Ban­ner year for fall colours in New Eng­land

Journal Pioneer - - DESTINATIONS - BY ARTHUR FROMMER Arthur Frommer is the pi­o­neer­ing founder of the Frommer’s Travel Guide book se­ries. He co-hosts the ra­dio pro­gram, “The Travel Show,” with his travel cor­re­spon­dent daugh­ter Pauline Frommer. Find more des­ti­na­tions online and read Arthur F

It’s of­fi­cial: Yan­kee Mag­a­zine, the pres­ti­gious pub­li­ca­tion for all things hap­pen­ing in New Eng­land, has an­nounced that con­di­tions are near per­fect for this year’s fall fo­liage view­ing in the North­east­ern states rang­ing from Con­necti­cut and Rhode Island to Maine and Ver­mont. Ap­par­ently, the coun­try­side there will be aflame with red, yel­low and or­ange leaves, draw­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of ex­cited view­ers in cars and buses.

The sea­son will be­gin in late Septem­ber in north­ern Ver­mont and Maine, and will ex­tend through the end of Oc­to­ber in Rhode Island and Vir­ginia. Nu­mer­ous view­ing cal­en­dars can be found on the in­ter­net by sim­ply search­ing for “fall fo­liage.”

But af­ter choos­ing the cor­rect dates for view­ing these spec­ta­cles, how can you then avoid the crowds that also have been drawn to the same ar­eas?

Here’s how: Plunk your­self down in a small and lit­tle­known town, says Yan­kee Mag­a­zine. Choose a base, such as Mont­gomery or Lin­denville in Ver­mont, leave your own car at home and make short trips by al­ter­na­tive trans­porta­tion into the ar­eas just out­side those lo­ca­tions. Go bi­cy­cling out­side Lin­denville (a key ac­tiv­ity in that pic­turesque place), where you’ll be so­cial­iz­ing with peo­ple who flocked to Lin­denville be­gin­ning in the 1960s and are now the best kind of “old­ster,” pur­su­ing an egal­i­tar­ian, non­ma­te­rial life.

The mag­a­zine also sug­gests that you seek out the sev­eral her­itage rail­ways in New Eng­land, which will take you along nar­row tracks through the heart of fall fo­liage, in ar­eas where there are few high­ways lined with mo­torists. These her­itage rail­ways can be used for a round trip, and you never will be stuck on an as­phalt road­way dawdling be­hind sight­seers driv­ing their cars at 6 miles per hour.

Many of these “se­cret” lo­ca­tions and al­ter­nate routes can be found de­scribed in the cur­rent Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber 2017 edi­tion of Yan­kee Mag­a­zine. And sup­ple­men­tary in­for­ma­tion is found on the mag­a­zine’s web­site, NewEng­land.com.

STAN­LEY ZIMNY/FLICKR

New Eng­land fall fo­liage.

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