No area does fall quite like New England. With picturesque villages, rolling countryside, and epic views, there is a lot to love about fall in the Northeast. Of course, there are also the beautiful trees, festivals, and pumpkin patches galore. The good news is that thanks to the relative small land area of New England, it is possible to take in a number of sites and fall festivals all in one long weekend.
Arts and crafts of all types are on display at the Manchester Fall Art and Crafts Festival in Manchester, Vermont. Taking place for the 30th year, the event features works by over 200 artists in addition to live entertainment, beer, and local foods.
Even more fun happens in Vermont at the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival. This seven-day festival takes place in seven towns including Marshfield, Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, and Groton. Visitors can travel from town to town and meet the locals who open their own homes to guests. There are also plenty of activities and sites to see. Other events include guided tours, cider pressing, chili cook-offs, and concerts.
Not to be outdone, however, just over the state line is Warmer, New Hampshire with that city’s very own fall foliage festival. The 71st version will include an arts and crafts fair, carnival rides, farmer’s market, food, and free entertainment. Other events include a five-mile road race, lobster dinner and two parades.
Get a taste of Germany at the International Oktoberfest in East Providence, Rhode Island. Being held for the 26th year, this festival takes place on the waterfront and includes a Biergarten atmosphere and authentic German food and beer.
Be sure to head over to Newry, Maine in early October for the Sunday River Fall Festival. Don’t miss the 19th annual North American Wife Carrying Championship. This winning carrier in this unique event takes home his partner’s weight in beer and five times his partner’s weight in cash. Other events for the not so adventurous include horse-drawn carriage rides, free concerts, and plenty of food.
There is no better way to celebrate Columbus Day weekend than by spending it in Mystic, Connecticut at the Mystic Seaport Chowder Days Festival. Visitors can taste several varieties of chowder and other seasonal foods including apple fritters and mulled cider. There are also numerous family activities, live music and more to experience over the weekend.
What is fall without pumpkins and visitors will get plenty of the gourds at the 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Laconia, New Hampshire. In addition to pumpkins, there are kiddie rides, zip lines, a 10K and 5K run, and much more. Visitors can also shop for crafts, take in a concert or cheer on the competitors in the Oyster Shuck-Off.
For an unforgettable fall foliage experience, contact The Maruca Group at 305-218-5216 and we can help you find the luxury vacation rental of your dreams. We have vacation properties located throughout the northeast and within an easy drive of some of the best fall festivals the country has to offer. Be sure to contact us today.