Vermont Foliage - Here Come the Leaf Peepers!
Well, it's September 26th, 20009 and Stowe, Vermont has become a haven for the Leaf Peepers. They come from all over the world - Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and Vermont's neighbors - Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and let's not forget New Jersey.
They come by plane, by car, by bike, by motorcycle and my favorite - by bus. Buses are filled with "blue" haired folks who walk around town with ID cards hanging around their necks. For a period of about 3 weeks, Stowe and other Vermont towns become overrun by tourists. If you live here, it can be a bit frustrating because they drive differently. They stop in the middle of the road and just look at the scenery! Can you believe it? Also, the shops, restaurants, rec paths, and golf courses fill up with these leaf peepers. Since Stowe is a tourist town, this is certainly expected and welcomed.
I have lived in Stowe for 22 years. I am a flat lander and am primarily from the Washington D.C. area. You have to be born in Vermont to be considered a Vermonter. Every year, around this time, I am totally captivated by the beauty of nature. Just walking my dog is Stowe Hollow is a treat as all the amazing colors surround me. The two most utterly amazing foliage days I remember were: Snow at peak foliage - bright colors surrounded by new snow ; and Double Rainbows at full foliage - almost too much color for my eyes to take in. I guess you can tell that this is my favorite time of year.
If you decide to come up, here are some activities you can do:
Very Comprehensive Site: Stowe Area Association - includes local events, shops, plays, etc.
Go Soaring with Stowe Soaringat the Morrisville Stowe Airport
Visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Ben and Jerrys in Waterbury Center, Vermont
Site-Seeing Tours with Mountain View Tours
Many Stowe, Vermont visitors are happy just to walk around Stowe Village and stop in the various shops. Plus, we have a very popular Stowe Recreation Path that starts in the Village and winds along the West Branch River, up the Mountain Road, and to the Covered Bridge close to Topnotch. And best of all - it's free! I hope that when I am in my 70's and 80's, I will be one of those "blue" haired ladies from the bus tours that takes the time to appreciate the simple pleasures of nature!
Another great activity is to Look For Homes! My office is located right on the Mountain Road in Stowe. I'd be happy to show you some of the areas homes, condos, or land. You can always check out Stowe Vermont Homes on my web site. Here's a Link Stowe Vermont Homes For Sale.
Here's a photo I took today from the Stowe Realty Parking Lot. Hurry and visit Stowe before the color fades away this year. Of course, next comes Ski Season! But that's another Blog.