Vermont’s foresters are charged with overseeing conservation and land management projects in the Green Mountains, meaning they get front-row seats to the annual foliage change. Here, a handful of foresters share their view from the woods as leaves change from green to red, orange, and yellow.
September Adventures in Vermont
Vermont weekly Seven Days breaks down some of the adventures to be had in Vermont in September, as summer prepares to hand over the landscapes to fall, including adventure dinners, fly fishing, and adventures at northern Vermont’s Quimby Country.
When Is Peak Foliage in Vermont?
Many travelers want to plan their Vermont fall vacations around peak foliage, when colors are at their brightest and most concentrated statewide. Peak foliage depends on a number of factors.
Scott Farm Orchard Focuses on Heirloom Apples
Dummerston’s Scott Farm Orchard has been the hub of an heirloom apple empire since the early 20th century. Today, it’s a pick-your-own orchard, a festival and educational venue, and newly minted hard cider brewer.
Feast on a Vermont Fall
Vermont’s artisan food and craft beverage scene is world-renowned, and Vermont’s seasonal food offerings are unparalleled. From cider doughnuts to pie to coffee, check out what Vermont 251 Club members look forward to during their explorations of the state.
Favorite Fall Activities for the Whole Family
A Vermont fall offers something to enjoy for the whole family, from pick-your-own orchards to delicious doughnuts and seasonal treats to exploring a Vermont corn maze.
Meet Vermont’s Apple Growers
Vermont’s orchards produce fruit infused with the flavors of Vermont’s landscapes and seasons. As apples statewide begin to ripen, get to know Vermont’s growers via Dig In.
Mountains to Main Streets
Vermont’s mountains segue smoothly into walkable downtowns steeped in history. Maps of Vermont towns light up with local dining, shopping that feels like a treasure hunt, and the kind of scenic beauty you find on postcards.
Get to the Core of Apple Season
Picking your own apples, attending a harvest festival or fair, meeting and learning more about Vermont’s apple growers, and sampling unique cheese and cider pairings are just some of the ways to enjoy farm fresh apples.
FOLIAGE: THE INSIDE SCOOP
Vermont’s 251 Club members aim to visit all 251 towns and cities in the state, giving them the inside perspective on where to see the best fall foliage. Check out their recommendations inside.
THE BEST TIME OF YEAR IN VERMONT
For Vermonters, fall is for craft cider and cheese—with a view.
Middlebury’s Swift House is a Salon for Arts and Culture
New owners of Middlebury’s historic Swift House Inn say the inn’s three bedrooms “rhyme with” its Victorian beginnings, with new landscaping, a stone patio, and a continued theme of arts and culture.
The Joy of Shredding Vermont
Vermont’s mountain biking scene is next-level. Get to know two of our state’s most acclaimed female riders and get inspired to plan a MTB trip of your own to the Green Mountains.
Fall For Vermont’s Historic Sites
Fall is the perfect backdrop to take in the captivating stories of Vermont’s beginnings. Vermont State Historic Sites Section Chief Tracy Martin outlines COVID-safe ways to experience Vermont’s history this fall.
For Vermonters, fall is for craft cider and cheese—with a view.
Vermont’s Outdoor Communities Cultivate Space for BIPOC Joy
For people of color, creating space and an accepting community outdoors provides the opportunity to discover the peace, connection, and authenticity that comes with trying new activities and experiencing Vermont’s natural beauty alongside peers..
5 Places to Stay for Foodies
Country inns, picturesque B&Bs, lavish hotels, and unforgettable resorts offer gourmet and hyperlocal menus alongside world-class hospitality, immersive experiences, and luxurious accommodations.
Recreation for Every Body in Vermont
Boardwalks and rail trails make Vermont’s beautiful outdoor views and invigorating hikes and recreation opportunities available to everyone, regardless of skill or ability level.
Outdoor Art Shines at Manchester’s Seven Springs
Featuring 15 sculptures on 20 acres, this southern Vermont sculpture park is the project of a couple committed to keeping art accessible to all. With no set path, visitors can explore the land at will and on their own time.
Get a Taste of Farm Life
Staying at Liberty Hill Farm lets guests experience everyday life on a working farm, including milking cows and bottle-feeding calves. Some families return every year for the sense of serenity farm life affords.
A Long Weekend in Stowe
Join outdoor adventurer Tyrhee Moore for a long weekend in Stowe, where he paddles at the Waterbury Reservoir, discovers Vermont’s world-class craft beer scene, and learns how to mountain bike at Trapp Family Lodge.
Shred Vermont’s Trails
Mountain biking in Vermont offers an immersive outdoor experience and the chance to leave behind the ordinary. Inside this month’s Staytripper, learn about Vermont’s trails, watering holes and two-wheeled adventure.
72 Hours in Woodstock-Quechee
The Woodstock-Quechee region is filled with history and quiet charming towns and villages. Located along the eastern section of the Vermont Route 4 Scenic Byway, take in the history of the villages while exploring the region’s natural wonders, shopping and dining, and classic New England history and heritage.
Green Mountain Adventures Guides the Way
Lessons and guided adventures in kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, and cross-country skiing await in Middlebury, where Green Mountain Adventures leads the way.
Pick Your Own Fruit This Season
From ripe, sweet June strawberries to blueberries and raspberries nestled under leaves, Vermont farms offer pick-your-own experiences all growing season. Find a farm for this family-friendly activity.
72 Hours in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom
Inspiring landscapes punctuated with mountains and the solitude that comes with spending time in the seclusion of nature, along with a focus on farm-to-table dining and outdoor recreation, are the highlights of time in the NEK.
Three Walkable Vermont Downtowns to Explore
Small, walkable downtowns pack a lot of fun into a few square miles. Public art, farmers markets, and stunning historic buildings make for the backdrop for a Vermont vacation to remember.
72 Hours in Bennington, Vermont
Vermont’s Shires region is a stronghold of arts, history, culture, and things to do, as well as access to bountiful outdoor recreation options. Here’s how to spend 72 hours in Bennington.
Savor a Glut of Gluten-Free Options
Discover gluten-free options on menus around Vermont, including beers and hard ciders, breads, baked goods, and elevated classics like cheese, wraps, smoothies, and salads.
Canoe Trail Connects Vermont to Canada, Neighboring States
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile waterway, stretches from Old Forge, N.Y., in the Adirondacks to the St. John River in Fort Kent, Maine, and includes 145.5 miles in Vermont. Paddle the whole thing or take one of the day trips outlined here.
Post Mills Aviation Museum Celebrates Inventiveness
Aviation enthusiasts, Americana history buffs, and art enthusiasts will find hours of entertainment at Brian’s Museum of Rusty Dusty Stuff in Post Mills. The museum houses everything from hot air balloons to art by the late collector.
How to Pair Vermont Beers and Cheeses
Cheese and beer are a match made in Vermont. Here’s your guide to finding the perfect cheese pairings for your craft pour.
Slopeside Snacks and Pours
A great day on the hill calls for some serious après. Restaurants with fun, vintage flair and hearty local fare welcome skiers and riders.
In Brattleboro, a Church is an Atmospheric Music Venue
Rambunctious metal shows, intimate folk music gatherings, and everything in between find space and a stage at Brattleboro’s Stone Church, which reopened as a live music venue in 2016, enlivening Brattleboro’s arts scene.
Three Must-Visit Heritage Attractions in Southern Vermont
Contemporary art, American history dating back to the Lincoln presidency, and an immersive gallery, as well as Vermont’s largest outdoor sculpture garden, await in southern Vermont.
Bikes and Brews Come Together in Stowe
Guides at Stowe’s 4 Points Tours teach the basics of mountain biking before guiding guests on explorations of Vermont’s trails and breweries. Guests can also customize their own tours with knowledgeable guides.
Why to Hire an Outdoor Guide
Planning a trip with a guide lets you drop the map and focus more on the adventure. A guide is your entry to the local experience.
Five Resources to Plan Your Trip to Vermont
Planning for future travel can boost your mood and give you something to look forward to. As you plan for future travel to Vermont, use these five resources to find inspiration.
Farm-to-Table Dining in Vermont
Farm-to-table dining puts Vermont’s flavors and fields at the heart of every plateful. Sample local cheese, Vermont-grown meat, Green Mountain produce, and more.
4 Inspiring Northern Vermont Performing Arts Spaces
Independent performing arts spaces bring to life creative, inspiring, and entertaining takes on the classics, as well as original plays and shows. Grab your tickets and check out these one-of-a-kind performing arts spaces in northern Vermont.
Wheelchair-Accessible Vermont Adventure
Blogger and wheelchair user Cory Lee tours Vermont for a week of accessible adventure in the fall, from sampling maple syrup and seeing wild birds up close to taking in beautiful waterfall views on accessible trails.
TIPS FOR VISITING A FARMERS MARKET IN VERMONT
Outdoor farmers markets are a great place to sample Vermont spirits and enjoy prepared foods with the Green Mountains as a backdrop. Enjoy live music and discover other goods like pottery and jewelry while meeting growers and makers. Make the most of your experience with these tips.
Experience Harvest Season at Philo Ridge Farm
Charlotte’s 400-acre Philo Ridge Farm’s restorative agricultural practices yield savory hyperlocal meats and produce, served year-round with a seasonal menu at the farm’s kitchen.
Women’s History on the Long Trail
In 1927, the first trio of women through-hiked Vermont’s Long Trail, kicking off almost 100 years of women’s history on the trail. Inside, meet the Three Musketeers, the first female president of the Green Mountain Club, and more trailblazing women.
Camaraderie and Inclusion Make Vermont’s Outdoors More Accessible
Finding and creating community within Vermont’s outdoor spaces is crucial to making them more accessible for BIPOC people and those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Read about some fun affinity group adventures from Powered Magazine.
Vermont Signature Events
Whether you're looking to take on all comers in a stein holding contest at Oktoberfest, stroll a historic southern Vermont downtown sipping wine and sampling soup, or sample Vermont craft beers while visiting with cows, the Green Mountain events calendar is full.
72 Hours in the Okemo Valley
Vermont’s Scenic Route 100 Byway winds across the Okemo Valley, through the Green Mountains and small villages that offer outdoor concerts and festivals, miles of backcountry by bike or on skis, and rich historic architecture. Here’s how to spend three days there.
72 Hours in the Lake Champlain Valley
The Lake Champlain Valley cradles the shore of Lake Champlain, and with every season, the landscape transforms, showcasing local character. Diverse experiences abound, including riding your bike or walking across Lake Champlain, picking your own produce at farm markets, and a vibrant performing arts scene.