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Old 10-05-2014, 06:49 PM
 
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We've heard a lot about Vermont's Fall Foliage.
For total newbies in the New England area, which locations do you recommend for families with two kids aged 8 and 10?
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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My first tip is to make lodging reservations. Especially if you'll be here on the upcoming weekend. You may be too late for weekend reservations.
What does your family like to do? Hike? Museums? History? Foliage is peaking right now in the mountains. Head to Stowe/Waterbury (Ben & Jerry's, Stowe Gondola, Cold Hollow Cider Mill etc).
Burlington is a fun small city on the shores of Lake Champlain. I would say the Champlain Valley is at mid-color at the moment. Should hit peak in the next 7-10 days. Burlington has lots of fun stuff to do. Peruse the shops on Church Street Marketplace. Take in a street act. Grab something to eat. Take a bout tour on Lake Champlain. The kids would probably like the ECHO Science Center on the waterfront. Bike on the bike path.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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very helpful, thank you. I did notice that hotels are very expensive there around this time, we might drive back the same day? hmm ... having no money sucks!
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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After the rain on Saturday, and what's in the forecast for tomorrow, I would say we won't have much foliage left in the Stowe area. Ben and Jerry's and Cold Hollow will be a mob scene if you come up this weekend - I forgot all about the traffic (and the police directing it) and got stuck on 100 for quite a bit on Saturday.

There are plenty of options, as Vter said, and it really depends on what you want to do and what areas you are interested in visiting.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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when is the best time to visit? To beat the traffic and all the tourist rush?
Any other alternatives for covered bridges and foliage?
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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I would imagine the southern half of the state will be in peak or close to it this weekend...where are you coming from? How much time do you have?
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:42 PM
 
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Champlain Valley between Middlebury and Burlington will be good this weekend. But again...don't come without hotel reservations!
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:28 PM
 
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I am in Stowe right now. Our guide said the leaves around here could be off the trees in a few days to a week. It is still beautiful. Lots of tourists, us included, but it's peaceful.

Sadly , not impressed with the Ben and Jerrys tour.

Maybe come during the week.
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