Northern Foliage Loop
This tour takes you north to Stowe and beyond and back to Montpelier with lots of opportunity for leaf-peeping and visiting some of Vermont’s best attractions along the way.
From Waitsfield, go NORTH on VT-100 through Irasville and Waitsfield Village, stopping at some of the Valley’s unique shops along the way. Go about 5 miles beyond Waitsfield village then turn left to stay on VT-100 NORTH. Keep an eye out for moose and black bear as you travel over Duxbury Hill on VT-100. Follow VT-100 through Waterbury Village and stay north toward Stowe. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory will be on your left just a few miles beyond Waterbury Village. Beyond Ben & Jerry’s, also on the left, is Green Mountain Chocolate and the Cabot Creamery Store. A little further north is Cold Hollow Cider Mill on the right.
Another 4 miles north on the LEFT is the turnoff to the Trapp Family Lodge, which is 5 miles off of VT-100. Return to VT-100 and continue on to Stowe Village. Here, a LEFT onto VT-108 is a very scenic drive to Smuggler’s Notch. (A variation of this route would be at Smuggler’s Notch, instead of returning to VT-100, continue NORTH on VT-108 through the Notch and turn RIGHT onto VT-15 at Jeffersonville, continue through Johnson to the junction of VT-15 and VT-100. Additional 20 miles.) Return to VT-100 and continue NORTH to Morrisville.Take VT-12 SOUTH for a very pretty drive past Lake Elmore (great foliage area) and to the Montpelier. A RIGHT turn onto State Street (Business VT-2) takes you past the state capitol. Continue WEST on VT-2 along the Winooski River to Middlesex. Take a LEFT onto VT-100B, through Moretown to VT-100 SOUTH back to Waitsfield. Approximately 65 miles.