Yankee Mag Crowns Kent Foliage King

Sep 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Top Story

Foliage in Farmington, Connecticut

EAST HADDAM – Yankee Magazine has named East Haddam as No. 11 on its list of Top 25 towns in New England for fall foliage travel – the first time the magazine has ever ranked towns by this standard, the Middletown Press reported. One of only four Connecticut towns on the list, including No. 1 ranked Kent, East Haddam is the only town outside Litchfield County to be mentioned.

Also in the September/October issue: best-selling author, educator, and environmentalist Bill McKibben wraps up his four-part series, “How New England Can Change the World,” with an article on how small-town banks in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Hills are printing their own regional currency.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Yankee Magazine’s September/October issue, ranked 25 towns in New England for fall foliage travel — the first time the magazine has ever ranked towns by this standard. Kent, Connecticut, wins top honors and first place on the list. (The list includes many ties, so the ranking goes from first place to 13th place.)

Foliage in Collinsville, Connecticut

“The heart of the New England leaf-peeping experience lies in the details: the farmstands and covered bridges, the waterfalls and antiques stores that provide the eye candy, framed by the colors of our most glorious season” writes the author of the article Michael Blanding. “All of these things Kent has in abundance, in a perfect blend of uncommon natural beauty and culture that might shame cities 10 times its size (just shy of 3,000 people in the 2000 census).”

The article includes a write-up and a chart showing each town’s category results, serving as convenient travel guide for leaf-peepers.

Here are the rankings:

(1.) Kent, Connecticut

(2.) Bethel, Maine

(3.) Manchester, Vermont

(4.) Williamstown, Massachusetts

(5.) Middlebury, Vermont

(6.) Camden, Maine (tie)

(6.) Waitsfield, Vermont (tie)

(7.) Conway/North Conway, New Hampshire

(8.) Sandwich, New Hampshire

(9.) Rangeley, Maine

(10.) Blue Hill, Maine (tie)

(10.) Woodstock, Vermont (tie)

(10.) Waterville Valley, New Hampshire (tie)

(10.) Amherst, Massachusetts (tie)

(11.) Grafton, Vermont (tie)

(11.) East Haddam, Connecticut (tie)

(11.) Walpole, New Hampshire (tie)

(12.) The Cornwalls, Connecticut (tie)

(12.) Litchfield, Connecticut (tie)

(12.) Jackson, New Hampshire (tie)

(13.) Jeffersonville, Vermont (tie)

(13.) Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (tie)

(13.) Montgomery, Vermont (tie)

(13.) Stowe, Vermont (tie)

(13.) Hanover, New Hampshire (tie)

For more information about Yankee Magazine, please visit: YankeeMagazine.com. To view a slideshow of winning foliage towns and to share comments, visit: YankeeMagazine.com/25towns

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About us: Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and features. With a paid circulation of over 350,000 and a total audience of more than 2 million readers, it is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned, independent magazine publisher. In 2010, Yankee Magazine was named a finalist in the national City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual awards in two categories: Multimedia and Excellence in Writing. 2010 marks Yankee Magazine’s 75th year as New England’s magazine. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac. More information about Yankee: New England’s Magazine is available at: YankeeMagazine.com/press

Yankee invites the media to interview our editors, who are experts on where to go and what to do during the fall foliage season in New England. For interviews, in-studio visits, artwork, listener giveaways, or more information, contact Heather Atwell, heathera@yankeepub.com or 603-563-8111 x180.

via East Haddam named Top Foliage Town – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT.

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