Fall Weekend in Vermont – Foliage and Family Time

Two weeks ago, we headed north for a long fall weekend in Vermont.  Since the kids had a day off that Monday, we figured it was the perfect time to catch some glimpses of the fall foliage.  According to a few websites, the foliage was “nearing peak“.

Just a few weeks before our trip, I contacted a photographer to have some family photos done in Vermont.  Too bad as the weekend grew closer, the weather forecast wasn’t looking very promising, but a plan is a plan so we just hoped for the best!

Fall Weekend in Vermont:

Family trip to Killington…


Welcome to Killington sign and flowers

Before heading to Vermont we knew that the “Brewfest” was scheduled for that Saturday…but that isn’t why I am posing in front of the sign above.  Do you see where it also says, “Up & Down Roll Sunday, Oct 2”?  Well, when my husband saw that, he thought the “Up and Down Roll” was an event where the drunk people from the Brewfest would physically “roll” down the mountain after a day of drinking!  Always coming up with something silly, that guy!  I must admit, I would have paid to see that event!  But no, the “Up and Down Roll” ended up being a mountain bike race!

Actually, we didn’t plan on attending either of those events.  Instead, my husband and 12 year old, spent a chilly Saturday afternoon on the golf course…

Golf at Green Mountain National:

Father-son bonding time…

Fall Weekend in Vermont at Green Mountain National Golf Course

As you can see, the leaves were changing but not exactly what I would call “nearing peak“!  Obviously, it didn’t help that the skies were gray and we had on and off drizzling.

Golfcart at Green Mountain National

But the weather didn’t stop them.  They enjoyed some great father-son bonding time.

Exploring the Mountains and Lake:

Foliage and fall adventures…

While the guys were golfing, I indulged in a little bit of bonding time with my 10 year old son…

Kent Pond in Vermont

First, we stopped by Kent Pond where we spotted a couple playing with two black labs.  As soon as we walked up, they warned us that the one dog might get excited and run over to us.  Of course, I assured them we were fine with big dogs since we have our own golden retriever.  So, they let my son throw some of the objects in the pond for the dogs to retrieve.

Suddenly the “one dog” came charging out of the water heading straight for me.  Within seconds his pond-soaked body was jumping all over me to the point where I almost fell over.  The owners quickly pulled him away apologizing like crazy, but all I could do was laugh.  Honestly, I did not expect the dog to come at me with such force.  Then after he did the same thing to my son just minutes later, we decided it was time to drag our drenched bodies back to the car before one of us ended up hurt.

Afterwards, we browsed in some ski clothing shops and then headed over to the mountain so my son could see what it looked like without snow.

Killington Mountain in the Fall:

Killington Vermont in the Fall

As I mentioned, the Brewfest was going on so the lodge area was packed.

This photo shows the overflow of people on the outside but the inside was another story.  Seriously, I think the whole state of Vermont was inside partying it up!  The only reason we even went inside was to use the rest room.  We accidentally entered through a no-access back door and there my 10 year old and I stood in the middle of a lodge full of rowdy adults drinking beer.  He obviously was the only kid in the place.

Needless to say, I quickly ushered him downstairs and out of the “drunk-fest” so he could use the restroom.  He was quite fascinated by the loud music and all the commotion inside the lodge but quickly forgot about it when I mentioned we could ride the “Beast Coaster”.

Originally, I had hoped my husband would be the one to take him on that thing when the time came around.  No secret that I am a bit of a baby when it comes to rides.  Though, I felt a little calmer knowing I could control the speed on the coaster.  It ended up being pretty scary but I made it…although I was shaking a bit when we were done.  Of course, my son loved it but wished I didn’t slow it down so much!

Afterwards, we walked around outside and did silly things like take pictures with the promotional signs…

Killington themed Jeep sign.

From there, we headed back to pick up the guys at golf.

The next morning we met with the photographer and had our family pictures taken with the “nearing peak” fall foliage as our backdrop.  The boys had a blast posing for photos on the ski lifts while I enjoyed our silly family moments.  So what if it drizzled and my hair probably could have looked better!  Ugh…

That afternoon while my husband plopped himself in front of the TV to watch golf (because family photos are so exhausting), the boys and I headed back to the mountain to ride the Beast Coaster again.  Silly me, I thought one ride for the two of them would have been enough so I bought one ticket for each of them.

Beast Rollercoaster in Killingon Vermont

Well…those boys of mine could not get enough of that thing especially after my younger son realized how fast he could go without Mommy controlling it!  We ended up purchasing the full day adventure pass which included all kinds of climbing mazes and trampolines in addition to the Beast Coaster. 

Apparently, since the weather was chilly and drizzly, not many people were around (and most were probably hung over from the Brewfest).  Luckily, the boys didn’t have to wait in any line for the Beast Coaster.  I actually lost track of how many times they rode that thing!  They also tried out some of the other attractions…

Trampoline with ropes

Overall, they ended up having the best day and are still talking about how many times they rode on that coaster!

So, the weather was not ideal and the foliage wasn’t exactly “nearing peak” but we still enjoyed a fun-filled family weekend that we will remember.  After all, that’s what really matters, isn’t it?

Here are a few more Vermont-in-the-fall posts:

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  1. Looks like a fun weekend, despite the "nearing peak" situation. There is always such fanfare around talk of the PEAK foliage. I always feel so much pressure to be in the mountains on those briefly fleeting peak days. So silly because it is really about the family time. That coaster looks like a blast! Can't wait to to see your ski lift photos.

  2. Many years ago we spent a week in Manchester during leaf season, doing a lot of hiking and canoeing, it was wonderful.

  3. Looks like you had a fun time even with the cloudy skies! It's been a beautiful month in Vermont and you were just down the road from where I live!- Nancy

  4. That golf course is beautiful. Kind of scary with the dogs jumping on you. We have big dogs too, but no one likes feeling overwhelmed by a jumping dog! My kids would have loved that roller coaster too! I'm glad you were able to make the best of the less-than-perfect weather and foliage! Have a great week!

  5. I liked your husband's version of the up and down roll! I would love to see Vermont in the fall with the leaves at peak. Maybe one day.

  6. We drive thorough Vermont on our way to Ontario every Summer! Looks like we should stop and enjoy the area! Looks like a fun trip Shelley! Rebeca

  7. We love Vermont and it's our neighbor 🙂 our favorite place to see fall foliage is Lake Placid and Old Forge, NY. Looks like you had a fun trip despite the weather.

  8. I live in Massachusetts, close to the Rhode Island border. The beach is my favorite place but you cannot beat a drive north or west in the Autumn to see the colors!

  9. It sounds like the perfect Fall family weekend!!! I drove to Pennsylvania yesterday – the colors around there (and in Connecticut) are at their peak now – SO pretty!!

  10. My daughter attended Vermont Law School! What an overdose of green for people from Arizona! It was gorgeous! She loved the fall there and misses it now that she is practicing law in AZ. Thanks for a post that brought back memories!

  11. Looks like a very active day! Nice family bonding.I will have to view the fall foliage on blogs but New England during the peak time is on my bucket list. It's still pretty warm in south Alabama so our leaves haven't turned yet. We are in a drought so many are sadly turning brown and falling before any color change.Glad to find your blog recommended by a friend.

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