The leaf-peeping playbook: your guide to everything red, orange and yellow, through the eyes of New England’s leading photographers.
How to embrace the fall foliage?—a razzle dazzle road trip.
SNAP Connecticut-based photographer John Munno’s goto spot is the Route 7 corridor from New Milford to Cornwall where the Housatonic River and Appalachian Trail wind through the area. “The addition of two of Connecticut’s covered bridges, waterfalls, farms, and historic towns make for iconic fall foliage photos,” Munno says. 203.405.3329, johnmunnophotography.com STAY At the 58-acre Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa, plan to unwind with a deep-tissue massage at the spa or gear up for fly-fishing, tennis, and archery. From $675 per night, 118 Woodbury Road, Washington, 860.868.9466, gracehotels.com SUSTENANCE Venture over to ON20 for daily-crafted seasonal dishes like fresh hamachi crudo followed by fire-braised s’mores. 400 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, 860.722.5161, ontwenty.com
SNAP Photographer Erik Rank takes advantage of the deserted, wide open spaces that autumn offers at Tanglewood in Lenox. “...Cloudy days often give you the best photographs. If you can capture a dark, cloudy sky in the background with a ray of sunlight coming through the clouds on some colorful foliage—that would be the money shot.” 917.533.3678, erikrank.com STAY The Aviary suite at the historic five-star Wheatleigh offers a downstairs living room, second floor sleeping room amongst the trees, and a private covered terrace. From $725 per night, Hawthorn Road, Lenox, 413.637.0610, wheatleigh.com SUSTENANCE Enjoy locallyinspired dishes such as lamb T-bone at Table Six Restaurant located inside the Gilded Age mansion-turned-hotel Kemble Inn. 2 Kemble St., Lenox, 413.637.4113, tablesixlenox.com
SNAP For photographer Michael Blanchette, the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is where it’s at. “I view foliage as a multicolored background but not necessarily the main subject. [It] may be a white-steeple church, a meandering road, or a reflection in a calm body of water.” 603.860.1306, michaelblanchette.com STAY Treat yourself to the Manor deluxe room— complete with a fireplace and Jacuzzi—at the historic Victorian hotel Stonehurst Manor. From $256 per night, 3351 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, 603.356.3113, stonehurstmanor.com SUSTENANCE Welcome the morning after at the palatial main dining room at the Omni Mount Washington Resort for cooked-to-order omelets along with a glorious buffet. 310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, 800.843.6666, omnihotels.com/MtWashington