Places to Go: A Leaf Peepers Guide To Vermont
Leaf peepers rejoice! The autumn air is creeping in and soon the most magnificent foliage you’ve ever seen will light up the world around us. Vermont offers everything, and I mean everything, you could want out of a fall vacation. Let’s look at what Vermont has in store for us this fall.
Leaf Peeping Tours
- Whether you want to see the fall foliage via train, bike, or your own two feet we’ve got you covered! September 16- October 15, 2017 Green Mountain railroad offers a 2-hour weekday fall foliage excursion that departs from Chester. This fun expedition shows a different side of Vermont that can’t be seen by road, it’s also a great way to experience the hidden aspects of Vermont culture and of course see the beautiful foliage. To learn more click here!
- Vermont Bicycle Tours offers a walking tour of Vermont that covers Green Mountain Valleys and Inns. Walkers should be prepared to walk 2-6 miles daily for 6 days. Travelers will enjoy the pleasures of Stowe, Waterbury, Shelburne Farms, Middlebury and more. This tour includes accommodations for 5 nights in historic inns, 10 meals and of course the beauty of autumn in Vermont. Go ahead and check out Vermont Bicycle Tours here!
- For those up to a more complex task, Great Freedom Adventures offers a Best of Vermont Bike Tour that spans 6 days. This tour starts and finishes in picturesque Woodstock Vermont. With knowledgeable guides and visits to farms, a brewery, and various historical sites this trip will be memorable to say the least and beautiful especially with those vivid fall colors as a backdrop. For more information click here!
Pumpkin Patches & Farm Tours
- With temperatures more moderate and the fall harvest in full swing going to a local Vermont farm is a perfect fall activity to do with your family. Farms offer opportunities to pick your own produce and of course choose from pre-picked fruit along with other goodies such as baked goods, jams, and jellies. Lincoln Farm in Randolph Center, Vermont allows you to pick your own pumpkins; they also have a wide variety of other produce and pasture-raised chicken, turkey, eggs, and local cheese and yogurt.
- Shelburne Orchards in Shelburne, Vermont offers a fun opportunity to pick your own apples however their farm stand offers doughnuts, fresh cider, pies and other fresh produce that may make you bypass the orchard.
- Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, Vermont is another family favorite farm in Vermont. Families can pick your own produce based on the season and walking tours are offered year round. Champlain Orchards offers hard and ice cider, fresh cider donuts, apple butter, cider syrup, and much more.
- Once the leaves start blazing the menus start changing. Vermont restaurants offer food menus that compliment the seasons. With many of Vermont restaurants being farm to table they rely on local farmers to supply seasonal produce, which helps chefs formulate a fall menu. Vermont Foodie Stand in Lyndonville Vermont offers affordable food made from scratch; their fall menu is infamous for paying tribute to all things autumn. A fan favorite is their pulled pork braised in apple cider served with pineapple salsa with a warm baked bun.
- Or try Michaels on the Hill in Stowe, Vermont; a chef owned farm to table restaurant. Their fall menu offers many appetizers including pumpkin frites with Chevre and Truffle honey gastrique and for dinner you could get lost in their skillet chicken with smashed potatoes and fall harvest succotash with a natural jus. Vermont offers a variety of delightful restaurants that change their menus to match the changing of the seasons, regardless of the town you’re in you will be able to find a fall menu that satisfies your palate.
Scenic Autumn Drives
- Southern Vermont- 80 miles: This beautiful fall drive takes you to Southern Vermont. You will see classic New England beauties and the thriving towns of Manchester and Bennington. The drive begins in Manchester and ends in Searsburg. This drive is not a loop and will require you to double back, so kick back and enjoy the beauty of southern Vermont and its’ fall splendor. Check out this drive here.
- Central Vermont- 145 miles: This drive takes you around the central part of Vermont. This loop intersects and offers a drive around a striking mountain and two lakes. Make sure to stop off in Proctor to see the Wilson Castle. Check out this route here.
- Northern Vermont- 60 miles: This scenic autumn drive starts and ends in pastoral Stowe, Vermont where you can hike, shop, or dine. This loop explores Stowe and the northern mountains of Vermont. You can find this route here.
- Summer shandies are out, fall has arrived and we are ready for a nice pumpkin ale. When the fall beer comes out, it’s time to celebrate. Let’s look at which breweries will be harvesting up our favorite fall selections. Harpoon Brewery located in Boston, Mass and Windsor, VT has added a new fall beer called Flannel Friday. Flannel Friday is amber ale that combines a whole lot of malt with hints of pine and citrus.
- Kingdom Brewing fresh out of Newport Vermont offers a Maple Nut Brown Ale and a Pumpkin Imperial Pale Ale, take a drive into the Northeast Kingdom for a day of good beer and fun in their Brew Cabin.
- Or travel to Whetstone Station in Brattleboro Vermont and experience their in-house nano-brewery and sample Fall Guy, a malty brew with hints of hops, honey, stone fruits, and splash of citrus. Whetstone is a brewery, restaurant, and bier garten.
- Vermont offers a variety of fall festivals that appeal to travelers and locals alike. Here are a few of my favorites. Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival- Bennington, VT- September 2-3, 2017. Come to Bennington Vermont and check out food and crafts from 100+ vendors all made from garlic and herbs. Enjoy the festival and relax at the Beer and Wine Garden while listening to live music.
- Vermont Golden Honey Festival- Proctorsville, VT- September 9, 2017. Don’t let this small town fool you! This festival offers big fun including vendors that offer honey related fare, crafts, and books. This festival offers something for everyone.
- Oktoberfest Vermont- Burlington, VT- September 21-23, 2017. Head in to Burlington for Oktoberfest Vermont for Beer, games, live music, and German food. With over 40 brewers in attendance, you’ll find a beer to suite your fancy.
- Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival- Mount Snow, VT- September 22-24, 2017. Enjoy a weekend packed with small specialty food producers, chefs, painters, cheese makers, farmers, and jewelers at the 10th Annual Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival. With over 70 vendors including 20 Vermont wineries and distilleries festival-goers will be able to taste and savor a unique Vermont experience.