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Island Insights: Fall Festivities in the Champlain Islands

Happy Fall from the crew at Coldwell Banker Islands Realty! The Lake Champlain Islands are one of the most spectacular spots to spend autumn days. As the leaves begin to change, local farmers gather their crops and invite members of the community to enjoy the fruits of their labor. There are an abundance of ways to get into the fall spirit throughout Grand Isle County from pick your own apples to fall festivals.

Weekend in the Islands
Head to South Hero for a culinary celebration of the Lake Champlain Islands. Many local businesses are partaking and will have fun events as well as great local products available during this fall festival on October 9th-10th. See the map to learn more! Map 

Emmon's Island Haunted Trail

The annual Emmons Island Haunted Trail  will take place on October, 9th in Grand Isle. Tickets are sold the night of the event. The children's walk is free from 4:30pm - 6pm with a costume contest at 5pm. The main event will take place from 6:30pm to 10pm. Entry is $10 a person or bring seven non perishable goods to donate to the food drive.

Farmers Market Harvest Fest 

The Champlain Islands Farmers Market will be holding its annual Harvest Festival from 10am to 3pm on October 9th at the Saint Rose of Lima Church in South Hero. Stop by to support your local farmers and makers while enjoying music and games! 

Evening Nature Ramble 

Head to the South Hero Recreational Park for a mile nature walk hosted by the South Hero Land Trust. This will take place Wednesday evening on October 13th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. RSVP here

Pick Your Own Apples
Apple picking is plentiful throughout the Islands during the month of October. Hacketts, Allenholm, or Halls Orchard all host the best varieties of Vermont Apples from Honeycrisps to Macintosh.

Green Mountain Marathon
The Green Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon will be held at the Folsom School on South Street. On October 17th at 8:30am runners will take to the West Shore of South Hero and Grand Isle. Register here

Champlain Islands CROP Hunger Walk
The CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, October 17th, from 1pm - 4 pm at the Congregational Church of South Hero. Diane Irish, local Yoga instructor, will warm everyone up for the walk; Joe Pobieglo will send walkers off with his rousing bagpipes; Robin Way of CIDER will lead the 1/2 mile to the site of the new senior housing project, Bayview Crossing. Register here

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