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Blog :: 08-2014

The Best Ways to See Vermont Fall Foliage

Fall is falling on Vermont, and to many people that means one thing: a chance to see the spectacular colors of Vermont's fall foliage. The changing of the leaves in Vermont is renowned as one of the state's most beautiful sights. But how do you see it? We've put together some of our favorite ways to check out the beauty of fall in Vermont — read on!

Vermont Fall Foliage Hike on Mount Olga


1. Hiking

Nothing puts you in the middle of the Vermont fall foliage better than a simple walk in the woods. To get up-close and personal with the trees and leaves, you should check out one of the many excellent hiking trails in southern Vermont. You can find information about some of our favorites — like Haystack Mountain or Mount Olga (above) — right here on our blog, or you can just make your way to one of our parks or mountains in the area to pick up a trail map.

2. Driving

To see the maximum amount of leaves, walking isn't going to cut it — you'll need to hit the road. A number of excellent scenic drives criss-cross southern Vermont for great views of the changing leaves and mountain scenery. One of the best is the Scenic Route 100 byway, which runs from north-to-south from Vermont's southern border to Granville in the heart of the state. This route will give you some amazing views of mountains, lakes, and valleys, and a fun driving experience to boot. For more ideas for picturesque driving routes, try these recommendations from Vermont Vacation or look over our previous blog post.

3. Cycling

Another great way to experience the fall foliage in Vermont is by bicycle. Many of Vermont's less busy roads are popluar with cyclists, and there are plenty of mountain biking trails to put you right in the thick of the changing colors. Jamaica State Park and the West River Trail are great places to get started, with several miles of multi-use trails that take you on a journey through Vermont's forests and trees.

West Dummerston VT covered bridge in fall - credit: chensiyuan

4. Canoeing

If you're as comfortable on the water as you are on land, a canoe or kayak can be another great way to experience Vermont's fall foliage. You'll have a great view of the changing colors along the lake shores and river banks. River canoeing and kayaking can be done on the Connecticut in Brattleboro, or on the western side of the Green Mountains, on the Otter Creek or Battenkill. You can take it a little slower by visiting one of southern Vermont's many lakes, ponds, or reservoirs. We recommend Harriman Reservoir for its long length and picturesque views.

5. Chairlift

There's no snow on the ground (yet), but that doesn't mean Vermont's many chairlifts are out of operation. Our area ski resorts, including Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain, spin their ifts during foliage season for get a birds-eye view of the fall colors.

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Best Wilmington, VT Restaurants for Date Night

After a long day of festivals, concerts, and other great summer activities, you and that special someone will probably be looking for a quiet, comfortable place to unwind and enjoy each other's company. Lucky for you, we've got just the place. Or rather, places. Four of them. We've put together a list of some of the top date-worthy Wilmington, VT restaurants for couples (and anyone looking for a good meal).

Nonna's Restaurant at the Inn at Sawmill Farm

Ext. of Nonna's Restaurant at The Inn at Sawmill Farm, VT

Fine Italian cuisine and casual elegance come together in this beautiful restaurant outside of Wilmington. Nonna's Restaurant is a classic date night choice for visitors to southern Vermont, and for good reason. A selection of delicious pastas, Italian classics, and delectable wines make this a great place for you and your companion to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Go on a Monday to enjoy music from local musicians as well!

Old Red Mill Inn

For New England classics and hearty American staples, there's only one restaurant to visit in Wilmington: the Old Red Mill Inn. Steaks, roasts, and New England seafood fill up this menu of delicious treats, along with fresh-baked breads and your choice of drinks. For lighter fare on those balmy summer and early fall nights, you can also visit Jerry's Deck, the outdoor section of the restaurant. With a roof to protect from rain and heaters to keep diners comfortable in the event of a sudden chill, your date night will undoubtedly be comfortable and delicious.

Anchor Seafood

New England has a reputation for delicious, fresh seafood. At Anchor Seafood in Wilmington, that's exactly what you'll find. This Wilmington, VT restaurant has pretty much everything you could ever want in terms of seafood. Lobster, crab, tuna, salmon, shrimp and more are on the menu each night, as well as more turf-based fare such as steak and chicken. If your ideal date night includes classic New England lobster tail or fantastic crab cakes, you'll have trouble doing better than Anchor Seafood.

Verdé Restaurant

Last but certainly not least on our list of great Wilmington, Vermont, restaurants for date night is Verdé at Stratton Mountain. This restaurant offers bold and unique interpretations of regional classics and locally-available foods such as artisanal local cheeses, farm-raised chicken and beef, and no shortage of venison. Verdé has a great reputation as one of the nicest and most elegant restaurants in the region, so take a look if you're planning to treat someone special to a memorable evening.

Dinner at Verde Restaurant at Stratton

After dining in one of Wilmington's best restaurants, it's time to relax in one of the best-possible lodging options, an exquisite rental home in southern Vermont. Take a look at some of our many short- and long-term rentals and find a perfect place to enjoy the rest of your date night.

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