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The Great Pumpkin Harvest

When you come to the Lake Champlain region during harvest time, you’re in for an authentic gathering of nature’s bounty. The autumn apple crop is ripe, and farm animals are ready to welcome you into their fields. Follow the guide below to ensure you experience every kind of wonder that awaits during a fall visit.

Pick Your Own

Get out into the fields to pick the freshest and very best crops the area has to offer. A wide variety of apples are grown at orchards and farms where you can also stock up on all the fixings for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Don’t leave without trying a glass of homemade cider or chomping into a freshly baked cider donut.

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An Afternoon Picnic

Load up on lunchtime favorites like smoked sausage, cheese, and jams before heading out into the country to learn about the sustainable food system in Vermont. Along the way, tour a vineyard with the lush Vermont landscape as its backdrop and taste the finest quality wine from northern varietal grapes.

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Wash It Down With A Brew

With more craft breweries per capita than any other state in the nation, Vermont is a beer lover’s paradise. Skip all the lines on an organized tour to sample the best suds while hearing about the history of craft beer in the Green Mountains or wet your whistle on your own by visiting any combination of the more than 55 breweries in the area.

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Maple Treats

It isn’t a visit to the Green Mountain State without a taste of maple, but you won’t see the sap run this time of year since the sugaring season is held in early spring. The two million gallons of maple syrup produced in the state each annually are available in all seasons, however, and can also be enjoyed in the form of maple candies, creemees, sugar, vinegar, cream, and more. Pick up a jug or try out all the products to discover your favorite way to enjoy pure Vermont maple syrup.

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On The Water

It might be too chilly for a dip, but that’s no reason to shy away from the water where some of the most scenic views of the area are found. The ferry crossing from Burlington to Port Kent, N.Y., is an affordable sightseeing option on Lake Champlain that takes just over one hour each way. For a more upscale evening, the two-hour Harvest Moon Dinner Cruise serves a hearty, seasonal buffet on Friday and Saturday nights running from September 7 through October 6.

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