Visit New England


Plan your foliage drive strategically: Mountains or meadows? Towns or seacoast? Gift Shopping? Vineyard visits? Here’s the lowdown.

[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 22, 2017 12:20:26 PM / by Mary Lhowe

Mary Lhowe

Someone From Away asked us if he could cover five New England states on a four-day foliage tour. Uh…not! With, plan a drive that suits your tastes. Look at maps; check color reports; make lodging reservations early; pack layers of clothing and walking shoes. Most of all – think about the things you like most. Like vistas on Skyline Drive in southern Vermont. Or vineyard-hopping to taste wines across Connecticut.


Maine -- Mid Coast Region

Coastal Route --- 141 miles

 This trip passes along scenic shoreline, through quaint fishing villages, and to the top of Mount Battie and through the postcard-perfect village of Rockport and Camden.


Connecticut --  Litchfield/Northwest Region.


New Milford, Kent, and Mount Tom State Park drive loop -- 46 miles

This drive will take travelers past the Housatonic River, famous for fly fishing and white water rafting; near two covered bridges; and through Kent and its many art galleries, historic homes and churches; Washington and its Institute for Native American Studies, and Mount Tom State Park. The Appalachian Trail passes through this area, and opportunities for day hikes are plentiful. 


Vermont -- Southern Region

Manchester to Bennington to Williamstown MA drive -- 50 miles + 24 miles into MA

This drive in the southwestern corner of Vermont is not a loop; you will need to double back to return to the start or step off the route where ever you choose. The Vermont towns of Manchester and Bennington are cherished for their classic New England beauty structures, and for their fine museums, dining and shopping. Take all or a part of the drive, which includes a very outdoorsy side trip to the pristine Somerset Reservoir.

More to come!



Mary Lhowe

Written by Mary Lhowe