Suggestions for this Friday

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Suggestions for this Friday

Postby bvahjen » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:41 pm

Hi all, I will be making my first NEK day trip this Friday. I have had a place in Chester VT for 10 years but could never get to the NEK. I will have the wife and daughter who are more into the small towns/shops part of it so can you recommend a day trip would work for them? I am thinking Newport, Island Pond, Waitsfield, etc. All hints appreciated.


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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby ixl » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:59 pm

Just to warn you, the long-range model I follow has been consistently showing this Friday as the only very wet day predicted in the next 8. If there's any way you can make that day trip another day, it might pay off.

This is subject to change of course, but that's how it is looking right now. Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.
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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby bvahjen » Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:54 am

Murphy is my guiding angel!

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby Andy » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:51 am

Just FYI, Waitsfield is not in the NEK :D. If you drive up 100, you will go through Waitsfield (south of I-89, Waterbury and Stowe). If you take any detours on back roads, you just might find yourself hijacked and never make to the NEK! If it is your first time there and based on what your SO's seem to like, I would be sure to make a stop in Peacham. To me, it is the quintessential traditional old Vermont town (be warned, however that there are no public bathrooms there anywhere!).

The cemetary, the field behing the fire station gives the scene of the barn you have probably seen many times, and all there roads in the vicinity have magical, Vermont Views.

If you go up the east side of the state, you could go through Waits River and see that scene - but frankly, unless you are a photographer looking for the iconic shot, I wouldn't bother.
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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby pwt54 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:26 am

Colors here on route 100 in Hyde Park are looking great. Should be peaking this weekend. The Northeast Kingdom should be the same.

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby bvahjen » Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:33 pm

Thanks Andy, waitsfield and Peacham it is! Appreciate the feedback.

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby abby » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:41 pm

Have a great time in Waitsfield and Peacham Bruce. Be sure to visit the Common Road in Waitsfield, and also Bragg Hill Road.
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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby ctyanky » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:50 am

bhavjen: are you guys going to the Newfane festival this weekend? I'll let you know if I go up either Saturday or Sunday! 8) Will call you if/when I get there to see how your day went!

Also, the East Warren Road out of Warren (stop at Blueberry Lake on Plunkton) should be nice right into the Common Road.

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby admin » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:52 am

Was in Peacham yesterday, and it was good for the barn shot, but the rest of the area was not as far progressed as north of St. Johnnsbury.. The best color I saw yesterday was route 5 from Barton to Burke, but at this point my cards were full. See my Peacham video from yesterday here:
http://www.video-vermont.com/video/peacham-in-the-fall/

Going to Willoughby and Stannard Mtn today. Willoughby, the south end, should only be viewed in the morning.

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby bvahjen » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:49 pm

Well, I went on my tour today just in case the weather is awful tomorrow. Went north from Chester on I-91 to exit 17 and took 302 to Groton. The peak seemed to be just north of exit 15 on 91' but I know it's subjective and obviously altitude dependent. Then I went north to Peacham, and continued on to Danville. Nothing interesting there foliage wise, but when I turned onto route 2 and headed west, the action began. You know the spots because the out of state cars are stopped on the road to take pictures! I took 2 west to Montpelier and then one exit on 89 to 100B. Wow, 100 south from Moretown to Rochester was amazing. Breathtaking including Moss Glen Falls which was in a literal canyon of peak foliage. The craziest thing was when I got close to Okemo I took a detour to Belmont of all places and found a pond with killer reds. I don't think the weather could have been better and absolutely No Leaf Drop!! The intense sun made for lower color intensity for photos, now I know why you guys get up early! I am downloading the photos now so hope to have them up tonight. I'm no photographer, so these will be just for documentation. A bit of humor, the best Reds other than Belmont, we're on the hairpin turn out of Weston..they were so gorgeous a vermonter with a green plate was stopped in the middle of the road to look. When I came up behind they slowly drove away. Now that's good foliage when the locals stop!!!

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby ctyanky » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:06 am

Great report BV! So happy for you. That stretch of road from Moretown to Granville was super nice when I was there last week. What was the name of the pond where you found all the reds? It would be nice to post here for others. Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend. After today, looks great! :D

P.S. Are you going up to Chester the next few weekends as well?

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby bm » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:08 am

Glad you were able to do your trip yesterday! It is awful out there this morning. The weather lady just said the rain should deminish to showers this afternoon so hopefully the day won't be a total washout! Colors are starting to look really good in my neck of the Champlain Valley. Another week or so away from peak is my estimate.

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby mgdolly86 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:38 pm

admin wrote:Was in Peacham yesterday, and it was good for the barn shot, but the rest of the area was not as far progressed as north of St. Johnnsbury.. The best color I saw yesterday was route 5 from Barton to Burke, but at this point my cards were full. See my Peacham video from yesterday here:
http://www.video-vermont.com/video/peacham-in-the-fall/

Going to Willoughby and Stannard Mtn today. Willoughby, the south end, should only be viewed in the morning.


Could i please check how to reach on Jays' peak from St Johnsbury or Newport? I cant seem to find directions to reach the peak :cry: ?

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby From_the_NEK » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:33 pm

The easiest access is from the I-91 exit 26 for Orleans, VT

https://goo.gl/maps/B4WQLxF4Ln12

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Re: Suggestions for this Friday

Postby bvahjen » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:39 pm

To get to jay peak from Newport, take 105 west to 101 south to 242 west. You will come to the access road off 242.



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