Central Vermont Foliage Tour - 88 miles
By Wilfred Perkins, erstwhile bon vivant, wag,
and current editor extraordinaire of the
Starting in Woodstock, take Route 12 North out of town, past Billings
Farm & Museum and the Marsh Billings National Park. Continue
north through Barnard past Silver Lake to the junctions of Routes
12 and 107. Turn on Route 107 West towards the Green Mountains,
through Gaysville to the junction of Routes 107 and 100. Take Route
100 South through Pittsfield towards Killington. The Green Mountain
National Forest is on your right (to the west).
At the junction of Routes 100 and 4 turn left on Route 4 East.
After 6 miles, in West Bridgewater, turn right and you are back
on Route 100 South. Route 100 may be the prettiest drive in all
In five miles you will reach the junction with Route 100A on your
left. Plymouth, and the Calvin Coolidge birthplace, is a short
one mile side trip up 100A, and is worth a visit if you have the
time, but figure on a couple hours to see it.
Continue your foliage tour on 100 South through Tyson, past Okemo
Mountain Ski Resort, and into the town of Ludlow. In Ludlow you
will want to turn right onto Route 131 East, towards Proctorsville.
Take 131 East through Proctorsville, Cavendish (former home to
Alexander Solzenitchen), to Downers Corners. At the junction of
Routes 131 and 106, turn left on Route 106 North. Travel north
through Felchville, Reading, Hammondsville and South Woodstock
(checkout the fabulous Kedron Valley Inn directly in front of you
as the road bears to the right as you pass through the village).
Continue north five miles. The Woodstock Country Club will be on
your right as you re-enter the village of Woodstock.
When the posted speed limit is reduced to 25 miles per hour, believe
it! You'll be travelling downhill with a tendency to pick up speed,
which the village police are very aware of. They are armed with
radar guns, and love to point them up the hill from the base by
the Woodstock Inn.
Now that you're back in Woodstock, take Route 4 East three miles
to the Taftsville Country Store,
where you can load up on Vermont Cheeses, syrup, and other gourmet
items. Tell them Wilfred sent you!