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Fall for Vermont With the Autumn Issue of Staytripper

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Fall for Vermont With the Autumn Issue of Staytripper
By Carolyn Fox

Staytripper is entering a new season — in more ways than one. For 15 consecutive months, this magazine has functioned as Seven Days' road map to safely rediscovering Vermont during the pandemic. As summer changes to autumn, we're ready to switch it up a little: With this Fall Issue, Staytripper is shifting to a quarterly publication schedule.

While we certainly hope the pandemic part of our mission ends soon, we see no end in sight for opportunities to explore Vermont. Hopefully, our stories over the past year-plus have guided the way to fun and quirky recreational experiences in our own backyard — no vacation days or plane travel necessary.

This edition anticipates all that's amazing about autumn — with insider tips, of course. Read on to find alternative fall hikes, a secluded sculpture park, a brand-new breweries trail and a haunted cornfield that might literally make you pee your pants. Off we go!
Hiking in the Fall

Off the Beaten Trail

Vermont’s trails can get a little packed as people come to explore the fall foliage views. Amy Potter of the Green Mountain Club shares alternate routes for those looking for a foliage hike this season.

Craftsbury Farmhouse

All Inn the Family

Three Craftsbury sisters have restored their family farmhouse and turned it into a bed-and-breakfast and women-owned wellness center, offering guest quarters and a glamping area.

Robert Frost House

A Poetic Vermont Adventure

Robert Frost’s Vermont roots are deep. Explore the poet’s inspirations in Bennington County, including the stone house where he lived and wrote his famed poem, “Stopping By Woods.”

Nanobreweries in vermont

Small Breweries, Big Beers

Some of Vermont’s newest brewers have started “nano” operations during the pandemic they hope to grow into bigger breweries. Explore three Vermont nanobreweries as you visit.

Gordon Sculpture Park

Explore Gordon Sculpture Park

The stage is set by nature; explore Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage and outdoor sculpture art as summer turns to fall at Gordon Sculpture Park.

Apple picking in Vermont

Seven You-Pick Apple Orchards

Picking your own apples is a hallmark of the harvest season. Vermont’s orchards make for statewide attractions as the fruit ripens (the cider donuts are a seasonal draw, too!)

Autumn Attractions

Get the Most out of a Vermont Fall

From haunted houses to bike tours of Vermont farms and harvest festivals, Vermont’s fall is chock-full of fun. Here, Seven Days runs down some of the best autumn attractions the Green Mountains have to offer.

About the series

This series, a partnership between Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and Seven Days, will run weekly through mid-October, presenting curated excursions in every corner of Vermont. The idea is to highlight the state's restaurants, retailers, attractions and outdoor adventures so Vermonters and visitors alike can plan safe, local trips and discover new corners of the state. Happy traveling, and stay safe.