Hello September! In many places, September conjures up thoughts of autumn colors, sweater weather, and warm beverages but no other place displays the fall season than more beautifully than New England. I have had the pleasure of taking a Fall Foliage tour to Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and I wanted to share it with you! I actually used a travel service for this trip because I had never been to the area and I wanted to make sure that I got a good overall picture of New England. Due to the magnitude of the trip, I’ll break it up into parts and today’s blog is New England Fall Foliage Tour – 2. Photos are below.
Planning the “perfect” Fall Foliage tour is not easy. Go too early, green still dominates the landscape, go too late and the colors might have come and gone! I would highly recommend reading the Farmer’s Almanac and getting on Fall Foliage tracker websites. Planning is essential, but just remember, Mother Nature is in charge! There’s enough history and attractions in New England that if the colors are lacking you can still have a good time!
If you’re following along my New England Fall Foliage tour, we will be leaving Massachusetts and winding our way through Vermont, accumulating memories along the way! We made a quick stop at Quechee Gorge for more sensational scenery. (The best thing about being on a bus tour is that the driver takes you to a drop off spot and picks you up afterwards. There is no wasted time driving around in circles looking for a parking spot!)
The old fashioned Vermont Country Store is next on the agenda. Founded in 1946, seasonal exterior fall decorations beckon you to stop and take a look. They have notable antiques and nostalgic items to take you back to your childhood. I dare you to not find something you’ll want!
Lunch was in historic Woodstock, where we encountered our first covered bridge. Boutique shopping, dining, three covered bridges and many other activities are available in Woodstock. You could spend a whole day just walking around this peaceful town.
Labeled as one of the finest outdoor museums, Billings Farm and Museum was up next. Founded as a non-profit educational institution by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller in 1968, Billings Farm and Museum is like taking a step back in time to the late 1800’s. Farm life exhibits, dairy cattle, sheep and a fully restored 1890 farm house allow you to experience life as it was when this farm began. You won’t want to miss their maple ice cream either!
While it might sound like a full day, it wasn’t over, now it was off to Stowe, VT for a couple of nights! We arrived at the Von Trapp Lodge in late afternoon. Just in time for a stroll where we encountered wild turkeys in the field. The lodge itself is beautifully decorated in its fall regalia. You need to spend a couple of days just to walk the grounds and drive into to Stowe to meander through the streets and meet the locals. Don’t miss Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and Tour or The Country Store for apples, apple cider and apple cider donuts! Also, Mount Mansfield is just a short drive and from the top you can look off over Lake Champlain and into Canada! But most importantly, the Von Trapp Lodge offers a short video about Maria Von Trapp. I will have to admit that I had never seen the Sound of Music at the time of my trip (I have remedied that now!) but the video was still very interesting and entertaining.
Our next blog will shuttle us out of Vermont and into the Live Free or Die countryside of New Hampshire. You won’t want to miss it!
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Until we meet again…