New England is entering the season of crisp air (mmm), crispy leaves underfoot (sigh) and apple crisp (yum). At the risk of being slightly basic, there is no better way to celebrate the start of sweater weather than with a trip to the northeast: home of epic fall foliage. So pack your fleece vest, grab a friend, get a pumpkin spice latté roadie and head off on a weekend journey to see some red, orange and yellow in the northeast corner of the red white and blue… See what we did there? Here’s where to go and what to know:
Litchfield County, Connecticut
The northwestern pocket of CT is under the radar in the best of ways. Its towns feel legit straight out of Gilmore Girls. Seriously, Stars Hollow is allegedly fictional… but you tell me once you’ve been to Washington, Woodbury, Sharon or Cornwall. Head to Macdeonia Brook State Park, Kent Falls State Park and the Appalachian Trail for gorgeous fall foliage views.
Where to Stay: Embrace the vibe of the area and check into a local B&B, like Hopkins Inn
Pro Tip: Pick up supplies from the area’s best food shops and pack a delish picnic lunch. Head to Dutch Epicure and Arethusa Dairy in Litchfield; Bantam Bread in Bantam; and Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston for supplies.
Adirondacks, New York
The Adirondacks is a pain to get to pretty much no matter where you’re starting out from, but if you have more than a night or two, it’s def worth the trip. Saranac sits on a gorgeous lake it’s named after (or is it the other way around?) and the area has killer hiking. Plus, the town has general adorableness coming out of its eyeballs. Whether you’re traveling with kids or kinda a big kid yourself, don’t miss the Adirondack Carousel and nearby Tucker Farms, which puts on a corn maze each fall.
Where to Stay: The newly renovated historic Saranac Hotel
Pro Tip: Amtrak runs trains to Lake Placid, which sits less than 10 miles from Saranac… And it’s a cool town itself.
Rightly famous for great skiing and other winter sports (sleigh rides, anyone?), Stowe has as many—if not more—wholesome activities in autumn that’ll put some rosy in your cheeks. There’s fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and boating options for you outdoorsy types, plus cool art galleries, fun shopping and a number of breweries to visit for those who prefer civilization. Read more.
Where to Stay: Field Guide Lodge or The Little River Inn
Pro Tip: Not many people know that Amtrak also runs trains through Vermont. The Waterbury-Stowe station is 10 miles outside of town. (Head’s up: you’ll pass and definitely want to stop at the Ben & Jerry’s on the way.)
Catskills, New York
Less than three hours by car from New York City, the Catskills feels like it could be on another planet. A planet chock full of lush, rolling mountains, rivers teeming with fish and excellent farm-to-table restaurants. (That planet sounds nice.) Go apple picking, try the Zipline at Hunter Mountain and most importantly, time your visit to coincide with one of the area’s great fall festivals like Oktoberfest, the Woodstock Film Festival and Taste of the Catskills.
Where to Stay: Book an airbnb or check in to North Branch Inn or Scribner’s Lodge
Pro Tip: Visit the Museum at Bethel Woods, set on the site of the original Woodstock. Peace, yo.
Where else should we go to enjoy all things that are Fall and cozy? Share your favorites in the comments and let us know where you go… Happy pumpkin picking, you pumpkins!