The lovely spot near Deerfield, New York pictured above did not make the cut in one website's recent list of U.S. towns with top-notch leaf-peeping. Too bad. But a few towns anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours from the Mohawk Valley did.

Three of the absolute top spots to see fall foliage ARE located right in New York state, according to the folks at in their "50 Small Towns Across America with Gorgeous Fall Foliage" piece published August 31, 2017. Here they are:

At the gem of the Adirondacks, touts the "Flaming Leaves Festival in October, which features blues music, lawn games, and barbecue, and the Lake Placid Brewfest at the Lake Placid Olympic Center, which boasts live entertainment and local craft beer."

In the crown jewel of the 1000 Islands region, singles out Wellesley Island State Park and "the charming bed-and-breakfasts in town, like the Captain Visger House, a Victorian home-turned-inn with complimentary breakfast and rooms for under $200 a night."

At the idyllic town on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, about 20 minutes outside Syracuse, recommends the hikes at "Ripley Hill Nature Preserve in nearby Spafford" and an overnight stay at Mirbeau Inn & Spa.

Some familiar towns in Vermont, like Bennington and Middlebury, Vermont also made the cut. If you have a foliage pic or comment touting your town, send it along.


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