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Yankee Magazine names North Conway and Jackson among top 25 foliage towns.



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North Conway and Jackson are in top 13 New England foliage towns according to Yankee Magazine editors

North Conway, NH - It's no surprise to Mt Washington Valley residents that both North Conway and Jackson are renowned for their premier leaf pepping setting.  It was, however, sweet affirmation to find Yankee editors agreeing.  Recently, both Conway/North Conway and Jackson, NH were named among the top 25 foliage towns in Yankee Magazine's 75th anniversary issue.  In the ranking of top 25 foliage towns North Conway scored number seven and Jackson tied with Litchfield, CT for a number  twelve spot. 

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 5s for color, scenery, vistas, drives, hikes, parks and shopping.  Jackson scored 47 points and received 5's for its color, scenery, drives and "uncrowded" factor.

The author of the story, Michael Blanding, noted that the Conway Scenic Railroad, great restaurants and outlet shopping ensure that " you won't sacrifice comfort for beauty" in North Conway.  The article noted "you enter village through a covered bridge and once there you may well feel as if there's no reason to leave".  

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.

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The 25 towns listed on the Yankee Top Foliage Towns list (in order of ranking) include: Kent, NH, Bethel, Maine; Manchester, Vt.; Williamstown, Mass.; Middlebury, Vt.; Camden, Maine; Waitsfield, Vt.; Conway/North Conway, N.H.; Sandwich, N.H.; Rangeley, Maine; Blue Hill, Maine; Woodstock, Vt.; Waterville Valley, N.H.; Amherst, Mass.; Grafton, Vt.; East Haddam, Conn.; Walpole, N.H.; The Cornwalls, Conn.; Litchfield, Conn.; Jackson, N.H.; Jeffersonville, Vt.; Shelburne Falls, Mass.; Montgomery, Vt.; Stowe, Vt.; and Hanover, N.H.

For up to date lodging availability and recommendations for shopping, dining, lodging, outdoor adventure and more, call the Mt Washington Valley Chamber at 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).  Follow Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce foliage reports and other inside scoop on Facebook and Twitter too.

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