Vermont’s NEW FOLIAGE FORECASTER PREDICTS COLORFUL SEASON
- Fall Foliage Offers Value with Special Midweek Travel Packages and Amtrak Discount -
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Michael Snyder, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, has been tapped in the new role of “Foliage Forecaster” by the Vermont State Department of Tourism and predicts a stunning array of colors this fall. Leaf peepers can stay up-to-date on the color progression of Vermont’s leaves by calling the Fall Foliage Hotline at 1-800-VERMONT, starting the second week of September. Distinctive ways to experience the leaves changing, value-added hotel offers, and a special Amtrak deal makes Vermont a prized location for fall foliage.
“Michael has been our unofficial spokesperson on foliage for some time now, so we are excited to welcome him in his official role as Foliage Forecaster,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing. “And we are thrilled to hear him say aerial surveys report that our forests are prime for an outstanding show of colors this fall season.”
With the highest percentage of maples trees in New England, one-third of which are Sugar and Red Maples responsible for producing intense red hues, Vermont can legitimately boast having the most vibrant fall foliage in the northeast. As Vermont is 76 percent forested and home to more than 50 State Parks and one National Park, leaf peepers can view expansive fall views across more than 300,000 acres of state-owned forest land.
In celebration of the leaf season, Vermont is offering visitors a variety of ways to experience fall foliage. From local dairy farm visits to a scenic ride on the “Vermonter,” here is a sampling of top fall happenings throughout the state:
Pick an apple, win an apple…
During “Apples to iPods,” a statewide scavenger hunt taking place in 19 participating orchards, visitors who find specially marked wooden apples will win an Apple iPod or maybe an iPad. Starting September 5 and ending once all of the apples have been discovered, visit www.applestoipods.com
for complete details.
With a collection of B&B’s, cottages, hotels, and resorts offering special midweek packages with some starting as low as $70 a night, leaf peepers of all kinds will find comfortable accommodations. Examples include Suttons Place in Manchester Center which is offering a one day pass to the nearby Equinox Spa with a three night stay through October 16, 2012 with rates starting at $65 per person and Echo Lake Inn in Ludlow which is offering a fourth night free for a total package price of $417 for two people from September 16-October 20, 2012. Visit www.vermontvacation.com/Fall.aspx
for a full list of participating properties.
Amtrak is offering a special “Visit Vermont” discount of 20 percent through October 31, 2012 for travel to any Vermont station. This includes the “Vermonter,” which provides daily service on the east coast between Washington, D.C and St. Albans in Northern Vermont, making stops along the way including New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Other travelers can easily arrive in Vermont via a short road trip from the northeast or direct flight into Burlington International Airport. For travel planning, visit www.vermontvacation.com/TravelResources.aspx
More than just maple syrup…
Foodies can “eat up” the new site www.DiginVT.com
which connects visitors with more than 400 local food experiences throughout the state. Visitors can follow pre-mapped themed trails or chart their own course, visiting artisanal cheese makers, working farms, and craft breweries along the way.
View from the top…
See the leaves change from the peaks of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Glide through the sky for breathtaking views via tram, gondola or chairlift at Bromley Mountain Resort, Mad River Glen, Jay Peak Resort, Killington Resort, Mount Snow Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort. Killington’s K-1 Express Gondola, for example, offers a birds-eye view from the top of the 4,241 Killington peak. The gondola operates weekends from September 8-30, 2012 and daily from October 1-8, 2012. For more information visit www.killington.com/summer/activities/gondola_rides
Foliage season typically begins mid-September and remains colorful through mid-October. For the most up-to-date information visit www.vermontvacation.com/ or become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.