Every fall, we try to head up to Vermont at least once before the ski season begins. This year we drove up over Columbus Day Weekend hoping to view some beautiful foliage! After all, there is no place like Vermont in the Fall! But with temperatures still in the 80’s, the leaves were taking their time this year.
This is the iconic Woodstock Inn in the charming town of Woodstock, Vermont. Have you ever seen a more inviting place to stay? Since we couldn’t resist, we took a peek inside and it was just what I would have expected from the exterior. Classic and so New England. Sorry, I didn’t take any photos but here is the link to their website if you want to take a look for yourself – The Woodstock Inn.
This delightful town is exactly what you would picture when you think of Vermont in the Fall.
After a weekend of on and off rain, it was nice to see the late afternoon sun streaming through the trees.
The charming streets transport you back in time…
As always, we made our usual stop in the Yankee Book Shop only to find that the owners changed hands recently. We used to stop in just to see the owner’s three Bernese Mountain dogs that used to roam freely around the store. The employees told us people ask about them all the time!
Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many photos of the town as I should have this time. If you would like to see more of lovely town, check out my old post – Quintessential New England Town.
Earlier in the day we visited the town of Quechee, just about 10 minutes east of Woodstock. Usually, we visit both towns on the same trip.
This is the view of the bridge over the famous Quechee gorge. As you can see, it’s quite the tourist attraction.
The kids wanted to explore a little so we walked around some of the trails. Years ago, we hiked to the bottom but this time we stayed up top…because throwing rocks over the edge is more fun!
While strolling around town, we stopped in the Cabot store and sampled all their cheeses…
Of course, we had to make our obligatory visit to the Toy and Train Museum upstairs…
Does anyone spot an old lunchbox from your childhood? I found the Pebbles and Bam Bam but not the Flintstone one I used to have…yes, I am getting old!
My kids always love the train displays which are small scale models of a few local towns and of course, the ski slopes!
On our way back towards Woodstock, we stopped to admire some pretty river views.
You have to take pictures of covered bridges when you are in Vermont!
How pretty is this bridge? I love the one is Woodstock too but for some reason I didn’t take any pictures of it. Oh well…
So that was the pretty part of the weekend! The “fun” part of the weekend took place the day before at Killington Mountain…
Like I said, it was mostly rainy and cloudy that weekend…but we didn’t let it spoil our fun! It was “Witchcraft Weekend” on the mountain so there were all kinds of extra autumn attractions in addition to the usual mountain activities.
My kids stuck to the basics like the Beast Mountain Coaster and my husband and 13 year old went zip lining for the first time!
They loved it so much, they went down twice! I didn’t try because of my bad neck and back…(yeah, that’s the reason!)
Meanwhile, my 11 year old and I had to break for a chocolate covered waffle…
And then all four of us headed up to the peak for lunch! (Yes, we had waffles before lunch – bad mom!)
Unfortunately, the view from the gondola was less than ideal. Imagine how beautiful the changing leaves look on a clear day!
This is the sign in the restaurant. Views as far as the eye can see…well potential for views as far as the eyes can see…
And this was our view from the Peak Lodge! Oh well, at least lunch was good!
After lunch, the rain stopped so I ran back and picked up Rosie…
As always, she was so excited to greet every single person she could!
She loved watching the boys run up the grass covered ski slopes…
And posed for some pictures along the way.
Needless to say, she was exhausted by the end of the day.
Attempting to be become the official dog of Killington can be exhausting! Actually, the whole day was exhausting for all of us, but not as exhausting as a day of skiing. We’re getting close now!
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