Foliage Viewing in New Hampshire and Vermont (NYT)

In Transit, A Guide to Intelligent Travel

by David G. Allan, New York Times, September 15, 2009
Q. I am looking at taking a driving trip through the Northeast this October to see some of the beautiful fall foliage. I will be driving through New Hampshire and Vermont on my way to Waterbury, Vt. I wonder if there are any places you can recommend to see the foliage or any Web sites you could direct me to.

Chris Manshio, Chicago

A. You've definitely picked two of the best states in the region for seeing the leaves turn. In a previous Q&A, "Tips on Seeing New England's Fall Foliage" (July 17, 2008), I recommended a few Web sites that feature interactive foliage reports. Yankee Magazine's www.yankeefoliage.com covers the length of your entire drive with a map of current foliage conditions, peak calendars, scenic driving routes, a blog, forums and even a "tree cam."

New Hampshire's official site, VisitNH.gov, has a 2009 interactive map to view by dates of travel, plus itineraries and driving tours. Vermont's official tourism site has a forecaster as well, at www.vermontvacation.com/seasons/forecaster.asp, plus drives, tips and weekly reports from last year.

Both the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont are among the best forests for fall visits. Waterbury is just 20 miles away from the edge of Green Mountain parkland and about 10 miles from Stowe, which hosts an annual Foliage Arts Festival (www.craftproducers.com/festival-details.php?id=31), with food and entertainment, during Columbus Day weekend.

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Here's an iPhone Photo of the Maple tree in my front yard:

A Little Holiday Cheer From Kim Lambrechts

Kim is Stowe Mountain Lodge's Director of Food & Beverage. He moved to Stowe from the Maldives where he spent a year as the director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives. I met Kim shortly after he arrived at the Lodge and watched as he and Executive Chef Sean Buchanan, planned, organized, recruited, and built a culinary gem at the top of the Mountain Road.

Earlier this week, I asked Kim to whip up a little holiday cheer for you and here it is -- Enjoy!:

Front Four Maple-Chili-Tini

Ingredients 3 oz of Sunshine Vodka 2 Tablespoons of Vermont Maple Syrup 1 Teaspoon of Finely Chopped Habanero Chili 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice 4 cubes of Ice

Best Practice Infuse the vodka with the chili and let it sit for about 10 minutes to extract the natural flavor. In a shaker combine the ingredients, shake well.