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6 Ways to Have the Most Idyllic Autumn Getaway in Vermont

By August 16, 2019September 1st, 2022Burlington, Danville, Townshend, Vermont
There are so many fall activities to do in Vermont! Make sure to check out the beautiful apple orchards.

There is no denying that there are certain parts of the United States that are simply more beautiful than others—particularly during the fall season. Vermont is one such region. The entire New England state is a picture-perfect place for traditional fall activities, thanks to its stunning backdrop, crisp autumn air, and a myriad of quaint small towns throughout the state. If you are considering a trip to Vermont this autumn, take a look at a few of the fun things there are to do during the season.

1. Pick Apples at Shelburne Orchards

What could possibly be more quintessentially fall-like than apple picking whilst surrounded by the beautiful fall foliage? What distinguishes Shelburne Orchards from other orchards is that it is located near the shores of Lake Champlain, making the setting even more breathtaking during the fall season. After picking a bushel or two of apples, enjoy a piping hot (or cold) cup of apple cider with a homemade donut, both of which are sold at Shelburne Orchards. In addition to apple picking, Shelburne Orchards hosts several events throughout the fall, including the annual Pie Fest, which takes place at the end of September, and the Hard Cider Days, which takes place mid-October.

2. Take a Cruise on the Lake

While you’re near Lake Champlain, you might as well splurge on a cruise on this body of water. The Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruise Ship operates throughout the summer and fall and has plenty of boating options including a narrated scenic cruise, a lunch cruise, and a sunset dinner cruise. What could be better than a hearty autumn meal at sunset while being serenaded by the sounds of live music and surrounded by stunning views of colorful trees and an equally colorful sky?

3. Get Lost in a Corn Maze

If you are going to get lost in a corn maze, it might as well be the largest corn maze in the New England Area! Located just outside of Danville, Vermont, the Big Corn Maze on the property is over 24 acres and will take a couple of hours to complete! The trip is roughly 2.5 miles in total, so visitors should come prepared for an invigorating hike. Don’t forget to pack water and a handful of snacks for when you need to refuel! If you still want the corn maze experience but don’t have enough time to hit the Big Corn Maze, try the Scenic Corn Maze alternative. This takes approximately 40 minutes and is a great option for families with young kids.

4. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Burlington

Burlington, Vermont is filled with charming bed and breakfasts, all unique and inviting in their own right. Many of them offer free, homemade breakfast and other plush amenities that make for a comfortable, relaxing stay. Lang House on Main Street is one such bed and breakfast. Not only is the Queen Anne home located in a prime area, but it also offers airy, modern rooms, an elegant dining area, a serene, lush backyard, and even free cookies. What better way to enjoy Vermont during the fall than in a homey bed and breakfast?

5. Stay on a Farm

If you’ve already had your fill of bed and breakfasts, why not stay on a farm instead? Waking up every morning in the Vermont countryside surrounded by locally grown food and adorable animals like sheep and horses is a quintessential fall experience. A few great farm stay options include the Inn at the Round Barn Farm and Wilder Farm Inn in Waitsfield, Hill Farm Inn in Sunderland, and Meadowood Farm in Shaftsbury. And don’t let the idea of staying on a farm deter you from actually doing it. Think less rugged and minimalistic and more homey and warm. Vermont farms that welcome guests at their inns are fully equipped and modern with all the amenities like Wi-Fi, towels, and complimentary breakfast straight from the farm.

6. Visit the Fall Festivals Happening Throughout the State

No one does fall festivals quite like the state of Vermont. Every weekend, you will discover numerous festivals happening throughout the many small towns in the state. The hard part is picking which ones to go to. In Mid-October, the Annual Vermont Apple Festival and Craft Show takes place in Springfield, Vermont. And during the whole month of October, visitors can check out the Townshend Pumpkin Festival in Townshend, Vermont.

Ready to make the most out of your autumn getaway in Vermont this year? Start planning your trip by buying your bus ticket today!


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