New England Dispensaries Near the Best Fall Foliage

Where to buy weed while leaf-peeping in the Northeast.

New England dispensaries
Design by Chineme Elobuike for Thrillist
Design by Chineme Elobuike for Thrillist

The forests of the Northeast are ablaze in the best way right now, lit up with a rich palette of autumnal reds, oranges. and golds. After a year of encounters with the harsher sides of Mother Nature, a peaceful cruise through these colorful canopies is just what the doctor ordered. While out on your perfect day trip, small-town overnight, or hiking adventure into forested surrounds this season, you might as well take in some of the other local flora now legal in a handful of New England states.

Cannabis has been legalized for adult use in Connecticut, Vermont, and New York, but shops have not yet opened for business. However, they have in Maine and Massachusetts, which provides a wealth of shopping options just short drives away from popular fall foliage destinations throughout the region.

With many cities and municipalities reserving the right to ban cannabis businesses, the locations of shops are random and remote in some areas, but we managed to assemble a list that covers most of the must-see leaf spots across New England. Here are the best recreational dispensaries to swing by during leaf appreciation trips this fall—just don’t forget to bring that state-issued ID.

Poland, Maine
This quaint shop along a quiet stretch of road Southwest of Lewiston is the closest shop to the glorious foliage along New Hampshire’s Route 112, which is right in the middle of peak vibrance right now. Step into the shop’s clean, naturally-lit interiors, and you’ll find a modest selection of flower, edibles and concentrates, plus papers and accessories if you need something to enjoy it in.

Berwick, Maine
If you’re angling towards the freshwater views of the enormous Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding woods, this sweet, cabin-like shop is an easy detour on the way. There are a variety of infused chocolate bars and tinctures alongside the well-curated vapable and flower options on the shelves. The larger selection is ideal in preparing to explore parts of the 97-mile loop surrounding the vast Lake.

North Adams, Massachusetts
Just across the border from the southern end of Vermont’s endearingly historic Highway 7 lies a super modern pot shop carrying many of Massachusetts’ most coveted cannabis brands. High quality indoor flower and pre-rolls—plus 2g Cannagars from Yamna—are stocked aplenty, as well as Southie Adams vape cartridges and edibles like the vitamin-like Drops by 1906.

Williamstown, Massachusetts
Before wandering into the foliage of the Mohawk Trail, you can also check out the offerings at nearby Silver Therapeutics, a charming corner shop with a modest but highly curated menu. You can still find tasty infused seltzers from Hi 5, and high quality flower from Garden Remedies. The space is petite, but the staff keeps things moving swiftly and efficiently—and have the regulars to show for it.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Here you’ll find New York’s influence on the emerging country pot scene in the Berkshires, where designer Adam Lippes and Alexander Farnsworth designed their 2,000-square-foot dispensary with a famed London architect. Cabinets and displays are inspired by none other than Rome’s arched Colosseo Quadrato—it’s next level bougie cannabis here, with a premium in-house line of flower, pre-rolls and topicals to match.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Another NY-based project in the Berkshires, this female-fueled space features special accessories like luxury leather stash bags and patterned rolling papers by Papers + Ink Sesh. There is a huge selection of products here: vape cartridges by Rythm and Strane; an array of infused mints, chocolates and gummies; and a curated dozen flower strains and pre-roll varieties.

Sheffield, Massachusetts
Located in a renovated barn, this pristine, welcoming shop is a half-hour from Wyantenock State Forest and a perfect destination for first-timers. The vertically integrated shop carries carefully cultivated homegrown flower, and they process their own for the line of concentrates and tinctures, so you can feel rest assured of a trustworthy supply chain. You can also shop confidently knowing that, as cultivators and processors themselves, they know the right questions to ask when vetting other brands to put on their shelves.

Portland, Maine
Just 29 miles from Sebago Lake, this little dose of the West Coast is in the middle of downtown Portland. Founded by Bay Area expats, this newly opened shop gives back to the community and works to foster equity in cannabis for people from all backgrounds. You’ll find flower from Landrace Cannabis Co., vapes from HighNorth, various THC and CBD drinkables and much more—even a topical for your pet.

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Lauren Yoshiko is a freelance writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. She writes The Broccoli Report, a bi-weekly newsletter for creative cannabis entrepreneurs.