Besides a few unfounded grumblings coming from a couple folks in Arizona (Arizona?!), Vermont is well known and unanimously agreed upon as the king of all that is foliage. Our yellows are more vibrant, our reds are deeper, and our oranges are…orangier. Made up words aside, it just a fact of life that fall in Vermont is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. In an effort to help more people experience this amazing time of year, we’ve put together a list of four of our favorite places to stay during the foliage season. They run the gamut from small-town inns to grand resorts and collectively they are some of the best places to witness incomparable fall foliage. So enjoy and happy peeping!
1. The Landgrove Inn – Landgrove, VT – 800.669.8466 – Website – Facebook
We can almost guarantee that the Landgrove Inn is what you picture in your mind’s eye when you hear ‘Vermont Getaway’. Rolling hills, babbling streams, endless fields, and country roads all create the idyllic setting for this beautiful 18-Bedroom inn. With amazing mountain and valley views from every inch of the property, your leaf peeping can begin the moment you wake up. With an amazing on-site restaurant keeping you completely satisfied, miles of trails and hiking for your foliage-driven adventures, and one of our favorite fireplace/bar rooms to enjoy a stiff drink or to curl up with that book you keep meaning to read – go ahead and get away.
Click here for more lodging information and rates or call up and say hi to the amazing owners, Tom and Maureen at 800.669.8466.
2. Basin Harbor Club – Vergennes, VT – 800.622.4000 – Website – Facebook
You haven’t truly experienced fall foliage in Vermont until you’ve seen the reflection of the leaves from your waterfront cottage on Lake Champlain. Luckily, Basin Harbor has the solution to that very specific (and beautiful) situation. With 77 cottages (waterfront and other amazing locations) and over 40 guestrooms – families have been coming to Basin Harbor for generations. And with 700 gorgeous acres and dozens of activities it’s very easy to see why. Daily fall foliage cruises, hayrides, ropes courses, gourmet fireside s’more bar, and daily cider and Maple Shortbread cookies, just to name a few. Our personal favorite however – the October, 19th event, Rocktoberfest. An annual end of the season celebration of Bacon, Beer and Bands. Booths with Dakin Farm Bacon, WhistlePig, Otter Creek, Woodchuck, Magic Hat – combined with multiple bands and bacon inspired treats (bacon-wrapped, gouda-filled, tater tots/ French toast and bacon cupcakes). So, knock off some checkmarks on your fall foliage checklist and swing by Basin Harbor. C’mon, we know the bacon alone had you sold.
Click here for two great fall packages at the Basin Harbor Club – and don’t forget about Rocktoberfest on October 19th.
3. The Green Mountain Inn – Stowe, VT – 800.253.7302 – Website – Facebook
Stowe is one of those picturesque, quintessential Vermont towns all year round, however in the fall it is particularly stunning. A bustling downtown filled with country stores, art galleries, boutique clothing shops, and exceptional dining options, it is hard to imagine a more ideal autumn setting. Right in the middle of it all is the historic Green Mountain Inn. Built in 1833, and hosting several US Presidents, the Green Mountain Inn has maintained their rich and storied history while keeping pace with the modern amenities and features of the present. A beautiful combination of guestrooms, luxury suites, apartments, and townhouses, the Green Mountain Inn offers everything and then some. The Whip Bar and Grill offers some of the best eats in town, massage and spa services, an amazing year-round outdoor pool, fitness center, diverse shopping selections, horse-drawn foliage carriage rides, and loads more. The hardest part of staying at The Green Mountain Inn – besides leaving – is what to do first.
Click here for a Fall Getaway Internet special and click here for Autumn Brilliance and Ghoulish Getaway Packages – also be sure to mention this article when you book to receive a complimentary Vermont Gift Basket.
4. Hotel Vermont – Burlington, VT – 802.651.0080 – Website – Facebook
For being the largest city in Vermont, Burlington is a decidedly small town. Strangers say hi as you’re walking down the street, there is a noticeable absence of chain stores, and you can’t help but feel perfectly at home and happy whether you live here permanently or are just visiting for the first time.
Burlington’s newest addition to the hospitality scene is the down to earth – yet upscale, Hotel Vermont. With Vermont products and materials built into the very structure of the establishment – Hotel Vermont gives a beautiful presentation of all that this state has to offer. Located directly downtown, Hotel Vermont is just steps away from gorgeous Lake Champlain, Church Street shopping and dining, farmers markets, and year-round music and art performances. All of this and just minutes away from hiking, biking, leaf peeping, and the natural beauty of Vermont outdoors. One of the easiest locations to get to in the state, Hotel Vermont is serviced by Burlington International Airport (check out those crazy JetBlue deals!) and a quick drive from Boston, Montreal, or New York. Be sure to eat at the unique and local in-house restaurant, Juniper, offering amazing farm to table selections. Hotel Vermont is an ideal base to your Vermont vacation.
Click here for Hotel Vermont’s Fall in Love with Vermont Packages. Also, be sure to like this post on Facebook for a chance to win a complimentary breakfast or brunch for two at Juniper.
Stay up to date with the Vermont.com Fall Foliage Report and don’t forget to submit your best leaf peeping pictures on the Fall Foliage Facebook Page. Where are your favorite Vermont fall foliage destinations?
Featured Photo Credit // Barb Wood