I love summer. Who doesn’t love summer? But I am a sucker for fall in Vermont. I love apple picking, harvest festivals, corn mazes and don’t even get me started on the cider donuts! They make me weak in the knees. If you’ve never had a Dizzy Dozen, you must put them on your list for this season. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite things for fall fun in Vermont that we think you shouldn’t miss this year.
Small Farms Food Festival at Shelburne Orchards
This harvest festival is pretty much the whole package. The champion of all harvest festivals (well maybe aside from the Old Fashioned Harvest Market in Underhill). You’ve got your hay bale maze, rope swing, tractor rides, local music and activities for kids. Under the big tents you will find treats from Vermont farmers and food producers. They will be selling anything from pickles to organic chicken salad so come hungry! Oh and did I mention it is set in an apple orchard that has views of Lake Champlain?
Get on out there and start picking! Vermont has so many different varieties — Macintosh, Empire, Cortland, Honeycrisp (my personal favorite), Ginger Gold and more that you will be surprised how fast you can fill up a bag or a bushel. Most orchards open the last weekend in August or in early September. While you are out there picking watch for the wooden apples that are hidden in some of the orchards. You might just win an iPad or iTouch from Vermont Vacation!
Fall Foliage Drives
Leaf Peepers if you are looking for a fantastic fall drive, our friend Erica Houskeeper at Happy Vermont put together this stellar list of 6 Vermont Fall Drives that we think are totally work taking a look at.
Haunted Happenings at Shelburne Museum
Dress in your halloween best and head to Shelburne Museum for a day of trick-or-treating on the museum grounds. This spooktacular event is great for families that don’t live in traditional neighborhoods (hello most Vermonters!). Bring a stroller or wagon for your little ones as it involves walking between the outdoor buildings at this beautiful museum.
Pumpkin Picking & Corn Mazes
It may not be time to pick the pumpkins quite yet, but it is time to get lost in acres and acres of corn fields. You know what I am talking about. Those corn mazes are calling your name. There are big ones (like 10 acres) and small ones. Ones that have barnyards and animals to pet. There are evens cornfields that are haunted at night.