What is your favorite thing about the fall season? In Vermont, it’s hard to beat the glorious foliage that peaks around mid-October each year. Reds, yellows, and oranges cover the mountains and villages. In fact, Middlebury was named one of the top 5 towns in New England for fall foliage by Yankee Magazine! We are very fortunate to live in an area rich in history with an unmatched beauty that comes alive in the fall.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful leaves in the autumn. Going for a walk around town will do the trick, or take a hike on the TAM or in other towns nearby. If you enjoy the water, fall is gorgeous time to go for a paddle on the Otter Creek. However, if you’re looking to see more of the state, it’s best to go for a gorgeous driving tour to take in the scenery.
There are several great driving tours that begin and end at Swift House Inn. On the Northwestern Addison County Tour, plan for a 1-2 hour trip. You will cross Otter Creek and head toward the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. Continue on to the charming village of Vergennes, then travel south through beautiful farm country. After eight miles through the Lemon Fair River Valley, you will make your way back to Middlebury.
Another great route takes you from Middlebury south to Route 125, then from East Middlebury to Hancock. Proceed north on Route 100 through Warren and into Waitsfield. In Waitsfield, take Route 17 up the windy road past Mad River Glen, which is one of the steepest ski areas around. Make your way back down to Bristol and then Route 7 to go home to Middlebury.
Make sure to reserve a table at Jessica’s for when you get back from your day trip. There’s nothing like spending the day exploring Vermont’s natural beauty, then coming back to a delicious dinner by the fire! Book your fall foliage getaway with us today.