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New England's deservedly famed fall foliage is in full color everywhere in early October. Hotel rooms at country inns are in great demand, especially on weekends.

 

   

In October, New England is a world-class tourist attraction because of the brilliant, varied colors of its autumn foliage.

Bright yellow beeches, flame-red and yellow maples, russet oaks and many others turn the countryside into a vast brilliantly-colored painter's canvas.

The blazing finale to foliage season is the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

Every hotel, motel, inn and guest house room in the countryside is reserved well in advance. Here are tips for finding a room at the last minute.

Check room rates and availability here...

The weather is usually wonderful: cool to warmish days, cool to chill evenings with lots of bright sun (if we're lucky).

In northern New England (Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine) there will be some frosty nights, and perhaps a bit of snow.

The Maine Cheese Guild holds its Open Creamery Day in October, the day on which you can visit its member artisanal cheesemakers and see how their tasty cheeses are made.

The last evening of the month, October 31st, is celebrated as Hallowe'en (the American equivalent of the vigil before All Saints' Day).

In Boston, hotels are often filled by conventioneers since October is also a popular month for meetings and conferences.

Some inns and seasonal services close for the winter after the Columbus Day weekend, and late October is fairly quiet in the countryside, though busy in the cities.

If you plan to tour at this time, however, there will be plenty of services for you, you'll enjoy lower prices, no crowds, and pockets of late-maturing fall color in many places, especially in the southern New England states.

—by Tom Brosnahan



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Girls with Pumpkins, New England

Ready for Hallowe'en: two sweet New England girls have their pumpkins to be carved into jack-o'-lanterns.