It's going to be hard to capture the magical 5-day tour I had with Natalia's guided Vermontology. Firstly, the name is absolutely right - this is more than just a checklist of Vermont must-dos; it's a deep immersion in Vermont's people, culture, stunning landscape, breathtaking colours and its special delights. Secondly, where else would you have a door-to-door and end-to-end package tour of this sort? Natalia picks up her guests from their hotel in Burlington with luggage and at the end of the first day, drops them off at the chosen B&B for the tour. Pick up every day is from the B&B and on the last day, she drops you off at your destination in Burlington. Did I mention that full breakfasts and 3-course dinners every day were included? And then of course the tour - while we covered major villages/towns such as Waterbury, Stowe, Woodstock, Killington, Weston, etc and attractions such as Ben & Jerry's, delicious apple cider, cheese tastings, the Von Trapp family lodge, quaint covered bridges, waterfalls, fairy-tale fall-colour lined roads, spectacular views, and much much more, it is Natalia's customisation that makes it special. As a resident who truly loves Vermont, she takes you to places that only residents would know and love, she knows the best (quirky, off-beat, homely) places to eat, and when to keep your camera ready. She does not accommodate more than 6 people in a tour which is a great decision. In our tour, there were 4 guests which meant it was possible to become good friends over the course of 5 days. The biggest USP of Vermontology is of course Natalia - her energy, passion, enthusiasm, attention to each guest's needs, the way she goes out of the way to show you delightful and little known corners of Vermont, the effort she makes to ensure you have a great time.
For a long time, I had wanted to time my visit to Vermont perfectly for the fall foliage. I am so happy I did so with Vermontology. Please don't miss it!