New England is known for its fall foliage, scenic drives, and colorful backdrops. Usually you will find peak colors bursting off trees until the end of October. However, temperature and moisture are different every year, and you may be able to finish the season off a little later in 2011. In fact, after just getting over a freak nor’ester that knocked power out for days, the northeast will be experiencing temperatures in the mid-50’s through the upcoming weekend.
Have you visited farms to pick up pumpkins, gone apple picking, and jumped on some hay rides? Well, how about visiting a winery?
Here are some great ideas to plan some final fall day trips.
The Coastal Wine Trail winds through the heart of the Southeastern New England Wine Growing Appellation. This trail includes 9 wineries that can be visited in 2 to 3 days. Their viticultural appellation, called the Southeastern New England Wine Growing Appellation, stretches from Cape Cod and the Islands through the South Coast of Massachusetts and Coastal Rhode Island and Coastal Connecticut. The common thread through this wine region is their close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and their Southeast facing coastline which captures the warm Gulf Stream waters in the summer and fall. They are a cool grape growing region with most wineries concentrating on white wines and sparkling wines.
Wineries include: Coastal Vineyards, Grennvale Vineyards, Langworthy Farms, Newport Vineyards, Running Brook, Sakonnet Vineyards, Travessia Winery, Truro Vineyards, and Westport Vineyards
Travessia is an urban winery located in the heart of downtown New Bedford. Priding themselves on local grapes, their wines are made with grapes grown exclusively in Massachusetts. The winery is open for sales and tastings featuring all of their white and red wines. Travessia winery is integrated into a vibrant community of independently owned businesses including restaurants, gift shops and art galleries. They are also within a short walking distance to the Ocean Explorium, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and The Zeiterion Theatre.
Travessia is located 30 minutes east of Providence, 1 hour west of Hyannis, and 1 hour south of Boston. Easy and convenient access to the ferry serving the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk from the Port of New Bedford.
Westport Rivers is owned and operated by the Russell Family. These 4th generation vintners are best known for their extraordinary sparkling wines and white varietals. Go and visit their Company Store, enjoy a wine tasting, and view their art gallery all situated within a historic 19th century farmhouse. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy their scenic grounds. On the weekends, tour the vineyard, and enter the winery cellars to learn how the French have been making Champagne for centuries. Buy a ticket and return to one of our famous Long Acre House wine and food events.
Lodging Tip: There are plenty of Inns along the trails, so be sure to ask for the recommended places to stay and enjoy your trip!