There's a common saying about Vermont weather -- "Don't like it? Wait five minutes." Just as the forecast is known to change drastically in the Green Mountains, the seasons are also known to change dramatically and over, what seems every year, a very short time. This is especially noticeable when it comes to fall in Vermont. The transition to cold weather always seems to catch some people off guard and underprepared.
Not only are there important and practical to-do's that must be tended to, but also a handful of fun and enjoyable fall activities that no one should miss out on. Here's a list of the top 5 Vermont fall activities to check off before Old Man Winter arrives.
1. Get out and enjoy the fall foliage The Green Mountains are renowned for having some of the most colorful and eye-catching foliage colors in the country. Every year thousands of leaf-peepers flock to the valleys, riversides and covered bridges to capture and immortalize these breathtaking images. Savvy 'peepers visit Vermont ski resorts to ride the chairlift and get a birds-eye view or hike to hidden fire towers dotted among the state's many vistas to admire the fall color palette at its finest.
2. Stack some Firewood There's a long-standing romance between Vermont and firewood. Not only does it serve as the primary source of heat for many homes, but everything from the cutting and splitting, to the stacking and burning represents a feeling of accomplishment and the time-honored tradition of living off the land. Plus, nothing compares to the thawing warmth of gathering near the wood stove on a cold Vermont winter night.
3. Go apple picking Vermont harvest season is a necessary part of shifting from fall to winter and apple picking is one of the best parts. Wandering the orchard rows is a great activity to do with kids and the reward is crisp, juicy and delicious. Mmmm, cider donuts.
4. Winterize your home As the nights cool, it's important to start checking your heating system, clean the chimney and close the storm windows to ensure your home stays toasty and efficient throughout the winter. Here's a great winter checklist to complete before the snow flies.
5. Attend an Oktoberfest or other fall festival Despite the many responsibilities we have when winter in Vermont is approaching, it's important to remember that fall is time for celebration. Summer has passed, the harvest is done and there's a wealth of fresh food, and beer, to enjoy. The Mount Snow Oktoberfest is a great place to sample some of the finest fall brews and browse a bevy of artisan crafts to add some fall flavor to your home.
Want to enjoy fall without the work? Visit one of our Vermont rental homes and leave the wood stacking and winterizing to us.