It’s no surprise that Vermont’s tourist season at the October Country Inn peaks with the pursuit of that elusive goal of being here during “peak” foliage; that brief moment when every tree is ablaze with color. Admittedly, the sheer volume and overwhelming mix of blazing reds, oranges, and golden yellows carpeting the Green Mountains is a sight that is never forgotten once experienced. However, this experience comes with a price. This is the time of year when we avoid Woodstock if possible. There is no such thing as a quick trip to the market during foliage season. Forget about finding a parking spot. Forget getting a table at a local restaurant unless you’ve reserved it weeks in advance. And if you made the mistake of finding a room when you get here, you’ll probably end up sleeping in your car.
Then, about two-thirds of the way through October, a bit of wind comes up, and maybe a healthy bit of rain, and all the leaves fall off. It’s still pretty, but all the color is now on the ground. This is stick season in Vermont. We like stick season. We like Vermont’s quiet side. There’s no problem finding parking in Woodstock. There’s no problem finding a table at a local restaurant on the spur of the moment. The snow has not yet fallen. The weather is still pleasant, and the crowds have gone back to their respective worlds. A walk in the woods on Mt. Tom during stick season is going to be a quiet walk.
This is the time of year to visit Vermont is you really want to get away from your daily routine, and accompanying stress. Stick season in Vermont is undervalued if relaxation and rejuvenation is the goal. Give it a try. October Country Inn is having a stick season special. If you appreciate peace and quiet, this offer is for you. Come visit us. Take a quiet walk in the woods. Shuffle your feet through a carpet of leaves. Discover Vermont’s quiet side. You’ll be calmer for it.