It’s that time of year again—the leaves are changing, the air is crisp. Kids are planning their Halloween costumes and parents are stocking up on candy. It’s the perfect time of year to pull on a cable knit sweater and visit the sprawling gardens at Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park, the subject of our October digital desktop calendar. Located in Waterford, Connecticut, the gorgeous seaside property is featured in New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens, a stunning book profiling several historic sites that are great to tour in the fall (and year-round!), as well as breathtaking photography taken by William H. Johnson. Though the mansion itself is closed until Memorial Day, the property’s expansive 230 acre grounds are open year-round. For more on Eolia, check out our “Historic Homes in Bloom” blog series.

October is also the ideal month for leaf peeping! Take a look at past posts on the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Western Massachusetts or Hildene in beautiful Manchester, Vermont, which were both featured in New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens. For more great foliage-focused trip ideas, check out the About.com New England Travel website, written by UPP author Kim Knox Beckius, who is an expert on the region’s fall colors.  Visit her page for information on the best places to view vibrant yellow, dazzling orange, and red leaves.

How to set this image as your Desktop Background

  • Download this for your desktop screen in resolutions of 1280 x 800 (small)1440 x 900 (medium), or 1920 x 1200 (large), based on the size of your screen.
  • Right-click (or ctrl-click for some Mac users) on the image, and chose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”“Use as Desktop Picture”, — the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.
  • If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.
  • Voila! You have a beautiful, seasonal desktop calendar to keep you on track all month long.

About the Union Park Press Calendar Series
When you publish books about arts, history, and culture of Boston and New England, you are bound to see some spectacular photography. It’s our goal to share some of those gorgeous scenes with fellow New England-lovers through our books, our blog, Pinterest and now through our  monthly Union Park Press digital desktop calendar series! We hope you enjoy and return each month for a new beautiful calendar.

To learn more about New England’s most stories homes, order New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius through our website; online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble; or pick up a copy at your local bookstore. If your favorite shop doesn’t have it in stock, just ask—they’ll be happy to order it for you!