Great Autumn Drives Through Central Vermont

Leaf peeping is legendary here in Vermont, and no wonder! The vibrant reds and golds provide a magnificent display and one not to be missed. So, book a stay at Maple Leaf Inn, pack your bags, and head out here for a few days of spectacular autumn drives.Red-leafed trees forming a canopy over a county road in the fall.

You’ll see enjoyable colors driving the rolling hillsides around our Inn, but there are some special routes you will want to be sure to take in as well. A few are listed below. Check with us at the Inn and we’ll be happy to help you with even more great outings.

Vermont’s only designated National Byway, the Connecticut River Byway is the dividing line between New Hampshire and Vermont. The lush river valley is a stunning natural setting that becomes even more enchanting with fall colors. Known as Route 5 in Vermont, the route takes you through scenic towns such as Brattleboro in the south, Claremont, and Lancaster, which has the White Mountains of New Hampshire to its east. You’ll find endless places of interest, with small town museums, quaint shops, and local cafes.

The 115-mile Upper Connecticut River Valley Loop forms a large north-south oval that begins and ends in nearby Woodstock. Sights along the way include Billings Farm & Museum, Silver Lake, the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, and more charming little towns that beg for a visit. You can take a short side trip to see Quechee Gorge, stunning any time of year but never more so than in fall.

The longest—and one of the most picturesque—routes in the state is Scenic Route 100 Byway. Running along the edge of the Green Mountains, it is known as “Vermont’s Main Street,” for the idyllic towns and settings it passes. Driving along this route you’ll encounter the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Artisan Cheese, several ski resorts, and stunning mountain views. For those who want to get out of the car and hike, this route provides some great options, including an easy trek to Thundering Brook Falls.

Maple Leaf Inn not only makes an ideal base for taking these driving trips, but we’ll pamper you with luxurious accommodations and delicious homemade breakfasts too. Fall is a busy time, so call today to book your stay!

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