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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.

The weather is usually wonderful: cool to warmish days, cool to chill evenings with lots of bright sun (if we're lucky). You can still have a fine lobster dinner at a reasonable price. More...

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

Fall Foliage Season

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

The blazing crescendo in foliage season is traditionally thought to be the weekend of Columbus Day, a holiday in most US states. Beautiful foliage color lasts well into November. More...

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

In the countryside, every hotel, motel, country inn and guest house room is reserved well in advance.

Here are tips for finding a room at the last minute.

Check room rates and availability here...

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.


The last evening of the month, October 31st, is celebrated as Hallowe'en (the American equivalent of the vigil before All Saints' Day). Children dress in costumes ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, teenagers pull pranks. More...

Local Events

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.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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