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Between mid September through mid October the Vermont foliage season is at its’ peak. This is Vermont’s busiest season as “leaf peeping” occurs all over the Green Mountain State. The leaves change from green to beautiful bright colors as the trees prepare for winter.
This is the perfect season to take a scenic car ride through Vermont’s many Byways.
Take the Northeast Kingdom Byway that begins in Vermont’s southern border near Brattleboro and travels over 180 scenic miles north to Stowe. The National Geographic Center has this Byway ranked #1 in Geotourism destinations in the United States.
You may download on the Gypsy Guide Smartphone App titled Vermont Rte 100 Tour, a voice guided car tour if you choose. Don’t forget to pack a cooler for the ample homegrown treats along the way.
Begin in Brattleboro and discover one of many of Vermont famous covered bridges. The Creamery Covered Bridge was built in 1879 and is located only 1.5 miles west of downtown. While in Brattleboro you may want to stroll through the Indoor Brattleboro Winter Farmer’s Market.
As you continue to drive north you’ll discover Ludlow, Vermont. Go explore Buttermilk Falls near the base of Okemo Mountain. You will want to stop by the Green Mountain Sugar House with its’ bright red roof located on Route 100. Sample some of the many maple syrup products.
By this time you are probably thirsty or hungry. As you approach Killington, look for the Long Trail Brewing Company that sits on the Ottauqueche River. They have a delicious seasonal menu with more than a dozen craft beers available. You will also notice the ski trails from Killington Mountain among the bright yellow, orange and red leaves.
The next stop is in Rochester at the organic Sunshine Valley Berry Farm where you may pick your own fresh blueberries or purchase them from their farm store. The store also offers honey, jam and maple syrup.
Next quick ride north is in Waitsfield where you can stop by artists David & Melanie Leppla’s Mad River Glass Gallery. You’ll find unique blown glass and cast glass artwork. Before leaving Waitsfield stop by the Mad River Distillers for ferments, distills, bottles of whiskey, brandy and rum at the farm’s Tasting Room.
As your journey begins to end, you may want to stop by the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury. You can sample ice cream in their full service scoop shop or take a 30 minute guided tour of their factory. Please stop by the Vermont 100 Store and pick up memorabilia branded for this trip and make sure to visit the Cabot Farmer’s Store and stock up on Vermont’s famous cheddar cheese.
It’s now time to park your car and check in at the historic Stagecoach Inn Bed & Breakfast built in 1826 and it’s conveniently located in downtown Waterbury. You may want to relax by the fireplace in the parlor before bed. In the morning the Inn serves a full country breakfast at your convenience.