rom the time buds sprout in springtime until summer’s lush, green phase, New England’s maples, elms, oaks and birches are players in a masquerade. Without getting all scientific, there’s solar-powered chemistry at work inside their leaves, and as autumn temperatures plummet and daylight hours fade, they simply can’t produce their green camouflage – chlorophyll – like they could on endless sunny days. By autumn, then, when the leaves’ true underlying colours are revealed, and hillsides are sprinkled in confetti shades, the party really gets underway. “Fall fanatics” know New England is an unrivalled place to observe leaves unmasking their fiery identities, but no one can predict the timing of this natural phenomenon. Abandon any obsession with seeing colours at their peak and you’ll better appreciate everything a day in New England can offer during unpredictable, yet always alluring, autumn. Set out from Boston during early autumn and you’re bound
to encounter stunning scenes as you journey to renowned foliage hot spots in this six-state region, including New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. First, though, spend a day or two exploring Boston’s worldPrevious page, class attractions and colourful, typical New Revolutionary War-era history. England scenery New England’s largest – and in autumn, in America’s most Irish – city has more New Hampshire. This page, above, pubs than you could frequent in a week (including the bar that inspired Stockbridge mainstreet, and television’s long-running Cheers), right, the “new” but, in a morning or afternoon, you State House in can check off many Boston mustBeacon Hill, Boston. sees. Walk the 4km Freedom Trail and relive dramatic events from America’s farm formative chapter. fresh Or, board a Second Just off the Mohawk Trail in World War-era Phillipston, Massachusetts, you amphibious can pick apples or pumpkins, sip vehicle on a fresh-pressed cider, take a hayride popular Duck or sample delicious goodies at Tour and see Red apple Farm (+1 978 249 Boston’s highlights – and changing 6763; redapplefarm.com). leaves – from land and sea.
It’s a three-hour trip to North Conway, north out of Boston on the I-95, then on Route 16 through New Hampshire’s scenic Lakes Region. But you’ll want to spend a leisurely day detouring to explore the picture-perfect towns of Wolfeboro, Moultonborough and Sandwich on Lake Winnipesaukee’s eastern shore. One of New England’s quirkiest shopping experiences awaits on Route 25 in Moultonborough, where the Old Country Store has sold eclectic wares since 1781. Don’t miss the “museum” upstairs. Tourists have escaped to the White Mountains since the early 1800s and modern travellers can still rest their heads at grand hotels such as the Omni Mount Washington Resort, which is classic but far from stodgy. It is home to New England’s