Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run…
There’s a definite tang of autumn in the air – and if there’s one place in the world that really gets us excited about the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ it’s got to be New England.
Whilst New England is brilliant at any time of year, it’s most famous for its vibrant “falls,” and has got those quintessential autumn pursuits down to an absolute art-form. What’s more, because it’s such a diverse region in the US, these “fall”-some frolics can take many different forms depending on your interests.
For example, if you want an un-ashamedly traditional bolt-hole where you can go crunching through the fiery leaves; hop on a hay-wagon for a ride past pumpkin farms and white clap-board churches, or cosy up by the fire with a copy of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and a giant slab of blueberry pie, then Connecticut is the best place to head.
Meanwhile, if autumn gives you a healthy appetite for amazing food, fine wine to rival the Napa Valley, and chic hideaways like Blantyre (where you can indulge in both spa treatments and the great outdoors) then Upstate New York and The Berkshires, Massachusetts will prove endlessly fruitful.
Finally, if your idea of autumnal bliss involves a bracing walk along the beach, steaming bowls of clam-chowder, and lots of yachty types wandering around in their Ivy League sweaters – then consider low-key Rhode Island, where you'll find the Gilded Age Hotel the Vanderbilt Grace, or the happening Hamptons where Skandi-inspired C/O Maidstone is where the celebs go to cosy up.
Whatever has got you falling for New England, it combines beautifully with a pre-Christmas shopping holiday in New York – or indeed at any other time of year. Call our expert Patrick on 020 7337 9010 to learn more about our New England escapes, or any of our US itineraries.