Festivals, train rides and walks around New England offer opportunities to enjoy the autumn color of the region, and the September and October issue of the Yankee magazine lists numerous suggestions for activities and destinations.
Yankee’s recommendations for fall foliage trains include the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railways in Maine; The Hoosac Valley train rides operated by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum of North Adams, Massachusetts; the Conway Panoramic Railroad based in North Conway, New Hampshire; Mount Washington Tooth Railway of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and Essex steam train in Essex, Connecticut, with a choice of river walk on the Connecticut River.
The events that are featured in the fall edition of Yankee are extended to the festival fairs food festivals Jack-o-Lantern show, from 5 to 5 October. 5 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, an exhibition of 5,000 carved and illuminated pumpkins.
Other events include Westport, Connecticut on October 1 Chowdafest; the Pawtucket Arts Festival, with a month-long event in Rhode Island; Mount Snow Oktoberfest, October 7-8 in West Dover, Vermont; Fryeburg Fair Maine, October 1-8, plus Harvest at Port in Portland, October 17-22; the Big E Expo in Springfield, Massachusetts, September 15-15, and the Topsfield Fair, north of Boston, September 29-29.
Yankee also see the roads to enjoy the classic autumn landscape of Vermont, Lana Falls and Ascutney Mountain a cruise on Lake Memphremagog and a walk through the woods on the unpaved Bayley-Hazen military road between Lowell and Montgomery. Other recommendations include Vermont enjoying rocking chairs on the sidewalks and Brandon honoring the lost dogs loved the Chapel and the Dog Mountain Dog in St. Johnsbury.
And for those who care more about Halloween than the fall color, Yankee also benefits from Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its 17th century essays and witchcraft performances. Today the town has modern self-proclaimed witches, and the house that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic novel “The House of the Seven Roofs” and all the museums and the witch kitsch.