Exploring Vermont in Autumn
Al, Bella, and I packed up the car and headed to Vermont to visit some awesome friends, Maria and Jose (and their 2 sweet dogs). We were so excited to stay with them at their adorable mountain-top cabin! We couldn’t wait for exploring Vermont in Autumn. The drive to Camel’s Hump (the Huntington side) from Philly was a little less than 7 hours (with 2 stops). That’s not too bad at all. I think it is all about the timing when you make a drive like that. And the last 2 hours of the drive was so beautiful. Traveling through New England in the fall is breathtaking!!
Maria and Jose’s place has to be the Best place ever! OMG!! Even if you don’t have friends in the area there are so many awesome places you can find to stay in Vermont. Just check Airbnb and see all the cabins in the woods. You can even go totally unplugged and off the grid if you want.
We Fell in LOVE with Vermont
So Al and I totally fell in love with everything about Vermont. We even decided to look for a small cabin with some land and expand Flat World Media (and BG Productions Photography and Videography) to Vermont. Don’t worry- we aren’t leaving Philly. We’ve wanted to expand for awhile and this is the perfect area. We could go up a couple of times a year and rent out our place through Airbnb the rest of the time. We’ll concentrate on the area between the outskirts of Burlington, Montpelier and all the small towns about 45mins south. We even did some preliminary house/cottage hunting while we were there. So if you know someone getting married, a business that is in need of video or photo work or web design in Vermont – we would love to talk to you/them!!
If you looking to go to Vermont, here are some of the things we fell in love with:
It is ALL around! And in the Fall it is just Gorgeous! It was about a week past peak time but you would never know it since it was all so beautiful regardless. We did some hiking around Camel’s Hump and close to Huntington. We also did an amazing walk around the Trapp Family Lodge.
In the early 1940s, the Von Trapp family toured the United States as the Trapp Family Singers before eventually settling in Stowe, Vermont on an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria. In the summer of 1950, they began welcoming guests to a rustic, 27-room family home/lodge. After a devastating fire in 1980, the original structure was replaced by the new Trapp Family Lodge. A striking, 96-room alpine lodge situated on 2,500 acres offering magnificent indoor and outdoor resort amenities. The entire property’s owned and operated by the Von Trapp family.
And we can’t wait to go back and take in more of the grounds. We definitely did not see all there is to see there. And see Vermont in the other seasons. If you are into outdoor activities, you will fall in love with Vermont too just like we did.
What a great town! We ate lunch at Shanty on the Shore and it had the best lobster bisque. It overlooked the water and was causal, delicious, and affordable. All great things! We even got a chance to sit on one of the docks in town and watch the sunset. What a perfect ending to a perfect day. A couple of days later, Al and I went back into town to walk around Church Street and grab some dinner. Church Street is a pedestrian zone with a bunch a cool shops, restaurants, people hanging out, and street musicians. Even on a cool October evening, we were still able to sit outside at dinner and take in all the ambiance.
You could spend a whole week just checking out all the small towns around. They are so quaint. Stowe was really nice and had a great walking path and small artisan shops filled with local art. I grew up in a small town in Ohio with a similar feel so I have a soft spot for places like this.
All the food we ate was super yummy. Most of it was locally sourced, organic, and a great way to support local farmers. One of our favorites was One Radish in Richmond. They had the best lavender honey muffin and maple syrup bagel!
The last night we got pizza from Barnyard in South Burlington to bring back to the cabin and just chill out with the dogs! I had a white pizza with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions. And goat cheese- YUM!! I wish I had some now it was SO good!! Al enjoyed his maple BBQ wings and Chicken Parm sandwich.
Honestly, if you are looking for authentic maple syrup – look no further. It is sold all over the state and at every farmers market. We got a jug to take home and I am excited to try and make our own maple syrup bagels. So bring on the pancakes!!!
Being relaxed and getting in touch with your inner Zen
Ok, so this may be the BEST reason to go to Vermont. Think about it – stay in a cabin on a mountain and reconnect with friends. Turn off your cell phone, stay off Facebook and just breath in the fresh air! You will feel so amazing and refreshed. And it is a photographers dream out there! Even if you aren’t a professional you will want to take a ton of photos, it’s just so pretty. I even played around with some cool night shots of their cabin, take a look at the photos.
We can’t wait to see what we can find for a kick ass get-away home for more adventures! Thanks for reading along about exploring Vermont in the Autumn. For more photos check out our online gallery http://bgproductions.zenfolio.com/vermont-fall