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2020 Foliage Season: Color is Beginning to Pop!

By StaffSep. 24, 2020

September 24, 2020
"Happy 1st Week of Fall! Color is beginning to take off from north to south. The mountains are still pretty green, but there is a blush of yellow, orange, and red that promises to become brighter every day. The cooler nights will hopefully spur more color change and ramp up the reds. It seems that each village has a few sentinel maples that are giving us a preview of what's to come by showing off colors bright enough you'll want to pull over and enjoy it for a moment. Keep checking back here as we continue to gather information from our "Leaf Squad" to report foliage conditions throughout the state!

Reports are typically updated weekly, on THURSDAYS.

Between reports, you can find some gorgeous Vermont Fall scenery in our Autumn Photo Gallery, thanks to local photographers and visitors to Vermont. But truly, you've got to be here to fully enjoy the leaves. And remember, it's never too late to plan a fall vacation in Vermont!


Foliage color generally starts to change in the higher, cooler areas, spreading down into the valleys, and moving from north to south across the state.

'Peak' colors can be found at many different times & places as the season progresses, and the timing varies from year to year, based on the weather.

Beyond leaf peeping, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Vermont’s mountains, meadows and villages during the fall. Discover Vermont Fall Festivals and other fun things to do in Vermont with our Calendar of Events. Don't see your event? Feel free to suggest an event so we can add it to our Calendar.


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The Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our "Leaf Squad" from around the state. To submit a report for your area, please send it to [email protected], along with a photo of the location you are reporting from, and the date when the photo was taken.

To view past Foliage Reports, visit the Blog.

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


September 24, 2020 in Stowe, VT
Stoweflake Foliage 09-24-20"Fall scenes from Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa."

-- Courtney Dall'olmo,
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

September 23, 2020 in Shelburne, VT
Willow Pond Foliage 09-23-20"Beautiful sun breaks in the afternoon at Willow Pond Farm B&B with oranges joining the foliage display."

-- Bettina Stark,
Willow Pond Farm Bed & Breakfast

September 23, 2020 in Jeffersonville, VT
Smuggs Foliage 2020-09-23"Colors are really standing out lately at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Cold nights this past week have convinced the mountainsides of maple trees that autumn has, in fact, arrived. Welcome, fall! Yellows, oranges, and reds are all showing, but we are still not at peak. There’s still time to book your foliage getaway! Book before October 1st for 3 nights or more and get the next night FREE!"

-- Mike Chait, PR Director,
Smugglers' Notch Resort

September 22, 2020 in Burke, VT
Burke Area Foliage 09-22-20"Colors are popping early this year."

-- Laura Malieswski,
Burke Area Chamber of Commerce


September 23, 2020 in Mendon, VT
Red Clover Inn Foliage 2020-09-23"Scenic vistas and quiet moments await as we gear up for fall here in the Killington Valley. Visit the shores of a lake, drive our back roads, or reach new heights on a hike or trail ride. Colors are coming in fast now and it’s an amazing time to explore Vermont! The restaurant is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and we have space [at] the inn for visitors seeking leaf peeping adventures. Reservations required."

-- Carol Ryan, Innkeeper,
Red Clover Inn & Restaurant


September 24, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Taconic Foliage 09-24-20"We are so excited to have our fall decor compliment the changing leaves. You can see the golden colors in the trees shining through. Those shades of yellow will soon turn to orange and red. Let’s see what next week brings! Don’t miss this change to see Southern Vermont’s amazing fall foliage. Visit our website for fall packages and programming."

-- Anastasia Nichols,
Kimpton Taconic Hotel

September 23, 2020 in Bondville, VT
Stratton Foliage 09-22-20"In the blink of an eye tree's 'thinking about changing' have debuted their most brilliant reds and oranges while others are slower to show off their stuff. In the commons, pictured above, this is exactly the case. Deep orange and yellows dot the calm grassy area, standing shoulder to shoulder with others waiting for peak season to show off their color.

Around the resort, fall has been creeping in. Though we are still in the early stages of our foliage turn. Looking up the mountain and down the golf course, one would think we are near peak with the amount of color, but for each fully turned tree there are several still clinging to shades of green.

For now, color is best seen strolling through the village. Mountain Biking and Scenic Gondola rides give hints at what's to come.

Visit our website and stay up-to-date on latest travel guidance."

-- Luke Robins,
Stratton Mountain Resort

September 23, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Barnstead Inn Foliage 09-23-20"Today the sun began to set against the backdrop of lightly changing foliage at the East Of Equinox Farm in Manchester, VT where I, innkeeper of the Barnstead Inn keep my horses. After cooking a delicious, farm-to-table breakfast that we serve daily to our inn guests, I escape here. However, tonight I came here while my daughter played soccer at the recreational park across the street from the Barnstead and enjoyed the sunset on the hayfield as my horses each had a chance to graze the lush green grass with the flock of Canadian Geese. I’m very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place for me and my family! This week there are mild hues of yellow appearing on the mountains.

Last week on Friday, we were able to open our calendars for 100% occupancy. Those of you still hoping to get to Manchester to see it... now might be your opportunity before those few vacancies that remain fill up. I urge you to try our pop-up wood fired pizza night this Saturday from 4-8pm (check our social media for updates and more pop-ups). It’s outdoor only, so dress accordingly. Full bar with cocktail specials and artisan pizza, plus our fire bowl and fire table will be lit, see you then!"

-- Andrea Conrad, Owner/Manager,
The Barnstead Inn

September 22, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Manchester View Foliage 2020-09-22"The Green Mountains are starting to show a bit of color north of the Manchester View. High Meadow Way, the road the hotel is located on, has maple trees aglow with orange leaves. We've decorated with seasonal pumpkins, mums and more!"

-- Robin Green,
The Manchester View

September 22, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Grafton Inn Foliage 09-22-20"While the majority of trees surrounding Grafton remain green, a few are already adding a pop of color along Main Street!"

-- Ali Pierre,
The Grafton Inn

September 22, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Hampton Inn Foliage 2020-09-22"Crisp evenings are turning into sunny autumn days here at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Our patios and gardens are full of mums and pumpkins, *ready for a beautiful fall season!

Relaxing around the fire pit on the Adirondack chairs is the perfect way to end a busy day of apple picking, walking the trails along our streams and rivers, or strolling down Main Street. Book your stay today, we can’t wait to see you!"

-- Colleen Mullaney,
Hampton Inn & Suites

To view current Foliage Reports, visit the Foliage Reports page.
To view past Foliage Reports, visit the Blog.

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