What’s up for fall in New England? Ideas from Yankee Magazine

  • This image provided by Yankee Magazine shows the cover of the publication's September-October 2017 issue. The issue's suggestions for enjoying autumn in New England include trains for seeing fall foliage, a guide to Vermont's best under-the-radar leaf-peeping locations and a feature on the Topsfield Fair, Sept. 29-Oct. 9, in Topsfield, Mass., north of Boston. (Yankee Magazine via AP)

Associated Press
Friday, September 01, 2017

Festivals, train rides and rambles around New England all offer opportunities for enjoying the region’s autumn color, and the September-October issue of Yankee Magazine lists many suggestions for activities and destinations.

Yankee’s recommendations for fall foliage trains include the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad in Maine; Hoosac Valley train rides operated by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum out of North Adams, Mass.; the Conway Scenic Railroad based in North Conway, N.H.; the Mount Washington Cog Railway out of Bretton Woods, N.H., and the Essex Steam Train in Essex, Conn., with a riverboat ride option on the Connecticut River.

Events showcased in the fall issue of Yankee range from country fairs to food festivals to the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, Oct. 5 to Nov. 5 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., a display of 5,000 carved and illuminated pumpkins. Other events include Westport, Conn.,’s Oct. 1 Chowdafest; the Pawtucket Arts Festival, with a month’s worth of events in Rhode Island; the Mount Snow Oktoberfest, Oct. 7 to 8, in West Dover, Vermont; Maine’s Fryeburg Fair, Oct. 1 to 8, plus Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Oct. 17 to 22; the Big E expo in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 15 to Oct. 1, and the Topsfield Fair, north of Boston, Sept. 29 to Oct. 9.