A Local's Guide to Enjoying Stowe Fall Foliage


Dinner with a View

Enjoy top-notch outdoor dining with Stowe's best mountain view. With its casual elegance and spectacular views of Mount Mansfield, The Roost is the perfect perch to enjoy the incredible Vermont scenery and fall-inspired cocktails. Finish your evening with toasted marshmallows around a roaring fire because nothing says autumn in Vermont like s'mores.


Take a Moment to Get Lost

Plan an a-maze-ing afternoon and head on down to the Percy Farm Corn Maze! open through the fall. Make friends with the kids and calves, take your (leashed) dog for a stroll and get a little lost along the way.


Woman on horseback with a view of the mountains.


Topnotch Stables & Gentle Giants

Vermont looks especially beautiful on horseback and there is no better time to enjoy the foliage from a very different perspective. The Topnotch Stables offers trail rides through the spectacular Stowe woods and meadows or take the entire family for a carriage ride, led by a team of Gentle Giants draft horses.


You Can Take it With You

Vermont loves local! Did you know Vermont leads the nation in community-supported agriculture, organic producers, and farmers' markets? Visit the Stowe Farmers' Market every Sunday through October 10. And if you can't get enough of unique and one-of-a-kind items visit the 38th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival, held this year at the Topnotch Field, August 8 through 10. Don't miss one of New England's most prestigious juried craft shows!


Father, mother, daughter apple picking. Daughter and mother each holding golden apples.


Everythings Coming Up Apples

Picture this, a picture-perfect drive through one of Vermont's prettiest scenic routes to Stony Grove orchard in Jeffersonville, VT where you can partake in one of New England's most beloved Autumn pastimes - apple picking! Apple pie tastes good, but apple pie made with Cortland apples you've picked yourself? Amazing. So bring a taste of Vermont home with you!


Foliage Drives

What could be more picturesque than a drive through the countryside? Explore foliage as far as the eye can see and even further. Ask us about recommended drives for the best views and take a trip up the gondola to Cliff House on the mountain. Want to explore the foliage from the top of the world? Take a drive up the Toll Road and hike along the ridgeline of Vermont's tallest mountain - Mt. Mansfield!


View of Mt. Mansfield and the Green Mountains covered in bright fall foliage.


What are some great hikes in Stowe, Vermont?

You don't have to travel far to find the perfect fall foliage hike. Here are some of our favorites, each within a 10-minute drive of Topnotch Resort!

  • Mikey Moose Trail
    Right here on the Topnotch property and a quick nature walk through the surrounding forest.

  • Mill Trail to Bingham Falls
    Easy walk through the woods, passes an old cabin and leads to a fascinating waterfall with many features.

  • Sunset Rock Trail
    Starts in the town of Stowe and leads to a nice overlook. At 45-minutes to an hour this is a quick hike with a big payoff!

  • Sterling Pond
    Two hours round trip, this hike starts at the top of the Notch Rd and leads to great views, and a beautiful mountain pond.

  • Stowe Pinnacle
    An hour up takes you to stadium seating to the best mountain view in the world.

  • Haselton Trail
    An advanced hike that starts near the base of the gondola and leads to the nose on Mt. Mansfield.

  • Long Trail to Mt. Mansfield Summit
    Starts halfway up the notch road and will bring you to the top of Vermont. Allow 3.5 to 5 hours round trip to complete this hike.

  • Stowe Recreation Path
    Head out on the Stowe Recreation Path for a 5.3 mile walk through Stowe starting just outside Topnotch Resort. Pedal your way by renting a bike at Mountain Ops at the trail's start.

Romance in Stowe

couple walking in stowe, vermont

Start with crisp mountain air, sumptuous accommodations, and a bottle of champagne, add a couples massage in our award-winning Topnotch Spa and a private horse-drawn sleigh ride and you have the recipe for romance at Topnotch Resort.

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