There is no better place during fall than New England. While each one of the 6 states offer incredible foliage, the Northern you go, the better it gets – especially Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
An hour from the Canadian border and west of New Hampshire is Rangeley, Maine. An idyllic small town with 1,200 full-time residents during the winter months opens up to the well-seasoned traveler in the warmer seasons, doubling the town’s population between June and November. New England is fabulous in any season. But fall is undoubtedly one of the best.
The closest airport is a 3-hour drive from town, but it’s worth the trouble. Accommodations can be found in many spots in Rangeley. One of those is The Loon Lodge. It provides the experience on the lake; it also features a restaurant where you can enjoy seafood, steak, and burger dishes. You can have a cocktail on the patio or enjoy the amenities provided in this beautiful mountain lodge.
If picking apples is your favorite fall activity, then you can head over to Ricker Hill Orchards located in Turner, Maine, which is about an hour’s drive. This is also an opportunity to view the most glorious colors of the fall. At the orchards, you can pick apples, tour the apple/cider plants, and check out the country store. The end of September to early October is the best for apple picking and leaf-peeping! On Saturday, October 2nd, Rangeley will be hosting the 29th annual Apple Harvest Festival at the Episcopal Church on Main St. A “Lumberjack” breakfast will be served, children’s activities, apple pressing, chainsaw demos, and vendors will also be featured.
Grafton, Vermont is a postcard-perfect village to enjoy the change of season. Grafton is a 40–60-minute drive from an airport with plenty of museums and art collections.
The Jud Hartmann Gallery located on Main Street features bronze depictions of Native Americans. The attention to detail is quite stunning. Another point of interest would be Grafton Village Cheese, where you may see the process of cheese being made. TAll products come from their local dairy cows. The Garden Market and The Country Girl Diner provide plenty of delicious lunch and dinner options. Rowell’s Inn, located in Andover, surrounded by mountains, is lovely.
New Hampshire is incredible all year round, but especially in the fall. The Mount Washington includes the towns of North Conway, Berlin, and Gorham. The area is surrounded by high mountain ranges, offering perfect vistas. There are many things to do in the White Mountains area and many ways to see the fall foliage, the most exciting being the Conway Scenic Railroad. The train station has been running since the 1800s with updates, of course. Adult passengers are $25 for a one-hour ride to see the colors of the fall through the Mount Washington Valley and Crawford Notch.
While in the area, you can visit one of the many breweries, including the Moat Mountain Brewing Company in North Conway, which also has a full restaurant and smokehouse offering pub fare, including burgers, nachos, sandwiches, and steak dinners. While staying in North Conway, check out The Red Elephant Bed and Breakfast Inn. Many travelers have praised the chef and the owner’s hospitality. The inn is within walking distance of the many amenities North Conway has to offer. Located in Center Conway is Sherman Farm, which is run by the 3rd generation of the Sherman family. At this farm, you can check out the corn maze or the market, which sells various goodies from the farm, or sample homemade ice cream from the Barnyard Scoop.
(enjoy a few more beautiful shots from New Hampshire by the same Jake Doucette)