Thanks so much and to your friend as well!
I'm pretty sure she's driving down from Montreal in about 2-3 weeks.I don't remember exactly, but she did mention that roads were probably going to be crowded with weekend tourists because it's supposed to be absolute prime foliage viewing, if that says anything.
As mentioned, she's interviewing at a University in Hartford and she'll be driving down with my mom. I think they're actually staying at the Connecticut River Valey Inn which is approx. 25 mins. outside of Hartford in Glastonbury, so anything convenient to either location or en route between the two would be ideal.
Thanks again to you and your friend; it's very much appreciated!