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Tata’s Vermont Travel Guide: Fall
It's time to say goodbye to the warmth of summer, and say hello to the beauty of fall. Fall in Vermont is the perfect time to take advantage of the cool, fresh air breezes of the countryside. We're thinking: fall picnics, trips to the vineyard, apple picking, and more! With the gorgeous colors of the landscapes, it's hard not to daydream of a weekend escape.
So if you're coming from the city.....don't worry, we've got you covered! From where to stay to where to play, follow our recommendations below to curate your own ultimate Vermont fall getaway.
Located about one-and-a-half hours from the nearest commercial airport in Burlington, the journey into the bucolic landscape surrounding Barnard, Vermont begins the Twin Farms experience. Once on the property’s vast 300 acres, seclusion and privacy come first. With amenities and services that make your stay as adventurous and social, or serene and private as you wish, Twin Farms is the place to make your getaway exactly what you'd like it to be.
Right in the heart of Vermont's eclectic and eccentric city of Burlington, Hotel Vermont offers an authentic local experience in the heart of downtown right between the stores of Lake Champlain and the shopfronts of Church Street. Here you'll be able to explore like a local, relax like it's your job, and soak in every detail.
Experience the striking natural beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains at The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa. With elegant accommodations, fantastic on-site dining, and a picture-perfect convenient location in Manchester, Vermont, The Equinox offers a charming yet luxe destination for your fall time relaxation.
LEAF-PEEPING & HIKING
Hiking is perhaps the best way to take in all of Vermont’s fall foliage while also getting in some exercise, fresh air, and unwinding time. If you’re looking for a quicker scenic hike we recommend Mt. Philo in Charlotte, Vermont. You can even drive up if you’re feeling on the lazier side during your vacation.
For the more adventurous spirits, we highly recommend Camels Hump in Huntington, Vermont. This views from the 4,081-foot summit will surely not disappoint.
If you haven’t experienced Vermont in the fall, we recommend making your trip during prime leaf-peeping season. Smuggler’s Notch State Park in Stowe, Vermont is the perfect place to hike and unwind while taking in the fresh fall air. It is also a stunning vantage point for watching the leaves transition into their beautiful red, orange, and yellow hues. Mid-September to mid-October is typically a prime time to peep.
For additional recommendations check out Travel and Leisure’s list of 'The 12 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Vermont' for the complete VT autumn experience.
Located at the charming Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, the Von Trapp Brewery indeed has “A little of Austria, a lot of Vermont.” Transport yourself back to the classic 60’s story of The Sound of Music with Austrian Lager beers, warm Bavarian pretzels, and crisp mountain air. This rustic lodge and brewery is the perfect day trip for a tour of the beer crafting facilities and some delicious Austrian food in the mountains.
Nothing screams fall more than cider, warm donuts, and freshly picked apples. Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vermont is the spot for freshly baked goods and lots of homegrown Vermont treats. You can view the cider and donuts being crafted by hand right at the mill along with fresh honey and Vermont maple syrup.
The Woodstock farmers market is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Simultaneously a boutique regional grocery and deli-bakery combo, the market is ideal for the at-home chef or hungry passerby. Find sandwiches, lattes, produce, beer, and cheese—all Vermont fresh!
Located in Quechee, Vermont this Team Tata favorite has countless farm to table favorites. Head to The Mill at Simon Pearce for a fresh and local lunch or dinner experience. Take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying a delicious award-winning meal. Their rustic bar also has an extensive craft beer and full wine list along with a delightful handcrafted cocktail selection.
Simple, local, and organic are just a few of our favorite things about Hen of the Wood. With locations in downtown Burlington and Waterbury, Vermont their ever changing daily menu does not disappoint. They source all of their ingredients right from the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains and try to work seasonally with their produce to ensure fresh and real dishes. Both locations offer a warm, homey, and authentic Vermont dining experience.
This stunning orchard sits just behind Lake Champlain and the vast mountains in Shelburne, Vermont. Shelburne Orchards has everything from tractor rides to freshly distilled brandy and of course, apple picking! This season they will also have their annual Pie Fest including a pie baking contest and live music (a local favorite). This gorgeous orchard has everything you need for a perfect day filled with fun fall activities.
What’s fall without a corn maze? The Great Vermont Maze in Danville, Vermont is the largest in New England! Spend the day exploring the mazes and getting lost in the corn. They also have fun haunted Halloween events for those looking for something a little spookier this fall.
Located right in downtown Burlington, en route to the stunning waterfront of Lake Champlain, find unique vintage-inspired clothing, accessories, and home decor. Another Team Tata favorite, Tangerine Boutique has the seasons latest bohemian and thrift inspired finds you can’t miss out on.
Another high-end vintage boutique, and Burlington favorite, Rackk & Ruin Jewelry and Vintage has stylish hand curated and created clothing and accessories. Find one of a kind new and thrifted seasonal pieces located down on Pine Street.
Anyone craving some new handcrafted home decor should look no further than Farmhouse Pottery located in downtown Woodstock, Vermont. From woodwork to glassware, and of course pottery, you’ll find a plethora of vases, dining ware, and bowls alike. Farmhouse also has beautiful home accessories as well as handmade jewelry and apparel.
A Vermont family creating and curating fine diamond and artisan jewelry in five store locations in Vermont and New Hampshire, Von Bargen's Jewelry specializes in ethically sourced ideal cut diamonds, in-house custom jewelry creation and the finest curated collection of artisan jewelry from designers across the globe.
Looking for a more thrilling outdoor adventure this fall? Head to Stowe Mountain Resort for their ZipTour Adventure through the mountains. Their high-speed zipline tours launch just near the summit of Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield. Double and single rides are available.
Take a scenic ride through the mountains from Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain, at Stowe Mountain Resort for another outdoor adventure. This highspeed SkyRide gives you a tour of the beautiful scenery while gliding through the sky. Looking for more activities in this area? Enjoy hiking trails on Mount Mansfield as well as lunch at the Cliff House Restaurant and treats at the Summit retail gift shop.