Just about everything you can do in spring & summer can also done here in the fall. The only difference is that the temperature is falling, just like the leaves...
But before they drop, nature puts on a most impressive display of brilliant red, vibrant yellow & blazing orange. Here are some suggestions for activities to enjoy while gazing at this burst of color:
Fall foliage season is a magical time in Vermont, and some of the most brilliant colors you’ll ever see will be found along the scenic Mad River Byway, which includes Vermont Routes 100, 100B & 17. A drive along these two-lanes & surrounding country roads can be the leaf peeping experience of a lifetime! When is “peak foliage”? That changes from year to year and is based upon many factors. Generally though, it starts in the north and works its way south. It also starts at elevation and works its way down to the valley floors. Driving tours are easily planned, so let us help you map out a route once you’re here. That way, you’ll have the latest foliage reports to make your tour a “peak” experience. Some additional resources you may find of interest:
Both Sugarbush Resort & Mad River Glen offer chairlift rides during foliage season. For details on schedules & pricing, go to their websites:
Cycling enthusiasts of every sort will be pleasantly surprised & challenged by what the Mad River Valley has to offer. An expansive network of singletrack will appeal to the mountain biker, while road cyclists will appreciate the many miles of paved, lightly-trafficked blacktop. Our back roads, best enjoyed on hybrids, can be paved, gravel or dirt and offer some of the most amazing scenery you’ll experience anywhere.
The Green Mountains offer numerous hiking options, from gently rolling meadow trails to steep mountain climbs. The most popular hike is The Long Trail, which runs along the spine of the Green Mountains. It is easily reached from trailheads, with parking facilities, at both Lincoln Gap & Appalachian Gap. With advance notice, we can coordinate transportation to these trailheads from Weathertop Mountain Inn. There are many maintained trails throughout the Mad River Valley, including the Mill Brook Trail which runs directly behind the inn. Hiking is one of our favorite local pastimes. We would be happy to share some of our favorite trails with you. Additional resources include:
The Mad River, White River, Winooski River & Waterbury Reservoir all offer great opportunities for kayaking & canoeing. Equipment rental & guided trips are available locally. These rivers & their tributaries are also home to some of the finest fly fishing in New England. Native brookies, wild brown & rainbow trout are plentiful. Additional resources include:
The closest course to Weathertop Mountain Inn is the Sugarbush Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. masterpiece described by Golf Digest as "the essence of a mountain course." Jones’ legendary course design talent is apparent on every one of the 18 holes at Sugarbush Golf Club. Designed with respect for the natural setting and its breathtaking vistas, this par-71 course is a stunning beauty. Other courses within an hour drive include:
Looking for a new way to experience the Green Mountains? Try your skills at disc golf on one of two courses located at Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak Village. Ride up the chairlift for a downhill match, or play the rolling terrain of the base course. Single day & season passes are available. Click here for more details.
You can also experience the thrill & excitement of a zipline at Lincoln Peak Village, where you “fly” 800 feet from Valley House Lodge to the landing pad at Gate House Lodge! Click here for details.
For another soaring experience, become an acrobat on the bungee trampoline, also at Lincoln Peak. Click here for details.
The Mad River Valley is one of the most beautiful places in America for scenic glider rides. The views of Lake Champlain, Camel's Hump & Mt. Mansfield with the Mad River Valley below are truly spectacular. Contact Sugarbush Soaring for scenic rides, introductory flights, rentals & instructional programs.
The Waitsfield Farmers’ Market is a not-to-be-missed event, held Saturday mornings on the Mad River Green, from May through October. In addition to local farmers, you’ll find local artisans, prepared foods of every ethnicity & live entertainment. The market is pet friendly, as long as your dog is well-behaved & leashed (a bandana is optional, but highly recommended...). This is a great place to “meet the locals”.