Vermont Fall Foliage 2009 Travel and Tourism Information

Thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing for providing the following information about Vermont’s 2009 Fall foliage season.

Foliage.org: What are the projected dates for Vermont 2009 peak foliage season?

It’s difficult to predict when foliage will peak. The busiest time during foliage is the last week in September and the first two weeks of October. Generally, foliage starts in mid-September in the northern part of the state and in higher elevations and goes from there.

Foliage.org: Are there towns within Vermont that are known for their autumn foliage displays?

Beautiful foliage can be found in every community in Vermont. Some popular
destinations and regions during foliage include Manchester, Woodstock, the Mad River Valley, and the Northeast Kingdom.

Foliage.org: What roads and highways in Vermont are popular scenic routes for  fall tourists?

-Route 100 between Wilmington and West Bridgewater, and from Stockbridge to Stowe
-Route 108 between Stowe and Cambridge
-Route 9 between Brattleboro and Bennington
-Route 30 between Dorset and Middlebury
-Route 22A from Fair Haven to Vergennes
-Route 114 from Lyndonville to Island Pond
-Route 11 between Manchester and Chester

Foliage.org: Please describe any fall festivals or other public events that take place in Vermont during the 2009 Fall foliage season.

Tunbridge World’s Fair
September 17-20, 2009
Tunbridge Fairgrounds
Tunbridge, VT
http://www.tunbridgefair.com

Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival
September 25-27, 2009
Wilmington, VT
http://www.thevermontfestival.com

Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival
September 26-27, 2009
Woodstock, VT
www.vermontwoodfestival.org

17th Annual Hildene Fall Arts Festival
Oct. 2-4, 2009
Hildene’s Meadow, River Road
Manchester, VT
http://www.craftproducers.com/festival-details.php?id=28

Weston Craft Show
Oct. 9-11, 2009
Weston Playhouse, Route 100
Weston, VT
http://www.westoncraftshow.com/

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival
October 9-11, 2009
Stowe, VT
www.craftproducers.com

Foliage.org: Are there historic sites in Vermont that are also known for their fall foliage
displays?

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Route 100A, Plymouth Notch, Vt
http://www.historicvermont.org/coolidge/

Foliage.org: What are favorite tourist attractions of Vermont’s autumn travelers? What are some of the less well known but much loved attractions?

Favorites:

Cold Hollow Cider
Route 100, Waterbury, VT
http://www.coldhollow.com

Ben and Jerry’s
Route 100, Waterbury, VT
http://www.benjerry.com

Quechee Gorge Village
Route 4, Quechee, VT
http://www.quecheegorge.com

Shelburne Farms
Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT
http://www.shelburnefarms.org/comevisitus/index.shtm

Orvis Flagship Store
Route 7A, Manchester, VT
http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?subject=379

Church Street Marketplace
Burlington, VT
http://churchstmarketplace.com

Hildene — The Lincoln Family Home
Route 7A, Manchester, VT
http://www.hildene.org/

Less known but much loved Vermont attractions:

Kingdom Trails for mountain biking
East Burke, Vt
http://www.kingdomtrails.org

Equinox Skyline Drive
Off Route 7A, between Manchester and Arlington, VT
http://www.equinoxmountain.com/skylinedrive/index.htm

Snowfarm Winery
South Hero, VT
http://www.snowfarm.com/

Plymouth Cheese Factory
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Route 100A, Plymouth Notch, VT
http://www.historicvermont.org/coolidge/

Foliage.org: Are there towns that are favorite destinations for history, literature, or architecture buffs, or antique collectors visiting Vermont?

Destinations for history:

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Route 100A, Plymouth Notch, Vt
http://www.historicvermont.org/coolidge/

Hildene — The Lincoln Family Home
Route 7A, Manchester, VT
http://www.hildene.org

Vergennes, Vermont’s Oldest City
Route 22A, Vergennes, VT
http://www.vergennes.org

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Off Panton Road, Vergennes, Vt
www.lcmm.org

Foliage.org: What are favorite fall destinations or activities of families traveling with children in Vermont?

Adams Family Farm
Wagon rides, pony rides, corn maze, etc.
Wilmington, VT
http://www.adamsfamilyfarm.com

Ben and Jerry’s
Route 100, Waterbury, VT
http://www.benjerry.com

Montshire Museum of Science
Norwich, VT
www.montshire.org

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
College Street, Burlington, VT
http://www.echovermont.org/

Foliage.org: Please name a few helpful resources for discovering Vermont inns, B&B?s, and boutique hotels?

Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
www.vermontvacation.com

Vermont Chamber of Commerce
http://www.vtchamber.com

Vermont: An Explorer’s Guide 12th edition (2009, Countryman Press) by Christina Tree
and Diane Foulds. $21.95

Many thanks to Erica Houskeeper of the VT Department of Tourism & Marketing for providing this information. Visit their website  www.vermontvacation.com for foliage updates, as well as for information about events, lodging, dining and attractions.

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