Thursday, September 22, 2011

50 Fun Travel Ideas for the New England Fall Foliage Season

Chocorua Lake. Photo credit:
Lawrence Carbonaro
Here are 50 New England fall foliage season destinations, attractions, restaurants and hotels for your trip planning purposes. Please feel free to add your favorite fall travel things to do in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont! Together, we can build an incredible list!

1. Pick apples at Belkin Lookout Farm, Natick, Mass:

2. Take a scenic New England fall foliage driving route: 

3. Discover some of New England's best fall foliage in Maine:

4. Enjoy apple picking, apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream and a general store at Brookfield Orchards in North Brookfield, Mass.:

5. Visit the Shaker Hill Fall Apple Festival, Sept. 24-25 in Alfred, Maine:

6. Take a walk around Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.:

7. Get a taste of true apple cider at Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vt.:

8. Take in the million dollar views at low-cost Pack Monadnock Summit, Peterborough, N.H.:

9. See an amazing pumpkin Patch at Adams Farm in Cumberland, R.I.:

10. Ride the Conway Scenic Railway in Conway, N.H., for great views of the New England fall foliage season:

11. View some of the best New England fall foliage at the famous Kancamagus Scenic Byway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire:

12. Visit the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt., to experience an authentic New England country store in a beautiful town:

13. Hike Mt. Sugarloaf in South Deerfield, Mass., for some splendid fall foliage views:

14. Enjoy a peaceful day in Wrentham, Mass., northern Rhode Island, and the northeast Connecticut area:

15. Dine at the scenic 1761 Old Mill in Westminster, Mass., for some excellent New England fare:

16. Stay at the Stoweflake inn in beautiful Stowe, Vt.:

17. Find a hidden gem of a walk at the Walpole Town Forest in Walpole, Mass.:

18. Enjoy the sweeping views of the Mt. Washington Valley at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, N.H.:

19. Discover Vermont for its rural beauty:

20. Take a scenic motorcycle fall foliage ride in Central Massachusetts and Northeast Connecticut:

21. Visit Pleasant View Orchards, a classic roadside farm stand in Smithfield, R.I.:

22. Stay at the Bethel Inn, a charming resort in inland Bethel, Maine (the foliage is great here!) that has been serving the vacationing public since 1913:

23. Pick some apples at the Big Apple farm in Wrentham, Mass. This is an old-fashioned working American farm in business since 1950 and a rural community travel attraction on over 200 serene acres:

24. Take in classic fall travel attractions at Franconia Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire:

25. Splurge on luxurious lodging at the Wheatleigh in Lenox (the Berkshire Mountains):

26. Navigate a tricky corn patch at Jane and Paul's Farm in Norfolk, Mass.:

27. Take the Road Less Taken in the New England Autumn:

28. Enjoy Stowe, Vt., on a budget with these affordable travel attractions:

29. Get in the fall spirit at Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, N.H.:

30. New England towns perfect for staying overnight or for an extended time during the New England fall foliage season:

31. Stroll through Walpole N.H., a quintessential New England town:

32. Have fun at The Big E New England States Fair:

33. Dine by fireside at the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Mass.:

34. Hike through some beautiful forest at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass.:

35. Gaze at the innate beauty of Echo Lake in Franconia Notch, N.H.:

36. Be amazed at the variety of pumpkins available at the Epiphany Church of Walpole Fall Fair in Walpole, Mass.:

37. Stay at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, Vt., with its breathtaking views: 

38. Enjoy a fall family vacation at the Red Jacket Mountain View and Indoor Water Park in North Conway, N.H. (in the White Mountains):

39. Dine at the historic, casual Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, Conn., one of New England most beautiful small towns:

40. Stay at the 4-star Inns at the Equinox in charming Manchester, Vt., at the base of Mount Equinox.

41. Visit Brown and Hopkins Country Store in Chepachet, R.I., one of the oldest continuously operating country stores in the United States:

42. Dine and lodge at the historic Concord's Colonial Inn in Concord, Mass.:

43. Eat at one of the great New England diners -- the Miss Lyndonville Diner -- in Lyndonville, Vt.: Located in the Northeast Kingdom you're also sure to find some spectacular foliage in this region during the peak season!

44. Visit Jackson, N.H., a truly picturesque, idyllic New England town:

45. Stay a while at picture perfect Chocorua Lake in Tamworth, N.H.:

46. Enjoy a family resort vacation at Woodward's in Lincoln, N.H., near many White Mountains attractions:

48. Stroll the Currier and Ives-like downtown in Keene, N.H.:

49. Stop by Phantom Farms in Cumberland, R.I., for some apple picking, fall harvest events, apple cider, and a visit to the yummy bake shop:

50. Stay at the Lodge of Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine, located in a setting of unspoiled natural beauty:
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