What could be a better way to appreciate the fall weather than to get out in the middle of it all? Vermont has some of the most beautiful and accessible trails in the country, get out there before the leaves disappear!
The best way to beat the leaf-peeping crowd, if you can swing it, is to go early on a weekday morning. Our favorite hikes are the sunrise on Camel’s Hump in Duxbury (rated hard) or if you’re looking for something shorter check out Stowe Pinnacle (rated moderate)! If you’re lucky, the “Stowe Dogs” will find you and do this trail with you, a pair of two wonderful Golden Retrievers who live in the area and love climbing the mountain with people. Recognize them by the bell they wear on their collar.
Hunger Mountain (Waterbury) is another good local option that is shorter than Camels Hump but still rated difficult. Near the top, you'll get to try out some of your rock climbing skills!
Be safe and have fun! Always remember a flashlight and plenty of water, most trails are well marked.
One of the best places to visit in Vermont right now is Burlington, the small but vibrant city right on Lake Champlain. There is plenty to do right on the water in this small city.
Sign up for a beautiful Sunset Cruise on the famous Spirit of the Ethan Allen. You’ll get a delicious dinner and your choice of drinks all while soaking in the view.
The city offers a number of top-rated restaurants to enjoy, many of which are along the Church Street Marketplace. A long brick road surrounded on either side by shops and restaurants, all meant for pedestrians traffic only. On Sunday mornings when it’s sunny expect to see more puppies and dogs than you could dream of enjoying the day with their owners.
Another interesting area to visit is Shelburne VT, which is home to both Shelburne Farms and the Shelburne Museum. The purpose of the farm is to educate the community on sustainability. The working farm is 1,400 acres and has a forest area with year-round walking trails. Don’t miss the delicious bakery on the lower level of the main barn.
The Shelburne Museum is close by and is essentially a giant outdoor museum, home to the famous Ticonderoga ship (ever wonder how those pencils got that name?). Explore the forty different historic buildings around the 45 acres, admire the art, stop in the various cafes and general store for lunch, snacks, or just coffee!
If you have a passion for baking (or enjoy the aftermath) visiting the King Arthur Flour’s Vermont campus (Norwich) for a day is a must. Not only does their café have a delicious deli and bakery offering fresh sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and bread for their visitors, but it is also accompanied by every bakers dream gift shop and all sorts of baking lessons. The baking lessons are available for all skill levels, from Home Baker, to Kids level, and even Professional Level. Their classes are different every day and cover everything from a Pie and Tart Workshop, Croissant making, and even Crackers and Breadsticks. Check out their full calendar at their website and don’t forget to arrive with plenty of room because once you get there you’ll want to try everything at least once.
Are you looking to move to the area? See our local listings or give us a call at 866-324-2427.