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North Conway and Jackson rate high on Yankee Magazine's foliage-viewing scale

Rated in the top 13 New England foliage towns

September 02, 2010
Towns listed in "The Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England" were initially nominated by Yankee writers and a collection of tourism professionals. The top choices were then scored on essential attributes to a perfect fall foliage outing including color intensity, scenery, vistas, nearby water, scenic drives, hikes, culture, farmers' markets and farm stands, 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." Conway scored 52 points (out of a possible 65 points) on the 0 to 5 point rankings, receiving fives for color, scenery, vistas, drives, hikes, parks and shopping. Jackson scored 47 points and received fives for its color, scenery, drives and "uncrowded" factor.

Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, commented on the value of the top foliage town distinction.

"For Conway and North Conway to be named in what Yankee called the 'Magnificent 9' then to have Jackson appear shortly after in the top 12 towns says a lot about Mt. Washington Valley's premier foliage opportunities," said Crawford. "No other region of New England has two towns so close in proximity with the foliage opportunities for visitors. Add Mt. Washington Valley's additional 20 or more villages that did not appear on the list but offer equally spectacular vistas and trip opportunities, and it's clear that our little corner of New Hampshire is a true fall foliage gem which leaf peepers should not miss," finished Crawford.

For more information on planning a foliage trip to Mt. Washington Valley, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.

Martin Lord Osman
Brewster Academy
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