The northern Vermont village of Stowe is quintessential New England. There are quaint stores, the obligatory church steeple and majestic mountains all around. Stowe is also the self-proclaimed “ski capital of the East.” It’s as common to see pedestrians toting skis and snowboards in the downtown as it is to find the word artisanal on restaurant menus. If you’re local, the joke goes, your ski gear is made mostly of duct tape.
While the town is perky in winter, the exploding colors of autumn creates car lines of "leaf peepers" who just want to get a good dose of autumn.