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The Best Fall Color Road Trip in Vermont

Vermont Fall Farm
Take a fall scenic drive through Vermont. credit: Pixabay

If you are dreaming of cozy sweaters, sipping cider while snacking on some Vermont cheddar cheese and looking at trees in every shade of yellow, orange and red, then a trip to Vermont is a must. Pack up for a splendid weekend getaway through the Green Mountains with lots of stops at your favorite Vermont places. Get maple-flavored everything and find pumpkins overflowing their patches in a glorious fall color show, Here’s the Best Fall Color Road Trip through Vermont.

Must for the Best Fall Color Road Trip through Vermont 

See some Covered Bridges.
Take a Scenic Drive.
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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The Covered Bridges along Green Mountains Byway

Using Route 100, start in Irasville as you  drive north to Stowe, Vermont. Entering the Green Mountain Byway at Irasville, head south to Warren for two destinations–Warren Covered Bridge and Warren General Store.

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.

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.

Green Mountain Byway

Vermont Route 100 is a scenic byway that runs north-south from nearly th top to the bottom of Vermont. This is your roadway for the Best Fall Color Road Trip through Vermont. Paralleling the Green Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, it’s what you want from a Vermon Fall Color Road Trip. Drive through the forest with the tops of steeples making the  quaint towns, brimming with your favorite Vermont products.

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 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 7:30 a.m. from to 5 p.m.

Waterbury Center State Park

Get out of the car and collect some colorful leaves as a souvenir. The Waterbuy 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

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

Vermont Fall Foliage
Fall Folliage in Vermont. credit: Pixabay

Smuggler’s Notch Distillery 

If yor’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 and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Sample one of the best donuts in the U.S. according to Gourmet magazine. Then see how apple cider is pressed with a 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 a must for your Best Fall Color Road Trip through Vermont.

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 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. . Scooping since 1978,  get a cone then tour the Flavor Graveyard, a place for remembering the fallen flavors of the past.

Ben and Jerry’s offers at a 30-minute guided factory tour. Factory Tour offered Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and reservations are required. Prices start at $7 per person.

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

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 Moutains, enjoy the fall color and Oktoberfest.

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

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 all the activity in Stowe. Open from 9:30 p.m. to dusk. Prices start at $29 for the vehicle and $11 for passengers. Pack snacks and water for the trip, especially if you plan to hike at the top.

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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