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2018 Fall Color on Display!

By Linda WarnerOct. 11, 2018

October 4, 2018

September has gone and with October we find fall has really taken hold. Pumpkins are ripe on the vine, apples are being picked from trees, and special fall treats are evident everywhere. (Mmm, pumpkin spice latte and warm apple pastries.) The mountains of Vermont have joined the season's festivities and taken on their fall colors in earnest. The changes from just a week ago are noticeable. Look at what a beautiful show nature has provided by checking out these photos from around the state.

If you can't wait to see nature's magnificent display, head to our Autumn Photo Gallery for a glimpse into years past. And, remember – it’s never too late to plan a fall vacation. Fall is also Festival season in Vermont so there's lots to do while soaking in the beauty around you.


The Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our Leaf Squad from around the state.

For more info on current conditions, call Vermont's Seasonal Hotline at (802)828-3239 ... and tell them sent you!


"Just about peak in Burke. This weekend is the last weekend for the Burke Mountain Bike Park, but there are a few more weeks for Kingdom Trails. Other great ways to check out the foliage are via canoe/kayak at Clyde River Recreation or a guided ATV Tour with NEK Adventures."
-- Laura Malieswski, Burke Area Chamber of CommerceBurke, VT

"Seeing a lot more color this week in the Jeffersonville area. Live, outdoor music this weekend at Martell's at the Red Fox. Lots of other happenings in the area - harvest markets, wine tastings, breweries and always good eats!"
-- Jessica Bonath, Sterling Ridge Resort, Jeffersonville, VT


"The colors are beginning to change in central Vermont! As you walk around, underfoot is increasingly red and orange as the leaves are continuing to drop. This week has been dark, windy, and rainy in Proctorsville, Vermont but this weekend was beautiful with full sun, illuminating and highlighting the changing colors among the trees."
-- Julie Wood, Golden Stage Inn Bed & Breakfast, Proctorsville, VT

"Wow, that happened fast! With cooler temps this week, leaves picked up the pace of their transformation in the Killington Valley. Mid-week moisture gives us misty vistas to accentuate pops of red and yellow. As we head toward the weekend the sun will be back, along with perfect autumn warmth and glowing photo ops. Stop on in for the Red Clover's Wine Dinner on Friday night, featuring vintage 2015 wines of Italy, Spain and France, and savor the flavors of fall with our one-time chef's pairing menu (reservations required.)"
-- Vicky Tebbetts, Red Clover Inn,  Mendon, VT

"Fall foliage behind the Birch Ridge Inn at Killington. The inn is located one mile from Killington Mountain in its northeast shadow. The nominal altitude of the inn is 1850 feet above sea level. The trees behind the inn are a mixture of birch, maple, oak and poplar. The colors behind the inn are a very good representation of what would be found in the Killington Basin area of Killington."
-- Bill Vines, Birch Ridge Inn,  Killington, VT


"While not at peak foliage quite yet, the red-yellow-orange to green balance has definitely shifted. Southern Vermont views do not disappoint today! Bromley Village, nestled slopeside, is a fabulous spot to enjoy the transition. Join us as we celebrate fall and our final weekend of Adventure Park operations. The Sun Mountain Flyer, the Aerial Adventure Park, the Alpine Slides and scenic lift rides to the summit and more are ready to go, this Saturday through Monday from 10:30am to 5pm. See you on Sunday for some extra fun, featuring a chainsaw carving demo and pumpkin decorating!"
-- Janessa Purney, Bromley Mountain, Peru, VT

"The change in color over the last week has been dramatic. Looks like we're about ¾ of the way to peak color! Unfortunately, the weather has been so gloomy, we haven't had the chance to enjoy it. However, it is supposed to be a clear weekend. Perfect for enjoying the outdoors and some of the many events in the area."
--Linda Warner, Vermont,com, Woodford, VT

"Attached some views from this morning in Londonderry. Looks like the colors have really started to explode this week! We're expecting a frost tonight, so maybe we'll see more colors this weekend."
-- Renee Smith, Londonderry, VT

While you're enjoying the fall foliage, plan to take in one of Vermont's many Fall Festivals.  For comprehensive listing, refer to our Fall Festivals page.


The "Current Conditions" map provides an approximate view of the current foliage color in Vermont, based on the reports we receive.

Foliage color generally starts to change in the higher, cooler areas of the Green Mountains, spreading down into the Lake Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley, and moving from north to south across the state. The exact timing of the color change varies from year to year, based on the weather.

By Linda WarnerOct. 11, 2018
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