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Massachusetts Foliage Reaching its Peak This Week
The wait has been worth it – fall foliage is now in full bloom here in Massachusetts! Due to the sunny month we had in September, this year’s foliage was slow to bloom, and is a couple of weeks behind schedule. This means that the last week of October, and into early November, is a splendid time to enjoy the colors throughout Massachusetts.
Joann Vieira, horticultural director at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, recently explained that leaves remain green, full of chlorophyll, in sunny weather. But once the temperatures begin to drop and the days get shorter, plants reduce chlorophyll production and the green pigment fades away. And the true colors unfold.
We took a quick survey of regions around Massachusetts, and here is some input we got from our tourism offices around the state about what’s ahead for the next 7-10 days.
Autumn in Newbury Photo by Julie Cook
“Plymouth County is peeking now,” says Paula Fisher of Plymouth County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Oak leaves are Irish Setter red, the yellows are brilliant, the oranges a lovely compliment to the many pumpkins and Jack O ’Lanterns that dominate the domiciles. The Cranberries are still being harvested making for some inspiring views and images.”
“We are in peak,” says Deb Belanger of the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. She recommends Battle Road at Minuteman National Park in Concord, Bruce Freeman Trail in Chelmsford and Great Brooks Farm in Carlisle.
“We still have color in much of the Mohawk trail region – some of the higher places have peaked, but will have color through the weekend,” says Peter Tomyl of the Mohawk Trail Association.
“The leaves are beginning to fall but there is still plenty of color,” says Ann Hamilton of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. “Great displays at Clarkdale Farm in Deerfield and Pine Hill Orchid in Colrain. The orchards are beautiful and colorful this time of year.”
“There is still amazing foliage all over the Berkshire Mountains,” says Lindsay Schmid of the Berkshires Visitors Bureau. “The colors are still brilliant and worth a visit to the Berkshires.”
Pumpkins at Naumkeag, Stockbridge
Matt Meyers of Johnny Appleseed Country in North Central Massachusetts says, “Most of the region is coming up to peak, while certain locations like Wachusett Mountain, Tully Lake, and the Quabbin Reservoir are nearing the end of peaking.”
Jean Cronin Cawley of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce, says, “This weekend would be the perfect time to see Nantucket at its autumnal peak.”
The Boston area is also at a high peak, according to David O’Donnell of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, with places like the Bluehills Reservation in Milton, the Emerald Necklace parks in Boston and Brookline, and the banks of the Charles River passing through Boston and Cambridge full of color.
Sunderland Photo by John Burk zenfolio.com/johnburk
Check out the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Fall Foliage Page, with selected driving views, Instagram photos and more.
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