“Foliage” season, a favorite of many, means so many different things. Our international guests struggle for a translation, many guests want to know “when” exactly (exactly what day and time, like a switch is thrown), how long does it last, and where to go to get the best.
For three to four weeks each fall, our roads and restaurants and inns swell with “leaf peepers” from all over the world. These autumnal visitors are so appreciative of what mother nature offers each year, some displays more vibrant, some more reflective of the change of seasons to come.
The trees are now in full form, colors intensifying daily with each night cooler than the last. Our first frost this week will accelerate the transition to peak in the next week or so. Then, depending on rain and wind, the leaves will float down.
So, what is “foliage?” I think of it as an aura, an overspreading sentiment, a time to pause and appreciate. This season requires little from the observant other than visual.
On June 16, we hosted Mark and Michele’s wedding here at the Snow Goose Inn. Long time guests and friends, theirs was a perfect wedding for the Snow Goose. Small, intimate, and highly personal, their family and friends gathered for the weekend, with the ceremony performed by Cyndee, Vermont Justice of the Peace, by the stone wall garden.
After, they celebrated with dinner at Two Tannery Road.
Congratulations Mark and Michele!
One advantage of weddings at the Snow Goose, is that all participants can work together and carefully craft their perfect dream ceremony. The party starts Friday with after work arrivals, breakfast all together in the morning, ceremony later in the day Saturday, and then dinner. It can be out or catered here by Cyndee or any of our excellent local caterers.
Many guests have mentioned, that with dinner here, no one is driving, so no worries about travel late at night after toasting.
Hiking in Southern is easily accessible to all abilities. From the beginner level Valley Trail, adjacent to the inn to the Appalachian Trail, there is something for everyone here.
Three mountains are close by: Haystack, Mount Snow and Stratton. All are level 3 or more difficult. Haystack is 3,445 feet, Mount Snow is 3,600, and Stratton, the highest peak in Windham County is 3,940.
A trail head for the Long Trail, a branch of the Appalachian Trail is about 20 minutes from the inn. Even to hike just a little, Monday morning back at the office you can brag about hiking the Appalachian, the Granddaddy of Eastern Trails.
We can assist you in planning your hikes, be sure to bring appropriate, worn in hiking shoes and gear, water, insect repellent, sunscreen, just to name a few. While it is helpful to have a cell phone, just be aware that service here in Southern Vermont can be intermittent.
Two award winning golf courses are within minutes of the Snow Goose Inn: Mount Snow and Haystack Golf Courses. Nestled amid the Southern Green Mountains, both offer challenging terrain and unbelievable scenery. Each course offers rentals, lessons, and wonderful food and drink for sharing the tales of the day.
We can arrange for tee times and fees for you. Call us for details.