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Ready for autumn foliage season in Vermont?

The colors are already starting to appear, the nights are getting cooler and the leaves are starting to fall throughout Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom. If you’re staying with us at the Newport City Inn & Suites or the Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites, then you are in the perfect place for viewing gorgeous Vermont autumn foliage. Here is a quick guide of some of the area’s best scenic areas.

Let’s get started on our fall foliage tour, right here in Newport, VT.

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Lake Memphremagog, a stone’s throw from our location

Walk or drive to Lake Memphremagog and enjoy the views. Plenty of photo ops from the historic railroad bridge (which used to be crowded with fishermen in the spring time) or visit Prouty beach for a wonderful view of St. Mary’s church, which stands tall over the City of Newport.

newport-st-maryLake Memphremagog’s South Bay can be seen from the Newport Country Club, just off Mt. Vernon street. Enjoy a round of golf or just sit on the outside deck, soaking in the panoramic views.

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Jump in the car and travel west on Lake Road towards Newport Center.

Fantastic views of Jay Peak can be seen from Vance Hill Road. If you’re going west, before you reach the top of Vance Hill, pull over and look behind you for breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog, stretching across the international border into Canada.

As soon as you pitch down the other side of Vance Hill, on the Newport Center side, the scene below will be the view that greets you.

jay-peak-autumnContinue north west towards North Troy and Jay Peak for some other great places to take photos. Stop at the “four corners” swimming hole to relax a bit and enjoy the sounds of cool autumn water cascading over the rocks.

four-corners-north-troyIf you like to see Vermont covered bridges, there is one nearby on the River Road. Here is a photo of the bridge prior to it’s rebuilding in 2008.

troy-covered-bridgeA spectacular fall foliage ride through North Hill Road, connecting the town of Jay to Westfield, has some tranquil Vermont scenes such as the one below of a typical, country barn.

westfieldIf you decide to head north or are staying at the Derby Four Seasons, you might want to check out the Derby Elk Ranch which is just 5 minutes up the road in Derby Village. The nearby Cow Palace serves up elk dishes if you’d like to give it a try!

derby-vermont-elkContinuing on your journey to the south east, you will arrive at West Charleston, VT with the option to bear right towards Westmore, or left to Island Pond. Either road is a great choice with plenty of scenic Vermont locations to enjoy.

west-charlestonYou will be passing through Brownington on Rte 5a where you will soon come into Westmore, with Willoughby Lake just off in the distance.

willoughby-lakeBefore you get to Willoughby Lake, you may want to take a left in the village up Westmore Mountain Road. The “balancing rock” is near the top and fun to visit, with views in every direction.

balancing-rock-westmore-vtContinue back the way you came and drive south and you will soon arrive at Willoughby Lake. Note the former “Boulders” dance hall and cottages which have long since passed their days of glory.

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bouldersAs you see Willoughby Lake fading in your rear view window, you will be continuing south est to the Lyndonville/St Johnsbury area. You will first come into Burke or Newark, which are quaint, small Vermont villages that haven’t changed much over the decades.

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Views of Burke Mountain

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A dirt road in Newark, VT with an old sugar house

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Darling Hill as you come into Lyndonville offers panoramic views

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Bike riding is popular on Darling Hill Road

On the final stretch of our Northeast Kingdom fall foliage tour is the Peacham and Danville area. Peacham is famous for several Hollywood movies being produced there such as Spitfire Grill and Ethan Frome.

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The Danville green

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The Spitfire Grill was filmed at this location along with other movies

Our final destination would be an easy hike at the Groton State Forest, just 10 minutes from Peacham. The hike to the top is fairly short if you drive all the way up to the parking area. Once you arrive, you will be greeted with a view like the one below.

groton-vermontWhew! That’s quite a day of sightseeing, selfies and photos. By now you’re probably tired and ready to stop for a bite to eat at many of the great local Vermont cafe’s and restaurants along the way. Best of all, is the comfortable bed that awaits you at the Newport City Inn & Suites or Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites, where you can sleep and dream about all the wonderful places you visited.

Article by William Alexander

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