Vermont is one of those places that is stunning everywhere you look, at any time of year. We drove south across the border of Quebec at Morse’s Line hoping to see some Autumn colours and to see some ski trails on the mountains.
We saw some absolutely breathtaking colours and scenery. We headed through Enosburg and Montgomery, enjoying gorgeous scenery with beautiful mountain backdrops.
From there, we headed to State Route 58 and into Hazen’s Notch. Incredible colours ranging from yellow-green and gold to deep red danced with the sunshine along winding gravel roads, with the scenery opening up to reveal whole mountainsides covered with vivid colour.
After Hazen’s Notch, we turned at Lowell and headed up to Jay Peak, where the ski runs were lined with magnificent trees in every shad of Autumn.
We headed up to see where the Von Trapp family moved after leaving Austria. Looking at the mountains surrounding their lodge, it’s easy to see why they chose this part of Vermont. It’s safe to say that these Vermont hills are alive too!
We then circled back to Montgomery and, from there, turned toward the ski resort town of Stowe via State Road 108 and Smuggler’s Notch.
Smuggler’s Notch is even more stunning than Hazen’s. The same kind of winding roads and trees team with rugged mountain cliffs and enormous boulders that have fallen from them to provide stunning scenery that reminds you of your relative insignificance in relation to the size and forces of nature.
Stowe is a very attractive looking town, but you can tell it’s a playground for those with lots of money. There’s nothing about this “resort village” as it calls itself that says ‘budget family holiday’. The hotels are enormous and the condo blocks are fancy. Glossy red gondolas leave the centre of the town and carry people up the mountain. In all honesty, I was glad we drove straight through because I much preferred the surrounding scenery than the town itself.
Vermont is blessed with a wealth of majestic scenery. It’s one of those places where there is natural beauty everywhere you look.