Fall Festivals & Spooky Escapes in VT, MA & CT


Dear EscapeMakers — See below for escapes ideas off Amtrak’s routes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont! Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount! For a list of overnight packages via AMTRAK, visit Vermont Tourism, click hereamtrakvtbanner2016final

Oct. 8-9th Features beer from 25+ German and local breweries, food, crafts, pumpkin painting and more – the perfect Vermont family-friendly event for fall foliage season! More on lodging. STOP: Brattleboro + free MOOver to West Dover (45 min.).


harpoonHARPOON OCTOBERFEST – Oct. 8-9th Their Windsor brewery presents German music, chicken dancing, cake eating, bratwurst & Harpoon beer. Yes, we said chicken dancing. Free brewery tours all weekend. 21+ & over. More on lodging. STOP: White River Junction + taxi (20 min.).


applepiefestAPPLE PIE FESTIVAL – October 15th. The small town Cabot Apple Pie Festival includes prizes for kids and adults. Pies for sale, a craft fair, live music, cider pressing and pumpkin carving. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Montpelier + taxi (20 min.).


hauntedisleHAUNTED ISLE / SHORE LINE TROLLEY – Through Oct. 31st. on weekends. Get a headstart on Halloween with a trip to the spookiest attraction in CT complete with pumpkin patch. More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to New Haven, transfer to CT Transit F Line bus to trolley. (15 min.).


scarefestNEW ENGLAND SCAREFEST – Through Oct. 31st. Watch the Eastern State Exposition grounds in West Springfield, MA transform into a gigantic nightmare! No, really! Demons, creatures, and ghosts will crawl around and spook the living daylights out of you! More on lodging. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + taxi (10 min.).


REMINDER: It’s peak fall foliage season for the next few weeks! Consider taking your bike on board and exploring New England – spoke and hub style! AMTRAK now has limited bike service on the Vermonter line!