On the brink of its transition into winter, New England is transformed by the phenomenon known as an Indian summer. For a brief time towards the end of October, temperatures climb to unseasonable highs. This balmy period entices visitors outdoors, as bursts of colour appear across New England's forests, mountains and parks. Here is a guide to the best routes to drive through and what to look out for along the way.
The defining aspect of New England's Indian summer is the brightly hued foliage, covering the natural landscape in shades ranging from crimson to warm yellow. Boston is a popular place to begin a tour of this natural wonder, and visitors can start their journey from any one of our three Engel & Völkers shops in the city. From there drive north up the coast towards Maine, past picturesque seaside villages and fishing harbours.
Where wood meets water
Stop off in Kennebunkport, one of Maine’s most charming coastal towns, to sample the state's world-famous lobster. Fine dining restaurants looking out onto the ocean serve fresh, locally caught seafood. The views are truly remarkable, with the rustic red leaves of the trees creating a sharp contrast with the deep blue of the Atlantic. You could also take the opportunity to enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride through the city, travelling past its historic mansions.
Heading inland will take you along Maine’s Lakes Region, an ideal stopping point for viewing the Indian summer foliage as the woods meet the water. Then continue into New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest; standing at nearly 2000m high, Mount Washington has unforgettable panoramas over the region and forest, lit up by an array of coppers and yellows. Franconia Notch State Park lies at the centre of the forest, and is home to the waterfalls and rapids of Flume Gorge.
As you wind south through the densely wooded landscape of Vermont, visit the Engels & Völkers shop in Woodstock, the archetypal New England town. You can taste two of the state's best-known exports at Sugarbush Farm, which produces 14 different varieties of cheeses and Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, sourced from its 7000 trees.
Nature in Conneticut
Continue your journey further down the region to Connecticut, characterised by delightful villages, fertile vineyards and apple orchards, as well as abundant crops of pumpkins at this time of year. Connecticut has several forests and parks, and taking a detour through them towards Massachusetts will give you the chance to take a final look at the vivid foliage. Our expert agents at Engel & Völkers West Hartford can help you explore the properties available in this desirable region.
A drive out onto Massachusetts' Cape Cod peninsula is the perfect ending to an Indian summer tour. The clement weather and quiet atmosphere makes it ideal for taking leisurely walks across deserted beaches. There are also several food festivals to indulge at, including the Wellfleet OysterFest and the Milestone Cranberry Festival.
If you are interested in purchasing a luxury property in New England, contact Engel & Völkers today. With a wide range of high-end homes available, located in some of the area's most exclusive neighbourhoods, our knowledgeable advisors are well placed to assist you in your search.