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This week I was trying to make reservations for Columbus Day weekend in Vermont and many of our favorite spots were sold out. Take this as your public service reminder to book now if you want to see the fall splendor in Vermont. To inspire you, I've put together a list of five Vermont Inns for leaf peeping season.

The Art of Leaf Peeping

Leaf peeping? If you've never heard of it, it's the act of slowing down to take in the fall color. For many city folks it is a way to mark the changing of the season and get the kids outdoors for some hiking and nature time. The term mostly applies to New England and when I think fall color, I think about Vermont. We're headed to a few NEW Inns this fall, but I want to share some our past favorites to inspire you.

To get a good idea of when PEAK fall foliage will be out, check out this interactive map.

Five Vermont Inns for Leaf Peeping Season

Essex Resort and Spa

My last visit here was in 2015. I was drawn to the resort because they offer cooking classes for kids. In addition to cooking classes and a restaurant that appeals to foodies, it's nestled on 18 acres between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. The resort has an indoor and outdoor pool, spa, and gym. Right behind the property is the Northern Lights --an adventure course for zip lining and high ropes (click here to find out more).

Address: 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT 05452 (802) 878-1100

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Spruce Peak at Stowe

Spruce Peak at Stowe

After a long weekend at the Spruce Peak facilities at Stowe, you'll likely want to buy a property. With Spruce Peak, you're steps away from world-class hiking. Why not go big and take the gondola up and hike down (or do the reverse if you are hard core). If you are looking for more adventure, head to the Adventure Center in the village and sign up for the zip line. With a variety of food options in the village you'll never have to get in your car once you arrive!

Stowe is also known for micro-brews. A nice way to hydrate after a long hike.

Address: 7320 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 Right in Stowe Village.

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Five Vermont Inns for Leaf Peeping Season

Topnotch Resort & Spa

At Topnotch Resort, you can have a great time any season of the year. Surrounded by 120 wooded acres, this high-end mountain resort has everything. Let the concierge help plan your activities, they really know the area, but I suggest a trail ride at Topnotch Stables. I love the huge lawn at Topnotch - it's the perfect place to play corn hole (seemingly the unofficial sport of Vermont) or toss a football. 

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Hill Farm Inn

Hill Farm Inn

Hill Farm Inn is connected to nature. My daughter loved visiting the animals. Milo, the big orange cat, roams the property and makes sure everyone feels welcome. There's sheep out in the pasture as well as five alpacas who were the sweetest. The inn is spread out over 50 acres. 

The property includes a main house, a party barn, a working barn, the Farm House (perfect for families that need a full house), and the 1790 house. Minutes away from Manchester, this spot is the perfect home base for a weekend in southern Vermont.

Address: 548 Hill Farm Road, Sunderland, VT 802.375.2269

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equinox resort

Equinox Resort 

This luxurious resort is home to a great restaurant and a spa. Since moms need as much TLC as they can get, I highly advise a trip to the Equinox spa. The health facilities are in a free-standing building on the property. The enormous indoor pool area (the pool is 75 feet and heated) is flooded with light. Step outside to soak weary muscles in the steamy hot tub (be sure to bring your fluffy robe from your room). There’s also a room dedicated to fitness classes and a huge area with weights and cardio machines.

Equinox is centrally located to tons of great hikes in the Green Mountains, it makes a great home base in Manchester.

Address: 3567 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255

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