Vermont fall

Vermont fall Credit: Vermont in the fall is colorful and scenic. (GETTY)

Vermont is the perfect place to take in fall's beauty -- from foliage to pumpkins to mazes and more. (And it's also got the artisanal food and liberal spirit we New Yorkers love.)

Vermont's two interstates are I-89 and I-91, and while you can see the leaves from those, Route 100, which goes through the mountains, is particularly beautiful. There are also plenty of scenic byways where fall foliage is in full view. (Information, maps, etc. are for the taking at the Welcome Center off 91 in Guilford, just after you enter Vermont from Massachusetts).

Try out these activities to take full advantage of autumn in the Green Mountain State.

VISIT A FARM, ORCHARD AND/OR NATIONAL PARK

Woodstock, Vermont (about four-and-a-half hours from NYC) is one of those straight-out-of-a-postcard towns. It's also home to Billings Farm and Museum (billingsfarm.org), a working dairy farm where visitors can see first-hand care of cows, horses, sheep, oxen and chickens. At 3:15 p.m. every day through October 31 (and weekends year round) guests can see milking up close.

Special fall events include the annual Pumpkin & Apple Celebration, taking place this weekend, with activities like apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, wagon rides and more. Harvest Weekend, which takes place Oct. 12 and 13, will include a traditional Vermont harvest celebration, a husking bee (where people husk corn onhay bales), cider pressing, a barn dance and root vegetable harvesting.

While in Woodstock, check out Sugarbush Farm (sugarbushfarm.com), a family-run farm and syrup house. The winding drive alone is worth the trip (from a foliage perspective). Sample a range of signature waxed cheeses and/or grades of maple syrup (though syrup season is in early spring).

And while you're in Woodstock you should also check out Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont's first national park, complete with sugar maples, 400-year-old hemlocks, covered bridges and rambling stone walls. Two-hour ranger-led fall foliage walks (about 2.5 miles) will take place Oct. 10, 12 and 14.

Located about 20 miles from Woodstock in Springfield, Wellwood Orchards (wellwoodorchards.net) has 60 acres of apple trees, where you can pick your own apples. Pumpkins and winter squash grown on the premises are also for sale. The pick-your-own apples are available through Oct. 20, and the orchard's open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The store sells fresh cider, cider doughnuts and more. There's also a petting zoo where kids can touch and feed the animals.

GET LOST IN A CORN MAZE

Up in a town called Danville, in the area known as the Northeast Kingdom (which you can get to via route I-91, I-93 or Route 2 and is a little over an hour from Woodstock) stands The Great Vermont Maze (Vermontcornmaze.com). The maze covers 10 acres with approximately three miles of trails with 10-12-foot towering walls of corn. The maze, which is open seven days a week through mid-October, is also situated on a hill, allowing for sweeping views.

While there, check out the Barnyard area, with wacky Barnyard Golf, a Kid Village, an animal petting area, and 100 feet of underground tunnels. Plus, if you want to get scared, the annual Dead North, Farmland of Terror will take place on Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. It includes wagon rides and a half-mile walk of terror through a haunted cornfield.

HOTEL PACKAGES

Smash, Sip & Stay weekend at Lake Morey Resort

This hotel in Fairlee offers a package that includes two dinners, two breakfasts, two nights' accomodation and a chance to make, and taste, freshly-pressed apple cider with the resort's cider press team. Rates for the package start at $398 per adult (kids 3-12, $80; kids 13-17, $130) and run through Oct. 20. lakemoreyresort.com

Wake Up in Woodstock

This package includes one night accommodation, a country breakfast for two, Vermont maple syrup and admission to museums and parks. Rates start at $265. woodstockinn.com

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