Vermont Fall Foliage: Smugglers Notch

Fall Foliage Favorite

If you’ve never heard of Smugglers Notch, let us introduce you to one of the most stunning sections of road in Vermont. During late spring, summer, and early fall both Vermonters and visitors to the state rank The Notch as a must-see destination and favorite shortcut. The winding road, thick foliage, and breathtaking views combine all the best of Vermont.

the notch fall foliageSmugglers Notch is a mountain pass commonly known as The Notch. This pass separates Mount Mansfield, the highest peak of the Green Mountains, from Spruce Peak and the Sterling Range. As you’d guess by the name, Sterling Range is the exact set of mountain that our resort is named after. If you’re traveling to us, The Notch is often a shortcut to finding your way here, but it should also be a destination to plan to spend a bit of time enjoying rather than just passing through.

The Notch is phenomenal if you are looking for a scenic drive, a great viewpoint, or a hike through Vermont trees. It’s a bit of a one-stop-shop for enjoying the beauty of Vermont in every season.

About Smugglers Notch

smugglers notchThe name, Smugglers Notch, means exactly what you would imagine. In the 1800s the proximity to Montreal made this a favorite passthrough for those smuggling goods between Vermont and Canada. In 1922 the route was improved to make travel by car more convenient, and again The Notch was used to smuggle alcohol into the US during prohibition. With the smuggling days behind it, The Notch retains its history only in name.

If you are planning a visit to Vermont, be sure to check if The Notch is currently open to cars as both the opening and closing of the road hinge upon weather conditions. It is always important to travel slowly and carefully through Smuggler’s Notch. For this reason, it is not open during the winter or any time when snow or ice are on the road. Always drive safely, be aware of twists and turns, and save your photos for lookout points along the way.

Peak Fall Foliage

Vermont fall foliage at sterling ridge resortVermont Fall Foliage is known for the way our Green Mountains explode into deep reds, golden yellows, and brilliant oranges. It’s not just the range of colors, but the sheer number of tree-covered hillsides that bring us so much attention. If you are hoping to book during “peak” it often falls in late September through mid October. Be sure to book early for one of our most popular times of the year!

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