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December 31, 2013

Vermont Tourism’s Top Ten in 2013

In the Green Mountains State, news on fall foliage, Vermont farmers and snowy adventures are perennial favorites; but there is so much more! This year, Vermont Tourism compiled a list of what you, our guests and residents liked the most on VermontVacation.com. Some topics were undeniably pure Vermont, while other top stories were a welcomed surprise!

While it’s easy to spend days simply taking in the scenery, we found that folks really want to be a part of it. This Top Ten reads like a virtual “To-Do” list of favorite Vermont places and activities. Please enjoy, let us know what you think, and share your top Vermont moments from 2013 too!

10.) All Aboard: Vermont by Rail is an apt caboose to this “Top 10,” as new Amtrak offers and deals were on the right course in 2013.

9.) Newflash! The VermontVacation.com Press Room ranking reveals that readers want the latest news, with top topics ranging from Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve to comprehensive summertime events.

8.) A Free for All: Every June, Vermont Days is host to free fishing, free state-historic sites entry, fee state parks entry and admission to the Vermont History Museum. Fortunately, this news was shared quite “freely” on social media!

7.) So Close, SoVT: Southern Vermont was abuzz in 2013. The vibrant, historic communities of Brattleboro, Bennington, Wilmington and Manchester hosted nearly nonstop events and festivals.

6.) Life on the Homefront: Vermont’s Civil War history, museum exhibits and events during the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial have piqued history buffs and visitors’ interests – with major events coming in 2014 too!

5.) Cheers to Vermont Beer! A “Meet the brewers” contest fortified this beloved topic! Find a trail and your favorite brew at Vermont Breweries.

4.) Moooving Up on the List: While good taste is always in fashion in Vermont, a “Meet the Farmers” getaway contest helped propel Vermont Farms into a top ranking topic. We will be sure to share more Vermont farm and food news for hungry readers in 2014!

3.) Cheese & Skis: Vermont’s Winter Wanderland is giving away 200+ lift tickets this season; coming in as Top 3, there’s no arguing that Winter paired with Vermont cheddar is not a major draw.

2.) Seeing is BeLeafing: With the launch of video foliage reports, Vermont Tourism delivered foliage progression as close to real-time as possible this year. This allowed for better driving routes and planning for peak foliage travel. When it comes to year-round interest, we’re pleased to see that Fall Foliage is always peak!

1.) Ready, Set, Plan! Rightly so, the Travel Planner is sixteen times more popular than any other topic on VermontVacation.com. With info on lodging, attractions and events –this one-stop-shop is your go-to for Vermont news and info, and we could not be happier it’s your Number One!

Happy New Year and thank you for spending some time with us!

Media Contact: Jen Butson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing, jen.butson@state.vt.us, 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: December 31, 2013 16:20:39