Autumn is upon us, and that means that fall foliage is coming in all of its majestic hues, from red to yellow to purple, black, orange, magenta, and brown. When setting out on a leap peeping excursion it is vital to be properly prepared. Check out our tips for planning your fall foliage excursion.

Know when to plan your trip.

The best months for viewing the fall foliage are September and October. There are numerous resources that provide updates on the current state of the leaves. The Foliage Network provides foliage updates twice a week, and New York’s own tourism website, I Love NY, provides updates specific to the state.

Make sure to pay attention to the weather. Warm dry days followed by cool (but not freezing) nights generally lead to the onset of the changing of the leaves. Storms can also effect leaf peeping, as a heavy storm can shred leaves and lead to an early end of the fall foliage season.

What you should bring.

A camera. This is first and foremost for most leaf peepers. Photos are an ideal way to capture the fleeting foliage so you can share with friends and remember it always. Some camera accessories are also incredibly useful, such as a tripod, a variety of lenses, and some different lens filters. Obviously these aren’t all needed, but they’ll give your photography that extra bit of professionalism and pizazz.

For some tips and tricks for taking great fall foliage you can check out this guide from Popular Photography.

You should also come equipped with normal hiking gear. A good pair of hiking boots to provide you with stability and protection, weather appropriate outdoor clothes, a backpack for snacks, a small first aid kit, and anything else you might want to bring with you.

It’s also fun to learn how to identify the trees you see by their fallen leaves.  I Love NY provides a guide that you can take with you to help you identify leaves in the field.

What to do at night.

The Sullivan Event Center has three restaurants on site to suit any taste: BHR Steak & Fish House, Crust Italian Eatery, and Brew craft beer and hand-pressed burgers.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has a full fall schedule of concerts and beer, wine, and harvest festivals.

The Sullivan County Visitors Association offers plenty of information on the area’s events, attractions, shopping, and more.

Contact Ramada at the Sullivan Event Center today to book your leaf peeper getaway before it’s too late.