Vermont Foliage Report: Near-peak to full color arrives in Northeast Kingdom

first_imgFor more information, visit is external). The foliage change appeared to slow to a near standstill during the misty, atmospheric weather of this past weekend.  But with a frosty night or two before the coming weekend and sunny weather forecast through Monday, near-peak to full color change is expected along the spine of the Green Mountains and will begin to emerge in the mountain valleys. Ray Toolan, who reports from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, observes a variety of foliage in the area. ‘Not a great deal of change from last week, most likely due to the wet weather. Still, we have a lot of variation, with the best colors in the higher elevations and around swamps and wetlands. In many places mid-slope forests are still in early stages while other areas are at or just past peak. Pretty much any of the paved roads in Lamoille and Orleans counties are showing nice color,’ Toolan says. Elsewhere, expect various stages of color across the state, including the mountain and river valleys where the foliage change ranges from early to mid-stage. The foothills east and south of Burlington are at mid-stage, reports Forester Keith Thompson. ‘The highlights are Jericho, Underhill and Huntington. It’s not as far along near the lake,’ Thompson says. ‘Overall a full array of vibrant fall colors are popping out from Middlebury Gap south to Killington, Bridgewater south to Ludlow, and Rutland south to Mt. Taber,’  reports spotter Tom Olson from the Maple Museum. The cooler temperatures are also moving the color change in the lower Champlain Valley and the foothills of the Taconic and Green Mountains into mid-stage, while the red maples in marshy areas are nearing peak. ‘Look for brilliant shades of red, yellow and gold in these areas,’ says Olson. In southern Vermont mid-stage color predominates along the higher elevations while the early stages prevail in the valleys where swampy areas are splashed with the crimson of red maples. For current road conditions and detailed planning information, please check our frequently updated map: is external) Best Bets: In northern Vermont, recommended scenic routes for peak color viewing include Route 114 between Lyndonville and Norton, Route 58 from Irasburg to Montgomery Center, Route 105 from North Troy to East Charleston, and Route 102 along the Connecticut River. Also try Route 302 east from Barre or Route 232 through the Groton State Forest; Route 2 between Marshfield and Lunenburg, Route 215 in Cabot, and Route 15 between Walden and Cambridge. Also, try back roads in Burke, Peacham, Barnet and Danville, which offer a variety of close-up and long-range views. Vistas from Interstate 89 from South Royalton to Richmond offer . Colorful foliage can also be seen on Route 108 between Stowe and Cambridge, Route 100 between Warren and Stowe, and Route 12 between Montpelier and Elmore. In the area around Rutland mid-stage color is emerging along Routes 7 (Middlebury to Rutland), 30 (Sudbury to Cornwall) and 4 (Rutland to Castleton). Mid-stage to near-peak foliage color is showing at higher elevations: Route 4 west from West Bridgewater to Killington and Sherburne Pass (including the Killington Ski Area Access Rd); Route 103 north from Ludlow to Route 7; Route 140 west from Mt. Holly to Wallingford and Middletown Springs. In southern Vermont where the foliage change ranges from early to mid-stage, suggested drives include Route 11 between Peru and Chester, Route 30 between Winhall and Newfane, Route 7A between Manchester and Bennington, Route 35 from Townshend to Grafton, and Route 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro. The Vermont Hospitality Council advises making advance reservations because the most popular lodgings may fill early on busy weekends during the foliage season. Some innkeepers may require a minimum two-night stay, especially on busy weekends.   Vermont tourism officials encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek specials during the foliage season as part of the statewide ‘Midweek Peek’ promotion. Deals range from discounted lodging to free Vermont products. For details, visit is external) Also available on the website are several tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour: Fall Foliage ForecasterLodging Availability ForecasterScenic DrivesFall Travel Tips last_img read more

That Time Your Weekend Getaway Felt More Like A Retreat.

first_imgLet the moments begin in Chesapeake.The Greatest OutdoorsAs the world moves at a blistering speed, it’s time to catch your breath in the great outdoors. All year long, you can unplug in Chesapeake and focus on the good stuff. Like 22 miles of windless water that provides some of the best of kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing on the planet. Not to mention the best hiking, fishing, crabbing, birding, camping, shopping and more!North West River Park and Campground – 763 acres of majestic parkland that includes a seven-trail system totaling nearly eight miles – the perfect place for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. There’s also stellar crabbing and a 40-acre-lake stocked with bass, trout and catfish. Bring your rods and reel in the memories.The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – is rich in history and activities. Recognized by Smithsonian Magazine and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, for thousands of years, this area was home to Native Americans and run-away slaves. Today, with over 112,000 acres of forest, thousands of visitors flock here each year to camp, fish, hike, boat, bird watch and cycle.Wine, Dine, Shop, Repeat.For the best of indoor activities, you can shop to your heart’s content and get your fill of a range of regional cuisines, by way of a food scene that appeals to every taste. And with an abundance of farmers’ markets, working farms and dairies you can also find a great selection of locally prepared foods and artisanal goods such as soups, ice cream, coffee and beer. Spring is always an Event.Chesapeake Eggstravaganza – Saturday, March 31, 2018 Free at Chesapeake City park, children 8-and-under can hunt for Easter eggs and join Peter Cottontail for a picture. For details, visit Swamp Stomp Running Festival – Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8AMRunners take a 13.1-mile journey alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal – complete with forested wetlands and a peaceful paved pathway through the wilderness. Also returning this year is the Children’s Half-Mile Cub Run – a half-mile out-and-back fun run for kids 12 and under.5K run/walk – If a half marathon is more then you want to tackle, try the 5K run/walk.For details, visit Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Migration Celebration – Thursday – Saturday, April 26 – 28, 2018Chesapeake has been a sanctuary for birds and bird watchers since the 17th century. Home to more than 200 species, the birding is superb all year round, but Springtime is particularly popular. Serious birdwatchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson’s Warbler and the Wayne’s Warbler, two of the most secretive and least observed of all of North American birds.  Birders can also catch a peek of the White-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle, to name a few. So grab your binoculars and make a plan to come on out to the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival. For details, visit Visitor Center1224 Progressive DriveChesapeake, Virginia 23320 read more

Experience something different at this youth service culture event

first_imgThe Letterkenny Youth Information centre have a fun international culture afternoon planned for Tuesday, the 14th of November. Everyone is invited to come along from 3-6pm for this free event.Following the success of the Polish Culture evening at the centre in 2016, the group has decided to go even bigger this year. This year there will be representatives from lots of different cultures, such as Pakistan, Ukraine, Poland, Spain and Turkey.There will be traditional music, food, history of each country, tongue twisters and more. So come along and hear, learn, and taste something new. This is a great opportunity to experience different cultures right on your doorstep. Zapraszamy, Khush Aamadeed, Estais todos invitados, запрошуємо всіх, you are all invited!This is a strictly no alcohol event. The Letterkenny Youth Information Centre (YIC) provide a free, and confidential information service to young people and those who work with them. The centre managed by Donegal Youth Service provides information and support for employment, studying, travel, rights, employment, accommodation, and more, as well as a space to hang out with friends, and meet new people.The Letterkenny Youth Information Centre is located at Donegal Youth Service 16-18 Port Road on the top floor. A lift is also available. For more information please contact them on (074) 91 29640, or find them on Facebook or Twitter. Donegal Youth Service are a registered charity CHY 15027. Experience something different at this youth service culture event was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more