My wife and I are thinking to come back to New England from Philly this fall, after the beautiful trip last here.
The idea would be to split 4 days between NEK and NW New Hampshire (mostly moose "hunting" in the Moose Alley, near Pittsburg NH).
In a normal season, would the 11-14 October weekend too late for the NEK area? Any suggestion for some nice areas for leaf peeping in NH?
As far as those dates, I would think you would find the tail end of high color in the NEK or maybe even past peak, but every season is so different! Any chance to move up the vacation by a week? It may be more rewarding for you.
As far as NH, have you driven the Kancamagus Highway? It is so beautiful! Beaver Pond at Kinsman Notch is my absolute favorite place to stop. If you google it, you will find lots of gorgeous photos. Since all of my time is in Vermont, I defer to others to answer your NH inquiries.
As far a moose, good luck! But I bet you might see one!
Finally, have you thought about getting lodging soon??? It probably should be done ASAP, especially for the weekends!
Unfortunately we are locked with the dates, since my wife teaches and she will have the 15 and 16 off.
What Vermont area should be the best in that weekend normally? Last year we were in VT during the same weekend, and it was all green in south VT, and we found nice colors between Killington and Peacham.
But I know it was a peculiar year....
We need those sunny days and cool nights in September and then many nights of frost. Unfortunately, we are in one heck of a hot spell this summer so hopefully after Labor Day the season will adjust and be kind!
Following Ctyanky’s suggestion we decided we will be spending two days in the Kancamamgus highway area, in the White Mts.
What I have been told is that there, since there are different elevations, you can find good colors somewhere pretty much any time from end of September to mid October.
The owner of the bed and breakfast we reserved told me that in the last couple of years peak was always around the 10 of October.
Do you think this make sense?
Where are you staying the other two nights? I think you said you were up north for four days. Just relax and enjoy your lodging that you have made and travel about every day. I think you will be finely rewarded. We just don't know how and when the season will turn out, but based on the amount of rain we have been getting, I would say the trees will remain quite healthy for the foliage season.
The middle of September is our turning point and all eyes are on that timeframe.
There is a lovely pond on the Kanc called Lily Pond. It is quite a beautiful setting. Phil (pwt) and I stopped there and it was so serene I'll never forget it.
triz wrote:Our lodge was in Grafton last year, really nice place!
All green in mid-October though last year, let's see this year
The place outside Brattleboro that ctyanky is referring too is called Green River. Depending when you are there, the foliage color can be fantastic. And yes there are several places to stay there. I have seen them doing a wedding at one of them
Any recommendation on Berkshire MA also? I was thinking about driving across this region on our way back to Philly on the last day.
I was thinking of the Mohawk trail, that should be perfect in mid-October.
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