Fall in VT // Ten Things
Okay, so this is actually coming up this weekend, so if you already have plans I won't be offended....BUT it's a FREE EVENT with tons workshops, food, beer, wine, cider vendors, and live music all weekend. You do need to buy tickets for The Great Harvest Supper and Brewhaha beer/cider/wine/chocolate tastings, but seriously it'll be so worth it. Friday, Sept 19 - Sunday Sept 21 // SEE WHAT EATxNE IS ALL ABOUT
2. A Brew Tour (or 5)
I mean...this isn't seasonal...at all. But fall just seems like the right time for a couple of these. This year, I want to head down to grab a growler at Hill Farmstead and Rock Art, and hit up Lost Nation for their beer sampler (and some more of those pickled veggies). There's always the adventure of Vermont Brew Tours as well. Also, the perfect time to go to a tasting at the new Citizen Cider location on Pine Street in Burlington.
3. Wine Tasting
Beer not your drink of choice? The Harvest Moon brought our local vineyards into harvest season -- I'm sure new wines will be rolling out shortly! Shelburne Vineyard, East Shore Vineyard, and Charlotte Winery all offer tours, tastings, and some great local wines to purchase.
4. Last Minute Hiking
Hiking in the fall brings me (wayyyy) back to my elementary school fall hikes. Crisp mornings always turned to sunny afternoons and my mom always wrote me a little note in my lunch on these field trip days (and also packed me my beloved Cinnamon Tic Tacs...not sure why this was my treat of choice when i was seven...). It's time to hit all of the trails you promised yourself you would get to this summer! While there isn't technically a "closing" date to many of the parks, there tends to be a point in October when the parks put up their gates. Obviously, you can venture into the woods, but just be smart about it and consider the weather and sunset time -- this is Vermont after all, and winter pounces on us pretty quickly. Personal Favs: Camels Hump, Mount Philo, Mt. Mansfield, Hunger Mountain // FIND TRAILS HERE
5. Dead North
This. is. SO. fun. Seriously, this isn't your ordinary little haunted house. These guys go all out -- after a creepy wagon ride, you're set free into the corn maze (keep in mind it's PITCH DARK outside). You'll make your way through the maze and through tons of haunted houses before you reach the end. Every time I have gone to Dead North it has been a blast! This sells out every single year, so get your tickets early! October 3, 4, 10, 11 // 7PM - 9PM // Danville Corn Maze, Danville, Vermont -- TICKETS HERE
6. Apple Picking
There are tons of opportunities to go Apple picking in
Vermont in New England, so I'm not playing favorites here, but this is the one I end up going to every single year. Shelburne Orchards provides a perfectly picturesque landscape while you're picking. And they have more than just apples -- the Cider House Farm Market has donuts, cider, jams, spreads, and other awesome homemade products. There's also a distillery making Dead Bird Brandy! Don't get too excited (yet) -- they won't be releasing it until the newest batch has aged 8 years...2017. But you can bet I'll be in that line to snag some!
Shelburne Orchards // Mon-Sat 9AM - 6PM, Sun 9AM-5PM // $1.50/lb for apples
7. Stock up on Vermont Flannel
Nights have already gotten pretty chilly up in this piece! I have already broken out the long sleeves and my trusty flannel shirts. Flannel is absolutely the coziest fabric ever --seriously, I think "Flannel" might be code for "woven-from-the-hair-of-angels." If you live anywhere above the Mason Dixon line (a strictly weather-related reference) you need at least one good flannel. If you get your hands on some wonderful flannel sheets you may not get out of bed until spring. I highly recommend the Classic, the Henley (attn ladies: leggings, a belt, boots, and BOOM! Outfit achieved), and the Hooded Baa Haa (a hoodie and a flannel had a baby -- and now you're gonna wear it all winter). Locations: Church St, Burlington & North Ferrisburgh & East Barre & Woodstock // SEE OPTIONS & EVEN BUY ONLINE HERE
8. And while you're at it, Darn Tough socks
Keep those toes warm too -- Darn Tough socks are made in Vermont and are made to a variety of specific needs (running, hunting, hiking, biking, skiing/riding, or just to hang out in). Need another reason to love them? These socks last forever. You can even get a replacement pair if you do manage to wear them out. That is wicked awesome. SEE STYLES & CHECK OUT WHERE TO BUY
Magic Hat is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest at the Artifactory in South Burlington. This awesome event benefits the Vermont Foodbank, and there are tons of samples from Vermont food purveyors (like Vermont Smoke & Cure, Cookie Love, Cabot, and Mocean Mate just to name a few), beer tasting, and live music! I went last year and it was well worth the $5. Saturday, October 4 // 12PM - 5PM // $5 Entry Fee benefits the Vermont Foodbank
10. Enjoy it while it lasts
The only season that is certain in Vermont is the winter. Fall can be long-winded and easy, or quickly move us into the frozen season!