East Coast Leafy Fall Goodness
July 18, 2020 10:50 AM   Subscribe

Currently (indefinitely) living in a small, urban apartment but I am able to work from home. I'm thinking about renting a lake house/cabin/rural-ish place somewhere on the East Coast for a few weeks later this fall while continuing to work from home. I have a kayak, so ideally thinking about a spot near water and hiking where I could be secluded/safely distant from others but where I could also see the fall foliage change.

I'm in the DC/Maryland area and would love to see the leaves change and spend a little time in nature. So far (based on some random Top 10 American Fall Foliage listicles) I've been looking at the Poconos, Vermont, and the Eastern Shore (all within a 10 hour drive) but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed trying to narrow the location down a bit.

Lake house/cabin/rural cottage requirements:
- I will definitely need internet access fast enough to accommodate Zoom calls
- Can see pretty fall foliage
- Near a body of water suitable for kayaking
- Near pretty hiking/walking trails
- Within a day's drive of the greater DC area (10 hour drive tops)
- Bonus points for good bird watching

*Zero intention of going to any restaurants, museums, bars, shops, or other places where people gather, so doesn't need to be near any cute towns.
posted by forkisbetter to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The Finger Lakes in NY have lots of such cottages and the fall foliage there is every bit as good as in Vermont. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see lots of birds.
posted by mareli at 11:03 AM on July 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

This place is near me in Vermont and hits all of your points except I am not sure what their internet situation is (they have it but I don't know if it's 4G or fiber) and it would be worth asking.
posted by jessamyn at 11:07 AM on July 18, 2020

Yeah, I’m a biased local, but I can’t imagine doing better than the Finger Lakes. And we could sure use the tourism dollars, although that’s true everywhere right now.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 11:35 AM on July 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

How flexible are you as to dates? The peak of fall color season is at different times for each of the three locations you mention. For example, this map seems to indicate that for Vermont you’d want to be there some time in a rough 3-week period centered around October 1. The colors would be closer to mid-October in the Poconos, and late October on the Eastern Shore.
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:22 PM on July 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

The Delaware Water Gap area in the Poconos ticks all your boxes. Look around the Bushkill area and surrounding areas. If the rental property has Blue Ridge internet provider, it should work just fine for Zoom calls.

posted by smokyjoe at 1:45 PM on July 18, 2020

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