The Vermont Fall

How you can tell it’s fall in L.A., according to a guy from Vermont

When you think of fall in L.A., a typical answer you might reach for might be more “mild” weather, like sunny days, more rain (which is actually rare because L.A. never gets more than a little rain during the year), or perhaps light, brisk breezes.

But if you think about some of the fall plants that are native to California, such as California poppies, yarrow and black-eyed Susans, which all seem to thrive in the warmer weather that comes with fall, then fall seems like the height of this particular season.

So what about the more rarefied fall of Vermont?

“I was really surprised,” said Chris Martin, who moved to Vermont more than 25 years ago. “I thought there would never be a fall here, but it looks like there’s an annual autumn to go with it.”


It’s something of a myth that Vermont doesn’t have winters — the state doesn’t get cold enough to make one winter a season. It’s more of a myth that in the middle of winter, it’s cold enough, in that we get some of the weather we know as a typical northern-latitude winter, but it’s a winter with a little bit of the weather we know as a typical southern-latitude winter.

“It looks like there’s a little bit of an autumn,” Martin said. “I don’t know what that looks like in Vermont.”

He lives in Burlington with his wife who lives in Burlington. Their house on New Fairmarket Road is only a few blocks from the lake, where the Martin family used to vacation as many as three summers a year. And it’s where they still have a campfire on the deck in the winter.

Chris Martin said they are not far from a place where there is still a campfire on the deck. (Mike Hiltz)

“There’s snow on the ground on the deck,” Martin said. “There are some things. And it’s quiet. It’s not as loud.”

The couple’s neighbor across the street, Karen LeBlanc, said her husband still does a campfire in their yard on the side of the

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