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2021 Foliage Season - Early Reports

By Adam LouisSep. 9, 2021

September 9, 2021
We're starting to get some early season foliage reports! Keep checking back here as we continue to gather information from our "Leaf Squad" to report foliage conditions throughout Vermont. We will try to update our reports once a week, on Thursdays.

If you can't make it to Vermont during this year's Fall Foliage Season, 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.


Due to the Delta variant, things are changing rapidly. We recommend that if you are planning to attend an event in Vermont, please check directly with the event to see if it has been rescheduled.


The Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our "Leaf Squad" from around the state. You can send us a foliage report , for your area of Vermont, including a photo, description, and the location & 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!


Stoweflake - Scot Baraw - 09/06/21

September 06, 2021 in Stowe, VT
"We have some color-change in small pockets and at higher elevations. The weather is just starting to get cool but not cool enough to have much impact on the foliage. I predict slow progression over the next week as the weather is supposed to be quite nice and not very cool.

Come to the British Invasion this weekend! It's a three-day event that includes 'all things British,' with primary focus on classic British motorcars."

-- Scot Baraw,
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa


No Current Reports for Central Vermont


Renee Smith - Londonderry - 09/09/21

September 09, 2021 in Londonderry, VT
"This picture was taken in my neighborhood in Londonderry, along Route 11 in Southern Vermont, and as you can see, the yellows are just starting to peek thru. Temperatures have been in the low 70s during the day, with chilly mornings and evenings, making this a very comfortable time to visit Vermont (just remember to wear layers)."

-- Renee-Marie Smith,

September 08, 2021 in Bondville, VT

Stratton Mountain - Zach Gould 2021/09/08
Photographer: Zach Gould

"Hello from Stratton! While we are still enjoying the warm breezes of summer, the nighttime is beginning to feel a lot like fall at the mountain. We've seen the first few color changes high up in the canopies of select trees at lower elevations on the mountain. Dark red and oranges seem to be the first colors to show off this year, and we are excited to see more leaves turn in the coming weeks. It's just a few trees at the moment, but it's something to promote excitement for the fall. After a wet summer, the trees have been a very vibrant green, so we're expecting some luscious colors this fall at Stratton."

-- Andrew Kimiecik,
Stratton Mountain Resort

September 06, 2021 in Manchester, VT

Manchester View - Robin Green - 09/06/21

"It's just about that time of year for leaf-peeping! Summer warmth still lingers on some days, while others are getting cooler and more comfortable. The local orchards have just opened for pick-your-own apples - we're venturing out to pick Ginger Golds, Zestar and Sansa from Mad Tom Orchard in East Dorset so we have a variety of the crisp fruit for our guests.

While a bit of orange is starting to show on a few trees along Main Street, green is still the color on our trees here at the Manchester View. We display spectacular color with flowers and plantings; our impressive landscape includes many flowering plants including the huge and colorful Dinner Plate Dahlia, several hues of Mums, and Black-Eyed Susans. Soon we'll decorate for fall with hardy seasonal plants and pumpkins.

According to the 'Farmers' Almanac' for 2021, peak foliage is October 5-14, but it's all up to Mother Nature. And she surprises us every year!"

-- Robin Green,
The Manchester View

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

By Adam LouisSep. 9, 2021
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