Fall Foliage in Vermont
Concierge.com's insider take:
Across the border, Montréal is full of naughty nightclubs, but Vermont's finest peep show is pure and wholesome. It's also unpredictable, so leaf-peepers should check the foliage report at the official Vermont Department of Tourism site before hopping in the car for a tour of the turning trees (www.vermontvacation.com). If you're making inn reservations, you'll need to gamble by booking months ahead. In the mountains the peak weekend is typically late September, while valley areas often hold on until early October. The best way to see the spectacular display is by driving the 150 miles from Wilmington, Vermont, north to Stowe on Route 100. The rural road climbs and dips through the Green Mountain National Forest, and there are plenty of joints providing roadside sustenance. Do stop at Weston's Vermont Country Store, which brims with hard-to-find soaps, eclectic sundries, and mouthwatering candies.