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Vermont Fall Foliage Attractions

Vermont Fall FoliagePassion! It runs along the spines of the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountain of New Hampshire. It runs through valleys, over hills and town to town. Who has the better New England fall foliage is what ignites passion. The debate has raged for centuries as has the debate over which state produces the finest maple syrup.

They can be passionate, as well, about which state has the most and best fall foliage attractions. In this case, Vermont may take the prize simply because she has so many ski mountains, all of which become more expansive in their plans to build mini-amusement parks out of their mountains once the snow evaporates and the crews begin to assemble the Alpine Slides and then at least one new attraction to add to all the others.

Here, perhaps more than in other states, agritourism is thriving. With the dairy subsidy no longer in effect for New England farmers, many have sold their herds of cattle and either turned their lands into hay or corn mazes or have geared (and grown) up the "pick-your-own" phenomenon that has become increasingly popular.

But there are many other fall foliage attractions in Vermont, far more to do than when I was a teenagers up here with no TV, much less computers, Game Boys or anything other than books. Now, a day at "the Mountain," offers a great deal to do.

Certainly, the one thing you can’t afford to miss is a chairlift or gondola ride to the top of one or more of the state’s many ski areas. From there, the views of what is turning out to be an incredibly deep-hued autumn, are simply indescribably.

I’ve seen a great many falls in Vermont, but never one this bright or this early. We were on the cusp of the peak in mid-September. Throw in a few sub-freezing nights and you’ve got a palette of colors that are simply unimaginable (see How Leaves Change Color to see why cold nights make for a much brighter-hued season

The attractions on these pages are some of the best the state has to offer and are perfect for quality time spent with family, as a couple or alone.

DIRECTORY OF VERMONT FALL FOLIAGE ATTRACTIONS


ALPINE SLIDES AND OTHER SKI AREA ACTIVITIES

Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, 3984 Vermont Route 11 Peru, Vermont 05152 802-824-5522

Killington Resort, 4763 Killington Road Killington, VT 05751 800-621-MTNS

Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Rd Stowe VT, 05672 800-253-3000


AMUSEMENT PARKS

Santa's Land, 635 Bellows Falls Road Putney, VT 05346 1-800-SANTA-99


APPLE CIDER MILLS

Cold Hollow Cider Mill, 3600 Waterbury-Stowe Road PO Box 420 Waterbury Center, VT 05677 (802) 244-8771


CORN MAZES

The Boyd Family Farm, 125 East Dover Road Wilmington VT 05363 802 464 5618

Great Vermont Corn Maze, 1404 Wheelock Road Danville, VT 05828 (802) 748-1399

Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze, 741 Prospect Hill Road Rutland Town VT 05701 802-775-2624


FALL CRAFT SHOWS

28th Annual Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show

Fall Foliage Crafts Fair, Quechee Gorge Village Quechee, VT 1-800-438-5565 x 108

Hildene Fall Art and Fine Craft Festival, Hildene Meadows Manchester, VT (802) 425-3399

Stowe Foliage Art and Craft Festival, Stowe Events Field Stowe, VT 802-253-7321

Weston Craft Show, Weston Playhouse on the Green Route 100 Weston, VT (802) 824-3576

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