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Vermont Foliage Agrees - It's Finally Fall - September 21, 2017

By Linda WarnerSep. 21, 2017

It's amazing how quickly the leaves change once the process begins. No matter where you visit in Vermont, you will see some color by now. Some of the trees look dipped in color with tops of red or orange and bottoms still green. Take a stroll through the woods and walk on a carpet of yellow, orange and red.  This week, we had a return of summer weather - warm days and cool nights.  Perfect for outdoor adventures during the day and sound sleeping at night.  Come to Vermont for the foliage, but stay for the adventure -- hiking, biking, kayaking or even a dip in a local swimming hole. And don't forget the Fall Festivals throughout the state.  There's something for everyone at this time of year.

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 early 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.


2017-09-21_SterlingRidge12017-09-21_SterlingRidge2Fall is looking up and leaves are falling down here at Sterling Ridge Resort!

Laura Gibson
Sterling Ridge Resort


The juxtaposition of summer and fall seasons is apparent in Stowe, Vermont. Cooler temperatures in the beginning of September spurred an early start to foliage, though with summerlike weather over the past few weeks, people are enjoying outdoor activities while experiencing pockets of bold color. Summer greens in the lower elevations pair nicely with patches of warm yellows, oranges and reds of early fall. Colors in the higher elevations are changing at a faster rate as the autumnal equinox approaches.

Sharon Harper
Stowe Area Association


2017-09-21_BasinHarborMost of the trees are still green with the warmth of a lingering summer, but we're starting to see red and orange gradients coming in at the edges. Cool breezes flow through the harbor, making the trees rustle and whisper, a soft soundtrack for the impending arrival of fall. The view of the Adirondacks across the lake is slowly becoming mottled with warm browns & yellows, contrasting beautifully with the blue skies.

Katie Ratcliffe-Lee
Basin Harbor

2017-09-21_OkemoOkemo Mountain Resort is watching closely as the trees begin to light up with warm, fall colors. Okemo will welcome the colors of fall, which then lead into our favorite, snowy season soon after. Join us for Fall into Winter, our celebration of fall turning to winter on October 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Jackson Gore Courtyard! Can you spot the top of the Quantum Four Lift at Jackson Gore in the photo?

Erin Anderson
Okemo Mountain Resort


The Ludlow and Proctorsville area is just turning golden yellow, but over the hill, down Route 100, Weston is boasting a much earlier advance of colors. The vibrant yellows are noticeably absent, but the burnt sienna and rusty golds are sweeping the hills while the temperatures are abnormally summery.  Perfect for touring the area!

Julie Wood
Golden Stage Inn



So…as with everyone across the state, we are holding our breath in hopes of getting some chilly weather to help “snap” the trees into color. In the meantime, our weddings are still moving along swimmingly, and things in Grafton are hopping! There is a “Fairy House Festival” this weekend at the Grafton Nature Museum and it is always a joy. This popular event runs from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday ( the 24rd & 24th) There is a Fairy House tour, face painting and crafts…..well worth the visit!

Steven Griffiths
Grafton Inn

2017-09-21_StrattonWhile Sept. 22 marks the first official day of fall, the foliage is already making a statement here at Stratton where the colors are getting brighter by the day. Stratton, the tallest mountain in southern Vermont, is the ideal vantage point for viewing fall foliage at its peak. Hike to the summit or a enjoy relaxing gondola ride to the top to take advantage of spectacular views that stretch clear across four states. Stratton's annual Columbus Day Weekend celebration will fill the resort with endless family fun from October 7-9, 2017 with the popular chili cook-off, craft brewfest, hay rides, pumpkin painting and live music by the Lustre Kings, Stratton Mountain Boys and Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass.

Tom Vayianos
Stratton Mountain Resort

2017-09-21_WoodfordHere at the higher elevation in Woodford the leaves are changing much more quickly than they are at the bottom of the mountain in Bennington. Love the reflection in the water.  Won’t be long before it’s a tapestry of color.

Linda Warner

2017-09-21_MarlboroMarlboro College still showing early foliage changes. Won't be long before the view from the "Hill" is much more colorful!

Sarah Warner
Marlboro College
Marlboro, VT

While you're enjoying the fall foliage, plan to take in one of Vermont's many Fall Festivals. You'll find events that celebrate everything from the the Manchester Arts and Crafts Festival (9/29) to Stowe's Oktoberfest (9/29) to the ITVFest in Manchester (10/11-15).  For comprehensive listing, refer to our Fall Festivals page.

By Linda WarnerSep. 21, 2017
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