Topic: New England

Driving Directions | Slow Drives to See Foliage in New England

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Ready to hop in your car to take in the vibrant colors of fall? Use these driving directions for the best slow drives to see foliage in New England.


VERMONT: 60 Miles of Beauty
From Vergennes, take US 7 South. Bear left on VT 17 East to Bristol. Continue following VT 17 East to Waitsfield. Follow VT 100 North to 100B North through Moretown and Middlesex. Bear right on US 2 East to Montpelier.

MAINE: Driving the Sheepscot
From Wiscasset, take ME 218 North to Whitefield. Bear left on ME 194 West; then an immediate right (north) on Townhouse Road to ME 126. Bear right on ME 126 East for 1 mile; then bear right on East River Road (ME 218 South). Bear left on ME 194 East; then, where 194 makes a sharp right, bear left on Hollywood Boulevard instead. Either ME 194 South or Hollywood Boulevard will get you to Head Tide Village; from there bear left on ME 218 South back to Wiscasset.

MASSACHUSETTS: Along the Great River
From South Hadley, take MA 47 North to Sunderland. Bear left on MA 116 North to visit Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation; then backtrack to MA 47 North. Bear left on Sunderland Road, heading north toward Montague, on the Sawmill River. Follow Turners Falls Road north; it becomes Montague Road and takes you into the village of Turners Falls. At the end of your tour downtown, take Avenue A to the north end of town; cross the Connecticut River on the bridge over the dam, and at the stop light, cross MA 2 and head straight up the hill on Main Road into Gill. North of the town center, bear right on MA 10 East; cross the Connecticut River into Northfield and bear left on MA 63 through town and into New Hampshire.

From Alton Bay, take NH 11 West; then bear right on 11B North to the traffic circle and exit onto US 3 North to Weirs Beach. Continue on US 3 North to Meredith and Holderness; then pick up NH 113 North to Center Sandwich. From there, take NH 109 South to Moultonborough. When you reach the Old Country Store, bear left on NH 25 East to pick up NH 109 South again. Continue on NH 109 South to Wolfeboro; then pick up NH 28 South back to Alton Bay.

MASSACHUSETTS/RHODE ISLAND: Where the Farmland Meets the Sea
FarmCoast, a group of local business owners, has created a map of this region, with many stops along the route; you’ll find it at numerous places along the way, or visit: (click on the “Request a Regional Map & Information” box along the left side of the page).

CONNECTICUT: Autumn Abundance
From Granby, follow CT 20 West, watching for left turns: onto Barndoor Hills Road to visit Honey Hill Pottery, or Simsbury Road to find Holcomb Farm and Garlic Farm. Continue along CT 20; bear left on CT 219/Barkhamsted Road. At the intersection with CT 179, bear left; then stay right to continue on CT 219 South. Bear right on CT 318/Saville Dam Road. In Pleasant Valley, bear right on West River Road and head north through American Legion State Forest. Bear right on Riverton Road to reach Hitchcock Chair Company. Then bear left on Robertsville Road, and Greenwood Glass is immediately on the left. Continue on Robertsville Road; bear right on Eno Hill Road, then right on Durst Road to find Hogback Dam. Turn around, descend, and cross Robertsville Road onto Old Forge Road. Stay right at the fork; then cross CT 8 at a stop sign and follow Deer Hill Road. At the hilltop stop sign, continue straight onto Old North Road, which becomes CT 182. When it ends, bear right on CT 44 West. Past Infinity Hall in Norfolk, bear right on CT 272; the entrance to Haystack Mountain State Park is on the left. Reverse and proceed south on CT 272 about 14 miles; bear right on CT 4 to Goshen, where you’ll find Mohawk Bison (47 Allyn Road), West Street Farm (103 West Street), Thorncrest Farm (280 Town Hill Road), and Miranda Vineyard (42 Ives Road).

RESOURCES: Slow Drives Through Fall Color

Be sure to call ahead or check Web sites for seasonal schedules, fees, and other details.


VERMONT: 60 Miles of Beauty

 Vergennes Laundry. 247 Main St., Vergennes. 802-870-7157;

3 Squares Café. 221 Main St., Vergennes. 802-877-2772;

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes/Basin Harbor. 802-475-2022;

Art on Main Art & Craft Gallery. 25 Main St., Bristol. 802-453-4032;

Vermont HoneyLights. 9 Main St., Bristol. 802-453-3952;

Robert Compton Pottery. 2662 North 116 Road, Bristol. 802-453-3778;

Appalachian Gap. Route 17, Buels Gore/Fayston.

Mad River Glen Ski Area. 57 Schuss Pass Road, Fayston. 802-496-3551;

Sugarbush Ski Resort. 1091 Golf Course Road, Warren. 802-583-6725;

Vermont History Museum. 109 State St., Montpelier. 802-828-2291;

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. 1168 County Road, Montpelier. 802-223-2740;

Hubbard Park. Parkway St. (off Route 12), Montpelier.

Inn at Montpelier. 147 Main St., Montpelier. 802-223-0722;


MAINE: Driving the Sheepscot

Red’s Eats. 41 Water St., Wiscasset. 207-882-6128;

Lincoln County Museum & Old Jail. 133 Federal St. (Route 218), Wiscasset. 207-882-6817;

Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum. 97 Cross Road, Alna. 207-882-4193;

Alna Meetinghouse. Route 218, Alna. 207-586-5313;

Iron Horse Sculpture. 32 Wiscasset Road, Whitefield. 207-549-5602;

Paula Benne. 587 Townhouse Road, Whitefield.

Sheepscot General Store. 98 Townhouse Road, Whitefield. 207-549-5185;

Green Hollow Orchard. 537 East River Road, Whitefield. 207-549-5404;

Sheepscot Valley Brewing Co. 74 Hollywood Blvd., Whitefield. 207-549-5530;


MASSACHUSETTS: Along the Great River

The Village Commons. 17 College St., South Hadley. 413-532-3600;

Tailgate Picnic. 7 College St., South Hadley. 413-532-7597;

Thirsty Mind Coffee & Wine Bar. 23 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-9309;

Mount Holyoke College. 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2000;

Barstow’s Dairy Store & Bakery, 172 Hockanum Road (Route 47), Hadley. 413-586-2142;

Longview Farm. 172 Hockanum Road (Route 47), Hadley. 413-586-2142;

J. A. Skinner State Park. Old Mountain Road/Skinner State Park Road (off Route 47), Hadley. 413-586-0350

Summit House.

Rooted Acres. 78 Lawrence Plain Road (Route 47), Hadley. 413-586-5651;

Olde Hadley Flea Market. 45 Lawrence Plain Road (Route 47), Hadley. 413-586-0352

Connecticut River Dike. West St., Hadley.

Porter–Phelps–Huntington Museum. 130 River Drive (Route 47), Hadley. 413-584-4699;

North Hadley Sugar Shack. 181 River Drive (Route 47), Hadley. 413-585-8820

Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation. 300 Sugarloaf St. (off Route 116), South Deerfield. 413-665-2928

Riverside Cemetery. Cemetery Road (off Route 47), Sunderland.

Montague Bookmill. 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. 413-367-9206;

Shea Theater. 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-863-2281;

The Rendezvous. 78 Third St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866;

2nd Street Baking Co. 104 Fourth St., Turners Falls. 413-863-4455;

Great Falls Discovery Center. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-863-3221;

North Cemetery. Main Road, Gill.

Northfield Drive-In. 981 Northfield Road (Route 63), Hinsdale, NH. 603-239-4054;


Mount Major.

Ellacoya State Park. 266 Scenic Road, Gilford. 603-293-7821;

Kellerhaus. 259 Endicott St. North (US 3), Weirs Beach. 603-366-4466;

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. 279 Daniel Webster Highway (US 3), Meredith. 603-279-7920;

Mill Falls Marketplace. 312 Daniel Webster Highway (US 3), Meredith. 800-622-6455;

Moulton Farm. 18 Quarry Farm Road, Meredith. 603-279-3915;

Walter’s Basin. 859 US 3, Holderness. 603-968-4412;

Old Baptist Meeting House. 12 Church St., Center Sandwich.

Hill Country Books. 25 Grove St., Center Sandwich. 603-284-7008;

Sandwich Fair. 7 Wentworth Hill Road (Route 109), Center Sandwich. 603-284-7062;

Old Country Store & Museum. 1011 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough. 603-476-5750;

Black’s Paper & Gifts. 8 South Main St., Wolfeboro. 603-569-4444

Bailey’s Bubble. 5 Railroad Ave., Wolfeboro. 603-569-3612;

Wolfetrap Grill & Rawbar. 19 Bay St., Wolfeboro. 603-569-1047;

Downtown Grille Café. 33 South Main St., Wolfeboro. 603-569-4504;

M/S Mount Washington. 211 Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach. 603-366-5531;


MASSACHUSETTS/RHODE ISLAND: Where the Farmland Meets the Sea

Beach Plum Bakery Café. 6 Bridge St., South Dartmouth, MA. 508-994-1162;

Salt Marsh Pottery. 1167 Russells Mills Road, South Dartmouth, MA. 800-857-5028;

Westport Rivers. 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport, MA. 508-636-3423;

Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures. 489 Old County Road, Westport, MA. 508-636-0300;

Head Town Landing Country Store. 488 Old County Road, Westport, MA. 508-636-6191;

Partners Village Store & Kitchen. 865 Main Road, Westport, MA. 508-636-2572;

Gray’s Grist Mill. 638 Adamsville Road, Westport, MA/Adamsville, RI. 508-636-6075;

The Commons Lunch. 48 Commons Road, Little Compton, RI. 401-635-4388

Union Congregational Church. 4 Commons Road, Little Compton, RI. 401-635-8472;

Old Commons Burying Ground. Jct. Commons Road & Meetinghouse Lane, Little Compton, RI.

Walker’s Roadside Stand. 261 West Main Road (Route 77), Little Compton, RI. 401-635-4719;

Wilma’s at Walker’s. 261 West Main Road (Route 77), Little Compton, RI. 401-635-8424;

Tiffany Peay. 3851 Main Road (Route 77), Tiverton Four Corners, RI. 401-816-0878;

Gray’s Ice Cream. 16 East Road (Route 179), Tiverton Four Corners, RI. 401-624-4500;

Tiverton Four Corners Meeting House. 3850 Main Road (Route 77), Tiverton Four Corners, RI. 401-624-6200;



CONNECTICUT: Autumn Abundance

Honey Hill Pottery. 31 Barndoor Hills Road, Granby. 860-653-2353;

Granby Artists Association. 860-653-3601;

Holcomb Farm. 113 Simsbury Road, West Granby. 860-844-8616;

The Garlic Farm. 76 Simsbury Road, West Granby. 860-264-5644;

Barkhamsted Reservoir. Saville Dam Road (Route 318), Barkhamsted.

Saville Dam. Saville Dam Road (Route 318), Barkhamsted.

Hitchcock Chair Co. 13 Riverton Road, Riverton. 860-738-9958;

Greenwood Glass. 3 Robertsville Road, Riverton. 860-738-9464;

Riverton General Store. 2 Main St., Riverton. 860-379-0811;

Hogback Dam. Hogback Road, Hartland.

Infinity Music Hall. Route 44, Norfolk. 866-666-6306 (box office), 860-542-5531;

Haystack Mountain State Park. Greenwoods Road West (US 44), Norfolk.

Dennis Hill State Park. Litchfield Road (Route 272), Norfolk.

Mohawk Bison. 47 Allyn Road, Goshen.  860-601-0206;

West Street Farm. 103 West St., Goshen. 860-491-3364;

Thorncrest Farm. 280 Town Hill Road, Goshen. 860-307-6244;

Milk House Chocolates. 280 Town Hill Road, Goshen. 860-307-6244;

Miranda Vineyard. 42 Ives Road, Goshen. 860-491-9906;


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