Vermont Fall Foliage Reports
2014 Foliage Season Ends
November 3, 2014
The 2014 Foliage Season has come to an end. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
The Vermont.com foliage reports are first-hand reports provided by various "Leaf Peepers" around the state. 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.
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:
October 30, 2014
"Shelburne and the surrounding communities are still well worth a careful look. The gleaming maple reds and oranges are mostly gone, but pockets of them remain and when the sun is out, hillsides are still beautiful with gold and yellow. Close lookers will also find brown (usually oaks) and an occasional oak that is mostly still green.
Here's a beautiful journey: Turn off Route 7 south of Shelburne onto Ferry Road (Greenbush). Follow it to the first right turn; Greenbush road runs through residential Charlotte and into Shelburne, past the orchard. There it becomes Bostwick Road. Follow it back across Route 7 and keep going to a right turn on Thomas Road, past the Zen Center and then onto Spear Street. Follow Spear to Hinesburg Road (Spear's Store), then Hinesburg back to Ferry Road. You'll pass the Charlotte Congregatioal Church, where there are a few flaming maples still going strong. If you pass on a Friday or Wednesday 4-6, you might find them still selling beautiful apple pies at the church. Wind and rain are likely to bring down most of the leaves in the next three weeks."
-- Michael Dabney, Shelburne, VT
November 3, 2014
-- Marla Woulf, Director of Marketing, Lang McLaughry Real Estate
October 28, 2014
"A Good morning it was folks! I took this photo from my front door and what a beautiful shot it was. Here in Readsboro, Vermont there isn't any color left as we've fully let go of all our leaves. However, today was a really nice day starting off with this beautiful photo tree in front and sunrise in the back.
So Fall is over, temps today and Wednesday 10/28/2014 are going to be nice but the weather channel is saying a good cold front moving in behind all this warm air and possible snow flurries for this weekend. I guess I can't complain much throughout the year the weather was very nice, and it was such a beautiful Autumn 2014.
I hope everyone still makes it out and set reservations at the Readsboro Inn for Dinner, a beer, and possible live entertainment. The Readsboro Inn is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday evening hours and while you're there spend a night at the Inn and head on over to Always Emma's for Breakfast. You might need to check in for times, just give them a call for Information. Thank you for letting me take pictures and share them on the Vermont Fall Foliage web page. Here is to the winter season, and final days of 2014."
-- Justin Gamache, Readsboro, VT
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.
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.
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