Tim Heney

Experience Fall in Vermont's Capital City

Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors in Montpelier and admire the beautiful red, orange, and yellow autumn foliage. Here are some different ways to make the most of the season in the capital city.

Fall in Montpelier VTThe Enchanted Forest is a family-friendly celebration of autumn held in Hubbard Park. The 50-foot observation tower is lit up by fire and people enjoy hay wagon rides, storytelling, music, and more. This year, the event is being held on Saturday, October 14.

Hike the miles of trails at Camel’s Hump and enjoy the spectacular mountain views and beautiful fall colors. On the Huntington side, the Burrows Trail is a popular shorter hike. On the Duxbury side, the Monroe Trail has an accessible loop with three locations to view the summit.

Hubbard Park has miles of maintained trails, which are perfect for dog walkers and runners. There is an observation tower at the highest point in the park where you’ll find amazing views of the capital city and Camel’s Hump. The park also has a couple of pavilions with grills, water fountains, and picnic tables.

The North Branch Nature Center has walking trails along the Winooski River and places to just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. In the fall, the Center offers outdoor playgroups for parents and children, after-school programs, and other activities.

 

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    10 Ways to Upgrade Your Home with Your Tax Refund

    It’s that time of year again — the weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, and taxes are being returned. With a little extra cash in your pocket, there are endless possibilities of what you can do with it. Why not spend some of it on updating your space? Below you will find 10 ways to update your home with your check from Uncle Sam. 

    Recaulk / Paint
    A fresh coat of paint can brighten a whole space. Even just painting baseboards (which get dirty and are often forgotten about) will make a world of difference. 

    Buy a Fabulous Rugopen living room with rug
    Rugs are a great way to tie a space together. As a general rule, the outer edges of the rug should be around 6 inches from the wall in a small room and 18 inches from the wall in larger areas. In an open-concept floor plan, area rugs are a great way to frame seating and dining areas, which will help to define the different uses of the space. 

    Upgrade Your Water Heater
    Not the most exciting purchase in the world, but buying a new water heater can save you money down the road. New models are energy efficient. 

    Upgrade Your Ceiling
    It may be time to actually / finally get rid of the popcorn ceilings in your home. Save yourself some time and a backache and hire a professional to do it. Installing crown molding or box beams can go a long way to creating a fresh look that's visually interesting. 

    Upgrade Your Lighting
    Updating an outdated lighting fixture with a new one can change the entire vibe of a space. If nothing else, you should upgrade your bulbs to LEDS — which are really affordable now, will save you energy and come in a wide variety of colors and wattages. 

    kitchenUpgrade Your Flooring
    Expect to pay between $7 and $12 per square feet for quality wood flooring, more if you have it professionally installed. Hardwood floors, which are super popular among homebuyers, can return 1.5 - 2 times its cost when you sell. 

    Add a Backsplash
    Whether it's peel and stick, or hand-painted glass times, kitchen updates have some of the highest returns on investment. Have natural woods and neutral walls? Opt for a bold pattern!

    Add Curb Appeal
    Why not update your mailbox, get new house numbers, or repaint your front door. Feeling motivated? Repaint the trim around your windows. 

    outdoor patioBuild a Deck
    Homebuyers love decks, and they really aren't that expensive these days (keep in mind price will vary based on materials and size). They typically bring in an 80% - 120% return on your investment. â€‹

    Upgrade Your Outdoor Space
    As warmer weather approaches it's a great time to really make an oasis in your backyard. Think comfy seating, a fire pit, a new grill, water features — the possibilities are truly endless.