Yankee’s September/October Fall Foliage Issue: Slow Down to Savor the Sights and Tastes of Autumn in New England
“In New England, we speak of the fleeting days of autumn, when the leaves consume our eyes with color, and then suddenly, or so it seems, flutter to the ground, piled into pale ghosts of their former selves,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “With fall here and gone so quickly, it’s easy to think that we have to gulp it down, as if the season will be gone before we’ve started. Don’t do it. These pages carry a simple message: Slow down. Right now. Take fall in sips—and not just the scenery and the leaves, but the people you’ll meet along the way, as well. Those roadside farmstands, with their squashes and crates of apples and portly pumpkins all piled high, create a tableau as colorful as anything that lies beyond the bend in the road. If ever there was a place and if ever there was a time to drive slowly, to let the speedometer needle slide to the left, it’s here: New England in September and October.
“The roads we send you on in “Slow Drives Through Fall Color” (p. 30) were chosen not only for what you’ll see, but for whom you may meet, and for where you might be tempted to stop.
They loop around lakes, and flow through small towns that will constantly surprise you. They cut through mountain vistas, and drop into saltwater farmscapes so pretty you’ll wonder why you’ve
never been there before.”
Inside Yankee’s September/October Issue
“The Mohawk Trail Turns 100”— text by Ian Aldrich, photographs by Carl Tremblay (p. 84): America’s first “scenic tourist route” launched a century of meandering drives through classic villages and rolling landscapes of Massachusetts’ northern Berkshire Hills.
“The Big Question”— by Ian Aldrich (p. 104): Pumpkin expert Steve Connolly explains the magic and science behind nurturing a giant gourd that grows to ten times his weight.
“The Most Controversial Animal in America”— by Richard Conniff (p. 106): Tourists love them, fishermen hate them … The unprecedented resurgence of New England’s gray-seal population brings new visitor dollars (and great white sharks) into our coastal communities, threatening a traditional way of life.
In the Travel section, wander the back roads and byways of New England’s six states and discover sweet memories of people, places, and moments to savor (page 31).
- 60 Miles of Beauty: A roller-coaster ride through the heart of Vermont, starting in Vergennes and ending in Montpelier.
- Driving the Sheepscot: A route through Maine following the Sheepscot River from Wiscasset to North Whitefield.
- Along the Great River: Follow the Connecticut River through the Western Massachusetts countryside and travel through multiple layers of time starting in South Hadley and ending just over the border in Winchester, New Hampshire.
- Water Colors: A foliage drive that loops around New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake.
- Where the Farmland Meets the Sea: Explore a coastal route from the old whaling towns of southeastern Massachusetts starting in New Bedford and ending in Tiverton Four Corners, one of Rhode Island’s pristine rural villages.
- Autumn Abundance: A meandering jaunt that begins in Granby, 20 miles northwest of Hartford, travels through northwestern Connecticut’s scenic beauty and nature’s bounty, and ends in Goshen.
The Home section visits the flea market at Todd Farm in Rowley, Massachusetts, and discovers how a little TLC can turn lonely, neglected furnishings into proud home treasures in a story called “The Upcyclers,” by Lindsay Tucker (page 56). And, in Yankee’s newest column, “Open Studio,” we meet Erin Flett, a Maine textile designer who uses New England’s great outdoors as inspiration for creating her colorful silk-screened fabrics (page 64).
In the Food section, spend a weekend celebrating New England’s apple heritage at the ultimate harvest festival, Cider Days, in Franklin, Massachusetts (page 66). For a bite of “Local Flavor,” Yankee visits Al’s French Frys, a classic ‘50s-style burger joint in Burlington, Vermont, that serves the tastiest home-style spuds in New England (page 76). And “Recipe with a History” dishes up a true New England comfort food, Grape-Nuts pudding (page 78).
“Mary’s Farm: Good Enough for Eve:” — by Edie Clark (p. 14): When it comes to apples, looks can be deceiving. A little bit of cooking transforms tart, imperfect apples into rosy, organic, all-natural applesauce.
“First Light: The Monk in the Orchard” — by Rowan Jacobsen (p. 17): Ezekiel Goodband grows 90 varieties of apples at Scott Farm, a Dummerston, Vermont, estate once owned by Rudyard Kipling. Their names are romantic and arcane: Esopus Spitzenberg and Hubbardston Nonesuch, Lamb Abbey Pearmain and Cox’s Orange Pippin. These were the regional stars of 19th-century England and New England, when an extraordinary flowering of apple culture brought thousands of varieties into use. Most were lost during the Dark Ages of the 20th century, when the apple industry chose to concentrate on a handful of varieties—Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith—that produced massive crops of almost juiceless fruit that could survive international shipping and storage.
“Only in New England: Project Driveway”— by Ken Sheldon (p. 22): Welcome to New England, where people dress like it’s nobody’s business … because it is nobody’s business. Use Yankee’s handy (and humorous) fashion guide to determine your New England fashion style.
“The Best 5 Pumpkin Festivals” — by Kim Knox Beckius (p. 26): These annual events are best bets to experience a pinnacle pumpkin moment. Pumpkintown USA (East Hampton, Connecticut); Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival (Stowe, Vermont); Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular (Providence, Rhode Island); Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta (Damariscotta, Maine); and Keene Pumpkin Festival (Keene, New Hampshire).