Bonafide Tours and Expeditions offers winter visitors to Vermont a chance to go beyond the main ski resorts and urban center to explore what makes Vermont a special place. The back roads, authentic cuisine, rugged people, historic villages, and storied winter landscapes provide a contrast to the busy ski area experience.
Join your friends for a Vermont fall foliage get-away and go off the beaten path with Bonafide Tours and Expeditions.
The many hundreds of miles of narrow Vermont country roads are lined with a mix of evergreens and hardwoods such as maple, spruce, balsam fir, beech, ash, and birch trees. Soon the vivid contrasting colors will be awesome as Vermont’s special fall foliage season unfolds to reveal the colors beneath the fading greens of summer.
The autumn of 2016 was spectacular, with dry warm days and beautiful color palates. Guests of Bonafide Tours oohed and ahhed at every turn and were delighted in meeting Vermonters old and new, including Burr and Elliot Morse at Morse Farm Sugar House. These photos really don’t do the scenery justice, but they will remind us of how wonderful nature is if we just let it be. We at Bonafide Tours and Expeditions send out a special thank you to all of our summer and fall guests and we look forward to making new friends during the coming winter season. – Todd and Susan Comen
Bonafide Tours deserve high praise for their excellent service, knowledge, and personal attention when giving the tourist a ride to the attractions in Vermont. My trip in July was lifted to another dimension as I rode along with Todd, and another tourist I did not know prior to. At the end of the day I felt like I knew each of them for many many years. Information about the area, people, culture, and food satisfied my want to know about the area of Burlington.
A second day of touring was led by Todd’s wonderful wife, Susan, whom I could say became a sister to me in just one day. We had some things in common, one being the love of music, and The Sound of Music. This love called me to go to Stowe to see the Von Trapp Family Lodge. A hike in the woods, lunch at the lodge, meeting Johannes Von Trapp (youngest child of the Captain and Maria) filled my heart with joy!
We stopped along the way to taste some chocolate and drink some wine while talking about all sorts of things! This truly made a special day of touring for me. Thanks to both of you!
Montpelier is the vibrant state capitol of Vermont, and on Saturday’s during the summer, the vibrancy is pronounced! It is noticeable in the shops and in the colorful flower and vegetable displays at the farmers market. The taste of place is palpable in the food and beverages served at the farmers market and in the unique farm to table restaurants downtown. On Saturday mornings, the vibrancy is displayed abundantly on the smiles of residents and visitors alike during the warm months of summer.
Small, independently owned and operated businesses are bustling alongside the farmers market on Saturdays in Montpelier. Experience the vibrancy of Montpelier on a Bonafide Tour and Expedition this summer!
Spring rains have finally arrived, and the rivers are swelling, the soils are saturated, and Vermont is a verdant green once again. New born fawns nurse from their mothers and scamper across the roads and fields, corn seeds have sprouted and graceful plantings on the contour green up the landscape for all eyes to see.
Bonafide tours is preparing for the coming summer season with gusto, discovering great destinations for our guests such as Rankin organic dairy farm and Field Stone Farm where guests will dine alfresco on wood baked flatbread pizza and organic salad greens.
Today is the first day of the Montpelier outdoor Farmers Market and the day of the very popular Onion River Sports Bike Swap. To top it off, the sun is out and the thermometer is almost hitting 70. The streets of Montpelier, the smallest state capitol city in the U.S. are jammed with people, mostly locals, out for the first time since last October. It is a festive atmosphere, as are most Saturdays throughout the summer all across Vermont.
On market day it’s easy for locals and visitors to meet the artisans, farmers, and specialty food makers who set up in downtown Montpelier to share their stories and sell their carefully crafted products. Bonafide Tours features some of the farmers who travel sometimes over an hour to the market such as Laini Fondiller of Lazy Lady Farm, one of the pioneers of artisan cheeses in Vermont. There is George from Dog River Farm who we visit on the Wines and Covered Bridges tour. And always at the market are Lila and Dave, who, with their children, own Tangletown Farm, a diversified family farm which is featured on the Bonafide Tours Family Farms and Cheese Trail tour of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Montpelier on Saturdays is a special place; open, relaxed, interesting, featuring delicious specialty foods and beverages crafted in Vermont.