There is nothing like fall in New England; the weather, the fairs, and of course, the foliage. There are the big cities and towns that tourists tend to flock to during this time of year, but there are many other New England gems that are beautiful in the fall. Recently, Smarter Travel released their list of “8 Secret New England Towns Perfect for Fall”, and while we agree with their suggestions, we also have our own favorites to add to the list.
Rockport is well known for its multitude of summer activities; however, this seaside town should not be missed in the fall! In October, locals look forward to the annual Rockport HarvestFest.
Little Compton, RI
The charming town of Little Compton is wonderful place to spend a crisp fall day exploring the town commons or strolling along Goosewing Beach. Experience the local flavor picking apples at Peckham’s Greenhouse, wine tasting at the Sakonnet Vineyards, or cooking up dinner with produce from one of the many local farm stands.
Montpelier offers small town charm and big city flavor. Exquisite historic buildings are home to Vermont’s state government, shopping, commerce and world-class dining and arts. What better way to enjoy the colors of autumn and explore this pedestrian and bike friendly city than on the two shared-use “rails to trails” paths that connect to Montpelier along the Winooski River.
Located in the Monadnock Region, Peterborough is a community that offers abundant cultural and arts activities including the Peterborough Players and MacDowell Art Colony. The scenic countryside is dotted with farms nd equestrian properties that frame the historic vibrant town center.
Castine is a very special and beautiful coastal town. Quintessential and unspoiled. Take time to bike around historic Castine and neighboring Penobscot and revel in the autumn views of Maine.
Steeped in history with easy access to outdoor activities, Concord is an ideal town to enjoy autumn in. Take your kayak down the Concord River and admire the foliage as you pass historical landmarks, like the Old North Bridge. Or you can spend time in the town center where there are a variety of restaurants and shops to pop into.
Shelburne is a classic Vermont village located on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. The maple trees that line the central village green are ablaze with color in the fall making for a perfect stroll through the village shops which never get too crowded. Fall is also a great time to visit the famed Shelburne Museum or learn about cheese making at Shelburne Farms.
Tamworth is a picturesque town in the White Mountains offering dramatic mountain views including the most photographed mountain in America Mt. Chocorua. It is home to the oldest repertory theatre in the United States, the Barnstormers, which boasts an eclectic summer program of plays, and its natural beauty and recreation opportunities abound in any season.
Woodstock, Vermont is one of the classic destinations for fall, from great walks up through the Marsh-Billings National Historic site up Mount Tom, wandering around the Green, to watching glass blowing at Simon Pearce, pottery making at Farmhouse Pottery, or exploring the creaking wood-floored aisles of Gillingham’s Store, let alone sampling the gourmet delights at the Woodstock Farmer’s Market, there is plenty to delight the eyes and the palate!