I am not such a big fan of the cooler temps but the natural beauty of New England autumn is always something to look forward to.
As far as this being a season for the arts, most people probably think of the Paradise City show that happens here in Northampton over the holiday weekend. I am not exhibiting this year, but am definitely planning to stop in.
So if you are coming out this weekend for that show, let me give you one more arts event that you should include in your trip (or make a trip for some other day): Art in the Orchard in Easthampton.
It's a beautiful setting and you walk through it at your own pace; there are around 20 pieces so you can see it all in about an hour or so. Some are by local artists and other artists are from across the country.
If you can get there on a non-weekend day you probably can have a lot of it to yourself. And you can also visit their pick-your-own orchards while you are there.
Art in the Orchard is open through October. If you are coming out to Western Mass for the Paradise City show, or if you are just looking for a reason to make a trip out here (or just for an outing if you are local) this is a fun way to feed the senses.
One last note -- this coming Friday is Arts Night Out in Northampton, and there is an opening reception for a show called Be Here Now at the Forbes Library. So if you were feeling really ambitious you could do an arts trifecta!