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2020 Foliage Season: Post Peak Season

By StaffOct. 15, 2020

October 15, 2020
"Most of northern Vermont is past peak with little color to display, though there may be pockets of color here and there. The higher elevations of central Vermont have some trees hanging on to their foliage, contrasting with the dark green evergreens and the soft gray hillsides where the leaves have fallen. The most foliage color right now is going to be found in the rolling hills of the Champlain Valley, including the Lake Champlain Islands and the Burlington area, and in the valleys of southern Vermont. 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!


October 14, 2020 in Jeffersonville, VT
Smuggs - Foliage 10-13-20"While by many people’s definition, we have now passed 'peak,' the colors are still bright at Smugglers’ Notch! High alpine birches have lost their leaves, with the green spruces and firs remaining, but in the lower elevations, many of those birches, poplars, and maples still hold on to their colorful coats of foliage.

This is the last weekend to enjoy the Fox Run Meadows disc golf course, but the Brewster Ridge disc golf course (ranked 8th best in the world) remains open for another week. Fire up those hashtags and catch the remaining color soon! Rumor has it, there’s snow in the forecast for the mountaintops for this weekend, making the perfect backdrop for snowliage photos. Fire up those hashtags and catch the remaining color soon!"

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


October 13, 2020 in Mendon, VT
Red Clover Inn - Foliage 2020-10-14"The fall colors are hanging in there across the Rutland/Killington region! These vistas are from Lake Bomoseen and the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, about 30 minutes from the Red Clover Inn & Restaurant. This week, the dining room is open on Thursday only, where you can swing to live jazz with Glendon Ingalls and the Red Clover Trio from socially distanced tables across three dining rooms. The inn is not open to the public on Friday or Saturday as we are hosting an intimate family event. We hope to see you Thursday - reservations are recommended!"

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

October 12, 2020 in Rutland, VT
2020-10-11 Foliage along Rt155-Rt103 by Renee Smith"This picture was taken on the way to Rutland from Londonderry, along Route 155 & Route 103. I think it's the perfect picture to show that there are some parts of the state with bare trees, and some parts with beautiful color remaining. We may be past the peak of the 2020 Foliage Season, but if you take a walk in the woods, you're guaranteed to see at least some beautiful fall colors remaining. Don't forget to look DOWN as well as up!"

-- Renee-Marie Smith, Leaf Squad Coordinator,


October 15, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Hampton Inn - Foliage 2020-10-09"Steps from the hotel you’ll find yourself in a magical fall wonderland, as brightly colored leaves form an arch overhead and cover the marble sidewalks underfoot, surrounding you in falls cozy crisp season! As you stroll, enjoy afternoon coffee, craft beer, or wine at our heated outdoor cafe’s. Or, bring your favorite bottle back to our patio to relax and enjoy around the fire pit. Whatever you choose, majestic mountain views are at every turn. Book your stay today and inquire about earning double points and free nights with Hilton Honors."

-- Colleen Mullaney,
Hampton Inn & Suites

October 14, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Barnstead Inn - Foliage 10-14-20"Our property is looking very fall festive! A successful Columbus Day weekend is now behind us and we are excited for the remaining couple of weeks of foliage reservations. The trees on our property are now beginning to look rich in color. The pumpkins, corn stalks and straw bales with mums in full bloom make it all like a fictional story. We had an engagement on the property this week! Love is in the crisp fall air around here. Come spend it with us, where you come as 'strangers' and leave as friends!"

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

October 14, 2020 in Grafton, VT
"Just like the mums on the front steps, the trees around the Grafton Public Library are hanging on to their last bits of orange and yellow hues. These October days have been perfect for a hike at the Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, with more sunny days to enjoy in the forecast ahead!"

-- Ali Pierre,
The Grafton Inn

October 13, 2020 in Manchester, VT
Manchester View - Foliage 2020-10-13"Autumn is a magical time in southern Vermont! It's peak leaf-peeping season with trees bathed in warm tones of yellow, orange and red. Everywhere you look there's another WOW moment. The view from every angle at The Manchester View is amazing!"

-- Robin Green,
The Manchester View

October 12, 2020 in Bondville, VT
Stratton - Foliage 10-12-20"With Harvest Fest officially behind us, the leaves have followed suit. Dark shades of red and orange still linger, but bare branches and trunks are beginning to take over the mountainside. Still beautiful enough for photos during a scenic hike, the time for [leaf] peeping is nearing a close. We now begin a quiet period of preparation. With each day that passes, opening day draws near. Village shops will still be open on the weekend and leisure hiking is a surefire way to get ready for the winter season.

Be sure to visit our website for lodging and travel guidelines."

-- Luke Robins,
Stratton Mountain Resort

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

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