Taking a Technicolor Drive in Stowe, Vermont
Go south on Stowe’s Main Street, and don’t stop until you’re lost in a land ablaze. Vermont’s Route 100 takes you on a veritable brochure tour of the area’s attractions—the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, Moss Glen Falls, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and more. During autumn—Stowe’s season of splendor—the road explodes with color (daily foliage updates will steer you right): blue skies, silver ponds, and the Green Mountains awash in gold and crimson (all punctuated by white church steeples, purple vineyards, dappled cows, and red covered bridges). The road forms a sort of backbone of Vermont—stretching 216 miles from Canada to Massachusetts—that's easily doable in a single Indian summer day or a long, lazy, leafy week if you use it as a point of departure for exploring Vermont's beguiling backroads.