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Top 10 Things to Do in Vermont This Fall

10 Things to do in Vermont This FallThere’s no shortage of awe-inspiring things to do in Vermont at this time of year. Fall and Vermont go together like corn mazes and apple cider, or pumpkin and spice, or leaves and peepers, or … well, you get the idea. The two come together to create a dazzling explosion of natural color that draws countless thousands to the between September and November, and the only way to understand why is to experience the “leaf peeper” phenomenon for yourself.

And what better way to enjoy this bounty of natural backcountry beauty than by staying at West Hill House bed-and-breakfast for a front-porch window into a breathtaking world of brilliant reds and blazing oranges. And there’s no shortage of fun activities nearby to add to the fall fun. Check out our nine guest rooms, each bursting with old-country charm in their own way.  Staying here, of course, is one of our very favorite things to do in Vermont. Book your stay today at one of Vermont’s top-rated B&B’s!

Our Favorite Things to do in Vermont This Fall

10 Things to do in Vermont This Fall

Here’s some of our favorite things to do in Vermont this fall:

  1. Tour Vermont’s fall foliage outbreaks. Of course, that’s what tops any list of things to do in Vermont at this time of year. Follow the bursts of color blooms on the Vermont Fall Foliage Reports tracker. Every day, fellow foliage enthusiasts post their photos and reports, and twice a week a color-coded state map is updated — all giving you a good idea of how to plan your own self-guided tour.  We’ve listed a few of our favorite routes here.
  2. Take in a corn maze. Corn mazes are one of those things that might seem odd to “city folk,” but in rural New England, they’re a staple. From corn mazes that take hours to solve, to haunted mazes that are a favorite in October, there are options for every age, interest and activity level. Here’s a comprehensive guide to mazes open this fall throughout northern Vermont.
  3. If corn mazes are one of your favorite things to see and do in Vermont, then pumpkin patches just might be as well. Here’s a list to help you find one convenient to you. 
  4. Few things soothe the traveler’s soul like the sight of fall sunlight against, and through, a covered wooden bridge.  These charming symbols of time gone by are fairly commonplace in northern Vermont, and here’s a list of our favorites. If you’re inclined to go farther and seek out more of these quaint structures, here’s a comprehensive list that covers the region. 
  5. If you come before October 12, at the top of your list of things to do in Vermont this fall should be taking a short trip north to Stowe, where you can take a gondola ride to the top of Mount Mansfield. Watch a video of the ride here. Up top, there’s dining, hiking trails, and more.
  6. Explore the entirety of the Mad River Valley. Between one of the region’s best farmers markets, the many hiking and biking opportunities, the kind of shopping you can’t find anywhere else, and much more,  you could easily pass a day in this lovely low-key paradise.
  7. No checklist of things to do in Vermont is complete without a visit to Lake Champlain. Book a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen and, who knows? You might just get a glimpse of Champ, the lake’s legendary Loch Ness-like monster. It’s also a great place to boat, fish, and camp.
  8. If, when looking for things to do in Vermont,  you get the urge to sample the southern half of the state — and why not? It’s not that big a state — take Route 9, aka the Molly Stark Byway, to Hogback Mountain in Marlboro. There, you’ll take in the literal 100-Mile View. The views at this time of year from the peak of this former ski area are gorgeous, taking in forestland not just in Vermont but in neighboring New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
  9. Just a short hop up Route 100 from West Hill House is Waterbury Village, home of the iconic Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory. While tours are suspended for now, you can still get window service for any of their many amazing flavors. And, of course, a selfie. 
  10. If you’re looking for things to do in Vermont in November, then you’ll be visiting during what we call Stick Season — those few weeks between the final falling of fall leaves and the first flurries of pre-winter snow. If October is a color photographer’s dream, then early and mid-November will appeal to those who prefer the world in black-and-white. As a pause between Vermont seasons, it’s a perfect time to visit because there’s no shortage of things to see and do

10 Things to do in Vermont This Fall

The Perfect Place to Stay in Vermont This Fall

After a full day of exploring and taking some of the many amazing things to do in Vermont this fall, return to our B&B for an afternoon happy hour with beer, wine, and maybe even a taste of Scotland, at our one-of-a-kind Quaich Single Malt Scotch bar.

Then get a good night’s rest and wake up refreshed for our delicious New England breakfast. Taking care of you is our specialty, and no place does it better than our Vermont B&B.  Get ready to witness this year’s fiery explosion of color, and book your room at our Vermont bed-and-breakfast today!

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