Autumn is one of my favorite seasons in Vermont. I can’t quite decide if I love it more than summer or not. I do love the warmth and sunshine of summer, but there’s something special about the fall. . .If only it weren’t immediately followed by my least favorite season, winter.
Autumn is a treat for the senses: Brilliants reds, oranges and yellows explode like fireworks across the landscape. The dry, fallen leaves on the sidewalks bring out the kid in me, as I scuff my feet through them, enjoying the rustling sound they make and the crunch beneath my steps. And the tastes. . . oh the tastes of Autumn! Hot mulled apple cider with fresh, warm cider donuts–could there be a more perfect snack on a brisk day? Speaking of brisk, the days are becoming crisp and cool and the nights downright cold. People start firing up their wood stoves, and there’s a smoky overlay to the air, along with the smell of decaying leaves. It’s strange to love the smell of something decaying, but I don’t know a single Vermonter who doesn’t love the smell of the leaves in fall. The sound of Autumn is the honking of geese flying south and the rustling of tree branches in the wind.
If you want to enjoy these sensory experiences, too, October is the best month to visit. It is impossible to predict in advance when foliage will peak (I’ve seen it peak as early as early September), but generally, October is a safe bet. Also, foliage peaks at different times in various parts of the state, so if it’s past peak in one part of the state, chances are it’s peak elsewhere just a few hours’ drive away. Be forewarned that you will run into thousands of other leaf-peepers during October in Vermont, so be sure to book lodging well in advance and be prepared for the unthinkable: Bumper to bumper traffic in picturesque little towns like Stowe. Also be very cautious about other drivers on the road: sometimes the foliage is just so spectacular it distracts drivers and accidents happen.
This is Autumn in Vermont.
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