Fall officially arrived this week, and Vermonters told us what they love about it.

For many, it’s the return of fall sports like volleyball and football. For others, it’s apple-picking season. And of course, for many, few things are better this time of year than the vibrant autumn colors slowly emerging in the Green Mountain State.

“I really like the colors of fall,” said Henry Bennett, a college student. “I like how it makes the mountains look on the horizon especially with the Burlington skyline.”  

“I’m a big fan of the fall because I love the changing of the leaves, I love how pretty it gets,” shared Kallista Kiwan, a student at UVM. “And I also just love how it gets a little colder so I feel like doing things outside like hiking and biking.” 

With autumn also comes many family traditions.

“We go apple picking every year and then we all get together and make apple sauce,” said Bennett. “I cherish those little moments, the togetherness. It’s really important. We don’t get that a lot.” 

“Yeah we’d definitely go apple picking a lot,” said Hannah Muray. “We always carved pumpkins together every year.” 

“My birthday is in the fall and me and my dad share a birthday,” said Abigail Cote. “A lot of the time we pick up some pumpkins and apples and get to pick together. Spending time in the kitchen together is very important.” 

“Every fall, my family and I have come up to Vermont to go apple and pumpkin picking,” said Nicole Bonano, a UVM student. “It’s been a tradition we’ve been doing since I was a child. And now my parents come here to visit me and go apple picking to continue the tradition.”

Autumn also marks the return of some favorite seasonal drinks including apple ciders and pumpkin spice lattes.