Fall Foliage in Massachusetts

One of the best things about living in Massachusetts is the annual autumn kaleidoscope of color.  There are a few factors that can influence the timing and vibrancy of fall foliage, but mid-October tends to be your best bet for peak leaf-peeping.  If you’re planning a foliage trip, here are a few of my favorite spots in the beautiful Bay State:

The Berkshires are a mountain range in western Massachusetts, dotted with villages and towns.  The area boasts a vibrant theatre scene and hiking options for all levels of interest and ability.

Massachusetts foliage

Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum in central Massachusetts, set in the 1830s.  Actors show what rural life was like between the American founding and the Industrial Revolution.

Massachusetts foliage

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Walden Pond, best remembered as Henry David Thoreau‘s two-year home base in Concord, is now a popular park for hiking, kayaking, swimming, or good old-fashioned catching up on your thinking.

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Boston, known for its history and its Harbor, is a great city for walking, from museum to museum, and park to park.

Massachusetts foliage

For the latest prediction of where color will peak when, check out Yankee magazine’s Peak Fall Foliage Map.

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My favorite hotel in the Berkshires is the Hotel on North, which treated me like a princess on my birthday.  The Hotel is a Stash property; click here to join the frequent-travel program and score 500 bonus points.

To continue the 19th-century theme in Sturbridge, I like the Publick House and its Historic Tap Room.

For keeping the literary theme alive when visiting Concord, there’s the Hawthorne Inn.

Boston of course has a plethora of fine hotels.  Some of my favorites include:

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