Fall In The Northeast Kingdom in Brownington, Vermont.
Photo Credit : Thomas Mitchell
Is there anything more beautiful than New England during foliage season? In fact, you might even say that New England invented leaf peeping as a destination. Here’s a look at why we love New England’s “7 Wonders of Fall!”
The Northeast Kingdom | A Place Apart
The Northeast Kingdom is the Vermonter’s Vermont. It’s a name that fits a world apart, and it comes with a story of its origins. Local newspapermen used it in the early 1940s, but it was Vermont’s legendary Senator George Aiken who first gave “Northeast Kingdom” widespread currency.
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Jenne Farm | The Perfect Setting
Jenne Farm is the most photographed farm in New England, possibly in all of North America. And maybe even, as Rebecca Gibbs in Thorton Wilder’s Our Town might say, in the Western Hemisphere. Chances are, you’ve seen it, too — been there, in a sense.
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The Conway Scenic Railroad | The Most Beautiful Train Ride
The Conway Scenic Railroad runs vintage equipment from the old round-house in North Conway, New Hampshire. From late spring to mid-December, some of the trains go south down the valley to Conway. The other trains run north to Glen and Bartlett through what an 1890 edition of Sweetser’s White Mountains described as “the broad intervales of the Saco River.”
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Cranberry Bogs | A Sea of Crimson
Each fall, when the berries ripen in cranberry bogs from southeastern Massachusetts to parts of Rhode Island and Down East Maine, the landscape is flooded till a sea of crimson spreads across it, and the harvest begins. Think you can’t get close? A number of farmers welcome visitors, and some even let you get close to the bogs.
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Apple Orchards | John Chapman’s Legacy
Around the turn of the 19th century, John Chapman (a.k.a. “Johnny Appleseed”) departed Massachusetts for the nascent Northwest Territory of Ohio and points west, planting nurseries of apple varieties as he went. By 1905, the U.S. Department of Agriculture counted some 14,000 unique types. Today, only about 100 are grown commercially in any volume, but old apples are finding a new audience — especially in New England.
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The Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire | Foliage Daytrip
This famous paved mountain pass (affectionately dubbed “The Kanc”) just may be the most scenic drive in New England, which is why you want to wake up early to explore it. On crystal-clear October afternoons, this 34.5-mile stretch of Route 112 between Lincoln and Conway, New Hampshire, can feature a caravan of SUVs and Airstreams, but the views are so stunning, you’ll hardly notice.
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Vermont’s Route 100 | Foliage Daytrip
Leaf peeping is about more than just leaves. It’s about the total foliage experience — farmstands and country stores, craft galleries and hot cider — and Vermont’s Route 100, with its many off-the-beaten-path side trips, offers all of that in one long, winding package.
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