides unique views of the changing colors.
If you are interested in a Fall Foliage tour, but not interested in being on the water, take a trip south to East Stroudsburg. Here you can enjoy a one-hour and forty-five minute train ride through the Delaware Water Gap. Experience the peak of fall foliage beauty from the comfort of a climate controlled train.
Hawley also provides travelers with plenty of amazing accommodation choices. Woodloch Resort is widely regarded as one of the top all-inclusive resorts in the Northeast, offering luxurious activities and amenities to meet all of your travel needs. Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resortoffers a variety of lake view accommodations along the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack.