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Things to Do This Fall: Some of Vermont’s Hidden Gems

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Vermont is a state that has plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. While many people flock to the well-known attractions, there are lesser-known places that offer unique experiences for those who venture off the beaten path.



Fall in Vermont is synonymous with breathtaking weather and vibrant views as the leaves transition into a spectrum of colors. The picturesque landscapes and outdoor activities available during this season make it the perfect time for hiking the trails, strolling along lakefronts, or having a picnic in a secluded park.

While Lake Champlain’s waterfront is a popular choice for many, there’s no shortage of other lakes to discover in Vermont. One such hidden gem is the Falls of Lana trail in Salisbury. This trail offers captivating waterfalls and stunning views overlooking Lake Dunmore, making it an easy hike, suitable for a family outing or picnic.

For those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, a visit to Lake Willoughby in the Northeast Kingdom is a must. This lake showcases some of the most picturesque landscapes in Vermont and offers many hiking trails to explore. Additionally, Groton State Forest is a remarkable place to visit, with its access to lakes, ponds, and abundant hiking and camping areas. The Owl’s Head trail in Groton State Forest remains a favorite among many outdoor enthusiasts. Moreover, any of Vermont’s 51 State Parks are worth a visit, especially during the fall, when the foliage colors are at their peak.

As Halloween approaches, the cemeteries of Vermont, laden with a unique sense of oddness, become intriguing places to wander. One notable cemetery is the Green Mountain Cemetery in Montpelier, known for its stunning stonework. Within the cemetery, you’ll find the prominent copper statue dubbed “Black Agnes.” Although its hue leans more towards green, it represents Thanatos, the personification of death in Greek mythology.

For a dose of Vermont quirkiness, the Floating Bridge in Brookfield is a must-visit. Originally built in 1820, it’s the longest floating bridge east of the Mississippi and offers a wonderful spot for fishing, kayaking, and even driving across.



As you explore the state, don’t hesitate to turn down that dirt road—you never know what hidden treasures you might stumble upon. Vermont is a state that rewards those who venture off the beaten path. From charming small towns with local artisans and quaint shops to scenic drives through winding roads that unveil breathtaking vistas, there’s always something new and exciting to discover.

One such hidden gem worth mentioning is the town of Middlebury. Nestled in the heart of Addison County, Middlebury is renowned for its vibrant arts scene and picturesque surroundings. One hidden gem in Middlebury is the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. Tucked away in a historic building, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the state’s past. Explore the museum’s collection of artifacts, including furniture, paintings, and textiles, which provide insights into Vermont’s history and the lives of its inhabitants.

For nature lovers, the Otter Creek Falls and Gorge is a hidden treasure in Middlebury. Located just a short distance from the town center, this natural wonder offers beautiful views and a peaceful atmosphere. Take a walk along the trails that wind through the gorge or find a spot to relax and enjoy the sound of the rushing water.

If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, Vermont is your ultimate destination. Nestled in the picturesque countryside of East Haven, Dirt Church Brewing Company is more than just a brewery—it’s a testament to the love story between Anna and Bruce. Their journey began while mountain biking in Circumburke, where they instantly connected and embarked on a long-distance relationship. As they delved into life discussions, the idea of creating something meaningful together took shape. Inspired by a previous encounter with the East Haven Chapel, Anna envisioned transforming it into a vibrant business—a place where the community could gather, savor exceptional brews, and experience the spirit of Dirt Church. With determination, they rolled up their sleeves, cleaned, painted, and poured their hearts into bringing Dirt Church Brewery to life. Today, their dream-turned-reality is a testament to their love, hard work, and commitment to providing a captivating destination for beer enthusiasts near and far.

As you travel through Vermont, watch for roadside farm stands and farmers’ markets. These hidden gems offer a chance to taste the freshest locally grown produce and sample artisanal products from passionate farmers and food producers. From juicy apples and sweet corn to Vermont’s famous maple syrup and artisan cheeses, you’ll find a bounty of delicious treats highlighting the state’s agricultural heritage.


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Vermont’s fall weather can be as unpredictable as ever, fluctuating from sunny mid-70s to an unexpected blizzard. Therefore, it’s always advisable to have a backup plan for when the weather is less cooperative. Luckily, Vermont has several indoor attractions that will keep you entertained and engaged.

One such attraction is the Bennington Museum, a paradise for history buffs. The museum houses an array of artifacts from the Battle of Bennington, an extensive Grandma Moses collection, the Jane Stickle Quilt, and even Ethan Allen’s bar tab! It offers a comprehensive glimpse into Vermont’s rich history and cultural heritage.

If you’re interested in exploring the cosmos, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury should be on your itinerary. This museum offers a fascinating journey into the universe with its exhibits on planetary science, the history of lunar exploration, and much more.

Another lesser-known treasure is the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum on Hogback Mountain in Marlboro. The museum informs visitors about the diverse species that inhabit Vermont, some alive and some taxidermied, including various birds of prey being rehabilitated. It’s a fantastic place to learn about Vermont’s wildlife and environmental conservation efforts.

The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover, Vermont, deserves recognition for its unique focus on the beauty and importance of everyday objects. It has won the imaginary Quirky Vermont Award with its exhibits that showcase the mundane yet fascinating aspects of daily life. One of their memorable exhibits was on lists from the past, revealing amusing insights into the tasks people intended to complete.



While Vermont is filled with hidden gems, my favorite is the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village in Brownington. This historic site is centered around the home and school run by Alexander Twilight, the first African American to graduate from an American college—Vermont’s very own Middlebury College. The museum houses many of Twilight’s belongings and offers a glimpse into his remarkable life and achievements.

Although many original items from the granite schoolhouse were stolen, the museum now exhibits period-accurate artifacts, mostly from the local Northeast Kingdom towns. The museum also features a particularly intriguing artifact—a clockwork flycatcher. This device allowed individuals to trap flies by placing honey or other fly-attractants on each side of a rotating spindle, thus trapping the flies in a meshed area. The Old Stone House Museum is quirky, filled with an assortment of curiosities and stories narrated by enthusiastic tour guides. It’s certainly worth a visit for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in exploring Vermont’s unique heritage.


In conclusion, Vermont has hidden gems that cater to various interests and offer unique experiences away from the crowds. So go ahead and explore the state’s natural beauty, delve into its history, and indulge in local delights. There’s always something special waiting to be discovered in Vermont.


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Seth Kerin

About Seth Kerin

Seth is the PSCU experience lead, working directly with our extended Contact Center to help improve the member experience. He graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a BA in English and is a longtime resident of Montpelier, and more recently Barre. In his off time he enjoys writing novels and spending time with family and friends.
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