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Main Street in Middlebury, Vermont.

Main Street in Middlebury, Vermont.

Everywhere I turn, people are saying that this year’s fall foliage season is better than ever in Vermont. I would have to agree that the fall colors seem particularly bright this season.

Over Columbus Day Weekend in Vermont, we wandered around Burlington, Middlebury and Ripton. The higher elevations are past peak, but the hillsides and valleys are still glowing in brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow. In some places, like Burlington, the leaves are just starting to turn. In higher terrain areas, like Ripton on Route 125, there is mostly late stage color still very much worth seeing. (It’s worth noting that there is a little bit of snow on Vermont’s tallest peaks. Stratton, Killington, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak and a few other spots received the first dusting of the season last night.)

Before heading out with my camera and family in tow on Sunday morning, I read an article in The Boston Globe about photographer and foliage enthusiast Jeff Folger. He points out in the article that peak foliage is a myth.

“It’s all in your viewpoint,” he says. “Peak is finding color and being happy with what you find. If you want to experience peak, you need to enjoy fall colors for what they are: a gift.”

**If You Go: Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing

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Cabin on the Middlebury College Breadloaf Campus in Ripton.

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Walking with Phoebe in Ripton.

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The Chipman Inn on Route 125 in Ripton.

6 Comments

  1. Erin @ I Heart New England
    October 8, 2012

    Beautiful photos… wish I were there!

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  2. Erica Houskeeper
    October 9, 2012

    Thanks, Erin! Hope you are doing well.

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  3. Alyson (New England Living)
    October 9, 2012

    Wow! You caught some stunning foliage!

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  4. Erica Houskeeper
    October 9, 2012

    Hi Alyson,

    It has been an amazing season! So beautiful.

    Hope you and your family are happy and healthy!

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  5. Suman
    October 10, 2012

    Stunning pictures! I wish I were there…

    Reply

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