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Best time to travel: Five fabulous fall destinations

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Vermont in FallSightseeing

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You can’t go wrong with Vermont in the fall — the entire state is brimming with rich fall colors. Vermont’s variety of trees, including maples, oaks and birches standing amid rolling hills and rural landscapes, create a brilliant explosion of color and some of the most iconic views of the season, in a state known for its fall leaves. The leaves began to change color in mid-September and peak in October, with higher elevations seeing the color change first. View the dramatic colors hiking or on horseback, in a hot-air balloon or go “flight”-seeing on a helicopter or small plane tour. When you’re taking in the breathtaking fall views, how about some apple picking? Here’s a detailed map of where to go to pick apples and peak harvest dates.

HotelWhere to stay:

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, 802.483.2311; www.mountaintopinn.com. Set on 350 acres with sweeping views of a lake and the Green Mountain National Forest, the resort offers everything from kayaks and pontoon boat rides, to tennis, and croquet.

The Wildflower Inn, 2059 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville, 800.627.8310; www.wildflowerinn.com. Remarkable panoramic views of rolling hills will greet you at this charming, pet-friendly inn.

DiningWhere to eat:

The Highlands Dining Room at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, 802.483.2311. Antler chandeliers, fine china and Riedel crystal provide the mountain-chic decor. The restaurant, recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, offers a seasonal menu.

Juniper’s at Wildflower Inn, Lyndonville, 800.627.8310. The menu features all-natural produce and meats from local farmers and an extensive wine list. Recent selections include maple bacon-wrapped scallops and slow-cooked shepherd’s pie.

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