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Explore Vermont in October on these Scenic Drives

If you’ve yet to experience the beauty of Vermont in October, this is your year! This area of the Mad River Valley is known worldwide for having some of the most intense and beautiful fall foliage. As the long, warm summer days turn to crisp autumn evenings, the state’s vast forests transform into an ocean of reds, oranges, and yellows. One of the best ways to take in the magical splendor is on scenic drives on the byways that traverse this small state.

Route 100 in Vermont, often called “Vermont’s Main Street,” is one of the state’s most picturesque highways. It stretches over 200 miles from the Massachusetts border up to Canada. This scenic route winds through charming small towns, verdant valleys, and along the edge of the Green Mountains, offering travelers breathtaking views of the natural landscape. During the fall, this route is particularly popular as it showcases some of the best foliage in the state. 

One of the best ways to best appreciate Vermont in October is to stay for a few nights and make a full fall vacation out of it, and our cozy bed and breakfast in Warren is just minutes from the famous Route 100. You’ll head down a beautiful backroad lined with bright maples and find the West Hill House B&B—almost as if out of a storybook, this historic Inn is the perfect homebase for your explorations in Vermont this fall. Start planning and get your reservation on the books today! 

Vermont in October near our bed and breakfast

The Best Scenic Drives in the Mad River Valley to Explore Vermont in October

There are ten federally designated scenic byways that traverse the Green Mountain State, winding through mountains and converging in valleys. These colorful routes link historic downtowns and picturesque farms. Vermont’s scenic byways vary from 14 miles to 400 miles and can be explored by car, motorcycle, or bicycle.

Depending on your interests, there are farms, covered bridges, and waterfalls along these routes. With West Hill House B&B as your homebase, you’ll be in the best centralized location to explore Vermont in October on these scenic drives. Here are a few well-known routes and a few designed by our Innkeeper Peter.

  1. Vermont’s Scenic Route 100: Running right through Warren is the Green Mountain Byway, also known as the Scenic Route 100 byway. This 146-mile route runs north-south along the eastern edge of the Green Mountains. Along the way, there are plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy, so be prepared for a long day if you plan to experience one of Vermont’s incredible scenic drives.
  2. Mad River Scenic Byway: This 36-mile scenic drive is part of Route 100 and 100b and is one of the best things to do in Vermont in October. The Mad River Valley has some of the most striking fall foliage in the world, and you can see some of the best from the warmth of your own car.
  3. Vermont Covered Bridge Scenic Drive: These historic and picturesque landmarks dot the old highways and country roads in Vermont. There are still about 100 authentic covered here, and each has its own style, story, and unique architecture. Follow the link for our curated drive with the nearby covered bridges with a few tips on where to eat along the way. 
  4. Take a Waterfall Tour in Vermont: The Mad River Valley is close to several spectacular waterfalls and scenic gaps through the Green Mountains, and seeing them in Vermont in October is even more beautiful, as these cascades stand out from the bright fall foliage. Here’s our Col & Waterfall Tour to add to your itinerary. 
  5. Farm and Cheese Scenic Drive: During your time in Vermont, you’ll enjoy one of our most popular creations: cheese! There are so many lovely dairy farms producing delicious varieties of all types of milk and styles. You won’t be able to hit them all, but here’s a great list with a map of the nearby farm stands and creameries to check out during your stay – you design your own personal tour! 
  6. Nearby Monuments to Add to Your Itinerary: There are many unique landmarks and attractions to see along your scenic drives, one of our favorites is the Rock of Ages Quarry, which is reached by taking the famed Route 100, so you’ll see some of the most stunning scenery on your journey. Here are more details on this road trip to the world’s largest deep rock quarry, the Hope Cemetary, and Montpelier Circle Tour. 

Vermont in October is magical; we can’t wait to host you! 

Vermont in October at our cozy bed and breakfast in the Mad River Valley

Head to Waitsfield and Warren During Your Trip to Vermont

To understand the level of hospitality and comfort you’ll encounter at our cozy bed and breakfast near Waitsfield, you need to experience it for yourself! With more than 750 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise that we host repeat guests year after year. They often come back to join us to stay in their favorite room or try a different suite, as each of our nine guest rooms is unique in layout and design. You’ll also enjoy our spacious shared rooms, known as “The Commons,” for relaxing and interacting with other guests if you so choose. 

In our long list of glowing reviews, past guests repeatedly mention our delicious breakfast as a highlight of their stays. Each morning, your Innkeeper, Susan, creates an elegant meal with sweet and savory items from her tried and true collection of recipes and treats. Always paired with freshly brewed coffee, tea, or juice, it’s the best way to start your adventure in Vermont in October. 

In the evenings, enjoy our outdoor fire pit for s’mores and lively conversation, a beautiful place to hang out with the vibrant fall foliage as your backdrop. Whether you’re here to enjoy the nearby scenic drives and landmarks or just to unwind and relax, our bed and breakfast near Waitsfield is one of the best places to stay in Vermont. Don’t delay; fall lodging tends to book up early and quickly; make your reservation today! 

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