I spent that past week with my husband and my parents experiencing fall in Vermont and it has quickly become one of my favorite trips! We saw the fall foliage, shopped around the cute towns, and ate yummy foods. We also stopped by an apple orchard and the cutest little farm! It was a fall lover’s dream. Today I’m sharing my travel guide for Vermont in the fall. It definitely needs to be added to your bucket list!
WHERE WE STAYED
First up on the travel guide for Vermont in the fall is the question I’ve received most: where we stayed! When we planned this trip, we really just wanted to stay somewhere cozy that was semi-near shopping/restaurants. We searched all over VRBO and found the perfect cabin in Peru, Vermont (about 10 minutes from Manchester, Vermont) – linked HERE. We flew into Albany, New York, and rented a car to drive to our cabin. The 1.5-hour drive to our cabin flew by because of the beautiful scenery! We had amazing views of the leaves and mountains which set the tone for a great fall vacation.
WHERE WE ATE
Our flight into Albany, New York landed around 12:00 so we got lunch first before traveling to our cabin. We went to City Line Bar & Grill which was about 15 minutes from the airport. Oh my word, it was SO good. They were very accommodating to my gluten allergy. I felt super safe eating there! Michael and I shared a turkey avocado wrap and my parents shared the “Mac Daddy” sandwich which was brisket and mac n cheese. We also ordered a spinach artichoke dip (served with corn tortilla chips, so naturally gluten-free!) as an appetizer and avocado fries (not gluten-free – but my family said they were amazing).
My favorite part of staying in Peru was having JJ Hapgood only 3 minutes away from our cabin. It is the cutest little general store where you can also get breakfast, lunch, and coffee. They are famous for their breakfast sandwiches, and (drumroll please…) they offer gluten-free English muffins to substitute so you can still eat their breakfast sandwiches if you have a gluten allergy like me! This was one of my favorite places the whole trip. We stopped by almost every morning!
The first night we arrived, we went to Christo’s for pizza. Their gluten-free pizza was really great. I usually order sausage, and they do their sausage differently (slices of sausage rather than sausage crumbs) and it was delicious!
A breakfast spot we LOVED was Maple Leaf Diner in Londonderry. It was about 10 minutes away from our cabin in the opposite direction of Manchester. It had a “homey” feel and the waitress was so sweet! I kept saying if I was local, I would be a “regular” there.
On two of the nights during our trip, we opted to snack on a charcuterie board at the cabin instead of a restaurant. We frequented Shaw’s during our trip to grab snacks and drinks to keep at the cabin. I drank hot chocolate every night of the trip and it was so cozy by the fire!
On our last night, we went to Mulligan’s of Manchester and I ordered the nachos (amazing!) and Michael ordered the wings. My mom ordered classic New England fish and chips. Fun fact, my mom is originally from Rhode Island – she moved to Alabama when she was a teenager – so she loved experiencing the New England vibes again. My dad ordered a lobster roll but I forgot to take a photo. He said it was awesome!
More Things We Did
The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester was a neat place. It’s a bookstore and coffee shop combined, and I could have stayed there for hours just browsing! The town of Manchester has lots of shopping so you can easily find a parking spot and spend most of your day there. We loved strolling around and shopping for souvenirs.
Equinox Pond is a MUST-SEE. It was absolutely breathtaking, and the photos don’t do it justice! We met the nicest man who was letting his dogs swim in the pond and they were so fun. This little building pictured below is used for weddings and receptions. This scenery would make an amazing backdrop to a wedding ceremony!
We took a day to explore Woodstock, Vermont, which was about an hour from our cabin. It was the perfect, quintessential fall town that felt like stepping into a Hallmark movie.
Vermont is known for its covered bridges, and this one is right smack in the middle of Woodstock. It’s a famous photo opp, but you have to be careful because it is a working bridge and cars do drive through it. It took us a while to finally snap a photo without cars or people in the way because everyone wanted a photo here!
We drove up Skyline Drive to the top of Mount Equinox. It costs $25 for the car + driver, and then $5 for each additional passenger, so it was $40 for us to drive up to the top. There’s an area at the top where you can get out and see the beautiful views and learn more about Mount Equinox. At the summit of the mountain, you can technically see Maine, New York, and New Hampshire all at once.
We went to Sugarbush Farm and got to pet their sweet farm animals! This little cow was the cutest thing ever. The people who own the farm were really kind! We got to sample their delicious homemade cheeses and maple syrups. Vermont is known for its cheeses and maple products so we made sure to taste lots of samples!
We stopped by Mad Tom Apple orchard on the last day of our trip and got to see all of the apple trees and buy some cider. They weren’t serving hot apple cider, which was disappointing, but we bought a half gallon and heated it up at the cabin to enjoy. I don’t have a photo, but the Apple Barn in Bennington was really great for hot apple cider and apple cider donuts!
I hope this travel guide is helpful if you plan on visiting Vermont soon! I was genuinely so sad to leave because it was such an awesome trip. I definitely want to visit again! I saved a story highlight to my Instagram profile in case you missed following along on stories with me!
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