Greetings: the news about Irene and Vermont makes me want to visit the state for its history and charm. (Not particularly for leaf-peeping.)
Is there a better time this fall to avoid the foliage hounds -- or at least the prices -- and towns with Universalist churches that a particularly charming. And with this caveat: I've got a ton of Amtrak points, so I'll probably be taking the Vermonter to Burlington, which with Montpelier, I'd like to see on their own. If at all possible, I'd like to use public buses.