Misty Autumn Foliage in Rural Vermont

Best Budget Hotels in Vermont for Fall Foliage

For nature lovers, few sights are quite so eagerly anticipated as New England’s breathtaking fall foliage. This impressive natural display begins in late September when changing leaves fill the countryside with rusty reds, burnt oranges, and golden yellows. It can be argued that some of the best leafy displays are to be found in Vermont, whose abundant native maple trees display an especially rich palette of fiery hues. Thankfully, you don’t have to strip your savings to see these awesome Autumn colors. Ranging from boutique bed and breakfasts to cozy cabin escapes, budget hotels in Vermont are an attractively affordable way of experiencing this cascade of natural color.

Autumn in Vermont

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With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve compiled some of the best state’s best getaways for the coming months. Between lovely leaf-peeping and cozy cottage breakfasts, these hotels offer you easy access to some of Vermont’s best autumn activities, from apple picking to this delicious cheddary cheese trail. So if you’re already eager to watch the Green Mountain State redden and ripen, consider the following budget hotels in Vermont.

1. Middlebury

Vermont, Middlebury

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Known for its congenial college setting and traditional New England architecture, Middlebury is beautiful at any time of year. Its fall, though, when it’s white-washed buildings look their best against the coppery colors of the season. A reasonable 2-hour hike up Snake Mountain offers some of the best vistas in the area. Afterward, reward yourself with a hazy IPA at Otter Creek Brewing or a tart Granny Smith at Vermont Hard Cider Company.

What to do in Middlebury:

  • Middlebury Tasting Trail — Visit up to eight producers per day selling local wines, beers, ciders, and spirits.
  • Middlebury Farmers’ Market — Nibble on tangy cheeses and artisanal breads at this tasty event every Wednesday and Saturday
  • Lake Dunmore — Drive down to neighboring Salisbury for waterside walks, sandy beaches, and fantastic fall foliage

Where to stay in Middlebury:

Middlebury Inn

Middlebury Inn, budget hotels in Vermont

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Welcoming guests since 1827, this historic hotel offers a luxurious yet reasonable stay at the heart of old-town Middlebury. The accommodation is divided between the original colonial-style inn, a modern annex, and an independent mansion. In particular, we love the hotel’s deluxe and luxury rooms, with period furniture, bathtubs, and complimentary afternoon tea. To make your stay that little bit extra special, make an appointment at Waterfalls Day Spa, which offers a full service of massages and beauty treatments.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 164 – USD 362
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: 14 Court Square, Middlebury, VT 05753, United States

Swift House Inn

Swift House Inn, budget hotels in Vermont

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With its lovely garden setting, this cozy full-service hotel is a popular choice for year-round visits to Middlebury. Swift House Inn was formerly the residence of two affluent local families, and the property consists of three historic buildings. The Main House, Carriage House, and Gate House each offer historically appointed rooms and unique decoration. In autumn, their wraparound verandas are ideal for cozying up in the evening and enjoying the fall foliage. When the evening chill sets in, head inside to Jessica’s Restaurant, which serves a delightful menu of seasonal Vermont fare.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 193 – USD 347
Guest Rating: 9.7
Address: 25 Stewart Lane, Middlebury, VT 05753, United States

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2. Brattleboro

Connecticut River lined by autumn foliage forest with jetty and oak tree in foreground near Brattlebro, Vermont USA.

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Mature woman sitting on lakeside seat in forest, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

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Located in Vermont’s southeastern corner, Brattleboro is an excellent base for countryside walks and scenic drives. Cross the river into neighboring New Hampshire to access the Wantastiquet Mountain Trail and be rewarded with sweeping valley views. Following High Street in the opposite direction will take you to Creamery Covered Bridge, an 1879 structure that’s the perfect setting for photos of autumn leaves. While you’re there, delight yourself with a little local dairy and baked goods at The Vermont Country Deli.

What to do in Brattleboro:

  • Estey Organ Museum — A whimsical center dedicated to Brattleboro’s background in musical manufacturing.
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill — Taste the best of the season with fresh cider donuts from this tasty local producer.
  • Madame Sherri Forest — Enchanting woodland walks centered around a mysterious castle ruin.

Where to stay in Brattleboro:

Inn on Putney Road

Inn on Putney Road, budget hotels in vermont

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The Inn on Putney Road is a hotel of interesting distinction, standing on land that once belonged to the Vermont Asylum for the Insane. Formerly the residence of the asylum’s superintendent, it was designed to replicate a French manor house that his wife (or daughter — depending on who you ask) had fallen in love with. The hotel retains its original architectural features, with cozy, updated rooms that look out over beautiful gardens. For a slice of autumnal heaven, order tea on the verandah and admire the flaming fall foliage of one of the largest maple trees in the United States.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 240 – USD 378
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 192 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United States

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3. Montgomery

 Montgomery Covered Bridge

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Montgomery is a great choice if you’d prefer not to share your fall foliage with crowds of other visitors. It’s located on the fringes of the Northeast Kingdom, a wild upstate region that rolls right up to the Canadian border. Get the best view over the lustrous landscape from the aerial tram at Jay Peak Resort. For those looking to capture the town in its Vermontiest, don’t miss its seven covered bridges — the most in the region.

What to do in Montgomery:

  • Carleton Mountain — An all-day hike with beautiful fall foliage and views into Canada
  • Lake Carmi State Park — Take a kayak or paddleboat out on this peaceful body of water.
  • Grateful Treads Mountain Bike Club — Local activity center with the inside scoop on hiking and hiking trails.

Where to stay in Montgomery:

Phineas Swann Inn & Spa

Phineas Swann Inn & Spa, budget hotels in vermont

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As its such a small community, there aren’t a huge number of budget hotels in Montgomery. Luckily though, you won’t feel like you’re settling for Phineas Swann Inn. Nestled among flaming native trees, you can peep at all the leaves you like from its cozy guest rooms. The jacuzzi is an equally attractive spot to enjoy Phineas’s vibrant country setting. Come a little later in the year, and you can treat yourself to a bottle of bubble bath bubbly while you watch the snow fall silently over the garden.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 207 – USD 376
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: 195 Main Street, Montgomery Center, VT 05471, United States

The Inn

The Inn, budget hotels in vermont

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Picture the perfect country getaway: roaring fires in the hearth, cheerful conversation at the hotel bar — that sort of thing. Not every budget hotel in Vermont can promise it, but it’s exactly what you’ll find at The Inn. Self-described as “equal parts ski chalet, gentlemen’s club, and hunting lodge,” this guesthouse offers that kind of warm, affable ambiance you only seem to find when you really get away from the city. Sit out on the deck under strings of fairy-lights and enjoy a drink before dinner. You might guess from the restaurant’s wood-paneled walls and cozy armchairs that it’s going to be a rustic affair. But The Inn surprises, with Asian-inspired ribeye, Kung Pao lentils, and Lobstah Roll. Don’t rush off to bed too quickly; the nightcaps are very popular.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 202 – USD 250
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 241 Main Street, Montgomery Center, VT 05471, United States

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4. Stowe

Appalachian mountains

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Green Mountain Beaverdam


Despite its reputation for excellent skiing and mountain resorts, Stowe rewards travelers who make it here before a little earlier in the year. The town’s historic buildings and lovely Greek Revival church are the perfect images of a pastoral New England autumn. However, things only get better for those who ascend nearby Mt. Mansfield, which flushes red, orange, and gold as the fall foliage sets in. Follow the Sunset Ridge trail to the top. As it’s mostly above the treeline, you’ll be treated to spectacular country views.

What to do in Stowe:

  • Harrison’s Restaurant — Enjoy creative New England fare at this cozy local favorite.
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill — Nibble satisfying cider donuts and baked treats at this locally run cidery.
  • Smugglers Notch — Roll down the windows and feel the fresh autumn breeze as you cruise along this scenic mountain pass.

Where to stay in Stowe:

Green Mountain Inn

Green Mountain Inn, budget hotels in vermont

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Green Mountain Inn hits that sweet spot, being centrally located and somehow quiet at the same time. Thus, you’ll have a great base here for exploring Stowe’s many antique stores, markets, and galleries. When you’re ready for a breather, take a dip in the heated pool or jacuzzi. You can treat yourself to a light bite, too, with service delivered straight to the poolside. After dark, gather the gang around one of two outdoor fire pits for toasted marshmallows and warm memories.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 158 – USD 242
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 18 Main Street, Stowe, VT 05672, United States

Field Guide Lodge

Field Guide Lodge, budget hotels in Vermont

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Field Guide Lodge

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With most budget hotels in Vermont dressing up in traditional Americana, Field Guide Lodge stands out from the crowd. The buzzword here is “mountain chic,” of which you’ll witness different interpretations between the hotel’s two buildings: the Lodge and the Trail House. The former is a fashionable take on the classic ski house with a touch of whimsy elements like tree trunk headboards or woodpecker-print wallpaper. The latter, meanwhile, is equal parts trend-heavy and glamorous, with geometric animal wall mounts and punchier colors. Stay in this building for larger suites and independent apartments with private patios and gas fires.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 142 – USD 471
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 433 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672, United States

Trapp Family Lodge

Trapp Family Lodge, budget hotels in Vermont

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Nope, you’re right — we mean that (von) Trapp family. Run by the same singers who inspired The Sound of Music, this historically significant lodge is an essential part of any visit to Stowe, regardless of whether you’re staying the night. Trapp Family Lodge was first built in 1950 as the family’s residence and guesthouse — apparently, they picked Stowe because it reminded them of their native Austria. Naturally, its a thoroughly Austrian setup with bare wood elements and Alpine patterned throws in its 96 main lodge rooms. Come just ahead of the fall foliage for steins of lager at their outdoor (and socially distanced) Oktoberfest celebrations.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 200 – USD 558
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672, United States

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5. Woodstock

Woodstock village

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Woman Fly Fishing in Autumn

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While you’ll find something to love in the areas surrounding every leaf-peeping town in Vermont, there’s plenty to love about Woodstock itself. Described as the prettiest small town in America, its charms are greatest along Central Avenue, the main thoroughfare. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore its nostalgic red-brick shophouses and lovely roadside cafés. Along the way, you’ll pass Middle Covered Bridge, Vermont’s oldest, which was built in 1836. Hiking enthusiasts can still look forward to getting out into the wild. Numerous challenging hikes along the Appalachian Trail start from just outside Woodstock.

What to do in Woodstock:

  • The Prince & The Pauper Restaurant — Dress up for an evening of refined global dining at this popular local establishment.
  • Billings Farm — Check out this working dairy farm and refuel with freshly produced cheese and ice cream.
  • Calvin Coolidge Historic Site — Discover the childhood home of the 30th president of the United States.

Where to stay in Woodstock:

The Shire Woodstock

The Shire Woodstock, budget hotels in Vermont

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For a slice of New England country life, you can’t go wrong with The Shire Woodstock. Set in sublime wooded surroundings, this welcoming hotel is perfect for viewing the fall foliage as it comes into flame. Enjoy the splendid scenery from the comfort of its wraparound porch, which also has views of the babbling Ottauquechee River. Inside, the accommodation is equally lovely, with traditional New England décor and plush, cozy bedding.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 229 – USD 288
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 46 Pleasant Street, Woodstock, VT 05091, United States

The Charleston House Bed & Breakfast

The Charleston House Bed & Breakfast, budget hotels in Vermont

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Expect excellent hospitality at this delightful guest house, located within walking distance of all Woodstock attractions. Previously, The Charleston was owned by a prominent antique dealer, and you’ll see evidence of that in its fine furnishings and elegant four-poster beds. Rise early(ish) for breakfast, which is served at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 a.m. around an elegant communal dining table. In addition to a hearty spread of pastries, frittatas, and other brunchy fare, guests love the company and conversation provided by the hosts, Willa and Dixi.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 165 – USD 380
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 21 Pleasant Street, Woodstock, VT 05091, United States

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6. Dorset

Dorset Quarry, Vermont

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Chartered in 1761, the tiny village of Dorset is an ideal place to escape for fall foliage minus the crowds. Interestingly, this was once the center of a thriving marble industry. You can see evidence of Dorset’s former prominence in the Colonial and Federal-style homes that line its streets. If the weather is still warm enough for it, head down to a former quarry, such as Dorset Marble Quarry. Popular locally as a swimming hole, it can also be enjoyed with a waterside picnic next to giant slabs of marble — relics of Vermont’s little known past.

If your plan is to head south after Dorset, make your way toward Manchester and join the 7A south toward Bennington. You’ll be treated to one of the best autumn drives in the state.

What to do in Dorset:

  • Emerald Lake State Park — Walk or bike around this delightful 20-acre body of water, or throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy the changing leaves.
  • Dorset Bakery — Treat yourself to a cup of coffee and an artfully created cupcake at this charming bakery.
  • Dorset Theatre Festival — Regionally acclaimed performances in a historic playhouse.

Where to Stay in Dorset:

Aerie Inn of Vermont

Aerie Inn Of Vermont, budget hotels in Vermont

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Prized above other budget hotels in Vermont for its peaceful, off-the-road setting, the Aerie Inn is a fantastic place to lose yourself in the verdant backlands of the state’s southwest. In addition to offering beautiful views of fall foliage, its remote location ups your chances of exciting wildlife sightings. Hiking enthusiasts will love Aerie Inn’s proximity to New England essentials, like the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail. Meanwhile, numerous local farmers’ markets promise adventure of a more appetizing sort.

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 126 – USD 131
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 158 Bowen Hill Road, Dorset, VT 05253, United States

The Dorset Inn

Elegant and imposing, this stately guesthouse costs a penny or two more than most budget hotels in Vermont, but we’d like to make the case that it’s worth the extra expense. First, it’s aesthetically everything. The building itself is a pristine neocolonial structure and an ideal setting for weddings and special events. Inside, its bespoke rooms each tell their own beautifully designed story, from mid-20th-century high-school nostalgia in the Pleissner, to the intricate rococo stylings of the Cephas. Dinner is regional and seasonal, with tempting local bites like buttermilk fried chicken and fresh seafood. Dine in the elegant dining room or take your meal outside on their fin colonnaded verandah.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 256 – USD 539
Guest Rating: No rating
Address: 8 Church Street, Dorset, VT 05251, United States

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Fall for the Autumn Foliage around These Budget Hotels in Vermont

Autumn in Vermont


There’s no better time to explore the Green Mountain State’s rolling woodland and gentle mountain rises than in autumn. With crisper, cooler weather, this is the season to experience Vermont’s fantastic hikes, scenic drives, and quiet country life. What’s more, foliage festivals, farmers’ markets, and cider trails are at their most sensational as the harvests come in loading up tables with the freshest produce of the year. With the whole state ripening to perfection, these budget hotels in Vermont are the sweetest kind of New England getaway.

Are you planning a leaf-peeping escape this fall? Which budget hotels in Vermont are you looking forward to staying at? Let us know in the comments below!

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