Dozens of other Vermont towns might take exception, but the tiny hamlet of Lake Elmore — with Mt. Elmore serving as a stunning backdrop — seems to have earned its motto, “Beauty Spot of Vermont.”
Drive-by leaf-peeping is nice, but the best way to experience Vermont's fall-foliage spectacular is on foot, from high atop mountain peaks.
Sterling Pond hike
At the crest of Route 108 in Smugglers' Notch lies the Sterling Pond Trailhead. It's an accessible, half-day (or less) hike that combines a good physical workout with unique geographical features and terrific views.
Walk historic Stowe
Stowe is filled with history, and this is a great time of year to walk around and see it.
Stowe's two magnificent mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, form a grand panorama defined by the rugged cliffs of Smugglers' Notch.
Cross-country skiing in Stowe
Downhill skiing on Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, made Stowe famous. But Stowe is also a premier cross-country ski resort, home of Trapp Family Lodge, the first cross-country center in the country.
Stowe off skis
The the majority of Stowe's winter vistors are drawn by skiing in one for or another, there are a wealth of other winter activities to do.