Autumn is our time to shine! People travel far and wide to experience Fall in New England and I am fortunate enough to live right in the middle of it all. I have gotten a ton of questions from out of state friends and followers about what to add to their “must see list” in order to fully embrace and enjoy all that is Autumn in Connecticut. Here is my first hand guide to doing Fall the right way here in the Nutmeg State.
- Leaf Peeping – Obviously number one is taking a drive and experiencing the leaves as they change colors and the bright reds, oranges, and yellows make their beautiful, albeit too short, appearance. Take a drive through the back roads of Litchfield County and stop at my all time favorite leaf spot, Kent Falls (pics below). There is a small fee to park, grounds for picnicking, and a trail with stairs to head up the mountain and check out the waterfalls. (Dogs welcome!)
- Apple/Pumpkin Picking – There are a ton of local farms that offer “pick your own” options. My favorite is Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. Once you’ve picked your way through the orchards, stop in their store/market for lunch and take a trip through the corn maze. Great to keep the kids busy for a day!
- Haunted Spots – There are a lot of allegedly haunted spots in CT and everyone really plays it up in October. The best haunted experience is The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce in Bristol. It’s not a real haunted spot, but you’ll get a good scare and feel like you’re a kid again. They sell dual tickets so you can check out the rides at the amusement park after too!
- Wineries/Breweries – Fall is the perfect time to sit outside and enjoy a glass of your favorite adult beverage. Many wineries in Litchfield county have great views (if you’re already out their peeping at those leaves), but Gouveia Vineyard in Wallingford has one of the best views around. There is plenty of outdoor seating that looks out on the vineyard and mountains. Definitely one of those places you can spend all day with friends.
- Fairs/Festivals – There are a TON of fairs around this time to celebrate our regions most notable season. The Durham Fair and Big E are my long-time favorites. You can look forward to pie judging, crafts, livestock viewing, and way too much food. But, it’s the best time to break out your favorite pair of boots for the first time and spend some time outside before winter comes in to kick our ass for three months.
Planning a long weekend in New England this fall? Comment below if you would like more local suggestions!