We made it to Vermont! Paul and I both have not visited much of this state, but we’ve heard so much about it. It really is the quintessential New England experience, boasting incredible foliage displays, maple sugaring, farmlands and rural charm. We spent two days scouting out locations for a future weekend workshop for the fall of 2017.
On our first day, we made the drive up. We based most of the trip around the Woodstock area, where we believe we’ll recommend our students to lodge overnight. Woodstock is a small town that is a hub for restaurants and gift-shopping, and is centrally located. Nearby is Quechee Gorge - not really photographable, but it’s a sight to see! We’ll likely keep this place as a lunch stop. From here, we photographed a covered bridge and spotted Sugar Hill Farm - a working maple sugaring farm with a self-guided maple tour and free tastings of all things delicious. I’m so glad we took this detour - I bought some maple syrups and we both had some of the best bleu cheese we’ve ever tasted. Sugar Hill will be making it onto our itinerary.
With some planning, we decided to spend the evening shooting Sleepy Hollow Farm, the most picturesque, ‘screams New England’ barn you’ve ever seen. I learned it was actually once owned by Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, who sold it some years ago. As the sun set, the trees lit up and the fall colors were their strongest. Since the land is actually monitored by security cameras, you can’t get up close - you can only shoot from behind a gate; but that’s really all you need. Worth it!
And with that, day one was already over. We slept in the car parked outside Jenne Farm - the ‘most-photographed farm in America.’ We awoke to a swarm of tourists and photographers bright and early at 5:30 A.M. ready to witness an amazing sunrise over the barns. We waited the entire morning through to make sure we saw every facet of the morning sun as it shone on the farm - something most tourists don’t do. It’s important to do this because of how drastic the changes in lighting are.
Even though the sunrise was why we were there, my favorite part of the morning had to be the cows. Lots and lots of cows. And not just any old cows, these cows were really, really curious and would walk right up to you, stare and pose. They knew what they were doing. This was their morning routine, to make great photographs! The calves would moo and prance around, and the adults would get into groups and stare right into the lens. They even had a fancy for tripods (see video!) Want to get up close and personal? Join us in 2017!
We didn’t have much of a plan for the rest of the day, but we headed toward Mount Killington. This area is home to Thundering Brook Falls, which wasn’t exactly ‘thundering’ at the time due to the drought, but we got some great footage. We’ll likely make this a stop since it’s an easy walk to the falls.
From here, we grabbed some lunch and made about a 30 minute drive up north to see Moss Glen Falls. We weren’t expecting much, but we were so glad we did. The falls are visible from the road, but if you venture out, you’ll see there is an eddy in the water with leaves swirling through. This makes for great long exposures. For a two-day workshop, we’ve got all our stops planned! From here was the drive home. Our appetites for photographs, foliage and maple syrup were fulfilled - and we’ll be sure to be back in 2017!
And here's a video clip of highlights from our trip!