Yankee has New England classics
For folks who like traditional fall festivals, train rides and leaf peeping rambles around New England, the SeptemberOctober issue of Yankee Magazine lists many suggestions.
Recommendations for fall foliage trains include the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad in Maine; Hoosac Valley train rides operated by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum out of North Adams, Mass.; the Conway Scenic Railroad based in North Conway, N.H.; the Mt. Washington Cog Railway out of Bretton Woods, N.H., and the Essex Steam Train in Essex, Conn., with a riverboat ride option on the Connecticut River.
Events showcased in Yankee’s fall issue range from country fairs to food festivals to the Jack-oLantern Spectacular, Oct. 5-Nov. 5 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., a display of 5,000 carved and illuminated pumpkins.
Other events include Westport, Conn.’s Oct. 1 Chowdafest; the Pawtucket Arts Festival, with a month of events in Rhode Island; the Mt. Snow Oktoberfest, Oct. 7-8, in West Dover, Vt.; Maine’s Fryeburg Fair, Oct. 1-8, plus Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Oct. 17-22; the Big E expo in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 15-Oct. 1, and the Topsfield Fair, north of Boston, Sept. 29-Oct. 9.
Yankee also pinpoints some off-the-beaten path spots to enjoy classic Vermont autumn scenery, from the Falls of Lana and Mt. Ascutney to a cruise on Lake Memphremagog.
And for those who get more excited about Halloween than fall colour, Yankee also profiles Salem, Mass., famous for its 17th-century witchcraft trials and executions. Today the city is home to self-proclaimed modern witches, and the house that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Gothic novel The House of the Seven Gables and all manner of museums and witchy kitsch.