GETTING THERE: Independence Air (800-359-3594, www.flyi.com) offers nonstop flights from Dulles to Burlington, Vt., for as low as $118 round trip. The cheapest deal during peak leaf season is $183, with restrictions. For this rate, book at least two weeks in advance. Amtrak's "Vermonter" also travels from Union Station to Burlington every day for about $180 round trip.
STAYING THERE: At the Arbor Inn (3214 Mountain Rd., 800-543-1293, www.arborinnstowe.com), doubles go for $95 a night ($145 during Columbus Day weekend). Bountiful breakfast is included. The decor is a bit grandmotherly, but the rooms are clean and have stellar mountain views. Some include kitchenettes and extra beds, perfect for families. The Riverside Inn (1965 Mountain Rd., 800-966-4217, www.rivinn.com) goes even lower; doubles, including a modest continental breakfast, start at $49 a night. Its Stowe Village location is excellent, but the rooms are tiny. For deluxe lodging, the Stoweflake (1746 Mountain Rd., 800-253-2232, www.stoweflake.com) has lovely rooms, a full service spa and a health club. Doubles start at $260 a night. Stowe tourism (below) offers hotel/rental car/golf/spa packages through October.
EATING THERE: The gamut of local eateries runs from posh Michael's on the Hill (4182 Route 100, North Waterbury Center, 802-244-7476) and its gourmet veal chops to Harvest Market's turkey sandwiches (Route 108, Stowe, 802-253-3800). Pie in the Sky (492 Mountain Rd.) makes exceptional pizza and pasta. A lunch for two of pesto pizza, including soft drinks, cost $20. With red-and-white checkered tablecloths and home-style Italian fare, the Trattoria La Festa (4080 Mountain Rd., 802-253-9776) is a fine mid-priced dinner option. Minestrone, chicken parmesan, pasta and wine for two came to $50.
BEING THERE: Hiking or biking the 51/2-mile Stowe Recreation Path or taking gondola rides across the peaks are superb ways to take in the fall glory. The Stowe tourism office in the center of Stowe Village (see below) offers bookings on several ways to view fall color, from gliders to mountain bikes. Soft adventurers should try the kayaking and winery tour offered by Umiak Outfitters (849 S. Main St., 802-253-2317, www.umiak.com) until Oct. 16 for $40-$45 a person. For leaf color updates and a list of recommended drives, see Vermont's foliage report at www.vermontvacation.com/seasons/report.asp.
INFO: Stowe Area Association, 877-317-8693, www.gostowe.com.