Reading, Vermont, United States

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Reading, Vermont, United States

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Idyllic farm country, where the trees outnumber the people

If it feels like you've seen Reading before, it's probably because you have. The rolling fields and vivid fall leaves at Reading's Jenne Farm are some of the most photographed farmland in the world. Yet despite its fame, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful town anywhere in New England. With a population of less than 1,000, Reading is the perfect place to escape from the world and clear your head. After all, no one can be a people person all the time.

A leaf peeping dreamscape in maple syrup country

Even in a sea of amazing New England fall foliage, Reading's colors stand out. A Reading vacation rental will wrap you in a fire of blazing autumn leaves that will leave even the most jaded urbanite breathless. Drive the winding country roads and take in the gorgeous rural views (Instagram-worthy in any season), and be sure to grab some maple syrup from a local farm along the way. Better yet, dust off those hiking boots to get some fresh air and exercise while you leaf peep. You'll want to upgrade to cross-country skis or snowshoes in winter.

Get your modern art fix among picture-perfect farmland

It's not often you get the chance to shoot one of the most photographed farms in the world, so don't forget your camera. Even amateur shutterbugs will be lining up the perfect shot at Jenne Farm, which has appeared in everything from beer ads to Forrest Gump. Art buffs will enjoy the post-war and modern installations at the Hall Art Foundation (closed in winter). Nearby Woodstock offers up a taste of farming history at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Billings Farm & Museum, plus some killer skiing and snowboarding at Suicide Six.

Pack your coziest sweater for autumn in Reading

Fall brings the leaf peepers out in droves, with leaves usually reaching their fiery peak (and Reading vacation rentals reaching peak demand) between mid-September and late October. Autumn sees wide swings in temperatures, with highs going up to 70 and lows dipping into the 30s, so pack layers. Winters are snowy and cold, and it's not uncommon for the farmlands to be blanketed in the fluffy white stuff from November till April. The rest of the year enjoys sun and mild summer temperatures, with the mercury typically only crossing into the 80s in July or August.

Reading's oasis of rolling farms and fiery forests

When you imagine a postcard of New England, you're probably picturing Reading. In a Reading vacation rental, you'll be at one with nature, surrounded by picturesque rolling farms and nearly untouched forests. Plenty of tree-lined hiking trails offer the perfect way to soak up the country sunshine and fresh mountain air, and perhaps stumble across some local wildlife along the way. If you're craving an adrenaline fix, the ski mountains dotting the area should do the trick. No matter where you go, you'll be a far cry from the hustle and bustle of city life.