The fall colors usually begin in early September. There are a few trees in Shelburne that are already taking on the colors of autumn right now, in the second week of the month. The northernmost areas of Vermont typically experience the Vermont foliage hues first.
A trip to Willoughby Lake on September 7, 2007 indicated a few reds starting to appear in the maples. By the end of the month, the Northeast Kingdom should be a virtual light show of Vermont foliage highlights. Unfortunately, Vermont’s autumn colors don’t stay around very long. Maybe a week at the most during peak foliage season. Leaf peepers will need to act fast.
Inns and hotels throughout Vermont typically fill up fast during foliage season. If you wait until the last minute, it can often be pretty tough to get a place to stay during September and early October. If you haven’t reserved a place to stay, see what’s available through Vermonter.com’s discount lodging and hotel search. For stays in the Northeast Kingdom, we recommend the Newport City Motel and the Anchorage Inn if you’re vacationing in the Burlington, VT. area.