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New Englanders are serious about their fall foliage. September rolls around and hotels are already sold out every weekend with leaf peepers.
The good news is that 2018 is predicted to be one of the most beautiful falls we have had in a decade! The bad news is that most hotels in Northern New England were booked in July for foliage season. So what is a foliage lover to do if they want to go see the leaves in Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine and everything is booked?
Visit Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts! In other words, visit Southern New England for fall foliage! People forget that their fall display is every bit as stunning as their northern neighbors. You can easily book a hotel for an October weekend in August and September, and you will not be disappointed.
Where to go:
Although Connecticut is not often discussed when people think about fall foliage, most locals agree that this is the single best place to see fall colors. The variety of colors against the blue of the river is what makes this spectacular. Kent Falls State Park has a fairly easy walk/hike for younger kids and has a fantastic view.
For older kids, Macedonia Brook State Park allows for leaf peeping with a more challenging trail.
Stop by Bulls Bridge Rd. in Kent to see a covered bridge and take some of the most amazing pictures!
Although this is an area and not an exact spot, driving through the Berkshires from CT on route 7 is one of the most scenic fall drives ever. We drove my in-laws up this way in the fall and my
father-in-law said it was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen.
Go in the beginning of October and attend the Harvest Festival at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge. Our kids loved learning how to make farmers cheese here.
Saratoga Springs, NY
This is another favorite for our family in the fall. The town itself is decked out for fall with pumpkins, mums, and hay bales. The grounds of Congress Spring Park are a wash in color, and Saratoga State Park becomes an autumnal wonderland.
When you go, time it with the Saratoga International Flavorfeast and enjoy tastes from different restaurants in downtown Saratoga.
Hudson Valley, NY
This is a great place if you live in NYC because it is easily accessible by train.
The leaves rise up in flaming color on either side of the Hudson River. Drive along Route 9, up near West Point, and stop at the lookouts along the way for beautiful vistas.
While you are there, visit the Great Jack o Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson.
CT River Valley
This is the latest foliage in all of New England extending into the beginning of November. Drive along Route 9, and stop in Essex to walk around their charming downtown. You will be in love with the colors and the quintessential small towns up and down Route 9.
There are so many beautiful places to see fall foliage in Southern New England! You won’t be disappointed with any of these places. Our family has been to all of them and I can’t recommend them more enthusiastically.