Happy Fall! Energy efficiency meets the best of Vermont

September 27, 2021 | 4 min read

There is so much to enjoy in this beautiful fall season here in Vermont. Did you know that many of Vermont’s most scenic businesses are also among the most efficient? If you're staying local this fall, check out this list for an efficient "staycation" through the best Vermont has to offer!

Take a sweet bite out of fall

Fall is apple season! Did you know that some of Vermont’s finest orchards and cideries have also taken steps to be more efficient? Stop by Swanton Orchards or another pick-your-own orchard to pick apples and make something delicious for the whole family. Or to enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor, pick up a pack of cider from Vermont Cider Co’s efficient cidery in Middlebury.

Relax with an outdoor beer

As you head into another weekend, have fun at some of Vermont’s finest breweries. Did you know that these top breweries are also top in energy efficient practices? The new Black Flannel Brewery in Essex Junction incorporated efficiency throughout its new facility. Harpoon Brewery has invested in efficient brewery practices for years at its brewery in Windsor. That’s not all – Efficiency Vermont has worked with many more breweries throughout the state to help everyone save money while they brew their delicious beers.

See the forest from above the trees

Many of Vermont’s premier ski resorts offer scenic chair lift rides. Efficiency Vermont has worked with many ski resorts across Vermont, like Okemo Mountain, to improve the efficiency of their chair lifts, snow making, and more across the resorts. Chairlift or gondola rides are the perfect way to see the sites this fall!

Get supplies for your farm-to-table supper

Jericho Settlers Farm is one diversified farm that’s expanded its offerings to grow food all year round. Energy efficiency helps them grow food in greenhouses without high energy bills. You can check out their latest bounty and pick up dinner supplies at their farm stand, where you’ll also find treats from other local producers.

Dine on the deck in Bennington

Enjoy some of the best views in Southern Vermont from the deck at The Publyk House in Bennington. In the past few years, this scenic spot has undergone efficiency upgrades to tighten up the original barn while maintaining their delicious quality of food and homey ambiance.

A spooky stroll through Barre's best

Barre is known for its granite quarries and beautiful granite creations, like those at Adams Granite Co. You can see some of the incredible granite craftsmanship on display at the nearby Hope Cemetery. Hope Cemetery is home to many of the city’s past granite workers and other loved ones buried beneath beautiful granite statuary and tombstones.

It's never too early for maple season

Even though Vermont’s favorite delicacy is made in the late winter, you can celebrate maple sugar all year round. The State’s Vermont Vacation program has put together a list of the top ten ways to learn more about maple syrup and enjoy some of this delicious treat! Maple sugar makers across the state have made investments in energy efficiency to cut down on the energy needed to produce your favorite breakfast topping.

See the foliage without the gas

One of the best ways to see the best of Vermont’s colors this fall is to rent an eBike and head out on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Did you know you could also get your own eBike? Many of Vermont’s utilities now have incentives to help with the upfront cost of this new, efficient way to get around town. Reach out to your utility for more information.