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Fall Escapes

When we think of Fall, we think of colorful leaves. There’s nothing quite like the spectacular view of thousands of trees with red, orange, and yellow leaves.

We’re lucky enough to live right near New England, the home of Fall foliage where there are so many great places for a weekend leaf-peeping (yes, that’s a thing) excursion.

Instead of spending your Fall weekends stuck indoors in the city, get out there and enjoy some time outdoors soaking up the beautiful weather and natural beauty that Fall has to offer.

Here’s our guide to Fall foliage travel. Visit one, or see them all!

 

MAINE

We’re starting out furthest away because, it’s also the place with the earliest foliage season. Maine sees leaves changing from the mid-September through mid-October.

The pinnacle of nature in Maine is Acadia National Park. Beautiful year-round, it is the spot to be for autumn colors.

Take Park Loop Round through the park and stop at some of the picturesque observation points, and prepare to constantly be amazed!

Stay at PlantLoft in the historic artsy town of Belfast, Maine. You’ll enjoy a great night in a cute historic property and get to enjoy some seriously delicious plant-based food from renowned chef Matthew Kenney.

This excursion is best made by car, but you could also fly or take a train nearby.

 

VERMONT

Vermont is the epicenter for New England Fall foliage. It helps that 75% of Vermont is wilderness! And all those maple trees mean pure maple syrup! Count us in!

Late September through mid-October is prime leaf-peeping time in Vermont. Check out Stowe or Green Mountain Byway for the most spectacular Fall views of New England.

Take a look at the amazing Fall recommendations on Vermont’s Tourism Site. They even send out Foliage Updates by email if you sign up!

Stay at Topnotch Resort in Stowe for some great activity, the spa, and proximity to Stowe’s skiing gondolas with the best views of the trees.

Take the Amtrak to Waterbury Station or drive.

 

CATSKILLS

If you’re looking to stay in New York, check out the Catskills. They’re super easy to get to and filled with spectacular views and some great hiking. Oh and there’s also Woodstock!

We’re in love with the wooded hills, Fall harvest festivals, and apple and pumpkin picking in the area. You’re definitely in for some Fall fun with a trip to the Catskills.

The best part about leaves in New York is that they last through October! Check out this Fall Foliage Report updated weekly so you can be sure to catch the leaves at their best!

Take the chairlift at Hunter Mountain to see sweeping views of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. We hear you can even see the Berkshires in the distance on a clear day!

Take the Amtrak to Hudson, NY, drive from NYC, or catch a bus.

 

HUDSON

Another way to see the Fall colors in the Hudson Valley is by boat. Seastreak runs a cruise during the Fall to take people from NYC up the Hudson River for some serious leaf-peeping.

Hop on the 2-hour cruise up the Hudson to Cold Spring, NY. You can spend a few hours checking out the cute village or stay overnight before catching the cruise back to the city.

Take the ferry from Wall St. Saturdays and Sundays in the Fall.

 

NYC

It might not be as spectacular as Vermont, but there are always some beautiful leaves to be seen right in NYC.

From Central Park and Prospect Park to the more lush Pelham Bay Park or the spectacular cliffs up in the Cloisters, there are some great views to be had.

For a cool view, visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the roof at the Met for a colorful view of the entire Central Park greenscape.