(Photo: Courtesy of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing)
In Woodstock the most wonderful time of the year comes early. With fall foliage that's nothing short of spectacular, the town and surrounding countryside put on a color show that draws visitors from around the world. Weekend events include harvest suppers, the Woodstock Apples and Crafts Fair, and the nearby Antique Show. Before you head out of town in search of the brightest reds and oranges of autumn, spend some time roaming the quaint downtown or exploring Vermont's rural heritage at the nearby Billings Farm & Museum.
Fall Foliage: In Woodstock village the easy and gradual hike up Mt. Tom affords views of the village and of exceptional fall foliage. Due to the Hurricane Irene flood damage, some tertiary roads are still closed, but plenty of great options still exist, including Route 4 to Killington, or Route 12 to Silver Lake and Barnard, coming back on the Stage Road.
Time it Right: The leaves have already started to change in Woodstock. Rain and wind dependant, peak season should fall between October 1 and October 10 to 15.
Stay: Most rooms at the Shire Riverview Motel have river views. Peak foliage season rates start at $158 per night.