“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
– L.M. Montgomery
The fall season is my absolute favorite. The crisp cool air, pumpkins, apple cider, colors, and falling leaves are just a few great things about fall. Being a winter baby, I love the cold weather and so does my boyfriend. So, we knew when planning our anniversary trip, we wanted to go someplace cold. I’ve seen other bloggers go to Stowe, Vermont during the fall, so I decided to do some research. We found this gorgeous hotel lodge, booked our 5 day vacation and we were off!
Where We Stayed
Some advice: If you want to go to Vermont during the fall season, book your accommodations months in advance. Vermont is a very popular place especially in October during foliage time. We booked our stay in April, and even then the hotel was beginning to say, “limited rooms left” for our dates picked.
After extensive research and coming up with a budget for our accommodations, we fell in love with Field Guide Lodge. Field Guide is a cozy beautiful lodge with rooms located in the lodge and even have trail houses if you want more privacy or have a big group. One thing to note: the Lodge building does not have any elevators due to it being built on a hill.
Field Guide has the cutest lobby area with couches, fluffy pillows and fireplaces! They even have boardgames and serve breakfast every morning until 10 am!
Where To Eat
Field Guide is located across the street from The Bench, an amazing comfort food restaurant. We loved the vibe of this place and the food is to die for. The first night in Vermont, we walked across the street to The Bench for dinner. We had been traveling most of the day, and didn’t want to drive anymore. The front desk also raved about The Bench so we figured we had to try.
We had beer, mac & cheese as our appetizer, and for main dishes: I had the salmon, and my boyfriend had a burger. Honestly, we were not expecting it to be that delicious. My boyfriend even said, “This is the best mac & cheese I’ve ever had.” We loved The Bench so much we even went there just for appetizers one day!
On Friday, we explored the Town of Stowe, and came across this gorgeous restaurant, The Whip. It’s attached to The Green Mountain Inn located right in the heart of town. The Whip, definitely gets crowded so make a reservation. We didn’t know this at the time, but we were able to call and they gave us a reservation for 8:30. Eating late doesn’t bother us, but for some it might so I recommend making a reservation the day before or morning of, to ensure the time you want.
Once again, our expectations were exceed by The Whip. The food was absolutely amazing. We ordered: appetizers – the crispy fried calamari and caesar salad, and our dinners – rotini with roasted vegetables and pan seared sea scallops. The appetizers really filled us up so we took our dinners to go (there was a fridge in our room), but we of course had room for dessert. We ordered the maple pie and it did not disappoint. I’m not the biggest maple syrup gal, but Vermont maple syrup hits another level. A must try at The Whip.
We didn’t get to any other restaurants because we had eaten our Whip leftovers one night, and ate at Von Trapp Brewery for a big lunch. But, we did enjoy a little coffee and breakfast at PK Coffee.
I saw this coffee shop on Instagram and I fell in love. I’m a sucker for a cute coffee shop. My boyfriend ordered a maple latte and an egg-cheddar sandwich with bacon. I got a chai latte with their homemade almond milk and a cinnamon bun. I thought Cinnabon was the best cinnamon bun place, but this topped that. Their homemade almond milk was also amazing, super light and not sweet! PK Coffee gets super busy, but if you’re able to sit inside it has a great friendly vibe.
What To Do
There’s so many things to do in Stowe, Vermont! The first activity we did was go to Cold Hollow Cider Mill and enjoy some apple cider and apple cider donuts. Cold Hollow gets very busy during the fall season, so plan your time accordingly. They have probably the best apple cider I’ve ever tried. My boyfriend isn’t a huge apple cider person, but he did enjoy the donuts.
Cold Hollow also has a luncheonette and brewery. We did have lunch there, nothing crazy, we both got wraps. They were super fresh tasting and quite filling. After lunch, we decided to partake in the hard cider tasting. I’m a huge fan of Angry Orchard in New York, so I had to try some Vermont cider. The tasting was so fun! You get to choose 4 flavors and even an extra one if you want (cost extra)!
Saturday, was our activity filled day! We did the Gondola SkyRide and a brewery tour of Von Trapp Brewery. The gondola sky ride was mine and my boyfriends favorite part of the whole trip! Tickets are $29 each ($58 for 2 before tax), but totally worth it. The views from the top of the mountain are absolutely insane. Highly recommend and if you’re afraid of heights, don’t be! The gondola is completely enclosed, it’s not like a ski lift where it’s fully open.
Von Trapp Brewery was super cool! We did the 1 hour brewery tour, enjoyed beer, and ate lunch. If you go, I highly recommend doing the brewery tour. Learning about the beer and company was actually really interesting and very informative. After the tour, we enjoyed some beer while we waited for a table and then had some awesome lunch! You have to get the pretzel and beer cheese!
Sunday, was our real last day since Monday we were traveling back home, so we wanted to keep it relaxing and casual. We went to PK Coffee in the morning, and noticed there was a farmers market down the street. I love a good farmers market so we decided to stop by. It was filled with local food and some crafts. The people of Stowe are all so friendly and kind, it made us feel apart of the community.
My boyfriend and I really love bowling, so after the farmers market we went to Stowe Bowl. It’s a tiny bowling aisle, but super fun! They even have great food and a bar.
Vermont, is actually the home of the first Ben & Jerry’s factory. How cool is that? I really wanted to go and do the factory tour, but we actually missed it by 2 minutes. I didn’t care much, because I still was getting my ice cream and seeing the cows (If you don’t know, I am obsessed with cows. They’re just so cute). The factory even has a gift shop so you know I had to get a Ben & Jerry’s t-shirt.
Vermont is an absolutely beautiful state and I already want to plan my next trip back! I highly recommend traveling here during early fall, when it’s still foliage season because the views and scenery are exquisite. This was by far my absolute favorite trip I’ve ever taken.