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Guided Walking : North America

Vermont: Fall Foliage

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 2-6 Miles Daily

Norwich to Stowe hiking tour map.

Every autumn, an ecstasy of color kindles Vermont into an artist’s vision of brilliant reds, deep burgundies, glowing oranges, and sunny yellows. In this rural landscape of working farms, rolling hills, old-growth forests, and picture-perfect villages, you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy New England’s grand spectacle. Savor the beauty of Quechee Gorge, a 165-foot-deep, glacially carved ravine punctuated with schist outcroppings, hemlock trees, and cascades of clear water. Walk the ridgeline of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, to an amazing view encompassing three states and Canada. Explore a lost pioneer settlement, and then trek through Smugglers’ Notch, a mountain pass with a notorious bootlegging history. Trails through pastures lined with birch trees and mountains alive with birdsong lead to quintessential New England towns like Norwich, Woodstock, and Stowe—where you’ll find a mix of old-fashioned general stores and chic boutiques. Vermont is our home state, and we’d love to share it with you.


Tour Highlights:
  • Walk a stretch of the nation’s first long-distance hiking route, the Long Trail. Country Walkers is proud to help maintain this historic trail.
  • Explore the manicured grounds of Shelburne Farms (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted), a Vanderbilt country estate turned nonprofit organic farm.
  • Get a personal sense of Vermont history when we visit our friend George Woodard, whose dairy farm has been in his family for over a century.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,048 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All meals except one dinner
  • Local wine and/or beer with dinner
  • Exceptional boutique accommodations
  • Local Guide(s) with you 24/7

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Burlington

Waitsfield Common Rd; 2-3 miles, easy. Cossingham Road Farm Loop; 2-3 miles, easy

Your guide(s) will meet you at the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

After meeting your group in the vibrant city of Burlington, head south to Waitsfield for a walk on a picturesque Vermont country road with breathtaking views of the mountains, and quaint farm houses. After, head on to Norwich, a quintessential New England town with a quaint village green and a lively downtown.

Accommodation: Norwich Inn, Norwich

A historic Vermont inn located in the heart of town, featuring rooms decorated with Victorian antiques and traditional furnishings. An on-site microbrewery, outdoor patio, wine cellar, and enclosed terrace dining room complement the inn’s many modern amenities.

Day 2

Quechee Gorge

2 miles, easy to moderate. Mt. Tom, 2 miles, easy to moderate

Today you explore Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon”—the 165-foot-deep Quechee Gorge—before visiting the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, a facility that rehabilitates birds of prey. Spend the afternoon exploring the picturesque village of Woodstock.

Accommodation: Norwich Inn, Norwich

A historic Vermont inn located in the heart of town, featuring rooms decorated with Victorian antiques and traditional furnishings. An on-site microbrewery, outdoor patio, wine cellar, and enclosed terrace dining room complement the inn’s many modern amenities.

Day 3

Union Village Dam

Optional self-guided history walk; 1 mile, easy. Union Village Dam, 3 miles, easy to moderate

Delve into the history of Vermont industry during a walk along the Ompompanoosuc River, as you pass by the foundations of an old woolen mill and the sites of former farms and homesteads on your way to the Union Village Dam. After, enjoy an organic lunch at Cedar Circle Farm, before transferring to Stowe.

Accommodation: The Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sits in the heart of Stowe village and features rooms with Early American reproduction furniture, stenciling, and handmade quilts.

Day 4

Trapp Family Lodge

2-4 miles, easy to moderate or Mt. Mansfield Ridgeline; 3 miles, moderate to challenging

Start the day with a drive through Smugglers Notch before ascending Mt. Mansfield via the winding Stowe Mountain Toll Road and hiking along its ridgeline to the highest point in Vermont. Here, you enjoy 360-degree vistas of the Adirondacks, White and Green mountains, and Canada’s Mount Royal.

Accommodation: The Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sits in the heart of Stowe village and features rooms with Early American reproduction furniture, stenciling, and handmade quilts.

Day 5

Bull Moose Pasture

4 miles, easy

Learn about the art of maple sugaring while exploring the beautiful Bull Moose Pasture with your guides. After, press on to the dairy farm of our friend George Woodard, a third-generation organic farmer and storyteller who will show you around his spread. Enjoy a celebratory final dinner in Stowe to cap your day.

Accommodation: The Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sits in the heart of Stowe village and features rooms with Early American reproduction furniture, stenciling, and handmade quilts.

Day 6

Shelburne Farms

2-3 miles, easy. Departure from Burlington

On the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms was created as the lavish Gilded-Age estate of William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. Today, it’s a nonprofit farm and education center promoting sustainability and conservation. Explore its numerous trails and elegant inn before enjoying lunch with produce straight from their garden.

Following your final lunch, you transfer to the Burlington International Airport where you bid farewell to your guides before you continue your onward travels.

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Day 1

Arrival in Burlington

Waitsfield Common Rd; 2-3 miles, easy. Cossingham Road Farm Loop; 2-3 miles, easy

Your guide(s) will meet you at the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

After meeting your group in the vibrant city of Burlington, head south to Waitsfield for a walk on a picturesque Vermont country road with breathtaking views of the mountains, and quaint farm houses. After, head on to Norwich, a quintessential New England town with a quaint village green and a lively downtown.

Accommodation: Norwich Inn, Norwich

A historic Vermont inn located in the heart of town, featuring rooms decorated with Victorian antiques and traditional furnishings. An on-site microbrewery, outdoor patio, wine cellar, and enclosed terrace dining room complement the inn’s many modern amenities.

Day 2

Quechee Gorge

2 miles, easy to moderate. Mt. Tom, 2 miles, easy to moderate

Today you explore Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon”—the 165-foot-deep Quechee Gorge—before visiting the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, a facility that rehabilitates birds of prey. Spend the afternoon exploring the picturesque village of Woodstock.

Accommodation: Norwich Inn, Norwich

A historic Vermont inn located in the heart of town, featuring rooms decorated with Victorian antiques and traditional furnishings. An on-site microbrewery, outdoor patio, wine cellar, and enclosed terrace dining room complement the inn’s many modern amenities.

Day 3

Union Village Dam

Optional self-guided history walk; 1 mile, easy. Union Village Dam, 3 miles, easy to moderate

Delve into the history of Vermont industry during a walk along the Ompompanoosuc River, as you pass by the foundations of an old woolen mill and the sites of former farms and homesteads on your way to the Union Village Dam. After, enjoy an organic lunch at Cedar Circle Farm, before transferring to Stowe.

Accommodation: The Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sits in the heart of Stowe village and features rooms with Early American reproduction furniture, stenciling, and handmade quilts.

Day 4

Trapp Family Lodge

2-4 miles, easy to moderate or Mt. Mansfield Ridgeline; 3 miles, moderate to challenging

Start the day with a drive through Smugglers Notch before ascending Mt. Mansfield via the winding Stowe Mountain Toll Road and hiking along its ridgeline to the highest point in Vermont. Here, you enjoy 360-degree vistas of the Adirondacks, White and Green mountains, and Canada’s Mount Royal.

Accommodation: The Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sits in the heart of Stowe village and features rooms with Early American reproduction furniture, stenciling, and handmade quilts.

Day 5

Bull Moose Pasture

4 miles, easy

Learn about the art of maple sugaring while exploring the beautiful Bull Moose Pasture with your guides. After, press on to the dairy farm of our friend George Woodard, a third-generation organic farmer and storyteller who will show you around his spread. Enjoy a celebratory final dinner in Stowe to cap your day.

Accommodation: The Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property sits in the heart of Stowe village and features rooms with Early American reproduction furniture, stenciling, and handmade quilts.

Day 6

Shelburne Farms

2-3 miles, easy. Departure from Burlington

On the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms was created as the lavish Gilded-Age estate of William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. Today, it’s a nonprofit farm and education center promoting sustainability and conservation. Explore its numerous trails and elegant inn before enjoying lunch with produce straight from their garden.

Following your final lunch, you transfer to the Burlington International Airport where you bid farewell to your guides before you continue your onward travels.

Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Sep 30 - Oct 5 $3,048 $698
Oct 7 - Oct 12 $3,048 $698
Oct 14 - Oct 19 $3,048 $698
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

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2019 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Sep 29 - Oct 4 $3,148 $698
Oct 6 - Oct 11 $3,148 $698
Oct 13 - Oct 18 $3,148 $698
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Mark Kutolowski
Mark Kutolowski

Mark Kutolowski is a naturalist and wilderness skills instructor. A passionate student and teacher of the ecology and natural history of Northern New England, Mark is proud to have eaten over 150 wild plant species from the region! In addition to guiding walking tours, Mark teaches wilderness survival courses at Dartmouth College and also leads retreats exploring the relationship between wilderness living and contemplative spirituality.

Walking Tour Guide Deborah Lewis
Deborah Lewis

Deborah Lewis’ enthusiasm for her adopted state of Vermont overflows into everything that she does. She enjoys guiding hikes, searching for buried treasure, and creating trails on the land surrounding her cabin west of Middlebury. The winter season finds her teaching children to cross-country ski. A former corporate consultant, Deborah is happiest on the trail with her Robert Frost poetry in hand.

Vermont Guide, Maggie Anderson
Maggie Anderson

Maggie Anderson, both a massage therapist and yoga instructor, has always been an avid outdoor enthusiast. She spent 5 years working for the Adirondack and Green Mountains Clubs doing everything from ridge running to stewarding trail maintenance projects. Her love for hiking inspired her to hike Vermont’s Long Trail 3 times and attempt an Appalachian Trail through hike. When not enjoying the trails you can find her training for triathlons, listening to live music, and practicing headstands.

Marina - North American Walking Tour Guide
Marina Meerburg

Marina Meerburg can be found hiking the green hills of Vermont every morning with her dog. Born and raised in Sweden, Marina lives in Stowe and works as a freelance translator. She is an avid outdoor and exercise enthusiast and has been a ski instructor at Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, for over 20 years. Marina also enjoys mountain biking and is a certified Nordic Walking instructor. As a guide, sharing the beauty and treasures of the Green Mountain State is her passion.

Walking tour guide - North America
Matthew Witten

Matthew Witten is writer and performer as well as a guide who has studied the Champlain Valley’s environment and history as a longtime adjunct of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum staff. A native Vermonter, Matthew leads boating and hiking trips and travels the northeast as a performing musician, songwriter, and storyteller. He also coordinates a network of River Watch volunteers, who monitor streams in western Vermont.

CW Guide Lisa Kutolowski
Lisa Kutolowski

Lisa Kutolowski guides with a deep love for people, and for the magic that comes when a new community of walkers comes together to explore and grow in the outdoors. A professional sourdough bread baker who is passionate about the health and vitality of Vermont’s local food systems, Lisa lives off the grid on her homestead in Strafford. Also a seasoned back-country guide, one of her most challenging and rewarding experiences was leading a 40-day canoe pilgrimage on the Connecticut River with her husband and fellow co-guide, Mark.

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