New England is known to be very beautiful in the Fall. Since it is the second time I am experiencing this season in New England, I’ve decided to explore the region for some color over a week, one day at a time. In my quest to be filled with awe, I followed some route suggestions from other explorers and nagivated through local parts in the Hartford area, the Mohawk Trail and the Berkshire Mountains. I love a beautifully planned day trip and New England is filled with great day trip opportunities.
I had some success in some areas and not so much in others. The first stop was at the West Hartford Reservoir, then a quick stop at Heublein Tower for wonderful panoramic views of the Farmington River Valley.
Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield offers amazing views of the Connecticut River Valley (notice a pattern…mountain, views, river and valleys?). My body was not prepared for the very steep hike I had to endure, however, it was very rewarding and the view at the very top was well worth the body torture.
Then I continued my journey onto the Mohawk Trail right after Mount Sugarloaf into Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Shelburne Falls is a typical New England town that is simply beautiful, quaint, and picturesque. There is so much character in Shelburne Falls, it sparks a level of curiosity that I could not entertain due to time constraints. It’s a pity that I did not schedule enough time to explore the town in its entirety, but I do see myself going back to Shelburne Falls in the Spring to see how lively, green and lush it is.
As I continue my journey into higher elevation on Route 2 towards New York State, I started to see where the sky and the mountains are conjoined. It was simply serene! This trip ended in Williamstown, Massachusetts with a nice dinner at Coyote Flaco.
The almost final stop of this fall foliage journey was in Norwich Connecticut to see Yantic Falls. Like most Connecticut towns, Norwich is a historic town rich with native Indians history. This waterfall is a gem, extremely beautiful with the railroad trestle creating a cool vibe. I hope to go back and catch a rainbow someday in the near future.
Finally, this journey ended at B. F. Clyde Cider Mill for some delicious cider donuts and fresh hot cider.
Though I feel like I didn’t capture the best foliage photos, I really enjoyed exploring the area. Next fall, I’ll be ready and use the foliage forecast to my advantage.