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2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

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2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

We are flying into Boston in mid-October for a Southern Maine/ Fall foliage vacation. We only have 6 days, so our thought is to spend 2-3 days in Kennebunkport and 2-3 days somewhere in Vermont or New Hampshire, before dashing back to Logan Airport. We would welcome any suggestions for a reasonable location to stay where we can take short drives to see fall foliage and a bit of New England country life. This would be around October 15-20. Any specific lodging suggestions (comfortable, but moderately priced) would be terrific!

Thanks!

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1. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

I would suggest the Champlain Valley at that time. That part of the state sees the foliage turn at that time and it should be great.

The Middlebury area is nice and is about a 3.5 hour drive to Boston for your flight. There is a nice Courtyard by Marriott as well as a bunch of inns and b&bs.

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2. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

Agree with Vter the Champlain Valley is a good choice, Might suggest right out side of Burlington for the most choices in moderate accommodations, look at Williston, South Burlington and Colchester. Williston and South Burlington are a little more central, but Colchester is just a bit farther away from the hub of sight seeing.

On your way to this area(or on your return) from either Boston or Maine, you might want to stop in the Quechee/ Woodstock area of Vermont- saving a day trip. Southeast of Burlington, look at Stowe/ Smuggler Notchs, Waterbury, Waitsfield, Warren and Montpelier. South of Burlington, discover, Shelburne, Vergennes and Middlebury. Of course, take some time for Burlington itself.

For a nice drive perhaps ombine parts of towns grouped above, Burlington area down to Middlebury , over to Bristol, then over the Appalachian Gap (rt 17) to Waitsfield and Warren and then North to Waterbury and then back to the Burlington area.

Also check out the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, a highly rated attraction, see Vermont "Things to do" tab, then "Shelburne attractions," there is so much to see, tickets are good for 2 consecutive days.

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4. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

Thanks, Vter and Davebvt, for the great suggestions.

The Champlain Valley sounds like a great choice, and thanks also for the suggestion of the Shelburne Museum.

One question: Most of the lodging in and around Burlington seems rather similar to what we have here in California (chain hotels, motels). Might there be anything a bit more quaint, maybe in a smaller town in the area (we're shooting for quiet and quaintness here, if possible, although maybe such idyllic New England settings are now a thing of the past?).

Also, in order to save time on the drive back to Boston, we're thinking of spending our last night along the way - maybe Woodstock? or another idea?

Thanks again!

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5. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

Well no one who lives in vt is going to suggest NH but Jackson makes more sense if you are starring in ME. Or even southern NH Monadnock region which would cut down on driving.

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6. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

Burlington is more "city". I really suggest you look at the Middlebury area. 1 hour south of Burlington. Vergennes or Brandon would be options as well. There are some nice inns/b&bs in this area.

http://www.addisoncounty.com/

If you want to be closer to Burlington you could take a look in Shelburne...there are a couple inns and mom & pop motels there.

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7. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

If you don't mind spending a bit to a fair amount more depending on the place there are quite a few B&B's/ Inns that would fill the bill. You'll have to check prices as it is dependent on the time of year, and the room chosen.

In Burlington: Fancier B&B's:

Willard Street Inn

Lang House

Less Fancy:

On the Hill B&B

Howard Street Guest House

Shelburne:

Willow Pond Farm B&B

Elliott House B& B

Inn at Shelburne Farms

Heart of the Village Inn

Middlebury:

Inn on the Green

Swift House Inn

On the Creek B&B

Farm Hill B & B

Waybury Inn- (a few bad ratings from 1 time posters- makes their comments suspect and possibly should be ignored)

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8. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

Burlington is a quaint, small city of 40,000 at the edge of Lake Champlain, facing the Adirondacks of New York. The towns I mentioned before, that have the chain motels are more suburban everyday, everywhere familiar.

Shelburne is a small town as is Middlebury. The towns have a population of seven and eight thousand, respectively. Shelburne is more centrally located.

Woodstock/ Quechee would put you closer to Boston and would be a good idea in terms of lessening your drive back by approximately an hour and a half.

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9. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

Thanks for the great suggestions.

I'll look into Middlebury and Shelburne, and maybe even Jackson, NH?

At first glance, some of the B&B's don't look terribly expensive, but I'll look further in the morning light.

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10. Re: 2-3 day Fall foliage tour - where to stay?

Burlington has the advantage of great restaurants, shops and nightlife. If those are important to you, then that's THE destination IMHO in Vermont. No wrong answers of course, Shelburne, Middlebury and other places are great too... they're more small townsy.