Fall foliage aficionados agree: the reds, oranges and yellows just don't come any more vivid or profuse than they do in the Green Mountain State. And since such aesthetic masterpieces can be found all over Vermont, one of the most effective ways to see a continuous gallery of them is to journey right up the middle of the state on Route 100. Here are some must-sees along the way.
A view of the Green Mountains from the Comstock House Bed & Breakfast in Plainfield, Vt.
Sheep graze at the Comstock House farm in Plainfield, Vt.
In Weston, the Vermont Country Store -- "Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find" -- was founded by the Orton family in 1946 as the nation's first restored general store.
An old checkerboard still sits beside the original pot-bellied stove inside the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt. Nostalgia abounds in both decor and merchandise, but the contemporary focus is on clothing and gourmet regional foods, with plenty of free samples.
More than a dozen original and restored buildings comprise the pristinely preserved town of Plymouth Notch, where our 30th president Calvin Coolidge was born (a modest cabin), took the oath of office (his boyhood home) and conducted the nation's business during the summer of 1924 (in the Grange Hall above the general store). Plymouth Notch is a state-owned historic site.
The short, self-guided tour of Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners an optional formality. What you really want to do at the home of Vermont's top-selling craft beer is pull up a stool at the taproom bar and perhaps try one of the sampler trays.
Grab a seat on Long Trail Brewing Company's deck -- it overlooks Ottauquechee Brook -- and enjoy some of the local liquid produce, especially the fall seasonals.
A maple tree shows off its fall color along the shore of Curtis Pond in Calais, Vt.
One of the most convenient spots to appreciate Vermont's beauty is 35-foot-high Moss Glen Falls, just inside the Green Mountain National Forest and less than 100 yards off Route 100.
Ray "Pop" Gendron sells Mom and Pop's "World's Best" maple syrup at his portable stand outside of Moss Glen Falls.
Make like a native by grazing your way though a small meal at a foursome of nationally renowned factories and outlets, starting with the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in the old train station. (May 21, 2012)
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream in Waterbury, Vt., offers 30-minute factory tours. (March 23, 2010)
A view of the Green Mountains from the Comstock House Bed & Breakfast Plainfield, Vt.
Westbury, Vt., is home to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, with old-time presses (free samples) and cider doughnuts gurgling into that familiar golden-brown shape before your eyes.
Fog rolls through a valley early in the morning near Stowe, Vt.
Stowe Community Church is in one of New England's most attractively set towns: Stowe is nestled in the picturesque Little River Valley at the base of 4,393-foot Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak.
A view of fog settling on an October morning, as seen from the Comstock House Bed & Breakfast.
Sunlight falls on remaining bright foliage as the snow-capped ski trails of Stowe ski resort are seen on the side of Mt. Mansfield. (Oct. 18, 2010)