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It's 2018 and time to kickstart your Vermont fall foliage plans!

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:19 pm
by ctyanky
Hello to all of you Vermont fall foliage seekers! It's right about now that I start my annual Vermont thread for the next foliage season, and the reason it is a couple of weeks early, is that I am so tired of this deep freeze! :evil: After this past brutal weekend, just when I thought I could not take one more day, we finally broke with a balmy 31 and 50 degree forecast for Friday. Ahhhhhhhhhh, thoughts of spring flowers and summer beach days and autumn in Vermont have been on my mind since this insane cold snap started on Christmas! :P

Anyways, on to Vermont planning! I continue to change up my inn venues as I have been thoroughly enjoying bouncing around from B&B to B&B, meeting new people and exploring totally different areas in the great state of Vermont. Last season Manchester and Middlebury were two new stops and I loved every minute tooling around these areas.

To start off, I've decided to stay first in North Bennington (reconnecting with Charles IXL from the forum) and with a friend from Burlington to hike to Lye Brook Falls which I have been reading up on. I am staying at an amazing place with an equestrian stable on premises and also riding nearby at another local stable. After this last weekend in September in North Benn, I'm off to Warren for a few days at a new B&B and then on to Starksboro for a stay at a farm/inn that has caught my attention for the last couple of years. I truly love the Lincoln area and all my favorite back roads, and I know I'll be returning there to cruise around my loops that I found last year. I hope to spend a lot of time in Burlington as well, and finally take my Spirit of the Ethan Allen cruise! Shelburne Farms, shopping on Church Street, and some more hiking are on the agenda. Then it is back to Manchester for a long Columbus Day Weekend so I can hike some more trails in the Equinox Preserve with my Burlington friend. The trail system there is totally amazing! Last year, we couldn't try the Bromley zip lines due to the one rainy day, so that is back on the schedule! :wink:

So I am all booked and deposited and very optimistic that we WILL have a better foliage season than 2017. :) I just love being in Vermont regardless, and take every opportunity to soak it all in with friends and activities galore to make my time there the best that I possibly can. I will be up for a few visits after sugaring season to enjoy summer adventures, but most of all, my heart beckons me to autumn in Vermont!

So friends, it is not too early to start planning (or at least thinking about) your Vermont fall excursions! We're just 8 months and 2 weeks away to countdown! :mrgreen:

Happy New Year! CT

Re: It's 2018 and time to kickstart your Vermont fall foliage plans!

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:34 am
by ctyanky ... active.php

Here is the Equinox Preservation Trust map of the trails (Manchester). I hope you can get a chance to explore here. One of the most well-maintained and diverse systems I have ever hiked on. So many trails for different levels! I may go up late summer to try a few more. Equinox Pond is amazing! Enjoy! :wink:

Re: It's 2018 and time to kickstart your Vermont fall foliage plans!

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:19 am
by ctyanky
Here is the link for Lye Brook Falls and directions. I'm really looking forward to this hike in the fall. My friends are hiking it today and can't wait to hear about their experience in this frigid weather! Some tripadvisor comments coin it as easy to moderate, while others say it is moderate to difficult in parts. We shall soon see! :roll: ... um=212&p=0

Starting in the town of Manchester, From Route 7A, turn east on Depot Street (Routes 11/30) and drive for about 1/2 mile, turning right on Richville Road. At the Post Office, turn left on East Manchester Road and cross beneath Route 7. After the underpass, turn right on the Lye Brook Falls Access Road (the sign might say Glen Road, but there is another sign indicating Lye Brook Falls access) and follow it to the end and park. The trail exits the parking lot at the far end. The first several yards are on rounded and somewhat slippery rocks, but this changes to a level former rail bed. You'll find several stretches of trail where there are numerous rocks protruding from the ground. Many of these have the potential to turn an ankle, so be mindful of your footing. The falls are reached in 2.3 miles.

Re: It's 2018 and time to kickstart your Vermont fall foliage plans!

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:13 pm
by ctyanky
Hello foliage friends! As of today, we are just past the six month mark on the countdown to Fall 2018. The autumnal equinox next falls on Saturday, September 22, 2018!!! I can't believe we are just two "seasons" away from the grand entrance of fall and all things we love about traveling in the great state of Vermont!

Time to start locking in your lodging, especially for the high foliage weekends in October, most importantly, Columbus Day Weekend. Spring has arrived here FINALLY! So many nor'easters this year, and oh, those cold temps seem to be on their way out. :D

I'm looking forward to warm sunshine, green grass and buds on the trees and shrubs, parades and cookouts and trips to the beach! I hope to make a couple more trips to Vermont for the Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro in June and the Blueberry Festival in the Deerfield Valley in July, both of which are amazing! In August, I'll be heading to the Taste of Woodstock for my first time and I'm very excited! Here are a few links for these events, in case you are so inclined.... There is so much more once summer arrives and I hope you can get up Vermont to enjoy all their wonderful festivities!

Strolling of the Heifers
Brattleboro | June 1-3, 2018
Brattleboro plays host to a jam-packed weekend that kicks off Friday with a downtown “block party” promising food, music, dancing, and fun. Saturday brings the namesake event, as future farmers and their heifers lead a parade of farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, and clowns; meanwhile, the all-day Slow Living Expo features such things as cooking demos, educational and entertaining exhibits, and a “goat olympics.” Rounding things off are the famous farmers’ breakfast, cycling tours, and farm visits.

Let the fun begin! :wink: