Tips For Planning Your Vermont Fall Foliage Trip
People from all over the world travel to Vermont to see the beautiful Vermont foliage. Here, we give you Road Trip tips, amazing selfie spots, Fall events, recipes, and more.
1.) Plan ahead. Check out this foliage forecaster to see when the leaves will “peak”. Remember that different parts of the state peak earlier than others. Typically, foliage season is from mid-September through mid-October.
2.) Make reservations. You will need to plan your accommodations early, as it’s one of the most popular times to visit Vermont. Research and make reservations at restaurants ahead of time to be sure you will dine in style! Some of our busy area restaurants require over a week’s notice to get in on weekend evenings.
3.) Try the local flavor. Vermont is known for it’s wholesome, locally sourced food scene, so be sure to stop at Farmers’ markets, try the restaurants, breweries and wineries, and pick up some treats at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Ben & Jerry’s or Cabot Creamery.
4.) While you’re here… make sure you take advantage of all the area attractions. Check out our blog for a Day in Burlington or Choose Your Own Vermont Adventure. Also, check our coupons page to see if there are any public discounts available.
5.) Check out our local calendar of events – maybe you can catch the Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms, or the Vermont International Film Festival.
6.) Don’t leave Vermont without a bag of apples and cider donuts, and don’t forget to stock up on maple syrup!
Top Selfie Spots During Foliage Season:
It’s okay to #HumbleBrag about spending time in Vermont. With so many gorgeous places to see, it’s nice to share your experiences with friends and family. You might just inspire them to come with you next time! Also, when seen in person, you’ll quickly understand why many posts of the Green Mountain State have #NoFilter: it’s just naturally that lovely!
• Along the Church Street Marketplace: Amid the colorful shops, entertainment and public art, it’s hard to find a bad angle here. The beloved Leap Froggers and Big Joe Burrell sculptures are perennially photogenic.
• Sunset at Waterfront Park: This crowd-pleaser shared on social via #VTSunset almost daily, offers up dynamic light rippling across Lake Champlain, with sailboats and the Adirondacks enhancing the perfectly picturesque scene. Tip: don’t just come in good weather. Overcast and dynamic clouds offer contrasts that make for excellent pics!
• At a local vineyard where the lighting is always great and the spirits are high! Try Boyden Valley, East Shore Vineyard, Shelburne Vineyard or Snow Farm Vineyard for starters.
• In motion on the Colchester Causeway: Along this pedestrian path, cycle or walk while being literally surrounded by Lake Champlain and the colors of fall.
• Atop Mount Philo: One of the beautiful Vermont State Parks. This easily accessed perch offers expansive panoramic photos of the Lake Champlain Valley.
• While climbing a tree to pick those ruby red apples in Adams Apple Orchard, Hackett’s Orchard or Allenholm Farm. While you are at it, inhale the tantalizing smells of those freshly baked apple pies.
• In the Lake Champlain Islands: Head north to capture pristine beaches, lush orchards, plus mountain views and… coral reefs?! Yes, it’s true, head to the Fisk Quarry for a photo of the oldest known coral reef in the world.
• Amid the fields or flowers of Shelburne Farms: the 1,400 acre working farm, forest and National Historic Landmark. Can you say “cheese”??
• At the Historic Ethan Allen Homestead overlooking the Winooski River. Strike a pose in front of this modest farmhouse, the last home of General Ethan Allen, Vermont’s revolutionary hero.
Fall is a perfect time to whip up some pumpkin pie or to make almost anything apple. Below are a few of our favorite recipes. If you have a recipe you would like added to the list, email Nicole@vermont.org.
|Apple Brie Salad|
|Musque de Provence Pumpkin Soup|
Fall Foliage Specials
Basin Harbor: Throwback for Fall, Bucket package
Smugglers’ Notch: Autumn Fest (Stay 3 nights or more and get one free)