Northeast Fall Foliage Adventures

If you are looking for a unique way to view fall’s vibrant color show, but you can’t stomach zip lining over a forest or flying high in a hot air balloon, then consider a more relaxing alternative—-sailing.

Seasonal sailings are red-hot this time of year, especially along the East Coast. The Connecticut River is home to a slew of cruise companies offering fall foliage voyages on New England’s longest river. The popular waterway flows from the northern tip of New Hampshire to the Long Island Sound; forms the border between New Hampshire and Vermont and passes through the center of Massachusetts, making it one of the most accessible rivers to navigate while taking in stunning views of brilliant fall foliage.

If you are planning a trip to Connecticut during the month of October, be sure to check out the Hartford Belle. The riverboat holds 49 passengers and features snacks and a full bar. The open seating policy allows you to take in unprecedented views of wildlife, including herons, eagles and hawks, making merry in the colorful leaves.

Another fall foliage sailing option is the Hudson River. The 315-mile waterway boasts a scenic shoreline dotted with charming towns, historic monuments and breathtaking forests that burst into fiery reds and oranges during the month of October. The river flows north to south past Albany, and forms the border between New York City and New Jersey. In addition, to the urban scenery you will be treated to views of the slopes of Mount Marcy in the Adirondack Mountains.

There are dozens of cruise companies that offer fall foliage tours of the Hudson River, though one of the most popular is Hudson River Cruises. The company has been around for more than two decades and features family-friendly itineraries, including sailings which take passengers by million-dollar mansions, historic lighthouses, sleepy villages and local vineyards framed by vibrant fall foliage.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.