Nature lovers need to search no farther than Garrett County for the best fall colors this year, according to Travel + Leisure magazine. Out of 20 towns featured, the national magazine awarded Oakland in Western Maryland the best town to view changing leaves.
"We are thrilled to be included on the list for Travel + Leisure Magazine," said Sarah Duck, director of tourism and marketing for Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
The region will host the 47th annual Autumn Glory Festival Oct. 8-12, offering access to colorful leaf-peeping, parades, music competitions, exhibits, and craft shows. Visitors can also sign up for fall foliage driving tours on the website.
Duck said there's been a positive reaction in the community and she noticed more traffic on the festival website coming from the Travel + Leisure article link.
"We’re hoping that the exposure with being named best town will lead to more people coming," Duck said. "The festival happens at the peak time for the fall foliage."
The Travel + Leisure article also highlights Garrett County’s Swallow Falls State Park, the Youghiogheny River, and Halloween hayrides in Oakland for other options to view fall colors. Towns such as Lake Placid, New York, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Snowmass Village, Colorado were also featured on the list of America's Best Towns for Fall Colors.
For more information on the Autumn Glory festival, visit http://www.visitdeepcreek.com.