Chasing the Peak Fall Foliage to a Bed and Breakfast Getaway
When it comes to leaf peeping, you could take one of two approaches: hang loose and wait for the peak color to arrive or put on a warm sweater, lace up the boots, pack your camera and go chase it. But, where would you start? The foliage is beginning to peak in much of Maine and New Hampshire and will continue its way south blanketing Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut in October and North Carolina in November.
If your inner-road warrior is in need of a fall foliage weekend on wheels, here’s a guide to help you figure out the regions to visit and when; hot spots and scenic drives to view fall’s fabulous colors and B&Bs where R&R is in season all year long:
Peak foliage forecast: October 6 – 7
Location: Moosehead Lake, Maine
Ever since Henry David Thoreau explored this region back in the 1800s, Moosehead Lake located in the Maine Highlands Region has been a destination for nature lovers and, more recently, eco-tourists. Whether you choose to hike, take a cruise on the historic steamship Katahdin or drive along The Maine Highlands Byway or Seboomook Scenic Byway, you’ll be treated to fall’s finest hues at every turn.
Where to Stay: Formerly a governor’s mansion, the nine-room Brewster Inn located in Dexter, ME, is within driving distance from the Moosehead Lake. After a day viewing the foliage, you can warm up by your in-room fireplace or stroll their acre of rose and perennial gardens.
Peak foliage forecast: Date: October 13 – 14
Location: The White Mountains, New Hampshire
Boasting the highest mountain in the Northeast—Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet—the White Mountains New Hampshire Region is a leaf-peepers paradise. Spend the day admiring the canopy of color while traversing the 800,000 acre National Forest or along some of the area’s most scenic drives including the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, Pinkham Notch and “Moose Alley.
Where to Stay: The family-owned Bishop Farm Bed & Breakfast located in Lisbon, NH, sits on 19 acres of woodland close to Sugar Hill and historic Littleton. Unwind in one of the restored farmhouse’s seven rooms or six newly-renovated cottages.
Peak foliage forecast: October 20 – 21
Location: The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Located in the Northeastern section of Pennsylvania, the Poconos and Endless Mountains Region covers 2,400 square miles of picturesque waterfalls, sprawling forest and winding rivers which can be admired on the Wayne County Scenic Highway Driving Tour.
Where to Stay: The Inn at Hickory Run, an eco-friendly B&B located in White Haven, PA, offers four quaint rooms each with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. You can take a foliage hike along one of the numerous trails at the nearby 16,000 acre Hickory Run State Park or catch the fall colors while kayaking along the Lehigh River
Peak foliage forecast: October 24 – 25
Location: New Jersey
Make your way to New Jersey’s “Great Northwest,” the Skylands Region, and soak in the breathtaking landscape including the rolling hills and vibrant hues of the Kittatinny Mountains. The Warren Heritage Scenic Byway also provides spectacular vistas of the foliage.
Where to Stay: Built in 1769, The Laurie House is a seven-room Princeton bed and breakfast surrounded by 370 acres of woodland. Sit back and relax while admiring the lakeside foliage from the inn’s patio or your luxurious guest room.
Peak foliage forecast: October 27 – 28
As the month winds down, point your camera lens towards the Mystic Region of Connecticut which is blanketed in a sea of peaking tangerines, auburns, and golds. Spend an afternoon at Mystic Seaport where you can explore historic ships, the village and experience how life was in 19th century New England before taking to the Mystic and Stonington driving tour, Connecticut River Loop or Scenic Route 169 for foliage finding.
Where to Stay: The historic Captain Grant’s Bed and Breakfast located in Preston, CT, was once a former garrison during the Revolutionary War and a slave haven in the Civil War. After a full day of foliage spotting, watch the sun set while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine on the inn’s 3-story deck.
Peak foliage forecast: November 3 – 4
Location: North Carolina
If you’re a procrastinator when it comes to chasing the foliage, then you’re in luck. The Mid-Region of North Carolina (also known as Piedmont) doesn’t hit its peak until the first weekend of November. For foliage viewing while on the go, turn your steering wheel towards the North Durham Country Byway, Scots Welsh Heritage Byway or Football Road
Where to Stay: Park your car and grab a breather at the Aarowhead Inn located in Durham, NC. This 18th century plantation inn offers nine individually appointed guest rooms and the elegant Carolina Log Cabin, a private hideaway featuring a double spa whirlpool tub and a flagstone, wood-burning fireplace.
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