first_imgVermont is open and the beauty of its fall foliage is more spectacular than ever thanks to the unprecedented recovery achieved in just five weeks, according to the Vermont Country Store.’Vermonters have worked tirelessly to get our great state open again after the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene,’ said Bill Shouldice, president and CEO of The Vermont Country Store. ‘With the all-important Fall Foliage season upon us, we are incredibly proud of the efforts of so many that helped re-build our roads, so folks could enjoy the experience of our brilliant colors, and our genuine hospitality. We have long held that the strength of Vermont is in its people, and that has never been more evident.”The Vermont Country Store is just one of thousands of businesses with the ‘OPEN’ sign out, ready to welcome millions during October,’ former Vermont Commerce Secretary Shouldice said.There was intense media attention focused on the damage to Vermont’s roads and homes so great concern remains that Vermont is inaccessible, he said. Thanks to community efforts, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, roads and businesses are 99 percent accessible across the state, and visitors have been flocking to view the spectacular landscapes only found in Vermont. To help spread the word, The Vermont Country Store has created a website, www.VermontIsOPEN.com(link is external), which links to well-established Vermont vacation sites and recommends events and attractions to visitors. A companion Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/vermontisopen(link is external), has been created to help businesses link up with customers who need the latest information about attractions and hospitality, along with directions and open road information.Vermont Is OPEN is complementing the efforts of the State of Vermont, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, regional chambers, and attraction organizations to help get visitors the latest information about what’s open and available. Many businesses, attractions and event organizers have offered their support to Vermont Is OPEN, among them:AAA North America, Killington Resort, Long Trail Brewing Company, Equinox Resort, Rock of Ages Corp, Orvis, Simon Pearce, Shelburne Farms, Danforth Pewter, Hildene, Champlain Orchards, and Stratton Resort.About The Vermont Country StoreIn 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalogue’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list and sixty-five years later continues to be Orton family owned. As Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store operates as a multichannel merchant through its mailed catalogs, e-commerce web site and two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.VermontCountryStore.com(link is external).  MANCHESTER CENTER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–10.6.2011last_img read more