Vermont Fall Foliage

Vermonter's Guide to Autumn Colors in VT

Fall foliage season in Vermont is brief but beautiful in the Green Mountains. VT foliage season draws visitors from around the globe. Needless to say, the hotel rooms are often booked solid so finding a place to stay can be a bit difficult at the last minute. Summer 2007 was a bit dry in terms of rainfall but nearly every weekend was sunny and pleasant with a minimal amount of humid days. Usually, when a Vermont summer is this delightful, the autumn months are equally magnificent. The beautiful reds, oranges and yellows of Vermont fall foliage palette paint a swath of colors across the landscape. Many more Vermont photos are available at our Flickr website too.

The fall colors usually begin in early September. The northernmost areas of Vermont typically experience the Vermont foliage hues first. A trip to Willoughby Lake will usually reveal a few reds starting to appear in the maples. By the end of the month, the Northeast Kingdom should be a virtual light show of Vermont fall foliage highlights. Unfortunately, Vermont's autumn colors don't stay around very long. Maybe a week at the most during peak foliage season. Leaf peepers will need to act fast.

Inns and hotels throughout Vermont typically fill up fast during foliage season. If you wait until the last minute, it can often be pretty tough to get a place to stay during September and early October. If you haven't reserved a place to stay, see what's available through's discount lodging and hotel search. For stays in the Northeast Kingdom, we recommend the Newport City Motel and the Anchorage Inn if you're vacationing in the Burlington, VT. area.

Enjoy this absolutely wonderful Vermont Fall Foliage video

The Vermont foliage scenes below were taken in fall 2005. The second photo is from the Shelburne Orchards Small Farms Food Fest. Well, at least back then it was "small". Past years were considerably much busier so we'll have to see what this year brings.

Ski areas offer some great opportunities to view the foliage from chairlifts and gondolas. Stowe's auto toll road is open through October 14th with some terrific Vermont foliage views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. The Gondola Skyride and Alpine Slide are also open until mid-October.Vermont fall colors
At the Sugarbush Resort, also tucked into Vermont's Green Mountains, you can ride the chairlift through early October, noting the changes in local flora, vegetation and Vermont foliage as you ascend through alpine levels. From the top of Gadd Peak, hikers can go on to Lincoln Peak then take a variety of trails from Castlerock Peak (1.3 miles) to Canada (127 miles.) Though the resort offers a variety of fall activities, including golf, Sugarbush also promotes its location as a starting point to tourist hot spots. Killington, which has been offering Vermont fall foliage packages for almost half a century, provides gondola rides to Killington Peak on weekends throughout this month, and daily starting Sept. 29 through Columbus Day weekend, ending Oct. 8, which is the peak foliage season, according to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. From the Killington Peak summit on a clear day viewers can see five states.

Enjoy the photos from our Vermont Fall Foliage Photos collection.

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