Fall Foliage in Massachusetts
One of the best things about living in Massachusetts is the annual autumn display of color. There are a few factors that can affect 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 top 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.
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.
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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.
Boston, known for its history and its Harbor, is a great city for walking, from museum to museum, and park to park.
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:
- The Boston Harbor Hotel, with its fabulous restaurant Meritage.
- The InterContinental Boston, right on the waterfront.
- The Revere Hotel Boston Common, where I experienced a night of the unusual.
- The Seaport Boston Hotel, which hosts cooking classes in its Action Kitchen.