4 of the Most Beautiful Places to Enjoy Vermont’s Fall Foliage

When it comes to beloved Autumn traditions, what are your favorite things to do? Exploring Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage is always at the top of our list! Whether it is a scenic drive through the Green Mountains or a family trip to a local pumpkin patch, autumn is a special time to explore the endless beauty of the Green Mountain State!

Below you will find a comprehensive list of the best places to enjoy Vermont’s fall foliage. However, it is just one seasonal activity to enjoy in Southern Vermont! Find recommendations on apple-picking, pumpkin patches, farms, and farmers markets by requesting your free Southern Vermont Vacation Guide. Our carefully crafted guide has everything you need to plan the perfect fall getaway!

The Best Places to Enjoy Vermont’s Fall Foliage

The Molly Stark Byway

If you are looking for a scenic Vermont fall foliage drive, we’ve got you covered. While Vermont is home to countless beautiful byways, the Molly Stark Byway is one of our favorites! This byway winds through lowland valleys, historic villages, and the Green Mountain National Forest. There are few things more comforting than grabbing a freshly brewed cup of coffee and hitting this open road!

A road lined with leaves and trees in the autumn.

An Apple Orchard Tour

The Apple Barn & Country Bake Shop offers one of the most unique fall foliage tours in Southern Vermont. Begin your journey at the shop. A bus ride will take you to the top of a 300-acre apple orchard. At the top of the orchard, you will find some of most spectacular scenery in Southern Vermont! Afterward, a freshly baked apple cider donut awaits you in the sugar shop!

an apple tree at an orchard with ripe apples, ready to be plucked!

The Appalachian Trail

The spectacular beauty of the Appalachian Trail will inspire you. In addition to endless trees painted with shades of red, gold, and orange, you will also have a unique opportunity to witness some of Southern Vermont’s most breathtaking wildlife. (Tip for your trip: Bromley Mountain Via Long Trail (The Appalachian Trail) is challenging. For a more leisurely stroll with plenty of fall foliage, check out our blog on Vermont Parks.)

A woman hiking on a trail in the autumn.

Green Mountain Railroad

Train tours are another great way to explore Southern Vermont’s fall foliage. From dinner tours to cocktail tours, the Green Mountain Railroad offers a wide variety of train tour options. Panoramic views of the Connecticut River and sights from the top of Ludlow Mountain are just a couple of things to look forward to! Green Mountain Railroad is less than one hour away from The Arlington Inn in Chester, VT.

a railroad with trees in the background.

Tips for Your Trip

  • When hiking The Appalachian Trail or driving through any of Vermont’s scenic byways, remember to dress appropriately. We recommend wearing layers! Read our blog to learn more about what to expect with Southern Vermont’s weather.
  • If you are planning a fall getaway to Southern Vermont, take advantage of everything that the area offers! Our fall vacation packages are the perfect way to do it!

The Best Place to Stay in Vermont for Fall Foliage

Set against the backdrop of four acres of English gardens and trees, The Arlington Inn is the perfect place to stay for a Southern Vermont fall getaway. From warm fireplaces to relaxing Jacuzzi tubs, each of our rooms offers its own unique blend of special comforts. 

When you book any of our cozy accommodations, like Gamaliel’s Gable, you can always look forward to the best amenities, packages, and top-notch service! A hearty and home cooked breakfast is just one of the many conveniences included with your stay! When you are ready to plan your fall vacation, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at The Arlington Inn!

If you are looking for more fun activities and ways to enjoy Vermont’s fall foliage, remember to download your free Southern Vermont Vacation Guide!