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LA Visit for First Fall Experience
« on: July 07, 2016, 05:55:58 PM »
Jeff,

Love your site! Thank you.

I'm planning my very first visit to see the Fall, something I've been dreaming of for more than four decades and am so excited to see the colors, I can't even tell you. Born, raised and living in Los Angeles, I'm lucky enough to see a lot of beautiful sunny days (and I just love them), but unfortunately very little Fall - you would say none.

Since this is a special birthday present to myself that I'm planning in secret from my husband and six year old son who would much rather be on the beach, playing legos or working, I'm hoping you can offer some advice to help me plan something that will blow their minds with color and that is more based in local activities, rather than driving?

Where do you think is the best location to plant ourselves for 3-5 days somewhere in the Oct 10 - 15 time frame? The perfect Fall trip for us would include a hotel/resort with lots of local activities relatively close, and short 1-2 hour excursions to take us deep into the foliage. I was thinking Stowe or Salem?

Your guidance and suggestions are much appreciated.

DB from LA

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Re: LA Visit for First Fall Experience
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2016, 04:14:52 PM »
Well first I would see if you could move it up to the week before.
If you wanted to do New Hampshire several great places close on the 10th. If you are locked into those dates then please skip the following section in favor of Vermont.

New Hampshire
Both Storyland and Clarkes Trading post close on Columbus Day (10 Oct) and there go to sure fire local places. The six yr old would love the bears and train ride at Clarkes http://www.clarkstradingpost.com/detailsCalendar.php and Storyland is right near that and only open on weekends up till 10 Oct.
Next would be North Conway or the Cog railway http://www.jeff-foliage.com/touring-ideas/new-england-railroad-tours/ and both are open through Oct. Although if you set your dates then make reservations soonest because they do sell out.

You could stay in Lincoln NH where they have another train nearby, the White Mtn Central railroad. In Lincoln or nearby is also Flume Gorge, Whales tale water park, Franconia Notch Stat park (Gondola ride to the top of Canon Mtn, The Mount Washington auto road is also close and you can drive up the road to the top (4,000 ft elev.) and few guard rails.

Lincoln is also the western end of the Kancamagus highway, a 36 mile scenic drive that ends in Conway in the east and there are tones of places to see in North Conway. Both Conway and just North in Jackson NH are wonderful hotels, at least that is what the hotels tell me... :-)
A scenic drive up route 302 takes you through the white Mtns and there is always the Mount Washington hotel (high on the luxury scale).

Vermont
In Vermont near Stowe VT you have Ben and Jerrys factory for tours and the Vermont build a bear http://www.vermontteddybear.com/static/Tour-Essentials.aspx

Also you have Smuggler's Notch on route 108 (New Englands twistiest road). Cold Hollow cider mill on Route 100. (several covered bridges in that area also.
 Inbetween Stowe and Smugglers notch is the Gentle Giant carriage rides where they have different horse drawn carriage rides from buggies to buckboards.

Corn maze at the Percy farm in Stowe

Also a short ride down route 100 is very scenic.

Gondola ride at Stowe Mtn resort...

That should get you going and if you need more, ask away.



Jeff,

Love your site! Thank you.

I'm planning my very first visit to see the Fall, something I've been dreaming of for more than four decades and am so excited to see the colors, I can't even tell you. Born, raised and living in Los Angeles, I'm lucky enough to see a lot of beautiful sunny days (and I just love them), but unfortunately very little Fall - you would say none.

Since this is a special birthday present to myself that I'm planning in secret from my husband and six year old son who would much rather be on the beach, playing legos or working, I'm hoping you can offer some advice to help me plan something that will blow their minds with color and that is more based in local activities, rather than driving?

Where do you think is the best location to plant ourselves for 3-5 days somewhere in the Oct 10 - 15 time frame? The perfect Fall trip for us would include a hotel/resort with lots of local activities relatively close, and short 1-2 hour excursions to take us deep into the foliage. I was thinking Stowe or Salem?

Your guidance and suggestions are much appreciated.

DB from LA

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Re: LA Visit for First Fall Experience
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2016, 04:14:52 PM »