12 Bostonians share their favorite places to watch the leaves in New England
Where to Go Leaf Watching in New England
New England’s foliage is world famous, so there’s no shortage of destinations where people can take in Mother Nature’s spectacular show this season.
For those who would like some help narrowing down the long list of fall destination options across New England, we asked 12 notable Bostonians for their absolute favorite place to view fall foliage in the region.
Ahead, check out their picks.
Adam 12, presenter at Rock 92.9:
“My favorite place to see the fall foliage in New England is from the top of falcon mountain in Waterford, Maine. You have a view of Crystal Lake, Long Lake and all the colors.”
David Wade, WBZ-TV news anchor:
“I like Woodstock, Vermont. It’s the perfect mix of all things fall. Incredible colors, cider donuts, hiking trails, quaint old barns, and maybe even a sweet pumpkin ale. For lovers, there’s even a great spa, although I’ve never been there. Maybe I’m not chic enough!
Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author and WHDH-TV investigative reporter:
“Here’s the secret: you don’t have to go far!” Because remember, the endless joys of a New England fall are often found in your own neighborhood – or even in your own backyard! I have a very personal moment to observe the leaves – at my desk. It is an old semi-circular hunting table, facing a bay window and two giant sugar maple trees. They’re like my personal calendar – I look at the bare branches (then laden with snow) in the winter, I look at the tiny pale green buds in the spring, and the gorgeous fully leafy green in the summer. Now, as the wind blows over the still green leaves, I know the show is about to begin.
Jason Santos, Chef/Owner of Nash Bar, Buttermilk & Bourbon, Citrus & Salt, and author of the upcoming “Simple Fancy” cookbook:
“I like drive up to 93 in New Hampshire with the windows down and seeing all the leaves change while breathing in the scents of fall. It is magic.”
Jenna Blum, New York Times best-selling author, one of Oprah’s Top 30 Writers and Co-Founder/CEO of A Mighty Blaze:
“My favorite place to see the fall foliage is here on Commonwealth Avenuewhich in autumn is a tunnel of orange-gold leaves.
Jenny Johnson, co-host of NESN’s “Dining Playbook”:
“Just after North Conway, jackson [N.H.] is quintessential New England in the fall. Covered bridges. Talkative rivers. Rolling hills and mountains. We’ll spend the day hiking Mount Willard in Crawford Notch – an easy hour round trip with the most striking leafy views – with a healthy lunch prepared by The Local Grocer. On the way home, we eat at our all-time favorite restaurant, Thompson House Eatery, the true farm-to-table feast named after James Beard…which puts the perfect combination of dazzlingly colored flavors right out the back door. .
Keiko Matsudo Orrall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism:
“I like cranberry bogs during harvest in southeastern mass. They are one of my favorite places to find the beautiful fall colors.
Lydia Shire, Chef/Owner of Scampo:
“Concorde is so special. Driving is such a serene, calm moment. In the fall with the “flamboyant” foliage, the old houses, the history… it should be a must for all couples, young and old. My other childhood memory is, of course, going to Vermont, where we can say that it is the best place in the world to leaf through. Every bend in the roads of Vermont, with falling leaves, burning firewood in the air, cold in the air, color, color, color…it’s HEAVEN!!
Shahram Khan, General Manager of the Liberty Hotel:
“There is nothing in the world that compares to walking through the Boston Township and slowly watch the leaves change from summer green to rich shades of red and orange. There are so many places in the city to view the leaves, but my favorite is to walk near the Esplanade along the Charles River. It brings a completely different energy. My favorite place to visit is the Berkshire, the beautiful mountains of Western Massachusetts, to enjoy delicious farm-to-table cuisine with stunning views. I also like The smugglers’ notch in Vermont and the Kancamagus Highway.”
Steve DeFillippo, Chef/Owner of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse:
“Smolak Farms in North Andover, Masse. The North Shore of Massachusetts has the most beautiful foliage!
Will Gilson, Chef/Owner of Puritan & Company, The Lexington, Café Beatrice and Geppetto:
“I think the best places to see the leaves changing are the top of the nearest ski resort yours. In Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, we are trying to find a station whose chairlifts are still working. Grab a hot chocolate or chai latte, hop on the chairlift, and sit peacefully atop the mountain. My favorite place to visit is Stowe, Vermont. The air is just different up there. The views are breathtaking, the hikes are amazing, and the breweries abound.
William Senne, founder and CEO of Senne:
“In autumn, I love to walk Brattle Street. The sun is out, there’s a slight chill in the air, but there’s excitement and energy with the historic homes, the return of students and all the color in the beautiful old trees. The Minuteman Bike Path is another one of my favorite places. There are so many activities on a sunny day, and since it’s not the height of summer, you can walk or cycle for miles. The leaves and all the colors are also starting to overshadow the path like a natural tunnel in some places.
Responses have been condensed and slightly edited.
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