Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

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Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22406Post newbie
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:12 am

Hello everyone,

I am very interested in viewing the fall foliage in New England during my trip to New York city in mid-Sep. My wife and I will have the 3 days (9/20 - 9/22) to travel somewhere to view the fall colors. From my initial research I am likely a couple of weeks early and so will have limited options to see peak foliage. I would love your guidance on where I should go for the 3 days (e.g. Catskills vs. drive to Vermont, etc.). Also, any suggestions on where to stay, which drives to take any other interesting things to do (e.g., certain festival, unique activity) would be very helpful. Thank you very much for your help.


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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22407Post ctyanky
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:47 am

Hi Newbie! Welcome to our wonderful foliage forum! I will step out on a limb here, not knowing yet what the foliage will do, but you may be at least a week early for color. You may find some early color "peaking out" in the far reaches of Vermont near the border or at the highest elevations in the Green Mountains. Do you have lodging secured? At this juncture, I don't think you would have too much trouble, but some weekends require a two night stay even during that time. If you check, many places are booked even for that weekend due to many destination weddings. Try Airbnb for alternative choices.

What kinds of things do you like to do? As far as activities or festivals, check our board owner's post on this page for all the things going on during that weekend under Foliage Festivals 2019. I highly recommend the Chester Fall Foliage Festival as it is that weekend.

http://www.foliage-vermont.com/fall_festivals.htm

www.chesterfallfestival.org

Depending on where you are situated, we can list lots of back road drives, places of interest and so forth. Remember to get off the main roads into the back roads where you will find Vermont beauty at its best. There are many covered bridges and reservoirs, ponds, lakes and waterfalls that make Vermont's landscape so lovely. You can drive the gap roads in a day and crest the higher elevations along the Green Mountains: Lincoln Gap, Appalachian Gap, Brandon Gap and Middlebury Gap.

Please ask away! We are here to find you the best drives and activities and adventures for your three days! CT
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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22408Post ctyanky
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:06 pm

PS Another unique alternative would be to take a gondola, lift or tram ride up the ski mountains just for the sheer beauty of viewing the mountain ranges cascading one after the other in the distance. I just made a post about the updated rides for 2019 on this forum. Please call ahead for each one as some don't start weekends until the end of September.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4005

Have a maple creemee while you are out driving around. There is also a post on that here as well by Colorado Mom. Stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury for a cider donut and many wonderful Vermont gifts and baked goods.

The list goes on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22409Post abby
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:06 pm

Hi Newbie,
I agree that unfortunately you are going to bee too early that weekend to see any substantial Fall colors. You will find some swamp maples turning vibrant red on those dates, and you will find some stressed trees that are turning, but they are few and far between. Your best bet is going way up to Northern Vermont near the Canadian border to find some color, but unfortunately, there probably won't be any widespread color to see. Vermont is beautiful in any season and you've been given some good recommendations of things to do. Apple picking is another fun Fall thing to do and I bet some of the orchards would be open for picking on that weekend.
Carol

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22411Post ctyanky
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:30 pm

Apple picking sounds great. The orchards are open for picking now as well. I thought of another option and that would be to take a cruise on Lake Champlain on the Spirit of the Ethan Allen! You should tour Burlington if you are nearby! Here is the link for the cruise, it has been on my bucket list for a few years and someday, I will do it!

https://soea.com/


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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22414Post newbie
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:43 pm

Thank you everyone for your suggestions - this is super helpful. How would the fall foliage in Catskill mountains compare to northern Vermont (say Green Mountain) around 9/20. I am asking this because if both of the experiences will be similar (i.e. I will get to see some but not a lot of color) then is it just easier to drive to Catskill as opposed to Northern Vermont. Depending on what makes most sense - i will go ahead and book my lodging. I am looking forward to your responses, thank you.

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22415Post mmvt
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:37 pm

newbie wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:12 am
Hello everyone,

I am very interested in viewing the fall foliage in New England during my trip to New York city in mid-Sep. My wife and I will have the 3 days (9/20 - 9/22) to travel somewhere to view the fall colors. From my initial research I am likely a couple of weeks early and so will have limited options to see peak foliage. I would love your guidance on where I should go for the 3 days (e.g. Catskills vs. drive to Vermont, etc.). Also, any suggestions on where to stay, which drives to take any other interesting things to do (e.g., certain festival, unique activity) would be very helpful. Thank you very much for your help.
I don't think you'll see much in the Catskills in terms of color - generally speaking, Fall color moves from North to South and from upper to lower elevations. The Adirondacks MIGHT have a bit of color (and they are closer than the northern part of VT ) but i think it's early for any substantial color anywhere in the northeast. From NYC you might enjoy driving up through the Berkshires in MA then head up.over to a location in VT. Southern VT has some nice small towns (Brattleboro and Bennington are both cute towns). You can also drive route 100 from the south end of the state through many small towns as you travel north. It's a pretty drive if you've never been in VT before. Although Northern VT has the "best" chance of color, I think you will still be very early and it's a lot more driving to get there. Good luck!!

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22417Post abby
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:43 pm

MMVT has given some thoughtful advice that I wasn't thinking about.........I forgot you were coming from NYC, so yes, Southern VT makes much more sense because you would be driving a long time to get to Northern VT and the color probably won't be there anyway. I would say you can't go wrong with either the Catskills or Southern VT. They both are probably comparable in distance from NYC, and they both are beautiful. But VT offers more of a quaint New England feel if that's what you're after. Good luck with your decision and plans.
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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22420Post newbie
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:44 pm

This is super helpful, thank you. I am leaning towards booking my hotels closer to my travel date - hopefully by then we will have some idea if there will be good color or not in the Stowe, Green mountain area.

Also, just so i understand - when we say there will not be much color are we referring to a certain type of color (say red) that we generally associate with fall. I live in California and so any color other than green is wonderful for me. So I was thinking that driving would be worth it as far as we see non-green colors everywhere. If we expect the leaves to be largely green around 09/20 then i won't go all the way north.

Thank you again all of you for your invaluable advice.

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22423Post mmvt
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:33 am

newbie wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:44 pm
This is super helpful, thank you. I am leaning towards booking my hotels closer to my travel date - hopefully by then we will have some idea if there will be good color or not in the Stowe, Green mountain area.

Also, just so i understand - when we say there will not be much color are we referring to a certain type of color (say red) that we generally associate with fall. I live in California and so any color other than green is wonderful for me. So I was thinking that driving would be worth it as far as we see non-green colors everywhere. If we expect the leaves to be largely green around 09/20 then i won't go all the way north.

Thank you again all of you for your invaluable advice.
During your time frame you are likely to see very beginning color - this means an early (and subtle) change in the green leaves and maybe some beginning color but you're not likely to see lots of bright reds and oranges that people tend to associate with VT. You MIGHT find some select/individual trees that have turned early but most of VT will still be quite green. The "swamp maples" are small trees found in low-lying areas and they often turn early but it's difficult to predict exactly where you might find them.
A drive up 100 to Stowe is pretty regardless of color but when people here talk about the "north" they usually mean the "north east kingdom" of VT (Island Pond is one town). That area of the state tends to turn first because of its location, but other higher elevation areas across the green mountains also turn earlier (usually). For example, we always stay in the Killington region and parts of that area often have good color around the same time that Island Pond has color.
In terms of lodging, you should be OK during your time frame so I wouldn't worry much about that.

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22434Post wentworth
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:41 am

You're about a week early at least--Global Warming has made the Fall Colors later the last few years, we used to be able to see incredible color in the Northeast Kingdom by Sept 22, but constantly warmer Septembers have pushed things back

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22441Post loafer89
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:13 pm

The extended forecast for late next week is calling for temperatures about 10-15 degrees below normal. I wouldn't be surprised if there was even some frost in the NEK area. That should help bring out early season color.

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22445Post triz
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:03 pm

I was going to say the same. Forecast seems to be favorable for early colors.
It will mostly depend on how long will the cooler temperatures last.

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Re: Fall foliage on Sep 20th weekend

Post: # 22446Post abby
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:03 pm

Hi Loafer and triz. I agree about the forecast. It’s looking favorable for a “normal” timing of the foliage season. It’s going to be interesting to see how things play out.
Carol


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