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The 7 Wonders of Fall | New England’s Gifts

Did New England invent leaf peeping as a destination? Perhaps. Here’s a look at our favorite foliage season musts — our “7 Wonders of Fall.”

By Yankee Magazine

Sep 04 2015

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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!”
2014 Fall Photo Contest Winner: Fall In The Northeast Kingdom in Brownington, Vermont.
2014 Fall Photo Contest Winner: Fall In The Northeast Kingdom in Brownington, Vermont.
Photo Credit : Thomas Mitchell

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. Read more about Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom
Two centuries old, the Jenne Farm nestles amid the rolling landscape around Reading, Vermont.
Two centuries old, the Jenne Farm nestles amid the rolling landscape around Reading, Vermont.
Photo Credit : Dr. Spencer Moore Photography

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. Read more about Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont
A Conway Scenic Railroad train heads through New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, amid dramatic scenery, on tracks that were laid in the 1870s.
A Conway Scenic Railroad train heads through New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, amid dramatic scenery, on tracks that were laid in the 1870s.
Photo Credit : Jim Salge

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.” Read more about the Conway Scenic Railroad
Cranberry Bog in Duxbury, MA
A worker rakes cranberries at harvest time in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Photo Credit : Michael Piazza

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. Read more about New England Cranberry Bogs
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Apple Season in New England.
Photo Credit : Scranton, Jessica

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. Read more about New England Apple Orchards
Kancamagus
A fiery autumn sunrise greets travelers pausing at the C. L. Graham Wangan Grounds Scenic Overlook along “the Kanc,” in White Mountain National Forest.
Photo Credit : Susan Cole Kelly

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. Read more about The Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire
Route 100 in Vermont.
Route 100 in Vermont.
Photo Credit : Joanne Emanuele

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. Read more about Vermont’s Route 100