It felt like the perfect time to update my round-up of places to visit New England this fall. We are already approaching peak foliage in Woodstock which is much earlier than last year and the colors are so pretty. Town is already buzzing with leaf peepers and visitors taking in all the beauty that is Vermont in the fall.
While the fall season doesn’t last long (enough), it is spectacular and there are so many amazing places to see fall foliage in New England. Aside from the stunning show nature puts on, there’s just something in the air in New England in the fall. It’s hard to describe but it’s a magical experience. I’m used to experiencing fall foliage much later in the season having lived in Rhode Island for most of my life. Now that we’re in Vermont during fall we’re treated to a vibrant display even sooner. The nice thing is you can experience fall foliage at so many different times from September-November depending on where you go throughout New England.
If you’re thinking about coming to New England in the fall, trust me when I say, it’s worth it. Here are some of my favorite places to see fall foliage in New England, I promise you can’t go wrong with any of them.
My Favorite Places for Fall Foliage in New England
I had to start with the most charming town we get to call home, Woodstock, VT. It’s beautiful, it’s charming, it’s quaint, and it’s conveniently located from Boston and New York City. We love it so much we literally moved here in 2020! From winding country roads to beautiful old farmhouses and charming country stores, Woodstock is quintessential New England. They also have a great food scene and plenty of activities. Peak foliage varies depending on the weather but this year is happening now (late September/early October).
while you’re there
A stop into Farmhouse Pottery is a must. There’s something for everyone at FH Gillingham & Sons. Check out Simon Pearce and see glass blowing in action, they also have a restaurant. Go for a hike at Mt. Tom, you can’t beat the view. Grab lunch at one of the newer spots in town Santé for the most incredible farm to table plates. After grab a drink and small bites at the chicest cocktail bar Au Comptoir. For the full Woodstock experience check out my Woodstock Guide!
Craig and I went to Camden a few years ago in early October and it did not disappoint. The charming seaside town is just under 2 hours from Portland. It was surprisingly quiet during our visit, I think it’s more a summer destination, so it was even more special because we felt like we had it to ourselves. Peak foliage typically starts around early October.
while you’re there
Hike around Camden Hills State Park or you can drive right up to the top for views of Camden harbor. Grab breakfast at Boynton McKay and if you can get a reservation or eat early, Long Grain is the most amazing Thai fusion restaurant for dinner.
North Conway, New Hampshire
There’s nothing quite like a drive down the Kancamangus during peak foliage in New Hampshire. It is a sight that will take your breath away. North Conway is a charming New Hampshire town in Mount Washington Valley. If you’re looking for a laid back, low key vibe, New Hampshire is the spot. There’s tons of hiking and scenic destinations around North Conway and the White Mountains.
While you’re there
Take the scenic drive on Highway 112 from North Conway to Lincoln. For an easy but stunning walk head to Echo Lake State Park. If you’re looking for more of a hike check out Cathedral Ledge (this is also a popular rock climbing spot, my Dad and brothers have done it a few times). There’s incredible views from the top of North Conway and the White Mountains. Grab breakfast at Polly’s Pancake Parlor (this is actually in Sugar Hill). If you worked up an appetite hiking, check out Barley & Salt. Peak foliage is typically early-mid October.
You didn’t think I’d leave out my hometown did you? Our foliage season in Newport is a bit later than other destinations up north, usually mid-late October and into November, but it’s definitely beautiful. One of my favorite things about fall here is it’s usually still mild weather, so you get perfect temps and stunning landscapes.
while you’re here
Walk around the Point neighborhood to see charming colonials decorated for fall. Stunning foliage is on display all around the island, walk down Bellevue Ave or take a cruise along Ocean Drive. Pick your own at Sweet Berry Farm and Rocky Brook Orchard. An annual tradition, the Harvest Fair has lots of local food vendors and is very kid friendly. Trinity Church in town has an annual pumpkin patch, check their website for dates. Nitro has some yummy seasonal coffee drinks and bites. For the best of what to see, do and eat in Newport check out The Newport Guide.