‘Ultimate Proposal Package’ Highlights Vermont Romance Offerings

MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Famed for the Green Mountains, maple syrup, and skiing, Vermont is also one of the most popular places to ask, or answer, the big questions of romance: ‘Will you marry me?’, and later, ‘Do you take this man or woman . . .?’

One Vermont inn is now offering one-stop shopping for those who are ready to ‘pop the question’ — all for just $11,445. The Stone Hill Inn in Stowe, Vermont, offers the ‘Ultimate Proposal Package’ which includes two nights’ stay at the Inn (chosen one of the top 12 B&B’s in North America by Forbes.com), a bed strewn with red silk rose petals, aromatherapy candles, romantic music, a dozen red roses, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a disposable camera, calling cards, and custom made Bride & Groom teddy bears or giant fortune cookies containing an eloquent written proposal.

Oh yes . . . the package also comes with a $10,000 custom-built diamond engagement ring.

“For someone who has met the true love of his or her life, ‘popping the question’ can be a daunting experience,” says Stone Hill Inn owner Amy Jordan. “Our ‘Ultimate Proposal Package’ sets the stage perfectly for a romantic, unforgettable evening — and for getting the right answer to one of life’s biggest questions.”

For those who have already proposed, Vermont remains a popular place for nonresidents to hold their wedding ceremonies according to Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. In 2002, out-of-state residents accounted for 34.5 percent of the 6,011 marriages performed in Vermont and just over 90 percent of the 1,707 civil unions. “With the average cost of a standard wedding ceremony approaching $20,000, the impact on the economy adds up pretty quickly,” Hyde added. “Romance in general and weddings in particular are very important niches for many of the state’s lodging properties and a wide variety of related businesses.”

“Weddings bring thousands of visitors to Vermont annually,” agreed local wedding expert Joanne Palmisano, author of the Vermont Wedding Resource Guide. “From the smallest cake maker to the largest resort, Vermont is filled with exceptional professionals who are dedicated to weddings. Vermont has a lot to offer — beauty, romance, and first-class service — everything a couple needs for a romantic wedding.”

You can find more information about the romance of Vermont by logging on to http://www.vermontvacation.com/ and clicking on the ‘Destination Romance’ link.

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