Bad news for fans of chunky-scarf, floppy hat, and thigh-high-boot-wearing patrons of Christian Girl Autumn — we can no longer have nice things.
A small town in Vermont famed for its prime leaf-peeping location finally took a stand against its horde of Insta-clout-grabbing influencers last month, voting to shut down Cloudland Road and Barber Hill Road, two roads commonly traversed by selfie-hungry tourists and in turn, Sleepy Hollow Farm to non-residents this autumn.
Residents of Pomfret, Vermont close Cloudland Road to stop influencers from disrupting the town with fall foliage selfies.— BoreCure (@CureBore) September 23, 2023
The popular Sleepy Hollow Farm has also been closed off. Locals urge respect for privacy after incidents of drones, road blockages, and trespassing. pic.twitter.com/hfyjPrH6LX
“Foliage season traffic in this area has steadily increased during the last several years, causing significant safety, environmental, aesthetic, and quality of life issues,” the Town of Pomfret’s Select Board wrote of the decision, before outlining the specifics surrounding the closures.
Though influencers — including Christian Girl Autumn messiah Caitlin Covington, who has already planned her trip to The Green Mountain State — have remained notably tight-lipped on the issue, residents appear to be fully backing the measure, even launching a GoFundMe campaign to “Save Cloudland Road.”
this has the same significance as michelangelo announcing he is going to italy to paint the sistine chapel https://t.co/QSMxAn6qAG— emily (@uhhmmily) September 18, 2023
“Over the past several years, Cloudland Road (and the small roads leading to Cloudland Road) have experienced an unprecedented surge in Instagram and TikTok-fueled tourist ‘influencers,’ who earn money from sponsors and have monetized and turned a private home on Cloudland Road into a Social Media photo destination,” read the description of the campaign, which as of writing has already raised upwards of $15,000, more than half of its $25,000 goal.
“Cloudland and surrounding roads become impassable during the Fall, and roads and poorly behaved tourists have damaged roads, had accidents, required towing out of ditches, trampled gardens, defecated on private property, parked in fields and driveways, and verbally assaulted residents,” they continued
So take it from these peeved Vermonters — don’t be a creeper and a leaf peeper, lest you tick off an entire legion of Christian mommy bloggers.