From indulging in the rich, centuries-old tradition of maple sugaring to savoring the flavors of artisanal cheese, fall is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the heartwarming culture and picturesque beauty of the Green Mountain State during its most colorful season.
–Visit Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks: Vermont’s maple sugaring season may peak between Valentine’s Day and Tax Day, but fall is the perfect time to tap into one of its renowned farms to sample the product and take in the spectacular autumnal views. The state’s oldest – Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, on the outskirts of Montpelier – has been collecting sap over eight generations and 200 years. Not much has changed over time and visitors are welcome daily, year-round, to explore this living museum by touring the sugar house and its maple trail and by sampling the multitude of maple products offered up in its country store. www.morsefarm.com
–Check out the Cabot Cheese and Culture Festival: Historic Cabot Village Common is the venue for this inaugural festival on Sept. 30, aiming to bring together Vermont cheesemakers, producers of cultured and fermented foods, chefs, brewers, cider, wine, mead makers, and turophiles. Sample an array of dairy delights and even learn from the experts on cheese pairing during this day of tasting, education and celebration. Attend panel discussions on fermented food-making, farming practices and cheese making, and enjoy live music, artisan crafts, and the warm atmosphere of a small-town festival against the backdrop of Vermont’s picturesque fall foliage. www.cabotarts.org
–Take the Vermont Brewery Passport Challenge: More than one million people visit Vermont’s craft breweries each year and the Vermont Brewers Association’s new passport program can help enthusiasts create their own self-guided tours to all the “Beer Worth Finding.” Download the free app on your smartphone and access an interactive brewery map while creating your own travel plan for discovering the state’s thriving craft beer scene, one pint at a time. Enjoy crisp ales, pumpkin brews, and more while immersing yourself in the cozy charm of local breweries. Earn rewards and merchandise by using the app to collect stamps and getting the latest event news along the way. www.vermontbrewers.com/brewery-challenge