Vermont Foliage

Hiking the Okemo Valley

Vermont’s Green Mountains are most well known as a winter attraction, but they’re here to be enjoyed all year round! Take advantage of the sunny summer weather and spend some time hiking in the Ludlow area.

 

Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of Okemo and take on the challenge of picking out local area attractions from afar! Choosing your starting point may not be the most difficult part of your adventure, but it won’t be easy to pick from the available options. Start from the Okemo Mountain base or the Jackson Gore base and make the 4.5 mile journey to the summit. For those looking for shade, try the 6 mile round trip Healdville Trail. A quick 9 minute drive from the base of Okemo will bring you to the neighboring town of Mount Holly, where you can enjoy the woods and wildlife of Vermont on your way up the back of Okemo Mountain. Once the top, test your limits and try to climb to the top of the fire tower. Your efforts will surely be rewarded as you stand above the treetops and appreciate all of Vermont’s beauty.

 

The Vista Trail is a great option for those wishing to enjoy a hike and the beach. Located in Camp Plymouth State Park, visitors can tour the Plymouth cemetery and take in the view of Echo Lake and the state park from the Vista. Afterwards, go for a refreshing swim in the lake to cool off. Be aware that admission to the park is charged during the summer season.

 

After you’ve finished your hike head over to the Green Mountain Sugar House located on Route 100 North for a maple creemee! You don’t want to miss this favorite Vermont treat.

 

~ Alyssa Collins

Winter in Vermont Already? ~ The Snow has Made an Appearance!

It is barely the end of October and the pumpkins and mums have a white coating this morning on the porch of Vermont Properties.

As we sit on the cusp of autumn and winter we know what is in our not so distant future. The Old Farmers’ Almanac is once again predicting a cold and snowy winter for the northeast. Now, I know some of you might be thinking… Farmers’ Almanac? What next, are they watching the wooly bear caterpillars too? The short answer is, yes…yes we are; but before you fall down laughing, know that these two indicators of our winter weather are usually on target. Granted, we Vermonters may have some strange ideas but many have stood the test of time. They have been passed down from generation to generation. And really, isn’t that one of the reasons you love Vermont so much?

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, ”New Englanders will once again experience a very frigid winter”, with lots of snow in the forecast again this year. January and February are being flagged as experiencing some very heavy winter weather (aka SNOW) which is expected to last through to March. So sharpen your skis and boards, the East Coast is gearing up for some ideal mountain conditions.

Of course, Okemo has their fantastic snowmaking upgrades all ready to step in should Mother Nature take a vacation. Either way, we will have you covered…. In snow!

Stop by and see us when you come to Vermont. If you decide to stay, we can help you find your very own piece of winter paradise.

Dig out those long johns or Hot Chillys, whatever keeps you warm. You’re going to need them!

Fall Festivals- Local Flavor of VT

During one of the most beautiful times of the year in Vermont, the entire State takes full advantage of perfect weather and fantastic sights by hosting annual Foliage and Fall Festivals. From the northern most part of the State to the southern most part, these festivals can be found in most towns both large and small. What a beautiful way to experience all the charm of Vermont's historic towns and villages.

Starting in September the beauty of Vermont comes alive in Chester, as "The Green" fills up with people for the yearly celebration of fall. Chester has been chosen as "one of the most beautiful Villages in New England" and lives up to this compliment . For the 40th year, Chester welcomes visitors both locally and from afar to a well-attended event that takes over the entire center of town. People come year after year to see the sights and say hi to neighbors and friends. For 2 days you will find local artisans, food and fun; even the local kids get in on the activity as the schools come together to feed the masses with their unique ideas for snacking on the go!

The festivals begin to wind down in late October with a variety of events throughout the State. Join us in Vermont for this most beautiful time of year as we enjoy the still warm weather while looking forward to that inevitable long snowy winter.

Bring a jacket and your curiosity; you are in for a treat! Don't forget the camera....

To check out a list of events in your favorite town, go to http://www.foliage-vermont.com/fall_festivals.htm

 

Vermont's Foliage Season is also Apple Season!

As you wander the scenic roads of Vermont, you will inevitably come across many places selling Vermont apples. With everything from the traditional McIntosh to the newer Pink Lady, apples are a fall staple in Vermont.

You will see small roadside stands, farmer's markets and larger fruit stands dotting the roads. Any one of them will have your favorite apple on hand. But if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, find any local orchard in the State and take the afternoon to pick your own. There are over 40 orchards in Vermont, producing over 100 different varieties of apples.

To find you closest orchard by county, just visit Scenes of Vermont.

The crisp days of autumn bring perfect weather for an afternoon of apple picking. Most orchards have a nice spot to take a break and have some hot apple cider and even a cider donut or two! Imagine the family all gathering their favorite apples to eat right out of the basket or take home to make an apple pie.

We may not have had a great berry picking season but the weather patterns this year have been perfect to bring us an abundant crop of apples. Growers report this year's crop to be good with plenty of wonderful apples; great news for this 12-million dollar yearly crop.

Apple season traditionally continues through the end of October. But sometime between the end of summer and beginning of winter we are also blessed to be the go to State for maple syrup. Yes! Vermont maple syrup and apple pie-what a great way to transition into the next season in Vermont, Ski Season.

And you thought these seasons were simply called fall and winter.... See you in Vermont for your favorite Season!

Fall Sign Card

Autumn in Vermont- a Norman Rockwell Painting

As I sit on my porch, I am reminded that the dog days of August will soon give way to cooler days and nights here in the Green Mountains. While we mourn the end of summer we look forward to the spectacular display of autumn colors. Our famous sugar maples will paint the mountains in explosive shades of scarlet,  gold and yellow. It is Autumn in Vermont!

Drive along most any road in Vermont and be transported back in time to a Norman Rockwell painting. White churches and small farms dot the countryside. Old time country stores with rockers on their porches invite you to stop and sit a bit, slow down and enjoy the most beautiful time of year in the northeast. Even the locals are not immune to the fireworks like display. Just like any other place we have our four seasons-but with a twist. Winter, spring , summer and foliage seasons all take turns bringing their unique beauty to Vermont.

The best part is that these cooler temperatures invite us to still enjoy many of our favorite summer activities. Hiking, fishing, biking and golf all take on a different feel with the spectacular Vermont foliage as a backdrop.

Soon the snow will begin to fall, the first flakes often pushing out the last of the brightly colored leaves. The reds and golds soon to be a distant memory as winter takes hold of the Okemo Valley. Come to Vermont, stop by our porch at VT Properties, take a seat, enjoy the cooler weather and all the beauty that comes with the changing of the seasons. We look forward to seeing you.

Fall Sign Card