Vermont in the fall is a picturesque masterpiece of the finest of nature’s artistry. The rolling foothills and towering mountains in the Green Mountain State transform from lush jades and greens to an autumn splendor of sun-soaked gold, blushing sienna, and fiery reds. Plus, Vermont’s charming towns adorned with historic buildings and covered bridges add to the autumnal charm.
Visiting Vermont in the fall is a bit like taking a trip to a nostalgic world where history, a sense of comfort, and natural beauty collide. Take a look at a few things to do in Vermont in the Fall, as well as the best places to stay while you’re here.
Where to Go in Vermont in the Fall
1. Check Out Local Festivals and Events
Autumn always feels a little like a celebration of the year’s harvest and good bounty, like the last hurrah before everyone buckles down for the winter. Therefore, the local cities and towns in VT are pretty big on autumn festivals and events. A few favorites include the Montpelier Fall Festival and the Apples & Crafts Fair & Food Truck Festival in Woodstock.
2. Visit Area Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
If your idea of a perfect autumn day is picking pumpkins and navigating your way through a corn maze, VT is the place to be. Many farms in the state open their fields to the public during the fall for everything from picking out the perfect pumpkin and taking hay rides to trying out massive corn mazes. While there are way too many to list here, a few of the top picks for such activities include Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze in Rutland and Winslow Farms in Pittsford.
3. Pick Apples at Moore’s Orchard
Vermont is known for producing amazing apples, so there’s no way you could visit in the fall without visiting an orchard. Moore’s Orchard in Woodstock is a prime destination for the must-do task with an orchard filled with 45 apple varieties. You can also get your hands on maple syrup made on-site as well as seasonal flower arrangements.
4. Take a Drive Through the Green Mountain Forest
The Green Mountain National Forest covers a massive area of over 400,000 acres in the western portion of the state. There are multiple roads you can travel through by vehicle to yield some of the most impressive views for leaf-peeping in the fall. If you decide to get out and explore on foot, you’ll find ample opportunities to do so. The area is filled with endless hiking trails and spectacular vistas that become jaw-dropping with the surrounding trees dressed in fall foliage.
5. Stop in at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market
The Woodstock Farmers’ Market is a year-round market that offers one of the largest collections of local goods, produce, and fares. However, during autumn harvest, the place is brimming with locally sourced produce and fresh foods. From specialty grocery items to freshly baked goods from the on-site bakery, the Bakehouse, you can find a bit of everything inside. This is an awesome place to stop if you’ve been out exploring and looking to refuel as the store even offers a Grab N’ Go Menu with fresh sandwiches made with locally sourced meats and ingredients.
Best Places to Stay in Vermont in the Fall
Regardless of where you decide to hang your hat for the night in VT, the state is filled with some of the most impressive accommodations. However, when visiting VT in the fall, certain locations provide an unforgettable experience, such as:
- Clear River Inn in Pittsfield – A pet-friendly “Viewtique Motel” situated in the Green Mountains with its own indoor/outdoor tavern and gorgeous views
- Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort in Plymouth – A resort situated on over 1200 acres with Black River and surrounding mountain views and townhouse villas nestled among the trees
- The Shire in Woodstock – A charming riverside getaway amazing views from every guest room
- OQ Farm in Bridgewater Corners – A classic VT farm setting with multiple barn-themed guest houses and 360-degree views of the mountains
- Wise Pines in Woodstock – A collection of accommodation types including private rooms, bunk houses, and tree houses tucked into the woods
Visiting Vermont in the Fall? Start Your Journey at Sunday Drive
A visit to VT in the fall is something everyone should experience just once. If you’re planning your autumn VT excursion, be sure to clear some time for a visit to Sunday Drive in Woodstock. Our recreational dispensary provides one of the finest collections of cannabis flower in the state, as well as edibles, concentrates, and more. Take a look at our menu where you are free to order before you arrive.