My husband and 1.5 yr old are planning a fall foilage drive in New England this year and ending in Montreal. We're driving up from CT with a stop in Stockbridge, MA for a night to see the cute town. (I really enjoy Norman Rockwell and et al.)
My question is driving up from Lenox area, would it be best to drive to the Kanc / White Mountain area. Mind you, we have a baby with us so we won't be doing any hiking or sports but would like to see the foilage off the Kanc highway as I hear it's glorious. If we're not doing any of the hiking recreation, is it worth our time to stay a few days in this region? And if so, is it fair to say Jackson is more charming of a town than North Conway?? OR?
I've been reading that North Conway is pretty commercial and we're not interested in outlet malls. What we're looking for are vistas, a step back in time... rolling farmland, church steeples, covered bridges and quaint town strolling. You get the picture. Will Jackson town give me this? Or would it be best to forego the Kanc idea and head to another area BEFORE venturing off to Vermont VIA Montreal...that's not too out of the way. Your ideas and candid advice is much appreicated for this California girl...thanks so much!!!