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Foliage season is the most beautiful aspect of New England's climate, but the warm late-October or November days of Indian Summer are almost as pleasing.



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After a period of chilly weather in October, and perhaps even a touch of frost, New England usually gets a respite, with a short period of warm weather known as Indian summer that can occur in late October or November.

It's not dependable, and it may be brief, but it's glorious all the same.

The best Indian summer is one that occurs near the end of foliage season, after Hallowe'en.

After the premonition of the cold months to come, late summer returns and beckons New Englanders out of their houses to enjoy the chill heavy dew of dawn, the last blaze of color in the trees, the scent of leaf-mold and woodsmoke in the air, the gentle rustle of falling leaves, the crackle of dry leaves underfoot, and the quiet retirement of the natural year.

The sweetest of all New England Indian summers are those that come late in November around Thanksgiving.

In rare years, the third week of November can have shirt-sleeve weather, with warm, abundant sun and the grateful feeling that we had received a priceless gift from nature.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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