Foliage is nearing peak color in the Northeast Kingdom and in higher elevations across the state. Vibrant foliage will continue to develop around Vermont, and most areas of the state will be displaying multiple stages of colorful foliage throughout the week. The foliage progression will continue to unfold around Vermont over the next several days and as we approach peak color, the views will only get better. Keep checking back here as we continue to gather information from our "Leaf Squad" to report foliage conditions throughout the state!
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.
For more info on current conditions, call Vermont's Seasonal Hotline at (802)828-3239 ... and tell them Vermont.com sent you!
Northern VT Foliage | Central VT Foliage | Southern VT Foliage
-- Tera Dacek, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe, VT
-- Mike Chait, Smugglers' Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, VT
-- Jessica Bonath, Sterling Ridge Resort, Jeffersonville, VT
-- Laura Malieswski, Burke Area Chamber of Commerce, Burke, VT
-- Shea Lincourt, Burlington, VT
-- Vicky Tebbetts, Red Clover Inn & Restaurant, Mendon, VT
This weekend Killington is hosting its annual Brewfest, McGrath's Irish Pub is hosting the Brothers Flynn with an array of excellent live Irish music. Hiking, mountain biking and golf all offer a great opportunity to have fun and get spectacular views. The weather is expected to be a mix of sun and clouds, with very few sprinkles. Visit our website or call for our lodging specials this weekend."
-- Patty McGrath, Inn at Long Trail, Killington, VT
-- Renee-Marie Smith, Vermont.com, Manchester, VT
With Harvest fest on the horizon, the first weekend of October will be best spent strolling through the village taking in the foliage, or getting a birdseye view on a scenic gondola ride. However you decided to peep, do not delay, these trees are ready for viewing."
-- Luke Robins, Stratton Mountain Resort, Bondville, VT
After dinner at one of the many delicious local eateries, watch the sunset on the deck outside your room. Then, sleep restfully on our comfortable king or queen beds. The Manchester View offers 36 rooms and suites, many with gas or wood-burning fireplaces. These accommodations are especially coveted during leaf-peeping and ski seasons.
Wake up refreshed, join us for breakfast and then head out for local and outlet shopping in town, a hike on the trails to the Pond Loop on the Equinox Preserve, or take a winding drive on Route 7A through Manchester Village, stopping in Arlington to see and drive over the historic Green Covered Bridge off Route 313. Go back to 7A and head south stopping on the way at the Sugar Shack for local products and mementos. Continue on through Shaftsbury to Bennington. Visit Bennington Museum, the Bennington Monument, and Camelot Village.
We, at the Manchester View, hope you can make the trip to southern Vermont. If you do, make 'The View' your home-away-from-home in Vermont!"
-- Robin, Manchester View, Manchester, VT
-- Linda Warner, Woodford, VT
Every Friday evening there's a fantastic Farmers Market in Ludlow -- a great place to grab some wood fired pizza for dinner and also some snacks for a Saturday hike! Hiking the trails on Okemo or Ascutney at this time of year is stunning!"
-- Julie Wood, Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville, VT
Best bets for fantastic early color: Route 9 from Bennington to Woodford in southern Vermont (Molly Stark Byway) and Route 5 between Coventry and Newport City in the northern part of the state.
Vibrant reds and oranges are also beginning to shine on individual street and yard trees. Keep an eye out for these full-bodied maples displaying standalone color in village greens and along rural roadsides. With continuing mild, summer-like weather this week, color is still developing gradually across Vermont, but the Northeast Kingdom and the upper elevations along the Green Mountains foliage is well into mid-peak conditions.
As classic fall weather brings more crisp, cool nights, bright, sunny days and the occasional shower over the next few weeks, the landscape is primed, and the pace of color change will quicken as we head toward full color and intensity in the weeks ahead. The pleasant temperatures and inviting weather forecast this weekend make for perfect foliage viewing while exploring Vermont's back roads by bike or from the water while paddling or fishing at one of our state parks."
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 Vermont.com Calendar of Events. Don't see your event? Feel free to suggest an event so we can add it to our Calendar.
The Vermont.com Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Dept of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our Leaf Squad from around the state.
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September 9, 2019
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September 16, 2019
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September 23, 2019
September 26, 2019