Houzz TV: Take a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip in New England

Houzz TV: Take a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip in New England

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Houzz TV: Take a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip in New England

When autumn hits, there’s nothing I want to do more than grab my camera, hop in my car and take a road trip through New England. Renowned for its historic towns, quaint architecture and rolling hills, New England is the best place I’ve found to get off the grid for a few days and view gorgeous fall foliage. I’ve made this trip every October for the past five years, and each year I look forward to it more.

Below, follow my journey and enjoy the beauty this season has to offer. Starting in New York City and traveling through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, I’ve mapped out my favorite roads to take and towns to visit, along with what to do, see or eat along the way.

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wnec1
Great tour, but you should warn people that they have to either stay the night in town, go during the week, or leave for their ride VERY early. Yankee Candle was packed with almost no parking. Bernardston is very small and narrow, we couldn't get out of the car because there was absolutely no parking. Same with Brattleboro. The ride was great, the disappointment of not even able to get out of the was not. I went to school in New England as did my sister. She still lives there, so we go leave driving a lot.
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ninigret

happily i live in the midst of it, i'd have to close my eyes when i walk out the door to avoid autumn in new england.

this is the Old Burying Ground two blocks from my house, in Arlington MA. earliest grave is 1734, and it includes the gravesites of 12 townsmen who died the first day of the revolutionary war, April 19, 1775.

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bethesdabeth

Just came back from New England and would have to say the colors by now have to be gone.

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ninigret

no, we're still good boston and south.

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David Cavanaugh
One of my favorite towns that visit in the Fall is Ogunquit, Maine
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Janet Broaddus
We had so much fun on a Fall Road Trip that just ended. We live in Northern Virginia and did a loop up to Toronto, Thousand Islands (which was gorgeous with color), Montreal and further East then back to the States into Maine. How gorgeous Maine is. We saw beauty everywhere we went! Here's a roadside display in Port Ewen, New York.
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amyhemlock

great photos. unfortunate, however, that there are no photos of Maine, a truly picturesque state in autumn (see Wiscasset, for example). incidentally, Chatham, NY, is not in New England.

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Joyce Cornell Papp
Next year, take a road trip through the Pocono Mountains and Endless Mountains of Northeast Pa! Stunning scenery, just two hours north of Philly, and 2 hours from NYC. You'll be glad you did.
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Joy
New England in the fall, absolutely gorgeous! If you are unable to get there, think Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon). The colors there are breath taking. Cascade Mountains, Seattle, Issaquah, Snohomish, Portland, areas to name a few. Western Idaho too. There is the same intense color, just not always crunchy leaves. ;-) You haven't seen autumn until you see the fall leaves with the sun peeking through the clouds kissing them with sun rays.
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tabelle70
I'm from Maine and now live in the Midweat. I smile to myself when they talk about the foliage in our area ..... They don't know what their missing ;)
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tabelle70
Meant to say 'Midwest', tho there are a lot of wheat fields around here
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Wanda Brown
I am from Maine too. We always enjoyed driving the Kangamangus Highway in New Hampshire. The white birches offer a beautiful contrast to the foliage.
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Leslie Brooks
Visit the Mississippi River valley and the Loess Hills. True beauty that rivals the NE.
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jbowden620

The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smokey Mountains National Park and other beautiful scenic highways through the mountains of Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Gorgeous views and colorful trees.

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avirginafarmer

Having grown up outside NYC in the 1950s and 1960's, we also had an old farm house, purchased the year prior to Killington's opening. In 1980 I returned to live in and around Killington and Pico Peak. If the previous three weeks or so are just right weather wise, no place in my highly peripatetic life, have I seen colors to equal Vermont's. Perhaps it's because of all the red maples. (IMO, Aspen isn't even close and I lived there, too.) Every landscape is yellow; pretty, but w/o Vt.'s broader bouquet of colors. Truly a wondrous place to be in Autumn, Vermonters can boast. And, of course, the height of the magnificence this wondrous rainbow, slowly inches its way south, sharing the mountain boy's State with those unable to live there. (Now I'm in CA, near Tahoe.) But like flowers, most areas of this country have their own special beauty which can be found if one peeks in the proper nicks and crannies.

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11bells

What a wonderful surprise to enjoy my morning coffee with a taste of HOME! I currently live in the mountains of western NC, but miss New England, my home for fifty years. Thank you.


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appleblossomfarm

I so miss living in New Hampshire and the incredible autumn colors! I loved all the seasons there. I am now helping care for family members in a drought stricken area of CA. We had to cut down about 80 trees but we kept our maple tree which is now starting to give us some beautiful color. We still have also a few flowering pear trees for color and some apple trees. I would love to see more New England road trips for every season!

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amfurnival

New York State is not part of New England. There are six New England States and they are: Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. NY is considered a Mid-Atlantic state..always has been..

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avirginafarmer

Indeed New York is a mid-Atlantic state, but there is gorgeous foliage in upstate N.Y also. The reality of the photographs/video used in the article is that those colors were definitely not a peek for VT. In fact, they seemed rather drab to me. It is hard to catch foliage at its best; many variables.

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pafarmhouse
I live in northeast PA, and the last two weeks have offered some spectacular foliage. Although one can still find some pretty trees, the peak foliage has passed. I have to think that the optimal time to visit New England has also passed, given that the New England states are further north. I imagine that a trip south through the Shenandoah and Smoky mountains would still yield some beautiful foliage. Combine a foliage tour with a tour of some local vineyards for a double win!
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Best colours in the world, New England in the Fall and Japan in the Spring. I highly recommend both.

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Scott Stangroom
New York is NOT part of New England.
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sharonj52

Originally from Michigan, I've lived in Florida for 45 years. I love Florida but every Fall I do miss the Fall foliage. I've traveled to Boston a couple of times just to see the Foliage. Thank you for sharing your video. It was a real treat. I've stayed at the Red Lion Inn - wonderful place!

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lfurbish

Great video! Thanks for sharing and helping me relax before the work day begins.

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bjanes829

I live in Western New England, and the fall was glorious, but I just wanted this little video to keep going on and on... lovely.

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Jeri Soderholm
Loess Hills is in the Missouri River valley.
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purestyle1303

What a lovely video! I will forward it to my friend in NH who always raves about her color in the fall. Believe it or not, Northern Arizona (Prescott) is just now turning color and we have have burgundy, red, yellow and orange foliage. Pockets of riotous color among the pine forests. We love our stand of elms surrounding the Courthouse Square downtown with their fallen leaves crunching underfoot. Also, a former Michigander, I love fall in N. Arizona. The light is absolutely golden.

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Breezeway House

Beautiful video! Thank you for sharing it. This is about the only time of year I truly miss living back East.


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ronnie1950

The article is about driving through New England, but the author said at the start that she was starting in NYC. How is she supposed to get there if she doesn't go through the New York countryside? New York has much natural beauty. Why not enjoy it on the way?

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joyceawodey

Thank you. I am from Vermont, now living in Pittsburgh. New England in the fall is unmatched. Miss it.

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Kathy Farr

If one were to plan a trip for next year to see the brilliant colors in Vermont what week would that be?


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gbuys1010
You have missed Connecticut altogether which is a shame. We have beautiful country roads in Litchfield county with lots of farmlands, wineries, and Kent Falls. Also, check out the Essex River cruise and steam train and Gilette Castle by day and a Broadway bound musical later that night at Goodspeed Opera House on the shores of the CT River. Or drive to the coast and take a boat tour of the Thimble Islands or a light house tour in Stonington. Visit Mystic Seaport (and Aquarium) before heading over to Newport RI or Block Island.
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jodice777

We just spent a week in MIlford NH from Oct 7-14. It was perfect timing to see the fall colors! We drove all over southern NH, as far as Madame Sherries Forest in Chesterfield, to the coast. I took close to 1000 pictures and really enjoyed myself!

http://www.jodicephotography.com/Travels/New-Hampshire-2015/

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ucrollins

Thank you for sharing.

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Thank you for the slide show of fall foliage and pumpkins. Really enjoyed the music and eye candy! Next time if doable please make the slides stay a little longer to really get to see the pretty details...Thank you!!!!!!

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punkylemons

Being from California all my life: we just don't get fall like this. It's all so beautiful!

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avirginafarmer

Hi K. Farr; You ask a question that as various answers each year, depending on the area's weather, most importantly IMO during September. Usually the best time for peek color in the Rutland/Killington area is around the first to second weeks of October. A major rainstorm during the last couple of weeks of September can severely damage the expected brilliance of the foliage. When I lived in the Killington area, I'd hike up the Appalachian Trail to sit on a large rock outcrop, and view the mountains.

I think everyone now knows NY is not part of New England.

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roserustler

jodice777 are you a professional? These photos are among the most moving I have seen. Not just seeing but feeling the moment. Thank you! and thanks to Houzz for this lovely video, you all have made my day. I live in at the edge of a pine forest and any leafy trees have been imported. :)

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carolann42

I wish you told where the pictures were under them

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leigh cowart

Can you tell me what the music is......lovely video!!!

   
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karenemily

Kathy Farr, check websites for the states you would like to visit to determine the peak time for leaves. We returned about 1.5 weeks ago and MA still had vibrantly colored leaves but they were beginning to fade around VT. Still the scenery is breathtaking!


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dkolisar

Just a little note for the Californian, check out wine country.....Napa & Sonoma take my breath away in the fall. Between the oaks and vineyards the color is just spectacular (and fabulous wine to boot :-)

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chicstyled

You captured the real essence of New England in the fall...amazing, colorful and true to life. I grew up in a historic town 30 miles from Boston. Your camera brought back many memories...like raking the leaves into a pile and jumping in them. I remember the smell of the dry leaves like it was yesterday!

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Leslie Taylor

Lovely to see so many houses and scenes that I recognize as being from my own Franklin County, in Western Massachusetts. The colors were particularly beautiful this year.

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newhamp7
We are CA natives now living in New Hampshire since 2001 and loving it! A favorite view in the fall is from Castle in the Clouds overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. I'm still in awe that we get to live in such a beautiful place! Pinch me!
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Very Lovely! I must say that I am a California Native, from Sonoma and I love to see the season change here - the vineyards are spectacular! Along with the sunsets!


I love the changing seasons... Wow.

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Ginny Weimer
We toured New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine last fall. We had a great time, and the colors were beautiful! Thanks for the video, there are ideas to go next time!
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Rick Spence

Napa last fall was breathtaking. Rikki, come visit and shoot the sites along the way.

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crowleyleah

Hope all enjoyed VT's beautiful season. Please, please , please remember to be mindful of speed limits, traffic flow and blind corners (especially in rural VT). Be safe and respectful but please ENJOY what's left of the season!!

   
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Jennifer Jimenez
It's beautiful !!!
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carriekuntz

THANK YOU!

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Michelle McFarlane-McKellar
Beautiful fall colors. I really miss that.
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owenbrooke

You were remiss in not including Maine’s spectacular views along the coast and western mountains.

   
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Loved the slideshow! Gorgeous colors!