The entirety of my life has been lived in the beautiful state of Massachusetts. I have spent countless hours exploring the New England area and love all that it has to offer with each season, from restaurants to outdoor excursions, but fall is by far my favorite. I love the sweater weather, the extra cozy ambiance, and all the smells and tastes of the season. From pumpkin carving and trick-or-treaters to warm apple pie at the Thanksgiving table and bonfires to cozy up with the ones you love, everything about the season is about togetherness and warmth. Another one of my favorite pastimes is taking in the sights throughout as the leaves change color, giving way to a beautiful new season.
From deep reds and eye-popping oranges to vibrant yellows and muted browns, the treetops around us seem to come to life as we move gracefully through the fall season and relish in the cooler temperatures and shorter days.
As the seasons slowly change, we find ourselves moving from the glorious warmth of summer and sunshine to more tranquil and cool autumn. Along with a change in the weather, the world around us begins to change too. Finally, as we stand in the middle of September, the leaf-peeping season is upon us. Whether you live in New England or just love the change of season, most of the country is looking toward the Northeast to enjoy all the glory and beauty that comes with fall foliage.
Here are my top locations to see fall foliage in New England.
- Mount Sugarloaf, South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Located in the heart of Western Massachusetts, Sugarloaf Mountain, or Mt. Sugarloaf as known by the locals, is a butte-style mountain known for its glorious views and proximity to town. There is plenty to enjoy, from hiking and biking to taking in the sights from the summit while visiting this mountain. At the mountain’s base is the entrance to the summit road that leads you to the top by car, bike, or foot. The road is open mid-May through mid-October yearly from 9:00 AM to sunset. At the top, you have a glorious view of the Connecticut River Valley below. Visit in the fall time, and you’re sure to be amazed by the colors of autumn sprinkled throughout the land below as far as the eye can see.
- North Conway, New Hampshire
Considered part of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, North Conway is ideal for leaf-peeping in the fall. Whether you decide to hike or drive up the mountains in the area, you will find yourself immersed in the change of the season around you. From cozy inns to quaint bed and breakfasts, the area has the small-town charm that can’t be beaten. While there, enjoy this quintessential New England town by perusing local antique shops, art galleries, or locally-owned restaurants. Take the scenic route along Kancamagus Highway, running from Conway’s center to Woodstock, and you won’t be disappointed by the views. After all, it is considered one of the most scenic passes in the entire country.
- Lenox, Massachusetts
A small but mighty town located in the Berkshires is one of the most beautiful places during the fall months. Often considered a must-stop when visiting Massachusetts, this town has lots to offer throughout the year. From Tanglewood in the summer months to skiing in the winter, it attracts visitors from all over the country each year. My favorite time to visit Lenox? Definitely in the fall. In October, foliage is at its peak in Lenox, giving way to vibrant treetops and crunching leaves beneath your feet. I encourage you to take a trip and walk or bike through the Pleasant Valley Sanctuary to immerse yourself in all things fall.
- Bar Harbor, Maine
Located on the ocean, Bar Harbor is a popular destination during the summer months for anyone who wants to sink their toes in the sand and smell the seaside air. Often considered a major tourist destination throughout the 19th century, Bar Harbor is filled with history, especially about the upper-tier societies that call it their ideal vacation spot. Bar Harbor is the perfect place to leaf peep in the fall and enjoy the season’s colors. Walk, hike, or bike your way through Acadia National Park and enjoy the autumn hues around you.
- Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock has been referred to as the “quintessential New England village” for years by many. If you’re looking for the feel of fall all around you, there is no better place than here. With an iconic covered bridge in the center of town to hemlock trees all around, there is so much to explore and enjoy in nature. I encourage you to spend a day at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park with the ones you love and enjoy the look of the season all around you.
Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a day trip to explore the autumn time close to home, there are many options in the area. If you’re new to the area and hoping to find out more about the best local spots or in search of the perfect home in one of these glorious leaf-peeping destinations, I can help. Send me a message or give me a call today.