by Jennifer A. Roberts
While the heat of summer may seem like an unusual time to think about a crisp, fall getaway, now is exactly the time when you should consider planning that bucket list trip to leaf peep in New England this autumn. Don’t miss out on this beautiful display of nature! Here are a few tips to assist in planning your trip.
Fall foliage peaks in the north first and moves south. This year’s predicted peak in Connecticut is between October 3rd and November 15th, which gives you a nice window to plan. Consider planning a mid-week trip to allow for more flexibility and better choice of lodging, as this is a busy season, and many sought-after B&Bs may already be full. You can continue to monitor the fall color prediction and get up-to-date details here.
Connecticut offers an abundance of great locations to view the fall colors. A few favorites include Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury, Macedonia Brook State Park in Warren, Haystack Mountain State Park in West Norfolk, and Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden. Whether you want to stay close to town or venture further afield, you’ll be able to find great vistas nearby, no matter where you are.
While driving yourself is always an option (and there are some GREAT scenic drives out there), consider a tour, as well. Let someone else do the driving so you can simply enjoy the scenery. A great list of tours is available from TripSavvy. Or consider taking a different approach this autumn and book a scenic railway tour instead. Either way, you can focus on the colors, not the traffic.
Don’t just drive, get out among those trees! There are a number hikes in Connecticut you should consider in the fall, and there’s no better way to enjoy the cool, fall afternoon than with a walk in the woods. Of, if you prefer two wheels to two feet, consider the Connecticut B&B bike trail, a fun and active way to see the splendor of fall.
Pick a home base and travel from there. Many B&Bs and hotels require at least a two-night stay in the fall, so selecting one location and taking day trips makes sense. In Connecticut, consider Litchfield on the Northwest or Mystic in the East. Both of these towns offer much to enhance your trip. Each has popular scenic drives nearby that will allow for beautiful scenery, both boast lots of charm and options for food and lodging, and each provides many activities for when you’ve had your fill of foliage.
New England has much to offer beyond the brilliant colors, so focus on more than just the leaves. Whether you enjoy wine, craft beers, cider, or great food, there’s an abundance of great fare in Connecticut. Fall is a great time to visit a pumpkin patch, pick your own apples, or find a fun, local festival to enjoy. Explore all that New England has to offer among the beautiful autumn backdrop.
Jennifer A. Roberts lives a location-independent lifestyle with her husband, Chris, in their RV. They currently work and travel throughout North America, combining their passion for travel with a minimalistic life and freelance work. Jennifer is a former educator, an avid home cook, and an aspiring writer.