I am taking my father up to Vermont on Wed and Thur this week. He lives on the west coast and has not seen the New England fall colors in over 20 years. We are going to start in central Vermont, around Woodstock, but was planning spend the night near Kent Pond. Is this area too far past peak? Also I was confused as to whether to head further north the next day to the Waitsfield or Peacham area or south to the Mount Equinox/Manchester area. Intuitively it seems that the peak would be further south now, but some of the recent posts suggest that the colors are still good in the North but rapidly deteriorating in the South. Finally I am looking for any suggestions on scenic (but not too strenuous) hiking or walking paths in any of these areas. We want to get out of the car and enjoy the colors at a leisurely pace.
I really want to make this a memorable trip for my father. Any advice on suggested locations, inns, and restaurants (good quality but not fancy) would be greatly appreciated!
p.s. Oh, and I meant to say, if you wear slacks and a nice sweater, you won't feel "underdressed" (not overdressed---that would be silly!).
Here is a link to some photos from our trip
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41039570@N ... 1965/show/
How special that you were able to make this trip memorable for your father who came all the way from the west coast. He looks like a very kind man. How fortunate for you to spend time in Vermont in autumn with your father.
Please do come back next year. You will love the northern areas.
Thanks again for these great photos!
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot