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Color Wow: 11 Top Things for a Vermont Fall Color Road Trip

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Take a fall scenic drive through Vermont. credit: Pixabay

Get in a relaxing trip in the outdoors before the end-of-year holidays and busyness. A Fall Color Road Trip awaits in Vermont for those yearning for cozy sweaters, cider and Vermont cheddar. The trees glow every shade of yellow, orange and red. As travelers head through the Green Mountains, farm stands await with pumpkins, maple syrup and more. Here are the Top things for a Vermont fall color road trip.

11 Top Things for a Vermont Fall Color Road Trip.

Take a Scenic Drive.
See some Covered Bridges.
Grab a Gourd at a Farm Stand.
Stock up at a General Store.
Take a Hike.
Sample Vermont Spirits.
Collect some  Leaves.
Take a Cider Break at Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
DIY Ghost Tour through the B&J Graveyard.
Lift a Stein at the Biergarten
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Route 100 — Green Mountain Byway

Vermont Route 100 is a scenic byway that runs north-south between Vermont’s top to bottom. This is the best route for the Best Fall Color Road Trip through Vermont.

Paralleling the Green Mountains (part of the Appalachian Mountains), road trippers will pass quaint towns with lots of options for dining and shopping, The drive takes travelers through the forests brimming with yellows, oranges and reds.

See a covered bridge. Credit: Catherine Parker

The Covered Bridges along Green Mountains Byway

To grab Route 100, start in Irasville, north of the Green Mountain National Forest. Taking Route 7 up to the middle of Vermont saves some time (especially for New Yorkers).

If traveling from Boston, drivers might want to use Interstate 89 to get to Irasville. Route 103 is another option for slower travel.

After entering the Green Mountain Byway at Irasville, head south to Warren for two destinations–Warren Covered Bridge and Warren General Store. This is one of the top things for a Vermont Fall Color Road Trip.

Warren Covered Bridge–Crosses the Mad River and is located at 19 Fuller Hill Rd. in Warren.

After visiting the Warren Covered Bridge and stopping by Warren General Store, head north on Vermont Route 100.

Waitsfield Covered Bridge–Crosses the Mad River and is located on Bridge St. in Waitsfield.

Pine Brook Covered Bridge–Crosses the Pine Brook and is located at 1283 N. Road in Waitsfield.

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Hartshorn Organic Farm 

Walk through this top farm stand for seasonal vegetables, like gourds and pumpkins. It’s also an educational facility for organic farming and offers farm tours. Find seasonal flowers along with wood-fired pizzas and their own maple syrup.

Located at 54 Quarry Rd. in Waitsville. Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30  p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the season from June to October.

Warren Store

Stop at a quaint country store with all those Vermont-made products stocked just for you..  The Warren Store also sells provisions for a picnic with its deli. Find cider, for the kids and the adults, syrup, cheese along with gift items upstairs.

Located at 284 Main St. in Warren. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Waterbury Center State Park

Get out of the car and collect some colorful leaves as a souvenir. The Waterbury Center State Park is a 90-acre day-use park along the shores of the 850-acre Waterbury Reservoir.

It’s a more developed area to explore and an easy stop if in Waterbury. Take the Peninsula Nature Trail for an accessible trail. This is one of the top things for a Vermont Fall Color Road Trip.

Located at 177 Reservoir Rd., about a quarter-mile from Waterbury.  Open 10 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Vermont Fall Foliage Top Things for a Vermont Fall Color Road Trip
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Smuggler’s Notch Distillery 

If you’re looking for a locally produced distilled spirit, then the Barrel House Tasting Room featuring Smuggler’s Notch spirits is for you. With regionally inspired flavors, find award-winning gin, rum, bourbon and vodka.

Located at 2657 Waterbury Stowe Road. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Sample one of the best cider donuts in the U.S. according to Gourmet magazine. Then see how apple cider is pressed with an original press from the 1920s. Don’t miss grabbing a sample of the apple cider for a true flavor of Vermont. They even produce a line of hard ciders now.

Find baked goods in the on-site bakery or sit down for a meal in its restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch. There’s even a honey bee observation hive. This is one of the top things for a Vermont Fall Color Road Trip.

Located at 3600 Waterbury Stove Road. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. Top Things for a Vermont Fall Color Road Trip
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream near Waterbury. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream 

It might be fall, but it’s still sunny so have a scoop. A stop at Ben and Jerry’s is a must, and they’ve scooped ice cream since 1978. Travelers can get a cone then tour the Flavor Graveyard, a place for remembering the fallen flavors of the past.

Ben and Jerry’s offers a 30-minute guided factory tour. Factory Tour is offered daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Prices start at $7 per person.

Located at 1281 Waterbury Stowe Road. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Van Trapp Bier Hall

You made it. Now grab a craft brew and settle in at the Van Trapp Bier Hall. Located in the shadow of the Stowe Mountains, it’s one of the best places to enjoy the fall foliage.

It offers a restaurant serving lunch and dinner. The Biergarten serves beverages only and is first come, first serve.

Located at 1333 Luce Hill Road. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended for dining.

Mt. Mansfield Scenic Tollway

Take the easy way to the top of Mt. Mansfield from late May through the mid-October. The 4.5-mile route zip-zaps through the forest to get to the top of Mt. Mansfield with views of Lake Chaplain in the distance.

Located off Route 108/Mountain Rd., north of the activity in Stowe. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prices start at $32 for the vehicle and $12 for passengers. Passenger vehicles only so no RVs, trailers or bicycles. Pack snacks and water for the trip, especially if you plan to hike at the top.

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Take a Fall Color Road Trip through Vermont along the fabled Green Mountains Byway, a scenic route packed with farmstands, covered bridges, general stores and more. Find your favorite Made in Vermon products like cheese and cider and end the day at a Biergarten. Best Fall Color Road Trip through Vermont | Where to go in Vermont for a color weekend | Best scenic drives in Vermont #Vermont #LeafPeeping #FallColor
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Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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