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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.

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