This past Friday my boyfriend, roommate, and her boyfriend decided to go apple picking. On the car ride to the orchards I let it slip to my roommate that I had never been before (at least not in teenagedom or adulthood).
“But you’re the most fall person I’ve ever met.”
I explained that while I do love fall and the entire month of October, autumn in Maryland is nothing like autumn in New England. My whole life I have grown up associating fall with Halloween and all things spooky related. Coming to college in Vermont, fall changed completely.
Therefore, I bring to you guys, a list of ten things you should make sure to do during autumn in Vermont, brought to you by the most fall person my roommate has ever met.
1) Take a minute to stare at some trees. Take a bunch of pictures. Never will you see dying leaves as gorgeous as the dying leaves in Vermont.
2) Break out the bike. This one goes hand in hand with number one. As everyone already knows, the foliage here can’t be bike. On a lot of days, neither can the weather. Take advantage of the autumn sun and find the nearest bike path. If you don’t have a bike, borrow one. Head out to the causeway with a lunch (and don’t forget the camera!)
3) Go to a farmer’s market. In my three and a half years here I have seen more farmers markets than I have anywhere else. The local foods are amazing and the free samples are every college kids dream.
4) Scare your pants off. Go to something Haunted. This isn’t Vermont specific, but something required for the true October experience. Dead North, located in North Danville, Vermont, is one opportunity for scare seekers to make their way through a haunted corn maze, battling 10-foot-tall monsters, chainsaw swingers, sadistic clowns, and the likes.
5) Go to a Hard Cider tasting or brew tour. If you’re 21+ and looking for autumnal VT events check out the Echo center’s Celebrate (Hard) Cider where you can hear lots of talks and demonstrations, a souvenir tasting glass, and 10 hard cider complimentary tastings.
6) Take a Hike. You have your pick of mountains, ranging from Philo to Mansfield all levels of hikers can enjoy a gorgeous fall day and get a better look at the foliage spanning the state.
7) Complete a cliché and go flannel shopping. They’re perfect for the fall weather and so comfortable that you won’t take it off until next summer. If you want to go all out, check out Johnson Woolen Mills in Johnson or the Vermont Flannel Company. If you’re looking for something on the college end of the budget check out Downtown Threads in Burlington.
8) Carve a pumpkin. Again, not Vermont focused, but important nonetheless. Whether you buy it at the super market or pick it at a patch, take it home and make a day of it! Carve it with your roommates or enter a carving contest. Look up awesome ideas on pinterest or get creative. Afterwards, get down to business and make something delicious with the seeds!
9) Go apple picking. Taste all the different kinds, take pictures, and hang out with your friends. Smash some apples, hide in some of the trees, be a kid again.
10) Last comes the most important autumn occasion; Halloween. I’m sure it’s pretty great in all of Vermont (and of course the country) but Burlington certainly does Halloween right. With all the colleges in the area, you are guaranteed at least 3 days of scary (and not just in a ghostly way) celebrations. Costume planning begins weeks in advance (my three nights have been set for quite a bit) and the vintage stores are bumping. The mannequins in Old Gold are prepared for the herds to come. For those who feel less like party hopping, there are sponsored events like Night of Living Dead at the Echo Center and various costume parties at the local colleges.