Falling for Vermont Autumn Views
Wouldn’t you have a party if you were going to nap for six months? You’re invited to Vermont’s party, hosted by the Green Mountains. Within a couple of weeks, the trees will light up with hues of red, orange, and yellow, putting us on the main stage for one of Nature’s greatest celebrations: autumn in Vermont.
A rosy glow has already crept into the mountains; Vermont’s Fall Foliage forecaster expects the colors in our region to be most vibrant at the end of September into early October.
The Red Clover Inn is in the middle of the vistas, back roads, and trails that make up our state. It turns out that as the forest prepares for its long winter sleep, there’s science behind the reasons why Vermont has the world’s best foliage.
Here a Forest, there a Forest: Trees cover 80% of Vermont lands. That means that nearly anywhere you look – from a gondola ride up Killington to the passing lane of Interstate 89 - your backdrop will be a scenic vista.
Behind the Scenes: Deciduous trees drop their leaves to prepare to bed down over the long winter. Longer days, colder nights, and waning sun triggers the trees to manufacture less chlorophyll, which in turn reveals color pigments in their leaves.
Seeing Red: In addition to the receding green, Vermont’s shorter days and falling temps have come on fast this month, indicating the end of the growing season and giving trees the green light to begin the transition to winter. With less light and a chill in the air, maple trees manufacture red pigment.
Good Food Grows Strong Trees: Vermont’s sweet, nutrient-rich soil supports exceptionally prolific and robust trees that have the energy to put on “the best show on Earth.”
The Secret is in the Sauce: our Northern Forest is comprised of a mix of species that gives autumn its wide spectrum and diverse color palette, including sugar and red maple, and also yellow birch and American beech; behind those are cherry, ash, oak, and evergreen hemlock, spruce, and pine which provide visual variation in the landscape composition.
Vermonters get in on the party too, with many great events planned over the next six weeks. Head out to a destination or just go for a drive… Generally trees turn color first at the northernmost locations and highest elevations; as the season progresses the color moves south and lower in elevation. If you’d like color updates with regional highlights through the end of October in your email inbox, sign up for Vermont’s official Fall Foliage Report.
Start planning your getaway to the Red Clover now so that you can catch a peek at the peak foliage around Pico and Killington. Our innkeepers are always ready to offer suggestions to work the best views into your day’s plans. Book online or give us a call to reserve: 802-775-2290.
September 20, 2016 | Share: