What can be more enchanting than viewing the vibrant fall foliage in Vermont? Seeing the autumnal colors doubled, reflected on the surface of a body of water.
You might consider taking in the colorful Vermont fall scenery from the water this year. The state has a variety of lakes surrounded by trees or mountains that can make for breathtaking sights, enveloping the beholder with 360 degree views.
Tour operators are running cruises or can ferry you around the perimeter of some of the Green Mountain State's most scenic locales well into the fall, allowing you to just show up and enjoy.
Cruise or sail Lake Champlain in the fall
The Spirit of the Ethan Allen departs each day at 4 p.m. for a one-hour cruise of Lake Champlain during the fall season. The schedule on the website says it operates Oct. 1 through Oct. 17, however, a calendar was accepting reservations through Oct. 23 for the 2022 season.
The cruise features open and enclosed spaces from which to take in the view, narration from a tour guide and a variety of food and beverage items that can be purchased from the cafe on board.
Passengers should arrive 15 minutes early for boarding. Prices are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 3 to 11 and $3 for lap children ages two and younger. More information is available at https://soea.com/ or by calling 802-862-8300.
Another way to take in the fall colors of Lake Champlain is to set sail with Whistlingman Schooner Company. The operator can accommodate individuals to small groups in a public sail, or small to large groups for a private sail. There are two vessels — Wild Rose can host six guests while the larger Friend Ship can accommodate up to twelve guests. A licensed captain and a deckhand sail the boat so passengers can relax.
Guests should bring their own food and drinks, if desired. Serveware and a chiller are provided, but finger foods are recommended so silverware isn't needed.
Whistlingman sails through Oct. 11, every day of the week, multiple times per day. Public cruise adult tickets are $58, and children 5 to 12 are $45. There are age restrictions for children on public cruises, depending upon the time of day they would be sailing.
During the fall season, private chartered tours are $330 for up to six guests, $550 for up to 12 and $775 for groups with as many as 18 people who want to use both boats for a tandem sail. Prices run as much as $50 higher for sunset cruises.
More information can be found at www.whistlingman.com, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-825-7245.
More ideas for Vermont fall adventures:
Guided rowboat tour for two on the Waterbury Reservoir
You don't have to go to Venice for you and a loved one to be ferried across the water. The Fly Rod Shop offers private drift boat tours to take in the fall foliage scenery from the Waterbury Reservoir. The five-mile body of water resides between two mountains offering extraordinary views of the fall colors.
A guide will do the rowing from the center of the stable rowboat, accommodating up to two guests — one seated in front and one in back. The trip can take up to three hours. Guests are allowed to bring snacks and drinks.
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Four boats head out each day, departing at two different times: 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours will be offered between Sept. 15 and Oct. 19 during the 2022 season. Cost is $380 for a boat ride (one or two people). Those interested should call (802) 253-7346 to book. More information at flyrodshop.com/guided-trips/fall-foliage-scenic-boat-charters/.
Cruise Lake Memphremagog
The Northern Star offers cruises from Newport into Quebec, Canada on Lake Memphremagog.
During the fall season, there are a variety of daytime tours running the lake to take in the surrounding fall colors. A shoreline trip takes passengers along the eastern edge of the lake up to the border with Quebec and then along the western edge on the way back.
Trips are two hours long and narrated. There are outdoor viewing areas as well as climate-controlled indoor spaces. Food and beverages are available for purchase from a portside snack bar. For about $10 more per person, you could choose the Sunday Brunch Cruise and get a full American breakfast.
Cruises run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 8 or 9, depending upon the tour chosen. Daytime departure times are 11 a.m or 2 p.m. on most days. General tickets for the afternoon and shoreline cruises are $31.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for those 3 and under.
Reservations are required and can be booked at northernstarcruises.com/cruises/.
If you want to get some exercise while you take in the changing leaves, there are lots of outfitters offering boat, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals this fall for temporary use to take with you or at specific bodies of water across Vermont.
Contact reporter April Barton at email@example.com or 802-660-1854. Follow her on Twitter @aprildbarton.
This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Vermont fall foliage 2022: Guide to boat trips and cruises