Planning on making a day trip from Boston into Southern VT on Sunday, the 19th. It looks like routes 7 and 30 between Rutland and Bennington are the most highly recommended here. Does anyone have an idea of how these would compare to the recommendation in the official state foliage report for a drive between Orwell and Danby in Rutland County? Does anyone have specific recommendations as to whether route 7 or 30 would be better, or are there any other good roads in the area? Coming from Boston, it looks like we'll hit Bennington area first. Is there any reason to go farther north to Manchester or Rutland? Any good back roads?
Does anyone have recommendations for places to get lunch or dinner in these areas? How about interesting places to stop for local produce, maple products, etc.
Thanks in advance to anyone that has advice for me; your help is much appreciated.
There are two basic ways to get to southern VT from Boston. Since you said you were planning on coming through Bennington first, it sounds like you are planning to take the Pike out to near Lee and then take 7 north. That's certainly one option, and the color in western MA might indeed be very nice.
Another possibility is to take route 2 west to I-91, then 91 north to Brattleboro. From Brat you can go either up the CT valley or take route 9 over to Bennington.
The color in the mountains is pretty much over around here, at least above 1500 feet. So you will want to stick to either of the valleys in the Brattleboro or Bennington areas. I am not sure about the Rutland area but it is fairly low down so it should be okay as well.
I can recommend a couple of interesting places in the Bennington area if you think you will be there... though I don't eat in restaurants much.
Could you please post interesting places in the Bennington area? Thanks