Let’s face it, Fall is our time of year. With the scenery changing all around us, there are unlimited ways to enjoy all that Autumn has to offer. Here are a few of the best places in Boston (and beyond) to see all the colors of the season.
1. Stowe Away
A few hours from downtown and worth every minute — soar to the top of Vermont in the famous Stowe Gondola SkyRide. From the peak of Mt. Mansfield – Vermont’s highest mountain – you can take it all in at the Cliff House restaurant, visit the Summit Gift Shop, or enjoy a sweet treat at The Waffle. But hurry, the SkyRide is only open for 2 more weeks.
2. Go Public
The first botanical garden in America, the Boston Public Garden is just as peaceful and colorful in the crisp Autumn air as it is in the dog days of Summer. The crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace (1,100-acres of parks linked by parkways and waterways), the BPG is one of the most romantic settings in the city, and a great spot for a picnic on a sunny Fall day.
3. Go West
Take the scenic route and head west to The Berkshires, where you can choose your own adventure. ArtWeek Berkshires, an annual celebration of all things creative, runs from Oct. 14-22 and features 100+ hands-on (and behind-the-scenes) events and open studios all across the region — from live performances to gallery shows.
4. Go National
There are almost as many National Park sites in New England as there are Dunkins. Ok, maybe not that many, but you’ll find a national historic park or historic site in every state. But stay focused and add at least one road trip on the calendar this month. Here are two great sites to help you plan locally and a little further out.
5. Hit the Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail extends over 2,000 miles and spans from Mount Katahdin in Maine to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts before finally crossing into Connecticut and beyond. Pick up the trail anywhere close to you, or near your next Autumn destination.
6. Park It
The Esplanade, the iconic park of the Charles River Reservation and vital green (and red, and orange) space for the city of Boston, keeps things moving in the fall with outdoor fitness programs, guided tours, and live events throughout the month of October. But really, there’s no better show than watching the sun dance with the leaves along the river’s route.