I live in Texas and Fall isn’t really a “thing” here. I mean, people definitely go crazy over sweaters, fall colors for wearing and decorating, and everything pumpkin imaginable. But as a foliage changing season… not so much. So one year I went to Vermont to experience a Northeastern fall.
The Northeast is such a lovely place with its quaint towns and charming architecture. For some fun, take a drive down any road you choose and explore the countryside, the old farmsteads, and the wonderful scenery and see what charming things you can discover.
As you might be able to tell from the photos, while I was supposed to be there during the peak color time, I missed it by a few days to a week. Even then, it was far more beautiful and colorful than anything I get at home!
I stayed at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. It’s a charming hotel that is fun to explore. There are all kinds of nooks to sit and read or talk, play games, or enjoy a warm fire. There are quite a few activities to do both indoors and outdoors so you don’t even have to leave the property to have a great time. It’s beautifully situated with great views across the little valley and the hills surrounding it.
I went to an apple cider demonstration. The man who led it was very friendly and informative. We watched as he worked through a large tub of apples, crushing them and then pressing them to release all the juice. Once he was finished, we all got a little taste of the fresh cider. My goodness, was it delicious and incredibly fresh and refreshing!
I also went into the town of Stowe for a little bit to explore. It’s a cute little town with several shops and restaurants, a pretty church, and an interesting old cemetery. Wandering around old cemeteries may not be appealing to everyone, but I enjoy it. I like to see what I can learn about someone from their gravestone and enjoy reading all the interesting and varied epitaphs written on them. This one had an extra charm because there were several Revolutionary War Veterans buried there. (Also, how lovely is that stark white church against the backdrop of the colorful fall foliage?!)
On the way back to the airport, I made a quick stop in Montpelier. It’s pretty close to Stowe, so I figured, why not see the state capital and the Capitol building? It was a quick stop so I just walked the grounds a little and didn’t tour the inside of the Capitol. It’s a nice little building with a beautiful walkway and grounds surrounding it. The golden dome is also quite unique and adds a sense of majesty and importance to the building.
It was a great, relaxing trip filled with beautiful and quaint sights. Have you been in the northeast in the fall? Where would you like to visit?