Strong Summer Travel Season Predicted for New England Based on Current Economy
Dublin, New Hampshire (July 1, 2008) – With gas prices rising and airlines increasing fares and reducing flights, many people are opting to vacation closer to home. Yankee Magazine’s editor Mel Allen predicts that the summer of 2008 will be a banner year for New England tourism based on the economy and the resulting vacation trend: taking shorter vacations closer to home. Working at the 73-year-old publication described as “New England’s Magazine” for more than 20 years qualifies him as an expert on the subject.
“Unlike any other area in the country, New England is both compact and diverse,” says Allen. “You can go from the Northeast’s highest mountains to the seacoast in under two hours. There are so many small towns filled with attractions where you can spend a weekend or week without using your car.”
Allen also predicts that high gas prices may inspire a back-to-nature movement for younger children.
“No one likes paying four dollars a gallon for gas, but out of necessity it makes people more aware of conserving. This will spawn a whole new generation of kids who enjoy simple pleasures like camping and riding bikes,” says Mel. “When we look back in ten years, I think this summer will mark a significant change in the way we travel.”
For summer trip ideas and vacation planning tools visit the travel page at YankeeMagazine.com or pick up the July/August issue on newsstands now. In it, Yankee Magazine asked Christina Tree, an award-winning, New England-based travel writer and author, to name her five favorite places to stay in New England in the July/August issue. Her picks, if she could only stay at five places, include:
- Inn at Shelburne Farms -S helburne, VT; 802-985-8498; shelburnefarms.org
- Liberty Hill Farm -Rochester, VT; 802-767-3926; libertyhillfarm.com
- The Guest House at Field Farm – Williamstown, MA; 413-458-3135; guesthouseatfieldfarm.thetrustees.org
- The Claremont Hotel – Southwest Harbor, ME; 800-244-5036; theclaremonthotel.com
- Blair Hill Inn – Greenville, ME; 207-695-0224; blairhill.com
Yankee Magazine asked readers to share comments about their favorite summer destinations for a weeklong vacation on YankeeMagazine.com (http://www.yankeemagazine.com/topfive/topfivetravel/favoriteplaces). Some of the locations include:
- Ogunquit, Maine
- Woods Hole, Massachusetts
- Bath, Maine
- Madison, Connecticut
- White Mountains, New Hampshire
New online travel planning features include a simple-to-use Google map that integrates expert travel advice from Yankee’s editors with details on dining, lodging, attractions and events, accessed either by a search function or by clicking on the map. And in the “About New England” section readers learn what to see and do in each state and can read archived articles specific to their destinations.
For more information, visit: YankeeMagazine.com
Yankee Magazine (“New England’s Magazine”) was first published in September 1935 and is the only magazine dedicated to New England. It is published by Yankee Publishing Inc. (YPI), an independent media company based in Dublin, New Hampshire. YPI also publishes The Old Farmer’s Almanac (“Often Imitated but Never Equaled”), the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical. Products include The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, YankeeMagazine.com, Almanac.com, Almanac4Kids.com, YankeeFoliage.com, and various podcasts. YPI also produces a wide range of books, calendars, and custom-published products, and a subscription-free online magazine, NewEngland.com.