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2013 Foliage Season: Final Week of Reports

October 22, 2013

The Vermont.com foliage reports are first-hand reports provided by various "Leaf Peepers" around the state. This is the final week of reports for the 2013 Foliage Season. Keep checking here as we continue to receive updates this week.

If you'd like to be on next year's Leaf Squad to help report the foliage conditions in your area of Vermont, please contact us!

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If you didn't make it to Vermont this foliage season, you can still find some gorgeous Fall scenery in our Autumn Photo Gallery, thanks to local photographers and visitors to Vermont... But truly, you've got to be here to fully enjoy the leaves.

Checkout the Vermont.com Calendar of Events to find great events of all types throughout the state. Don't see the event you're looking for? Feel free to suggest an event so we can add it to our Calendar.

And remember, it's never too late to plan a vacation in Vermont!


The map to the right is not to scale, but provides an approximate view of the current foliage color in Vermont. Color changes generally spread from the higher, cooler areas of the Green Mountains down into the Lake Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley (moving from north to south across Vermont).

For more info, call Vermont's Seasonal Hotline at (802)828-3239
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REPORTS FROM AROUND THE STATE:

NORTHERN VERMONT:

October 24, 2013
"Jay Peak/Montgomery Roundup 2013: Better foliage than previous years. While visitor attendance to the area was down slightly from previous years, those who journeyed to the northernmost parts of Vermont were treated to the best colors in at least three years. Mild weather, low winds and little rain meant visitors to the area enjoyed almost three weeks of vibrant colors.

While the leaves are mostly down, there are still a plethora of events in the area during the next two months: The Montgomery Center is hosting two events in the next three weeks:
  • A Halloween night Haunted House for Kids at the Phineas Swann B&B, and
  • "Woolstock 2013," a weekend knitting retreat with seminars organized by Mountain Fiber Folk cooperative.
With snow already falling atop Jay Peak, and snowmaking scheduled to start Nov. 1, ski season will begin in earnest the week of Thanksgiving. So stick season here will be a short one - six weeks at most!"

-- Darren Drevik, Owner, Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast Inn, Montgomery Center, VT

October 24, 2013
"The fall foliage in and around Stowe has moved well beyond the peak stage. The hillsides are now beautiful shades of brown and crimson and the mountains already have some snow. The crowds are diminishing and restaurants are less crowded too.

Overall it has been a spectacular fall foliage season! Next up is the area's quiet season, sometimes referred to as "stick season". The mountains are brown, the trees are bare, and fallen leaves line the highways. The sky is often an overcast mix of blue and gray but offers a melancholy beauty all its own as we anxiously await winter.

Stowe Mountain Resort has increased their snowmaking this year for even better skiing and snowboarding. And Stowe offers a wide array of winter activities, including great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing too. And Stowe is proud to host the 2014 USSA Junior National Nordic Ski Championships this winter on March 1-8, 2014!"

-- Thomas Thamm, Stowe Area Association, Stowe, VT

October 22, 2013
"The fall foliage color has come to pass here in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Just about the only color remaining is the spectacular gold of the Tamarack trees as their needles turn for the season. However, the fall color is certainly not the only reason why you should plan a trip to the Kingdom this weekend. This beautiful land of ours is filled with quiet, unspoiled landscapes, crystal clear waterways and vibrant communities that can be enjoyed in every season.

There are some spectacular events taking place in the Northeast Kingdom this weekend including CircumBurke Trail Run & Mountain Biking Challenge and Murray & Falkenau musicians from Galway, Ireland performing at the Music Box to name just a couple. We invite you to visit the regional tourism website for a complete listing of events!"

-- Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Assoc., East Burke, VT

October 22, 2013
Fall Foliage in Shelburne Vermont "The Shelburne area still contains an enormous mix of color. Oaks in particular are lovely: scarlet, russet and mahogany. Some maples, while mostly colored, have large branches still green. A few of the early-coloring maples are now bare. The oak pictured is near the community center of Wake Robin. A mile south off Greenbush Road, Shelburne orchards offers for u-pick many apple varieties."

-- Mike Dabney, Shelburne, VT

October 17, 2013
Fall at Basin Harbor Club "We still have some great color to enjoy and many crunchy leaves on the ground as well! I'd say we have another week or so of good color. The winds are picking up along Lake Champlain and will surely blow off the final leaves by the end of the month.

Come to Rocktoberfest: A festival of beer and bacon on Satutday! (10/19) Visit our website for more info."

-- Sadie Stone, Communications & Programming, Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, VT

 

CENTRAL VERMONT:

October 22, 2013
Foliage near Okemo Vermont "Although most of the 'peak foliage' reports belong to southern Vermont by now, the trees in Okemo Valley are far from bare. The hillsides are glowing a warm golden orange, and every once in a while there's a single flaming yellow tree in the field of sierra browns. Autumn in Vermont is hardly over!"

-- Julie Wood, Owner, Golden Stage Inn Bed & Breakfast, Proctorsville, VT

October 22, 2013
Fall Foliage in Killington Vermont "Here in the mountains of Killington there are a few trees that refuse to give up their beautiful fiery red and orange leaves. Most of all other trees have shed their colors and growing dormant awaiting the Spring's warm sun.

Franklin the turkey has fully molted and is almost in full feathers. The wood is stacked and already being used. The young maples seem to be the only trees that have vibrant and rich colors left on them. They are tiny trees with a large impact on the eye.

We are still scrambling to finish building a barn and preparing our off-grid home for the winter. This is our first winter on this mountain and we are up for the challenge!"

-- Amanda Young, Killington, VT

October 15, 2013
"We still have patches of color, mostly yellows and a few oranges here in Danby. On October 25 + 26, 2013 we will be hosting the Haunted Orchard, where Ghouls and Zombies roam the paths and terrors from your nightmares await you at every turn!"

-- Catherine Preble, Owner, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby, VT

 

SOUTHERN VERMONT:

October 24, 2013
Foliage in Grafton, Vermont "The foliage in southern Vermont is still hanging on. The shot was taken today, in front of the Grafton Inn. While much of the foliage has peaked out, we do still have some of the special trees that are still in full beautiful fall colors!"

-- Melissa Gullotti, Director of Communications, Windham Foundation, The Grafton Inn, Grafton, VT

October 24, 2013
Foliage near Readsboro, Vermont "This is the Sunrise in Readsboro Vermont, at the Readsboro apartments. It was beautiful and very calming! Fall Foliage might be over, but you still can see and capture great pictures. I urge you all to come and visit the small town of Readsboro, located in the southern foothills of Vermont in Bennington county.

Please come on down or up wherever you are. The Readsboro Inn is having specials each day now where you buy one & get one free... It is worth it to come and visit.. Hope to see some of you stopping by, you are welcome to stop by anytime you want!"

-- Justin A. Gamache, Readsboro, VT

October 22, 2013
"I drove back and forth between Manchester and Bennington this weekend and we are definitely approaching 'stick' season. Most of the trees still had leaves, especially closer to Bennington, but there were a lot of bare trees and most of the leaves were in the brown/rust color range. The brilliant colors of a couple of weeks ago are gone.

It's still a nice time to visit Vermont. Over Columbus Day, Manchester was very congested and this weekend it was nice and peaceful. Many Vermont inns and hotels offer late season discounts right now so you can visit without crowds, at a lower rate, and you might even be able to catch the first dusting of snow at the higher elevations predicted for later this week.

Come to Vermont, go for hike (remember to pay attention to the weather reports), and plan out this winter's vacation!

-- Sandra Koffman, Vermont.com, Manchester, VT

October 17, 2013
Vermont Fall Foliage "I often don't plan my photos but rather just snap away if I see the slightest hint of color. As I browse through my foliage photos for the last few days, looking for the best one to use for my report, I am amazed at how much color still remains in the trees, especially in Manchester.

Route 11 between Londonderry and Bromley Mountain is certainly in 'Stick Season' right now, but once on the other side of the mountain, the leaves seem to brighten into the yellows and oranges we love to see during foliage season, and there are even some trees that are still hanging on to their green leaves with only a hint of color change. This late in the season tho, you really have to be looking for them to see all the beautiful foliage colors, and taking the backroads is the best way to do this."

-- Renee-Marie Smith, Graphic Designer, Vermont.com, Manchester, VT

 


Dutton Berry Farm Stand in Manchester Vermont A great place to stop while you're Leaf Peeping in Southern Vermont, is the Dutton Berry Farm Stands. Well known for their Vermont grown produce including farmer-grown fruits and vegetables, cider, maple syrup, plants, and other unique local products, the Dutton Berry Farmstands offer a cornucopia of great-tasting Vermont produce and products. Located on Route 11/30 in Manchester, Route 30 in Newfane, and Route 9 in West Brattleboro.

 


FOLIAGE TIPS:

Foliage in Vermont Best Bets: During the earliest part of foliage season, viewing is more about elevation than location. Your best chances for spotting color are to 'get high' or 'get low.' Higher elevations with panoramic views will allow you to spot smatterings of color in the valleys below. Alternatively, you can 'get low' - marshy areas near bodies of water typically offer the first areas of foliage change and also offer a wide variety of tree species which enlarges the palette of early season colors.

Helpful Tip: Plan Ahead!
Foliage season is a very popular time to visit Vermont, so if you want to stay in a particular place on a particular weekend, call in advance to make sure rooms are available. Having your lodging plans made in advance will avoid unnecessary stress and allow you to enjoy your foliage season odyssey. Also too, it is a good idea to make dining reservations as early as possible in the day or even the night before.

When To Come For 'Peak' Foliage:
There is no one 'perfect' time to visit Vermont to see peak foliage. Color change begins in mid-September and runs through the first two to three weeks in October and varies by elevation, progressing from north to south and higher to lower elevations during the course of the season. As such, there are many 'peaks' so that you can make your plans based on the timing and location that works for you.

Science Behind the Leaves Changing Colors:
During the short summer months, broad-leafed trees such as maples, oaks and birches produce food to nourish themselves for growth. They do this through a process known as photosynthesis, using the energy of the sun to produce food. As the days grow shorter in early fall, the increasing periods of darkness trigger leafy plants to slow down photosynthesis and stop growing. A pigment in the leaves called chlorophyll (which gives leaves their green color) is used in photosynthesis, so the slowing of this process means there is less green pigment. But leaves contain pigments other than green, called carotenoids and anthocyanins. Once the greens fade, carotenoids are revealed (yellow, orange, and brown colors), anthocyanins and are produced (red and purple colors).

Certain colors are characteristic of particular plant species. Red maples live up to their name by turning scarlet, while most sugar maples glow a warm orange. Aspen and birches display sunny yellows, while oak and beech leaves turn bronze and gold. Most of Vermont's fall foliage color is provided by red and sugar maples, two resilient tree species that constitute more than 50 percent of our forest's trees. You can find even more details on leaves and their changing colors, courtesy of the US Forest Service: Why Leaves Change Colors

 


"Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England," - Yankee Magazine (2010) :

#3: Manchester, VT
#5: Middlebury, VT
#6: Waitsfield, VT (tied w/ 1 other town)
#10: Woodstock, VT (tied w/ 3 other towns)
#11: Grafton, VT (tied w/ 2 other towns)
#13: Jeffersonville, Montgomery, & Stowe, VT (tied w/ 2 other towns).

Find more info about Fall Foliage in New England, from photographer Jeff "Foliage" Folger.
 


Vermont Fall Foliage Season
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