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Virtual Vermonter - Foliage Predictors


A Watched Pot...

There's a town near here where they put a cinder block in the middle of an icy lake during the winter, then start a pool on when it will fall through the ice (the official "ice-out" of the lake, and unofficial end of winter... think heavy square groundhog). As the winter days get longer, the watch and speculation begin to build. The foliage season is a little like that, with everybody seemingly possessing a theory on how good the foliage will be this year, how long it will last, and when "peak" will reach certain areas of the state.

While difficult to predict with any great certainty, watching and reporting on foliage is a little more scientific, and anyone trying to decide when to visit the state would do best to pay a little heed to the foliage "watchers." The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing offers several services of this nature for tourists and residents alike. In September and October, they upload foliage reports two times a week (on Mondays and Thursdays) to their site, so you can keep up-to-date on how the colors are developing and progressing. You can also get a rough idea on foliage timing using their Foliage Forecaster, an animated graphic that shows colors developingover a timeline for the whole state. Since lodging is usually scarce this time of year, the Forecaster should give you a pretty good yardstick to use when booking long-range reservations (those looking for lodging can try searching or browsing through our town listings).

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