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Vermont, Staking Claim for ‘World’s Best Foliage’ Provides Weekly Foliage Reports

October 2, 2015

After years of watching other states attempt to position themselves as autumn destinations, Vermont has thrown down the gauntlet and declared itself the home of the World’s Best Foliage.

“No one does foliage better than Vermont,” declared Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Three-quarters of our state is forested, and we have the highest percentage of maple trees in the country. With our flaming reds, blazing oranges and glowing yellows, we have the most vibrant fall colors in the world.”

In previous years, states as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona have claimed their fall season was as pretty as Vermont’s. “Clearly, we’re the bar,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “Our fall advertising campaign will articulate the myriad reasons we have the World’s Best Foliage. Our hope is that people will be inspired to come see it for themselves.”

Smith added that Vermont’s fall campaign isn’t just about bragging rights. Visitors spend $460 million during the foliage season, which represents about a quarter of overall visitor spending each year. Nearly 3.5 million people travel to Vermont in the fall to experience its unique working landscape of bucolic villages, pastoral meadows, and forested hillsides.

To help visitors plan their trip during “peak” season, the state’s official tourism website, www.VermontVacation.com, will offer weekly foliage reports, Best Bets for driving tours, and a foliage tracker. The website will rely on information from the state’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and its commissioner, Michael Snyder. Snyder is a well-regarded forester, and with over 30 years of professional experience, has earned the title of Vermont’s official Foliage Forecaster.

“Predicting fall’s color changes is part science and part luck,” admitted Snyder. “We know the science of color change and the factors that influence it, but we don’t know exactly how it will unfold in any given year. The good news is, our foliage is like a day on the slopes—when it’s good, it’s great. And even when it’s a bit off, it’s still really good.”  Snyder says Vermont’s abundant spring rain and summer sunshine have created the right conditions for a spectacular fall in 2015.

To see the top reasons why Vermont has the World’s Best Foliage, go to www.VermontVacation.com/worldsbestfoliage.

 

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Leaf Peepers Stay Two Nights, Get Third Night Free At Mount Snow, Vermont This Fall

September 16, 2012

A view from a hot-air balloon of Mount Snow, Vermont, in the fall.

With the days becoming shorter and the nights cooler, it can only mean that fall is approaching and along with it comes the breathtaking colors of fall foliage in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont; a phenomenon of nature that annually attracts thousands of leaf peepers to the area.  Now those leaf peepers can enjoy an extended stay at a Mount Snow lodging property for less with the resort’s new Fall Foliage Special offering three nights for the price of two during the peak foliage timeframe.

Mount Snow is the southern-most mountain resort in the State of Vermont making it easily accessible for folks living in and around the northeast’s bustling metro areas.  The Mount Snow Valley is home to an abundance of dining options, shopping, events and festivals which make it a top destination for guests looking to enjoy a fall getaway.

The Fall Foliage Special is available to stay the nights of September 23 – 27 and then September 30 – October 5 at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel or a Mount Snow Condominium.  Guests booking their stay for the week of October 1 can include a complimentary scenic chairlift ride to the summit of Mount Snow in their package.  The Bluebird Express chairlift will be running daily from September 29 thru October 8 from 10am to 4pm for scenic rides.

To book a Fall Foliage Special or discover more about Mount Snow visit www.mountsnow.com or call 800.245.SNOW.

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