One of my favorite things to do during the fall in New England is go leaf peeping, which essentially means you get in your car and drive around looking for and photographing colorful fall foliage. Last year, I went to New Hampshire and this year, Vermont. Though this weekend wasn’t necessarily the “peak” of the fall foliage season, we sure did see a lot of beautiful trees and landscapes.
Many of the highways and roads in New England are lined with trees, so even cruising down the highway is part of the adventure!
I love the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet when walking around out in nature.
One of the first stops we made was to the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in Sharon, Vermont. There is a visitor’s center there with a free tour led by missionaries who give great information about Joseph Smith, the first latter-day prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Last time I visited Vermont, I went on a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory. This time, we toured the Cabot Cheese Factory in Cabot, Vermont. We got to learn all about the cheese making process and of course sample cheese at the end of the tour to our heart’s content. I love cheese! We also stopped by the annual Cabot Apple Pie Festival, where they were selling local arts and crafts and had an apple pie competition. Fun fact: Many Vermonters eat their apple pie with a big chunk of sharp cheddar cheese on top. It’s delicious!
On the drive back home, we made a couple of nature stops in Green Mountain National Forest.
The perfect way to end our day leaf peeping was to watch the sun set behind Queechee Gorge and then dinner at The Public House. I wish we had more time to visit the quaint little towns we passed through, like Woodstock. Next time for sure!