We are just starting to plan a trip to Vermont for next year with the objective of viewing the fall folliage. We want to stay in self-catering accommodation and base ourselves in 2 locations - a week in north VT followed by a week in the south. We want to be based in a peaceful rural area with facilities (for food shopping, restaurants) not to far away. Please can anyone help with the following questions:
1. Timing. Should we aim for the last week in Sep for northern VT followed by southern VT first week of October? (or move it back a week)
2. Location. Where would be good base locations to do short day trips for leaf peeping?
3. Booking self-catering - which is the best website for booking accomodation? I notice TripAdvisor now has vacation rentals but only for a year in advance to unable to book anything for Oct 2011
Many thanks in avance