First time to Vermont

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Post: # 5628Post azeez_a
Sat Sep 22, 2007 4:54 am

for the help. Let me go ahead and arrange my reservations. I am also planning to put together an itenary and post it here so that the gurus here can advise if it makes any sense.

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Post: # 5637Post azeez_a
Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:23 am

so much. Will do as advised.

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Having a little difficulty...

Post: # 5962Post azeez_a
Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:31 pm

As advised, I bought the Explorer's guide to Vermont and started reading based on the top spots provided by one of the posts - Peacham, Warren, Grafton, Newfane, Dorset, Craftsbury Common, Bennington, Woodstock, Quechee and the Gorge, Waitsfield, Stowe. Started reading up on Stowe.

I will be in Vermont between Oct 16th to Oct 20th. As advised, I have booked accomodation at Red roof inn at Rutland since one of the posts asked me to book in this region since the Fall color will gradually move South. Given the amount of information in this book and the number of different routes and posts, I am frankly confused and am probably going through an information overload.

Can someone help and advise on planning this 5 day trip at Vermont? Since my wife and I are expecting, we are more interested in seeing fall colors, exploring villages, seeing some country stores, covered bridges, scenic drives etc. and not much of hiking.

This is what my initial reading has indicated to do on one day at Stowe:

1. Explore Stowe village
2. Visit Ben and Jerry's ice crean tour
3. Take the scenic route to Smuggler's notch
4. Explore any covered bridges (Gold brook bridge?) in this area

Does the above look good for one day? If yes, then can anyone advise on an itenary for the other 4 days? Also, is there a scenic route from Rutland to Stowe? I heard that the toll road to Mount Mansfield will be closed around the time I come there. Is the road to Smuggler's notch very dangerous to drive? I don't want to risk anything given my wife's condition. I drive a Honda CRV. Hopefully, if it is not a very steep grade, my vehicle should be able to cover it. Please help with the other 4 days. I would appreciate it very much. Given that this is my first visit to Vermont, I really need your advise. Thanks in advance.


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Post: # 5970Post mmvt
Sun Sep 30, 2007 11:10 am

From Rutland to Stowe you can travel the following: Route 7 north out of Rutland. Take this to one of the 'gap roads' (73 or 125). Take the gap road (east) over to 100 and ride 100 north the rest of the way up to Stowe. If you're returning to Rutland, you can reverse the route but choose the gap road you didn't take going up to Stowe. Given your travel dates, I think that the color in the north will be fairly well past peak but others who are more knowledgeable may want to chime in re: that.

In terms of hotels, I'm not sure if you're planning to stay in Rutland the entire time. You may be able to find lodging in some of the smaller towns and/or in the Killington/Woodstock region. Rutland is "OK" but it's much more 'city-like' than many other parts of VT. The Woodstock,Ludlow and Killington region has a LOT of lodging and I imagine that you could find some during your travel dates - the demand for lodging falls a bit right after the Columbus Day Weekend. If you are interested do a search and type "woodstock vt lodging" or "killington vt lodging". I just did a quick search and many places have openings the week you're traveling.

In terms of other 'day trip' destination stops, you probably should focus on areas in the central/south parts of VT. Some possibiliites include: Weston, Bennington, Brattleboro, Manchester.

GOod luck and enjoy your trip to VT!

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Post: # 5971Post azeez_a
Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:04 pm

so much. Will include this in my itenary and rethink the accomodation part. I would also love to get some more advise from other members on this forum too. Anyone else?

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Woostock, Ludlow, Killington

Post: # 5972Post azeez_a
Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:06 pm

Yes, I made a reservation for the whole stay (in fact made a reservation for 7 nights) at Rutland. Will Woodstock, Ludlow or Killington have fall color around the time I will be there (Oct 16th - Oct 20th)? If yes, I can possibly search for accomodations in these areas. Pls. advise.

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Post: # 5990Post pwt54
Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:28 pm

Killington and Ludlow will be gone by. But you have parked yourself in the right area for color. South of route US 4 and west of route US 7 will have good color. Also good color north of Brandon and west of route 116 in the Champlain Valley. South of route US 4, routes 7A, 30, 133, 140,153, and 315. If you have a VT Atlas, the back roads between Middletown Springs and Danby. North of Brandon, 17,30, 53,74,116, and 125. I had good luck on the back roads between Brandon and Vergennes, and Bristol and Hinesburg.

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Thank you and...

Post: # 6016Post azeez_a
Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:49 pm

...looks like I don't have to change my accomodation after all.

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