New England - paradise for leaf peepers

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 9/27/01
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

Two views of the fall:

"No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace,
As I have seen in one autumnal face."
- John Donne

"No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, - November!"
- Thomas Hood

My favorite season is the fall so I agree with John Donne. If you're idea of the fall is a prelude to a miserable winter, you'll probably agree with the second sentiment. However, the crisp, clear air and bright colors of October must satisfy everyone. I have a listed below a few of the major New England sites that provide information on fall foliage - where, when, and how to go - and a couple of sites that provide information on foliage tours suitable for a day trip.

Yankee Magazine's Foliage Central
A very comprehensive site giving links and foliage hotline telephone numbers, lists of agricultural fairs and harvest festivals, photography tips, how to preserve leaves, "most leaves in the shortest time", walks, day trips, Bed and Breakfast browser, leaf peeping do's and don't's, and more.

Yankee Magazine's "Bagging the Peaks" Map
A map showing approximate peak-color dates for the various regions of New England.

Official Maine Foliage Site
Foliage reports, photo gallery, when and where to visit, kids' page, and a LeafCam providing hourly images of the state of the foliage. Also check out the fall foliage online video "How the Leaves Change Color".

Official Vermont Foliage Site
View foliage report, event listings and find out why leaves change color.

Official New Hampshire Foliage Site
Organized by region.

Conway Scenic Railroad
the Mount Washington Valley and the Conway Scenic Railroad provide tours around the Valley in restored passenger cars of yesteryear. Railroad enthusiasts and sightseers alike will enjoy thecursions through mountain passes and village greens, especially in the fall.

Official Massachusetts Foliage Site
There's no direct way to get to the site that I've figured out. The state's tourism page is one of the most poorly designed pages I've seen - pretty but difficult to navigate. When the home page comes up, place your mouse on "DO" and click on "Science & Nature", then click on "Fall Foliage". Once you get there, the foliage page is very informative and worth the "trip".

Franklin County Driving Tour
The driving tour takes you through the six towns of Erving, Greenfield, Charlemont, Shelburne, South Deerfield and Deerfield.

Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival
Join the communities of North Adams and Adams as they celebrate the Annual Fall Foliage Festival. Links to Mt. Greylock, Mohawk Trail, Berkshire Vistors Bureau, and more.

Official Rhode Island Foliage Site
"You don't have to go far North to see fall foliage that'll knock your socks off." See the Boston Globe article (9/09/01), "Big autumn menu in littlest state", at

Official Connecticut Foliage Site

The next column will feature library sites. Previous columns with live links can be found at

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (, Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.