Vermont Hopes For Strong Fall Foilage Season

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Vermont tourism officials are hoping leaf-peepers won’t be shy this fall foliage season, out of fear the state’s roads are a mess from Tropical Storm Irene.

The state’s commissioner of tourism and marketing Commissioner Megan Smith says 95 percent of the state’s roads are open. She also says the state is ready for people to come.

Some inns were closed in the days after Irene. Now businesses that rely on tourism are battling the image that the state might not be the best place to take a vacation right now.

The foliage season is getting under way this week, as leaves in the top northern third of the state already have color. The fall foliage season brings in about $300 million in business for the state each year.

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