This post includes
- The route
- Where we stayed
- Interesting stop offs and attractions
Internet research suggested that the more southerly states of New England might be best for my planned end of October visit to catch the fall colours. Of course it’s not an exact science and peak colours in foliage country depends on the summer weather, rainfall and the dropping autumn temperatures. Many people we saw said that driving north might be better as peak time appeared to be later than usual in 2018. This said we still saw some fab leaf peeping scenery and loved the quietness in the coastal areas.
After flying into Boston Logan Airport and staying the first night at the Hilton Airport Hotel we picked up an Alamo hire car and headed north to Rockport after stopping off at Chandler Hovey Park, on Marblehead Neck, Historic Marblehead and Manchester by the Sea. This gave us a great introduction to New England clap board houses and an insight into just how well maintained these historic areas are.
Two nights at the delightful Changing Tides B&B gave us enough time to explore Rockport, its harbour and take photos of the famous Motif 1. Rockport is a town crammed full of independent stores and the best lobster rolls at Roy Moores.
Yes it’s more than a bit chilly in the autumn but the lack of crowds on the coast more than makes up for this. Once we had our fill of lobster and Rockport we headed inland on Highway 2 and stopped at Harvard to take photos of a distinctive New England church shrouded in autumn colours. We also enjoyed a coffee at the quaint old fashioned General Store which I understand is used for filming ….not being a local I don’t know which TV series it features in but maybe one of you readers can tell me.
Our home for two nights was Great Barrington which had a great small town America feel to it. The town proved to be a great base for walking and to visit Hancock Shaker Village. We learned a lot about this forward thinking culture and at $20 a ticket it was great value.
….and so we headed south to the famous Newport Rhode Island with a stop off in Historic Mystic, Connecticut this took us through some great foliage colour. Newport was an expensive area to visit but one I would not have missed. We stayed at the centrally located Gilded Hotel which meant that in two short days we were able to explore the wharf, hike the Cliff Walk, take in a couple of Mansions and drive the Ocean road.
Our last stop was Chatham on the elbow of Cape Cod. We stopped en route at J F K Museum, Hyannis and enjoyed the glorious fifties and sixties through Jack Lowes lens. The photographic collection had been stored in the Twin Towers building and this was some of what had been saved. That night we settled in at the delightful Old Harbor Inn.
Fall is a time for pumpkins and Halloween decorations and my the Americans do this well, giant black spiders creeping over houses, skeletons swinging in the wind and pumpkins on nearly every step and porch.
Yes I’d do that trip again in a heartbeat.