Dorset & Manchester, Vermont

Five years and countless return trips in, those first seasonal memories of the Green Mountain State have actually become more vivid, growing into a lifetime of adventures not yet taken. We come up frequently to our home away from home. In the green of summer, the warm glow of autumn, and the winter white blanket of snow. Each time we come we discover new adventures to be had, treats to be eaten, and sights (and sites) to be seen.

And isn’t it high time I share a few with you? Below are my all-time favorite picks for this most wonderfall time of year in the Dorset/Manchester area, just in time for peak leaf-peeping.

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Autumn in Washington, Conn.

If you’ve been following along on Instagram you know I have a deep love for Washington, Connecticut. I’m thrilled — and lucky — to have to opportunity to regularly share this adoration on Explore Washington CT, and I hope you’ll keep up with my latest pieces fit for the season. I’ll be sharing day trip ideas and itineraries, autumn events and activities, and great places to grab a bite and a drink! My latest posts are linked below — now get out there and have some fall fun!

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Apple Cider Donuts

Autumn (n.): crisp air and the distinctly dry rustle of scarlet and golden leaves, cinnamon spiced coffee, pumpkins popping up on doorsteps, flannel and vests, long shadows and harvest moons, hay rides, apple picking and cider donuts…

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Bourbon-Ginger Pecan Pie

When I think of fall flavors, the three that immediately pop into mind are pumpkin, apple, and maple. And when I think of delicious holidays, the clear winner for me is Thanksgiving. Combine the latter two and you have the best pie I’ve ever eaten.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I was searching for the perfect pumpkin bread recipe a few years ago and was instead lured by cookie recipes everywhere tempting me with the words "melt in your mouth". I opted out of my original idea, and justified this with my unceasing notion that not much beats a freshly baked cookie. I adapted a recipe from Better Homes & Gardens: half the granulated sugar so the (optional) addition of frosting doesn't make it sicky-sweet, filling in with brown sugar for a warmer, richer sweetness. I added ginger to mimic my grandmother's pumpkin pie recipe, and made a standard cream cheese frosting.

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All Hallow's Eve

October graced us with both warm and crisp autumn days, brightly colored leaves, deep blue skies brought to us by dry air, and pumpkins dotting porches - all some of my favorite things about Autumn. And as Halloween draws near, I always love to see the houses in town decked out in seasonal and spooky decor, laying in wait for the annual onslaught of giggling kids in costumes stuffing bags with what is only the start of the seasonal sugar ration. Yesterday I took a stroll with Hunter down South Avenue, the main trick-or-treating drag of New Canaan, to see what folks were dressing their houses in this year...

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