My friends would like to spend a long weekend (Thursday to Sunday) in New England in the third weekend of October (18th-21st).
They are flexible in term of location. They have a 2 year old toddler, so they would like a place in which they could do some easy hiking, and with a town with some restaurants/stores to conveniently stay with their kid.
I assume south VT and Western MA could be some good options to see colours in that period.
Any specific suggestion for a place to stay and some hiking suggestions doable with a toddler?
They just want to enjoy the fall atmosphere in some nice little town, and do not necessarily want to drive too much to chase the colours since they are with their little boy
Also there are trails all over the area.
Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park would be ideal! Here is the link:
That is so nice of you to help them out. Let me know what you think and if this town would fit their needs. I doubt lodging would be a problem at that time. CT
Also a cute carousel ride in Quechee Gorge Village that looks fun for the family. (The Vermont Toy and Train Museum).
I checked around Woodstock, many places slip into "off season rates" that weekend but it does not mean the color is gone. You can drive around the SE quadrant and still see some nice foliage. I go up to Vermont every weekend in October after my "big trip" and have been amazed at what I find on the back roads.
I'll continue to search for "kid friendly" activities in the Woodstock area but the above links will prove to be quite exciting for the family if they indeed choose the area!
Stay in Shelburne, Burlington, South Burlington or Williston.
Shelburne Farms is amazing. Hiking at Mount Philo State Park. Echo on the Burlington waterfront. Church Street in Burlington is fun.
color or not, woodstock is an interesting place for adults to visit. as CT notes, there are places to eat, and a fair number of stores. the architecture throughout the town, especially on the green, is classic new england. there is also great domestic new england architecture across the river, on river street and on mountain avenue, which many visitors miss. small children may be less charmed, although my recollection is two year olds do not care much about where they are as long as someone is paying attention to them.
I have taken my grandchildren to the raptor center and to billings farm. i think those places are best for children who are five to ten years old. you might consider sugarbush farm, which has some farm animals that kids can see and, unlike billings farm and the raptor center, is free. so, for that matter, is the spendid woodstock green, and at a certain age there is nothing as entertaining as a pile of leaves, a few sticks, or a busy squirrel.
the thing my grandchildren like best in woodstock is the ice cream shop directly below the mountain creamery, on central street. in the event all else fails, there is a good selection of toys in the drug store, also on central street.