Thanks a lot for your kind information. As per your recommendation, I am looking for a good base for a day trip.
As I saw a report that NEK will hit the peak in next week, I would limit myself up north to area of Northfield, Montpelier and St. J only (may go for a glimpse as far as Stowe if the color still there). Can you recommend a central location that I can base for a few night to explorer the area? (maybe max 3 nights) should I stay close to VT100 or main highway 89? (Im not sure but I think that chain motel are closer to main highway?)
I have done the simple touring map for my trip in VT (CT and other is coming soon)
My plan is now as following:
5 Oct start driving to Brattleboro, 1 night here
6 Oct drive up north as far as color still, using 89Hwy for a faster move, for a scenic drive will use local road
9 continue south using 7 or 100
in the map, I have highlight 4 areas to visit:
1. Northfield for covered bridge
2. Area of Green Mountain NP, Upper Notch Rd.-->Ripton using Forest Road (Idea from tree tunnel thread)
3. Killington and surrounding, Cloudland road farm (iconic photo!) http://goo.gl/maps/46XBD (inspired by Jacky's thread)
4. Southeaster of VT http://goo.gl/maps/8g9TJ (again, inspired by Jacky's thread)
big picture link http://www.allkeeper.com/images/view/94778
Any recommendation or suggestion?
Thanks in advance
I see you have 2 open days. You should do the Peacham area on one of those days.
I have secured 2 nights at the inn near killington already
And my following plan is to take Mohawk trail as per ctyanky recommendation and head toward Boston at the end.
I may have to give Kent and Berkshire a miss this time.
As now my plan is getting better, can I ask here for any recommendation on food, restaurant, beer (or wine but still preferred local beer) or any small festival along the way?
Thanks in advance
I'll try to get look again on my remaining day trips but it is difficult to get. I heard some folks are selling it on Craigslist. That's crazy! Good luck! Here is an article from one of my favorite websites on Heady Topper - it is read thru succeeding pages as in (next)....
http://www.boston.com/travel/new-englan ... llery.html
I wish you a splendid and safe trip and I hope all the information you received on this forum will help you have the best time ever! Your posts were so fun to read and you were so receptive to everyone's suggestions! Please keep us updated as to all your adventures and welcome to Vermont!!!!
Don't forget to get that Heady Topper Beer and Cowtipper Wine to give to your Bahston friends!!!!!
Thank you for your kindness, yes am I leaving for USA tomorrow night (Sat 5, Oct) it will be 20+ hrs flight but my hearth is already there
As I saw many report coming up, I think even Killington area that I plan to use as a base maybe already pass peak??? need advice on this. I will go as north as Montpellier just for a beer and ben&jerry ice cream only. Should I stick to more southern part?
Stay in Bennington or N. Adams. Focus on 7A and 9 + the areas in Northern MA and NY State, around Northern part
of Taconic State Parkway. It's pretty amazing right now, much cleaner colors than anything in Vermont.
Drive up North to Manchester should be still nice and Manchester is great.
Skip silly Ben&Jerry thing, it's awfully touristy with buses full of retired guys coming every 15 minutes.
Manchester is so much prettier, real charm. Stop worrying too much about the specific recommendations given here,
just take any side road your heart will tell you to take, it will probably be nicer than anything mentioned here.
But don't bother going up North, it's almost completely gone.
or North Taconinc Pkwy - no contest. The problem is that many areas which still have green trees
are widely affected by a high percentage of brown/dry leaves, so even if those specific green trees
get more colorful, it will not be as fresh as many visitors are hoping for.