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Fall's Color Capital

 


A classic New England village at the base of Vermont's highest peak, Stowe is the perfect place to spend the foliage season. From early September through late October, you can delight in the pure gold, orange and red hues, while enjoying your favorite outdoor activity!

Don't just take our word for it. See why Stowe ranks as one of the prime leaf peeping destinations:

  • #1 "Top 10 Foliage Destinations in the U.S." by TripAdvisor
  • One of "50 Small Towns Across America with Gorgeous Foliage" by U.S. News Travel
  • One of "12 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Vermont" by Travel + Leisure
  • "From majestic mountains to thriving town, Stowe has it all" by The Boston Herald

  • Ways to View the Foliage in Stowe, Vermont

     

    For decades, people have traveled to Stowe to marvel at the gorgeous fall colors and mountain views. It's also the most popular time to enjoy scenic drives through the area (see below) and take advantage of all the outdoor activities. Unique ways to experience Stowe's picturesque fall foliage include: guided tours, scenic boat charters, soaring, gondola rides, dog carting, river and lake tours, cycling and mountain biking, E-Biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, carriage and wagon rides, ghostly lantern tours, brewery tours, winery tours, hiking, and zip line tours. You'll also discover festive Annual Events and activities for Families & Kids.

    The Complete Autumn Experience

    With the Fall Sips and Scenery Getaway, stay overnight in Stowe this fall and receive a complimentary Stowe Craft Bev Trail kit, a guide to scenic drives and a 20% discount on Stowe Mountain Resort activities. Visit our Specials & Packages page for additional deals this fall.

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    Scenic Drives


    Foliage Facts

     

    leafBrilliant colors are generally visible in Stowe, Vermont from the last week of September through the first two weeks of October.

    leaf The weather plays a large role in foliage. Cool nights and warm fall days, along with a wet spring and temperate summer (not too hot, cold or rainy) contribute to a spectacular leaf-peeping season.

    leaf Chemical changes in the trees produce the vibrant hues of reds, golds and yellows - a process that begins around the summer solstice (June 21), the longest day of the year.

    leaf Shorter days and colder temperatures cause chlorophyll , or green pigment found in leaves, to move from the leaf to the branch. At which point, hues of yellow and orange that were always present become visible.

    leaf Warmer fall days produce sugar in the leaves, which is then trapped in the leaf when the temperature drops at night. The leaves turn hues of red as sugar accumulates.

    leaf Leaves of sugar maple, red maple, red oak, sweet gum, black gum and sourwood trees, typically turn hues of red. They can also produce yellow leaves.

    leaf Leaves of birch, elm, poplar, redbud and hickory trees, always turn hues of gold & yellow.

    leaf Leaves of the sumac tree produce a maroon color.

     

    Book Your Foliage Excursion

    The Fall Sips and Scenery Getaway, is a complete autumn experience that includes a complimentary Stowe Craft Bev Trail kita guide to scenic drives and a 20% discount on Stowe Mountain Resort activities when you book lodging starting at $119/night.

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