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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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Topnotch Partners with Outfitters to Offer Excursions to Immerse in Stowe, Vermont’s Fall Foliage

October 2, 2015

With the highest percentage of maple trees in New England, Vermont’s reputation as the most vibrant destination for fall foliage is undisputed.  At Topnotch Resort in Stowe, travelers are encouraged to do more than peep at leaves from the car window and has a new program of activities for guests to explore the resort’s natural surroundings, in and among the colorful maple trees.

The new Topnotch Experience Center has been designed to create customized and memorable guest experiences. For the nature-loving, active travelers, the resort offers an array of new activities like Pilates sessions under a canopy of trees in the forest, introductory climbing and bouldering, guided river walks for kids and wake-up foliage hikes. For foodies, visits to local selection of Vermont’s many blossoming Micro Breweries, Creameries and Organic Farms are offered as well as on-site Mixology classes to whet guest appetites.

“The new programming utilizes every one of the 120 acres and acclaimed facilities that have long been the essence of the Topnotch experience, from the base of Mt. Mansfield to the equestrian center and the five-mile Rec trail around Stowe,” says Bob Sassani, general manager of Topnotch Resort. “With vantage points to see foliage right from the windows and outdoor space of our restaurants and from inside the guest rooms, our guests also have the opportunity to not just look, but to get out there and do.”

In addition to a roster of complimentary activities for kids and grown-ups – like hair braiding in the salon, guided nature walks and more – Topnotch offers activities through partnerships with local tour operators and outfitters including:

  • Sunrise Mountain Guides offers morning three to six mile runs or hikes, half day hike options and introductions to climbing and bouldering. Prices range from $25 to $150, per person.
  • Daily guided mountain bike tour through the forests of the Green Mountains led by Mansfield Cycle Bike Tours, priced at $180.00, per couple.
  • New fitness classes like stand up paddleboard classes in the resort’s indoor pool to tone and learn the basics ($20 per class); and “Into the Woods” hike and Saturday mornings Pilates sessions.
  • Topnotch Beer Tastings are held every Tuesday evening starting at 6pm at The Roost in the resort, priced at $10 per person.
  • Five-hour Topnotch Guided Brewery tours to The Crop Brewery, The Rock Art Brewery, The Lost Nation and the von Trapp Brewery, led by Greg Doremus of Vermont Guided Tours, priced at $125 per person.

Leading the charge on program development, Topnotch has enlisted the expertise of Jesse George, the resort’s new “Experience Manager” to research, create and implement activities suited for a wide variety of personalities and ages as well as build partnerships with local vendors.  “The new Experience Center pulls in Topnotch elements and amenities across spa, fitness, and dining, as well as valued partners like Sunrise Mountain Guides, Mansfield Cycle, Vermont Guided Tours and Paddle North to create bespoke vacations for each and every guest,” explains George.

Set within 120 acres of woodland at the foot of Mount Mansfield in the village of Stowe, Vermont, Topnotch Resort blends the gracious charm of a ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of world-class resort. A recent $15M renovation encompassed all 68 guest rooms, 9,000 square feet of meeting space and added a new concept restaurant, The Roost, to complement the locally sourced, full-service restaurant Flannel.   Additional accommodations can be found in a variety of Resort Homes. Amenities at the luxury boutique resort include the 35,000 square foot Topnotch Spa; the Tennis Center with four indoor and six outdoor courts; a state-of-the-art Fitness Center; and water features such as an indoor pool, a whirlpool/Jacuzzi, and two outdoor pools with mountain-views – one of which is heated year-round. Among the outdoor pursuits is cross-country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.  One of members of the MetWest Terra Hospitality collection of boutique hotels, Topnotch Resort is a AAA Four-Diamond property and a Preferred Boutique Resort. www.topnotchresort.com

For more information on Topnotch Resort and the new “Activities & Experience Center,” visit www.topnotchresort.com or call 1-800-451-8686.

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AccuWeather Fall Foliage Forecast: Exceptional Year for Northeast

September 17, 2014
The Berkshires, Massachusetts. Accuweather is predicting an exceptional fall foliage this season © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Berkshires, Massachusetts. Accuweather is predicting an exceptional fall foliage this season © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Start planning your fall getaway! AccuWeather experts say the summer season has set the stage for potentially exceptional fall colors in the Northeast, though the weather through mid-October will ultimately determine how stellar of a display will emerge, reports Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer for AccuWeather.com.

The Northeastern states have had a good to excellent growing season without any major disturbances, according to Dr. Michael Day, University of Maine research professor of Physiological Ecology.

“In addition, adequate precipitation and lack of wind disturbances has resulted in trees with an exceptional amount of foliage still attached,” he said.

Slight drought stress in the late summer helped to signal a seasonal change but did not force an early leaf drop.

The upcoming weather will play a critical role.

A cold snap in the next four to six weeks would bring out the vibrant fall colors, resulting in what Day considers an ‘exceptional’ year for fall foliage in the Northeast.

Cool, dry weather into September and October is typically ideal for producing the bright colors favored by tourists and locals alike.

The next month is forecast to deliver just what the doctor ordered with dry periods and some chilly weather in the northern areas of New York state and northern New England for the second half of September, according to AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok.

Meanwhile, those in the Midwest and Southeast may be shortchanged. An abundance of wet and warm weather may hinder the display for the Midwest, southern Appalachians and Southeast.

According to the 2014 AccuWeather.com Fall Forecast, wet weather will be focused from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf coast in October.

Though the early emergence of color can already be seen in many locations throughout the East, the peak of colors will hold off for a while, according to Dr. Marc Abrams, professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology at Penn State University.

Those planning trips to see the foliage in late September should head north, but trips to the Southeast should be put off until late October, Abrams said.

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National Park Foundation Reveals Great Parks for Fall Foliage

October 14, 2011

The National Park Foundation has announced the 2011 “Great National Parks for Fall Foliage” list. Creating a weekend vacation close to one of these sites can be a relaxing fall retreat.

This year’s list, and the optimal times for foliage viewing, includes:

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Cal.: Peak colors expected in the middle to end of October. On Oct. 18, a hiking event to Whiskeytown Falls offer a perfect way to view the foliage during the peak season.

Curecanti National Recreational Area, Colo.: Peak colors begin in late September and run through the end of October.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Miss.: In middle to late October, the maple, hickory, oak and other hardwood trees begin to change colors.

Glacier National Park, Mont.: The bright yellow and gold colors on the aspen and larch trees run through mid-October covering the trails around the park, but particularly along Summit Trail. For more information on the best trails to see colors or view photos of the fall colors, visit Glacier’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/glaciernationalpark.

Flight 93 National Memorial, Pa.: The trees across the Flight 93 National Memorial begin to turn around mid-October. Check out honorflight93.org/webcam today to find instant inspiration for a trip to the site or to take a virtual fall foliage tour.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tenn.: The Great Smokey Mountains boast over 130 different tree species, many of which produce breathtaking Autumnal colors. Peak foliage viewing depends greatly on the various levels of elevation found within the park, but overall, the Smokies’ foliage shows run from late September through October.

Zion National Park, Utah
: Peak foliage colors appear at the end of October and into the first few days of November.

Shenandoah National Park, Va
.: Peak colors in the upper elevations begin early to mid-October with lower elevations peaking at the end of October into November.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vt.: Rich with sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, this site boasts outstanding fall foliage each year. This year’s prime viewing is expected from mid-October through early November.

Apostles Islands National Lakeshore, Wisc.: Peak foliage viewing various depending on inland or coastal location, however the foliage show runs from late September through October. Additionally, many bird species are migrating through the park right now, so foliage seekers get an extra show from Mother Nature.

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Killington celebrates fall, gears up for winter with deals on passes, tickets, packages

October 1, 2011

Killington's K-1 Express gondola

Peak foliage has arrived at Killington Resort along with lodging deals and the biggest Brewfest weekend ever with the Brewmaster Dinner, Kickoff Party and over 70 beers on tap at Brewfest. The K-1 Express Gondola will spin daily, October 1-10 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. offering scenic rides to Killington Peak that feature spectacular views of five states and Canada. Plus hiking and the Killington Golf Course are open daily through October 10. Route 4 East and West are open, so get in your car and head up to Killington to check out nature’s fireworks.

Save Big on Fall Foliage Lodging Packages
Soak up autumn’s broad palette of red, gold, orange and amber and save with a lodging package that includes a round-trip ride on the K-1 Express Gondola to a magnificent view atop Killington Peak. Additionally, starting October 2 -10, book a two night stay and get your third night FREE, plus everyone on the reservation gets a FREE round-trip ride on the K-1 Express Gondola.

Purchase Season Pass before Oct. 14

With a number of on-mountain improvements wrapping up and the 2011-12 ski and snowboard season quickly approaching, now is the time to grab your Killington Season Pass before the price increases on October 14, 2011.

At Killington Resort this winter, you’ll experience the all-new Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars and deck that replaced the Superstar Pub, newly re-graded trails, improved snowmaking and tons of great events including the Winter Dew Tour, January 19-22, 2012.

Unlimited Season Pass
$1199 for Adults (ages 19-64), $799 for Youths (6-18) and $799 for Seniors (65+). If you’re chomping at the bit for first tracks, then you know you’re going to need unlimited access to both Killington and Pico Mountain. Plus, the Unlimited Season Pass is loaded with numerous benefits including discounts on food, spa services, Snow Sports School programs and more. Learn More

Blackout Season Pass
$829 all ages. With only 18 blackout days, this pass is perfect for those who hit the slopes ten or more days during the season and want to avoid peak periods. Plus, Blackout pass holders will receive two floating days that may be used on any blackout day of their choice. Learn More

Midweek Season Pass
$499 all ages. The Midweek Pass offers outstanding value for those with the flexibility to ski before work, after school, or just to play hooky on a powder day. Learn More

October 13, 2011 is the last day to grab your Killington Season Pass before prices increase. Additionally, all Killington Season Passes are also valid at Pico Mountain.

Save big this season with K57 tickets and Express Card.

K57 Tickets
For only $57, experience The Beast of The East this winter. Score the best deal of the season on a one-day adult lift ticket with 18 blackout* dates. K57 tickets are available online only for a limited time. Buy now

Killington Express Card
For skiers and riders using the mountain four or more days this season, the Killington Express Card offers direct-to-lift access. Available for $86 for a limited time, the Express Card gives you 50% off weekday and 25% off weekend and pea* day window ticket rates (Blackout/Peak days: December 26, 2011 – January 1, 2012; January 14 – 15; February 18 – 26, 2012) Buy Now

RSVIP PROGRAM FOR RETURNING GUESTS

You’re no stranger to Killington Resort and your loyalty shouldn’t go unrewarded. So, Killington is offering you this season’s absolute best deal on the largest variety of lodging. It’s all part of our RSVIP program exclusively for returning skiers and riders. But, like most things in life, you need to act fast because this offer expires November 18, 2011.

Save 30% on lodging & lift tickets for 3-nights/3-days or longer during non-peak periods this winter, and 25% during peak periods!* The RSVIP Ski & Stay package is available December 23, 2011 through April 7, 2012. LEARN MORE

Save 10% off our already discounted Ski Week package. The Ski Week Package is our best value featuring huge savings on lodging, lift tickets and KIDS SKI FREE! LEARN MORE

To book, call 800-320-7797, or visit http://www.killington.com.

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Vermont Fall Foliage Lodging Packages Give You Time to Immerse in Changing Colors, Outdoor Activities

September 15, 2011

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The ideal Vermont foliage experience involves total immersion. Take time to meander back roads and find the perfect resort or historic inn; grab a warm blanket and stay a while.

Lodging packages offer up all the state’s finest amenities, many paired with foliage season activities to get up close and appreciate the changing colors. Choose from canoe trips, mountainside yoga, biking, golf, ziplining, food festivals or spa retreats; plus there’s more than 50 midweek packages at VermontVacation.com:

Best Western Canoe & Stay, Mendon
www.visitvt.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCCoupons/CouponDisplay.aspx?CouponID=60

Killington Resort’s Fall Foliage & Gondola Package, Killington
www.killington.com/summer/plan_your_trip/packages_and_specials/featured_packages/index.html/206041760

Latchis Hotel & Theatre: Hollywood, Dine, and Recline, Brattleboro
www.visitvt.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCCoupons/CouponDisplay.aspx?CouponID=62

Mountain Top Inn & Resort Autumn Midweek 50% Off, Chittenden
www.mountaintopinn.com/seasonal_specials.html

Okemo Foliage Package Includes Third Night Free, Ludlow
www.okemo.com/okemosummer/resort/accommodations/packages/fallfoliage.asp

Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa’s Best of Package, Stowe www.visitvt.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCCoupons/CouponDisplay.aspx?CouponID=73

Smugglers’ Notch Resort Canoe, Zip Line or Food & Wine Packages, Jeffersonville
www.smuggs.com/pages/fall/packages.php

Sugarbush Bed & Breakfast Foliage Package, Warren
www.sugarbush.com/vermont-resort-dining-lodging/ski-stay-packages

Stratton Mountain Savor the Seasons Foliage Package, Stratton
www.stratton.com/deals/hot-deals/savortheseasons_2011.htm

Trapp Family Lodge History Package or Three Day Yoga Retreats, Stowe
www.trappfamily.com/accommodations/specials-packages

Wildflower Inn Northern Woods Pedal and Paddle Package, Lyndonville
www.visitvt.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCCoupons/CouponDisplay.aspx?CouponID=65

Visitors can complete their calendars with more Vermont Fall Foliage Events or review comprehensive Fall Foliage information at VermontVacation.com.

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