Fall in Vermont has topped my fall to-do list for two years straight, and I finally got to experience it first-hand! Together with Marissa and Jenn, we loaded up and took a road trip from Hartford, Connecticut to Stowe, Vermont. With lots of “leaf peeping” along the way, we discovered all the beautiful fall scenes that Stowe has to offer. I’m sharing our trip details and a few tips on how to time your Vermont trip just right to catch all the colorful leaves!
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Where To Stay in Stowe
We arrived to our two-bedroom suite at Stowe Mountain Lodge with the most insane view of the mountainside covered in rainbow trees! The first full day of our stay, we explored the grounds of the lodge – and discovered there’s literally everything you need right there!
The Beanery coffee shop serves up coffee, hot cider and hot chocolate every morning. The Skinny Pancake has a menu full of delicious crepes. Solstice was our favorite spot to eat though – we ate every breakfast right there next to the fireplace! (The avocado salmon toast is where it’s at guys.) The menus change seasonally, but I’m thinking the pork nachos on the Hourglass lounge menu should be a permanent fixture. 😉
We also experienced the spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge. I had a 50 minute detox scrub – my first kind of massage like this ever. They used essential oils to help detox and aid the digestive system. Anyone with food allergies like me will love this one!
We also explored on foot, there are tons of hiking trails at Stowe Mountain Lodge. Plus every evening around 5 or 6 pm, s’mores kits are available to roast over the many open fire pits and fireplaces!
Where To Eat in Stowe
Main Street is comprised of charming little shops and restaurants. We loved popping into the adorable general store and Black Cap coffee shop. One of our dinner spots was at Plate which has such a fun ambience and a really unique seasonal menu. We also stopped into a wine bar called Cork for pre-dinner cocktails. But what’s I really loved about Main Street – all of the pumpkins and fall decorations!
We got SO many food recommendations that it was impossible to try them all out. We did stop at The Bench for another round of nachos and fish tacos, and Green Goddess for fresh salads and wraps for lunch.
A few other spots we wanted to hit up but didn’t make – Picnic Social, Piecasso, Cliff House, and Doc Ponds.
What to Do in Stowe
The top of my to-do list in Stowe – find apple cider donuts. Not only were we able to pick up our share of donuts, we also got to sample freshly pressed cider at Cold Hollow Cider Mill. This place is THE cutest with a full gift shop of maple syrup products and Stowe souvenirs. They have a room where you can view the apple press in action too!
Smuggler’s Notch is right past the Stowe Mountain Lodge, and it’s where you can catch crazy views of the foliage. It’s called Smuggler’s Notch because it’s where people would hide vodka during Prohibition!
One of the most popular covered bridges to stop at is known as Emily’s Bridge. It’s rumored to be haunted – which we didn’t know about until we got there!
If you’re a fan of The Sound of Music, then you have to stop at Trapp Family Lodge. Not only are there beautiful views of the mountains, there’s also dining options and a brewery on site. A little bit of a drive away from the main town, but the sites and trees are SO pretty.
Hopefully, this will not be my last fall in Vermont! I’d love take Jordan back with me because I know that the itinerary would be totally different. Specifically, I know he’d find the best hard cider and make a trip to the Boyden Valley Winery with me!
What are your favorite spots for fall in Vermont and fall foliage?!