First, as previously mentioned, apple cider doughnuts. And I hardly ever think to reach for doughnuts. But these… sigh… are unmissable. NOTE: Must be consumed on a cute country farm.
Second, and even more recently, was the phenomenon of fall foliage maps. Brilliant, brilliant move, New England! Just as family and friends come streaming in from the opposite coast to catch the leaves – and Boston has hardly produced any color just yet – I have been wondering where to head, or just how far this “day trip” will be.
Without further ado, some favorites:
- Boston.com’s Peak Foliage Map. They clearly had fun making this one.
- Yankee Foliage. And not just because of the name.
- The Weather Channel – Fall Foliage. Even the big boys are getting in on this.
- The Foliage Network. I’m sorry, Yankee Foliage. I think these guys just usurped your Best Name title.
You’re still probably wondering why I am so darn excited about this particular phenomenon – be it the maps or the leaves, I suppose. But something that was a tremendous, wonderful surprise last autumn was just how breathtaking this swath of color really is. I felt like a kid at her first fireworks show any time I drove around/walked among newly-orange/red/yellow/maroon/speckled trees – exclamations of “Wow!” and “Ooooooh!” included. My pictures and my words simply can’t capture it.
So I actually do hope you use these maps, and go out and learn why it seems as though all New Englanders are simply enamored with fall. Though I have a hard time letting go of the balmy, warm evenings of Boston summer, I have to say that fall here makes that transition much easier.