Have an Epic Autumn Adventure

Maples and Birches
Cherry Trees, too
Our Foliage Picks and
Suggestions for You!


Stay in Town.

If you’ve already booked your rooms, rock on. If not, explore options at #stayMVT, where each property is unique, run by fabulous folks, and surrounded by natural beauty. Seasonal opportunities include an inspired fall package at Equinox Resort, with farm to table add-ons and a personal orchard tour! At the Wilburton Inn, an incentive to visit midweek and stay longer; book two nights Mon-Wed, and score a third for free. Kimpton’s Taconic offers “Fall-n-Apples,” which hooks you up with a sweet room, a couple of Shacksbury ciders, and OMG cider donuts. For serious adventurers? A two-stop stay through either hotel, with heli-transport from one locale to the other, and unique perks like a private fly fishing lesson with Orvis. Epic.

Savor the Season.

You can visit Taylor Farm all year long, but it’s really special in the fall. Admire cows in the meadow or Magic Mountain in the distance, and sample the creamiest, most delicious gouda on earth. More to savor at the Peru Fair (9/24) with its totally famous pig roast and spread of local vendors. $6 gets you a day of seasonal eats, live music, and fun, family-friendly activities. On the way, pull off Re 30 to ogle Stratton Mountain just before Bromley Resort. Gorgeous! On Columbus Day Weekend, hit Stratton Brewfest, too. Sip and twirl to Dark Star Orchestra amid pure foliage bliss.


the living room at Taconic, Manchester’s Kimpton Hotel


A private fly fishing lesson from the Orvis pros at Equinox Hotel & Resort


Oh, the Peru Fair!


Bet you won’t find a getaway where the shopping’s as fine as the scenery when the scenery’s just like this. Discover our indie shops and designer outlets first, then visit the Manchester Art & Craft Festival (9/30-10/2). A juried event in its 28th year, the Festival showcases the best of the best in art, craft, and design. Two more opportunities to meet experts and makers while cruise the pretty backroads: Antiques Week (10/1-4) and the Craft Council’s Open Studio Weekend (10/1&2, 10/8&9).

Eye Candy.

Summit Mount Equinox by car or by foot. Take a ride up the Stratton Gondola. Check out Merck Forest in nearby Rupert where the views leave you speechless before you even arrive. Best for groups: Backroads Discovery Tours. Consummate guide Sharon O’Connor runs two daily foliage trips with varying riffs, morning departures for history buffs, afternoon jaunts highlighting local culture. Both, replete with opportunities to soak up gorgeous vistas and colorful cascades along the way. You can book with a minimum of two, or bring friends – tour vans accommodate 8 or 11 peeps, depending.



Paint It
Two-Day Plein Air Workshop with Cynthia Rosen & the Southern Vermont Arts Center.
Register by 9/23 to capture the changing colors with her!

Pick It
Mad Tom Orchard in East Dorset is tops! Soak up the pretty views while you pick a wagon load. Fresh cider and Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts on weekends. Check in before you go for varieties and picking schedules. The season is short this year, last day in Dorset for picking 10/1.

Carve It
Equinox Valley Nursery’s fabulous fall festival, Saturday October 15th! Wagon Rides, Cider Donuts, Corn Maze, and Pumpkin Carving Contest. Plus, spectacular views of the Taconics.

Road Trip
Plymouth Notch Historic Site: Birthplace of Calvin Coolidge
Open through mid-October from 9 am ‘til 5 pm
A great excuse to cruise up stellar Route 100, with plenty of stops along the way. Snag some Plymouth Cheddar while you’re there!


Antique apple press at the Calvin Coolidge Homestead, Plymouth Notch

Tips: Pack your camera, your GPS, and your most comfortable shoes. Hope for sunny days sandwiched by crisp mornings and cool nights. Mom says pack “layers,” and we agree, plus a change for cocktail hour or dinner out. And, while you track the colors with Vermont’s Foliage Forecaster, remember that an adventurous drive or spontaneous hike has, more than once, completely floored us. Schedule yourselves for a couple terrific events, but make sure you leave time to just cruise. That insta-worthy vista can be just around the corner.


panoramic views at nearby Merck Forest & Farmland Center



Curated content brought to you by Kate Pace and Riley Moore. Questions, comments, and suggestions welcome about anything and everything Manchester VT!

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