Why, instead of getting shorter, does my travel bucket list only keep getting longer and longer? Mind you, I’m not complaining. I’ve already accepted the fact that I’ll never check off every item on my list, and nobody could say I got shortchanged in the travel department if I were to kick the bucket tomorrow. (My all-time favorite trip? Hard to say but for this devout anglophile, walking Hadrian’s Wall coast-to-coast in northern England with partner Carol – followed by nine days in the Cotswolds – would be hard to beat.)
As far as U.S. travel destinations go, visiting New England to see the changing fall colors would be near the top of my list. I am hardly alone in this sentiment, as the fall foliage season in the six New England states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont – is reportedly a $3-plus billion-dollar industry. According to the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development, three million out-of-state visitors were projected for the fall of 2018, with the hotel and restaurant industry expecting $1.4 billion in sales. In short, leaf peeping contributes a ton of moolah to the New England economy!
So when is peak fall season in New England? That’s always difficult to predict because the three key color change ingredients – light, temperature, and precipitation – fluctuate year to year. This makes life difficult for vacation planners like me who don’t have flexible schedules and plan trips far in advance. On the other hand, while known for its fall foliage season, it’s not as if New England has a monopoly on this phenomenon of nature. To the contrary, as shown by the two recent images in this post from Bainbridge Island, even Washington – aka the Evergreen state – has its share of fireworks in the fall. (For my Bainbridge Island readers, the featured and side images show Old Mill Road and Rose Loop, respectively.)
So sad to say, we don’t currently offer any fall images from New England at our Bainbridge Island gallery. We do, however, have a wide selection of other landscape/nature images, including an excellent assortment of metal prints, canvas prints, custom-framed black-and-white prints, and fine art acrylic prints. If you happen to be on our side of the pond, do please stop by as we are just a short walk from the ferry terminal. For gallery hours, please consult our Contact page.
Ciao for now,
Andrew (“Andy”) Bergh