I've been on a bunch of websites and from what I gather:
A) It's good to make motel reservations ahead of time for this season.
The changes in foliage is not an exact science, but they can predict the peaks fairly well for different areas.
I guess my thoughts would be to come up with a couple possible routes and dates and see which one the most people would be interested in? Kinda new to this myself. So any suggestions would be great.
I got these off a website, as a starting place:
Day Trips From Portland
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping (or a late start on back-to-school shopping) in Freeport - Maine's shopping mecca and home of L.L. Bean. When you've worn yourself out in the outlet stores, consider the scenic and relaxing outdoor activities we've discovered for you near Freeport.
Take the back roads from Portland to the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, where you can get a glimpse of the Shaker lifestyle that produced the simple and beautiful Shaker furniture that is so popular today.
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Southern Maine is a treasure-trove of antique shops tucked away in quaint coastal towns. Spend a leisurely day exploring some of the many stores, while enjoying the contrast of vibrant fall foliage against the vivid blue backdrop of the ocean. Tall white church steeples peaking out from glowing yellow or flaming red and orange treetops dot the landscape, and white sandy beaches, deserted now that summer's over, beckon to leaf peepers.
Day Trips From Boston
Less than an hour from Boston is a mysterious, ancient site containing stone buildings and tunnels, a large sacrificial stone, and stone astronomical alignments that mark the summer solstice.
After visiting America's Stonehenge, which has puzzled archaeologists for a century, why not visit nearby Salem, Massachusetts?
Wine lovers might prefer to combine a scenic fall drive with a visit to the award-winning Nashoba Valley Winery just 40 minutes from Boston. The winery offers guided tours that explain all the nuances of their wine-making process and end in a tasting of several wines.
After visiting the winery, you'll still have time for a drive to nearby Lake Winnipesaukee, where you can view New Hampshire's autumn splendor from the decks of the "M/S Mt. Washington".
Canterbury, New Hampshire's historic Shaker Village is a perfect place to visit in October when the leaves are at their peak. Tour the buildings in this scenic setting, eat lunch at the restaurant, and browse the village shop.
If you have time, plan to continue on for another half hour or so drive to Lake Winnipesaukee, for a fall foliage cruise aboard the "M/S Mt. Washington".
Day Trips From NY City
Lovely Litchfield, Connecticut, makes the perfect day trip destination, especially when you include a visit to the White Memorial Conservation Center. The 4,000-acre wildlife preserve is a spectacular place to explore in the fall, and the whole family will enjoy and learn from the exhibits at the nature center museum. Your day will be particularly scrumptious if you include a refueling stop at the Tollgate Hill Inn & Restaurant, which has welcomed guests since 1745. Their Sunday brunch was voted best in Litchfield County by readers of Connecticut Magazine.
A drive in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts is entertainment enough this time of year, but while you're there, why not explore the more than 500 works of sculpture artfully displayed at Chesterwood, the former home of acclaimed sculptor Daniel Chester French, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. If you're lucky, you'll find a fire burning in the lobby of the Red Lion Inn when you retire there for lunch or dinner after your Chesterwood excursion.
If you are a true wine lover, why not prove it by stomping grapes this fall? Brotherhood Winery, the oldest continually operating winery in America (they even beat Prohibition by making wines for "religious purposes"), holds its annual Grape Harvest Festival in early October, and yes, you can feel the squish of grapes between your toes. Brotherhood is also a great day trip destination and is open every day through December for tours and tastings. If you're looking to do some early holiday shopping, be sure to sample Brotherhood's "Holiday" wine, a mulled wine that is served warm and is sure to chase away winter's coming chills.