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Middlebury makes top 5 in Yankee poll

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce announced that Middlebury has been named as one of Yankee Magazine's top 25 towns in New England for fall foliage travel. This is the first time the magazine has ever ranked towns by this standard and Middlebury is ranked fifth. The September/October issue is on newsstands now.

In hearing the news, chamber president Andy Mayer said, "We know that Middlebury and all of Addison County is a phenomenal foliage destination. To have Yankee Magazine recognize us as such means that the word will get out to many potential visitors to our area and that's okay."

To determine the listing for the article, titled "The Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England" by Michael Blanding and the magazine's editors, a variety of tourism professionals, as well as writers and editors, first nominated communities for an initial review.

The top contenders were then scored on a scale from 0 to 5 in 14 essential attributes of a perfect fall foliage outing: color intensity, scenery, vistas, nearby water, scenic drives, hikes, culture, farmers' markets and farmstands, orchards, covered bridges, state or local parks, the quality and variety of shops to browse, tourism amenities such as hotels and restaurants, and a category called "uncrowded"-giving a boost to less touristy locations.

The following towns are included in the list:

1. Kent, Conn.

2. Bethel, Maine

3. Manchester, Vt.

4. Williamstown, Mass.

5. Middlebury, Vt.

6. Camden, Maine (tie)

6. Waitsfield, Vt. (tie)

7. Conway\North Conway, N.H.

8. Sandwich, N.H.9. Rangeley, Maine

10. Blue Hill, Maine (tie)

10. Woodstock, Vt. (tie)

10. Waterville Valley, N.H. (tie)

10. Amherst, Mass. (tie)

11. Grafton, Vt. (tie)

11. East Haddam, Conn. (tie)

11. Walpole, N.H. (tie)

12. The Cornwalls, Conn. (tie)

12. Litchfield, Conn. (tie)

12. Jackson, N.H. (tie)

13. Jeffersonville, Vt. (tie)

13. Shelburne Falls, Mass. (tie)

13. Montgomery, Vt. (tie)

13. Stowe, Vt. (tie)

13. Hanover, N.H. (tie)

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