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Best Weekend To Be In Southern Vermont

on September 23, 2010

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks so, but Columbus Day weekend in southern Vermont is hard to beat.  If you can bear the crowds that is.

If Mother Nature has been good to us, the foliage is at it’s peak this weekend every year with the red, orange and gold of the leaves creating a visual symphony.  Clear blue skies and marshmallow white clouds complement the vibrant colors in such a way that it almost hurts to look at the landscape.  It’s that stunning.

The festivals and food offerings during this holiday weekend are just the icing on the cake.  All of these events are within an hour’s drive of each other.  If you are smart about planning your travels, you can make it to most of these, if not all:

Newfane Heritage Festival

When you think of quintessential Vermont, you probably have something like Newfane in mind.  Located on Route 30, 14 miles north of Brattleboro, Newfane shines during the fall season and the Heritage Festival brings it all together.  Arts and crafts, food tents, music and more can be found here.  Don’t let the fact that this is a small town festival fool you…thousands of visitors attend every year.

Stratton Mountain Harvest Celebration

For something a little less sedate, keep driving north on Route 30 past Newfane to Stratton Mountain.  Saturday of this weekend is the day for the ever popular Brew Fest and Mountain Chili Cook-off.  It’s a match made in heaven (Vermont)!  Music, gondola rides to the top of the mountain and, if you’re feeling up to it, a Run to the Summit on Sunday are all part of the festivities.

Dummerston Apple Pie Festival

Is there anything that says fall in Vermont better than apple pie?  How about a small town church festival centered around the pastry?  Held on the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend and get there early if you don’t want to be disappointed.  Thousands of apple pies sell out quicker than you think!

Mount Snow Oktoberfest

German beer, oompa bands and the ‘schnitzel toss’…they’re all here at Mount Snow this weekend.  After all, what’s October without an Oktoberfest celebration?  Held at the base of Mount Snow, this fest has something for everyone and you’re surrounded by the beautiful Green Mountains.  Stop by and check out the offering of Vermont-made food products…and have a beer!



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