We (3 female friends in our 20s) will be staying in Burlington Oct 3 & 4. For Oct 3 we've planned a day of biking and shopping at the Church St Marketplace as we'll be staying at the Burlington Hilton but we've rented a car for Oct 4 and want to make the most of our second day there.
Our plan is to take the 10:50 AM Burlington ferry to Fort Kent NY and visit Ausable Chasm, then head south to Essex NY as we've heard that the Essex-Charlotte crossing is more scenic (and arrives more frequently, as we are short on time).
We would like to see some foliage / nature (it's our understanding that Oct 4 is a bit early for the Burlington region) and some local flavor such as farmer's markets and craft fairs (but are having difficulty finding such places on Thurs Oct 4)
Aside for the museum in Shelburne, are there any other interesting attractions along the way or a little bit out of the way?
We will be leaving Ausable Chasm at 1:30 PM and plan on returning the car rental at BTV at 6:30 PM to take a 7:30 PM flight (is it ok to arrive only 1 hour before the flight?). So what can we squeeze into those 5 hours?
Thanks in advance for your help!
PS We are also open to visiting a different region than Ausable Chasm but we aren't really "hikers" (we are not afraid of physical exertion but admittedly, we are clueless city slickers)... if there are even better views to be seen via an easy to moderate hike near Burlington VT, please let us know. We are also open to doing the Grand Isle crossing if it will yield us better views and local attractions.