Photo Blog: Autumn in Vermont

by Gray Cargill on October 19, 2010


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.

milkweed pod


fallen leaves on sidewalk


Autumn in Vermont

Stowe in fall

If you’d like to see more of my Autumn photos, check out my galleries on Smugmug.

Jiyeon Juno Kim October 28, 2010 at 3:55 am

Wooow… Gray! It’s so beautifu! 🙂 Autume is really different than any other seasons. Well, there are only four but it’s special. All the colors.. all the mountains in Koera also translate to just like that. It’s so beautiful!

SoloFriendly October 28, 2010 at 10:55 am

Do they? That’s cool. It’s only too bad the colors don’t last longer.

Travelogged October 25, 2010 at 12:39 am

I really enjoyed your post! I love fall foliage in the northeast, but I haven’t really been out of NYC over the past few weeks so I haven’t gotten to experience it. Hopefully central park will get some good colors.

SoloFriendly October 25, 2010 at 10:45 am

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, Liz!

Travelogged October 25, 2010 at 12:39 am

I really enjoyed your post! I love fall foliage in the northeast, but I haven’t really been out of NYC over the past few weeks so I haven’t gotten to experience it. Hopefully central park will get some good colors.

Michael Figueiredo October 22, 2010 at 1:23 am

Stunning photos! Here in California we never see the leaves change color. 🙁

Lori October 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Autumn is indeed – like you say – a treat for the senses – and not only from the color perspective! We have also the fruits and vegetables. I love autumn – is the time of the year when I was born – and I’m glad I live in a country with 4 seasons, enjoying each time of the year and special treats it has for us 🙂 Lovely photos, Gray! You made me wanna plan a long walk in the park this weekend with a camera;).

SoloFriendly October 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

You should, Lori! And thanks for the kind comments.

Emily Sims October 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm

So beautiful! Your photos really make me miss living in a place where the leaves change 🙂

SoloFriendly October 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Thanks so much, Emily. I’m glad you liked them.

Lisa E/chickybus October 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Gorgeous photos–especially the second one–and useful information! I’ve only been up to Vermont once; I should really check it out again. Looks wonderful. Would definitely try to avoid the weekend, based on your advice. I can imagine that’s the busiest time.

SoloFriendly October 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

You could try weekdays. You might still run into tour buses and retiree leaf-peepers, but it might be a bit less busy.

JoAnna Haugen October 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm


I love Las Vegas, but I admit to missing crunchy leaves and a world that looks like someone spilled an oil color palette over it. Kindly enjoy the view for both of us.

SoloFriendly October 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Will do. As long as you bask in the warm sunshine of Las Vegas for me this winter.

Sabina October 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I always loved Autumn too. I went to Stowe once. On a side trip while I was on a long weekend in Montreal, actually. We went to the Von Trapp Family Lodge, just to check it out and have dinner. I was a Sound of Music fanatic at the time, so I was thrilled. Have you ever been?

SoloFriendly October 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Yes, the Trapp Family Lodge is in a great spot and quite beautiful. I haven’t stayed there, of course, but have wandered around. It’s definitely worth a visit.

simon falvo October 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

How awesome! I’d like so much to see foliage in the USA. I’ve never seen the same colors here in Europe.
Lovely photos Gray.

Anonymous October 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

You must come to New England some fall, Simon.

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