An RV Autumn Vacation in Stowe Vermont

Visiting Stowe, Vermont this autumn will treat you to some incredible fall colors, from the brilliant gold and yellow colors of the poplars, birches and elms to the gorgeous red hues of the sugar maples, red oaks and sourwood trees. Driving an RV through the Vermont countryside enhances any fall trip as you will be traveling in comfort the entire way. Be sure to make this drive any time from the end of September to the middle of October to experience the best autumn foliage.

Church and Autumn Leaves - Stowe, VT

Church and Autumn Leaves – Stowe, VT

While in the area, a visit to Mt. Mansfield cannot be missed, as it is the highest point in the state and offers views of Chittenden County that won’t be believed. Hike the Long Trail to get to the upper reaches of this fabulous mountain. Of course, you can always drive to the summit. The Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road is the way to get there. The amazing views will take your breath away. See distant Lake Champlain and the lovely Adirondack Mountains. If the skies are clear and sunny, you will even catch a view into Quebec.

Hiking is always a plus to any trip to Vermont, particularly in the fall. Spectacular views, old-fashioned wood bridges, forest splendor with autumn colors – all this and more await you on the Stowe Recreation Path. You can walk, cycle, run or rollerblade this path for a little over five miles, beginning in Stowe Village.  There are numerous places to stop for a picnic and just let all your workaday woes fade away.

Fishermen love the upper section and the tributaries of the Lamoille River and find fishing on any of the nearby lakes offers a wide variety of catches. In Smuggler’s Notch State Park you can fish or hike to your heart’s content. The Green Mountains welcome you with open arms, the cliffs towering above you as you enjoy the blue skies and sunny autumn days.

Wine tastings are available at Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits, located in the beautiful Lamoille River Valley. Winery tours are a pleasant change from driving and you can sample a Cream Liqueur or a French Gourmet Cheese Plate.

Scenic driving is the best as you head out from Stowe Hollow on a 37.4-mile trip. Stop at Little River Dam for a snack and a short break from driving, and then carry on until you reach Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where you’ll have to get a cup of fresh cider. Want a treat? Make your way to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory to savor some samples.

Before you head home, east of Stowe you will find the Pinnacle Trail where hiking is wonderful. It is only a little over a mile and a moderate hike to the summit of Pinnacle. And at 2,740 feet above sea level the views are breathtaking. You can even take your dog along with you if he is on a leash. Once done with this hike, you are ready to head home with a lot of wonderful autumn memories.

Picture credits: The picture of Stowe, VT is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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A Summer RV Trip along the Connecticut River Byway

Picture Along the Connecticut River Byway

Along the Connecticut River Byway near Mount Toby and Sunderland, MA

This summer take an RV trip along the Connecticut River Byway to experience the most powerful river trail through New England. You can get a full taste of the history, beauty and heritage of three states as you drive this most fascinating and inspiring route. Outdoor recreation is abundant, and the entire family will find activities and fun things to do along the way. Paddling, fishing, hiking and bird watching – whichever you prefer is available, and more.

Starting in Massachusetts and traveling up through Vermont and New Hampshire, this scenic drive will take approximately 14 hours, depending on how often and how long you stop. When you pass through this landscape of rich farms and historic villages, you get a different view of our heritage. Stop at the Mount Holyoke Range State Park and you can find what hikes are available by stopping in at Notch Visitor Center.

On Mount Holyoke, you should be sure to visit the Summit House which was once a luxurious hotel and is now part of J.A. Skinner State Park. The views from this spot will literally take your breath away. On a clear day you will be able to see all the way into New Hampshire and get a glimpse of Mount Greylock.

In Hadley, Massachusetts, stop in at the Hadley Farm Museum. Here you will discover an incredible collection of early farm vehicles and equipment, all housed in a barn built in 1782. Historic artifacts to see include butter churns, toys, cobbler benches and other furnishings. You will really be taking a step back in time.

If you are ready for some hiking, you can embark upon a portion of the Metacomet Monadnock Mattabesett Trail, a National Scenic Trail offering some outstanding scenery and plenty of other recreation as well. One part of the trail is great for those of all ages and is five miles long (the Route 77 to Route 17 section).

Coming upon quaint New England towns is all part of the adventure. Small communities show you a huge welcome, such as in Canaan, Vermont or other Vermont towns such as Littleton, Brattleboro or Vernon.

When traveling through Vermont, stop at one or more of the many state parks along the way. There is a long list of them. Recommended is Fort Dummer State Park in Brattleboro. This fort in the southern foothills of the beautiful Green Mountains was flooded in 1908 with the building of the dam on the river. It can be viewed from the vista from Sunrise Trail. Quechee State Park is also a place to stop and nearby you can visit the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site and the glass blowing mill and pottery shop. Both parks have campgrounds for RV motorhomes.

When in New Hampshire, find many wonderful places to stop with the family to take in the sights and sounds of New England. Small towns such as Pittsburg, New Hampshire, Bath, Woodsville and Hinsdale invite you into their locale so you can enjoy the hospitality and ambience. The North Woods is an intriguing place and one that provides a multitude of recreation opportunities. Of course, in the winter there is skiing and snow sports, but in summer there are just as many things to do, such as hiking, trout and salmon fishing and much more.

Your route is sure to take you by the Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, thirteen acres of natural beauty. There are numerous hiking paths along the gorge and you can take some photos of the views. As you hike along through the gorge, notice how the brook flows from a rushing cascade to a gentle stream. It will finally merge with the Connecticut River farther downstream.

In Lancaster, New Hampshire, the John Wingate Weeks Historic Site gives you the opportunity to see a lodge that makes interior decorators melt with envy. Gorgeous picture windows, massive fireplaces of fieldstone! Climb the tower and view the countryside from the observation deck.

Naturally, you will want to get out into the forest and the best way to do that is to take to the trails. Natural wonders are abundant on the Connecticut River Birding Trail (PDF) with numerous stops along the Connecticut River to witness the many species of birds. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is also nearby, a place where Native Americans made their way across the land in their birch-bark canoes. History runs deep here and the sights you see will remind you of that time and time again.

Picture credits: The picture of the Connecticut River Byway is by Christopher Curtis and is from the America’s Byways Website. It is in the public domain.

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New England Fall Foliage RV Road Trip!

Every year at this time, I start hearing people say “I wish I could take one more road trip before winter!” We’ve found the perfect trip—a New England RV journey to see the gorgeous autumn colors!

Throughout the New England states, the trees are starting to turn and glorious color is around every curve in the road. Isn’t it time to pack the RV and experience autumn in New England for yourself?

Here’s my quick list of areas famous for foliage to help you plan your New England RV road trip:

  • Vermont’s Champlain Valley: Some of New England’s most fabulous fall scenery can be found around Lake Champlain on the New York/Vermont border. Whether your RV’s rolling through Burlington, Shelburne or East Middlebury, the fall foliage won’t disappoint. Need a place to stop for the night? Ten Acres Campground offers lakeside RV campsites through mid-October.
  • Kancamagus Scenic Byway – New Hampshire: In New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, the “Kanc” winds its way through spectacular hardwood forests, along the Lost River and through valleys filled with historical sites. Broken Branch KOA in Woodstock, NH is open through October and a stone’s throw away from White Mountain.
  • Acadia National Park – Maine: The granite outcroppings and splendid fall colors in the forests of Acadia National Park will have you pulling off the road for photo after photo. Leaf peeping in early October is a very popular pastime at the park, so be sure to make your RV campground reservations early. Try Hadley’s Point Campground in nearby Bar Harbor for full-service campsites.
  • Litchfield Hills – Connecticut: The photo opportunities are also endless along the highways and byways of Connecticut’s Berkshire foothills. Mohawk State Forest near Goshen, Lake Waramaug State Park near Kent and dozens of quaint Connecticut villages fill the Litchfield Hills with plenty of sightseeing possibilities. Valley in the Pines Campground in Goshen is a great home base for your Connecticut Fall Foliage RV Tour.
  • Merrimack Valley – Massachusetts: Lexington, Concord, Waltham and Boston…historic towns surrounded by explosions of fall color. Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley is home to seven sites managed by the State Parks Department, as well as rivers, streams and covered bridges. Why not park your RV at Minuteman Campground near Boston? It’s perfectly located as a center of Merrimack Valley activities.

For the latest fall foliage conditions check out these sites:

Whether you’re looking for a weekend motorhome getaway or a two week RV journey state-by-state, you’re going to love New England in the fall. A great place to start is the El Monte RV Boston RV rentals location. Rent a luxury motorhome and get started on this year’s New England Fall Foliage RV Tour!

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