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September 08, 2010

Vermont Predicts Colorful Foliage Season

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont tourism officials are expecting another brilliant foliage season this year and encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek deals being offered through the fall.

Dozens of inns, hotels, attractions, historic sites and museums are offering a variety of midweek specials during the fall foliage season as part of the statewide “Midweek Peek” promotion organized by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Deals range from discounted lodging to reduced admission prices. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com/midweek.

“Visitors can find a diverse range of options for lodging, dining and activities during Vermont’s legendary foliage season, and midweek is the perfect time to take a trip here,” says Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. “Fall foliage in Vermont is glorious any day of the week, and we hope visitors will explore special ‘Midweek Peek’ deals around the state.”

Vermont’s landscape shimmers in red, orange and gold during the fall, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe. Vermont has the highest percentage of sugar maple trees of any state in the nation, and an abundance of red maple trees, which all produce vibrant, bright colors during foliage. Vermont forestry experts agree with the prediction that a beautiful foliage season is on the way.

“We’re on track for another spectacular fall season. Most parts of the state had good summer moisture, and early color can already be seen in some places,” says Ginger Anderson, Chief of Forest Management for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. “As Vermont transitions into typical fall weather with warm days and cool nights, we expect Vermont's foliage to display magnificent autumn color.”

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing offers a number of resources on its website at VermontVacation.com for foliage season visitors. The site includes tips on planning ahead, a Lodging Availability Forecaster, and the Foliage Forecaster, which shows the progression of the colors across Vermont during a typical foliage season. Visitors can also access the Vermont Travel Planner, an extensive database of lodging, dining, events, attractions and recreational opportunities.

Weekly foliage reports will begin on Sept.14 and will be available on VermontVacation.com and also the state’s toll-free visitor information hotline 1-800-VERMONT. Reports will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October.

Visitors make 14.3 million trips to Vermont each year and visitor spending adds an estimated $1.57 billion to the state’s economy, according to VDTM research. The research shows that 23 percent of those visits, or 3.7 million, are during the fall season.

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: September 08, 2010 11:21:33