A new program of the Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing will help local businesses assist tourists. Local INFO sites will enhance the Vermont experience for the thousands of guests who come to the state each year. The availability of information located off the interstate encourages people to travel more of the state's smaller roads. The official state highway map also tells people to look for the blue INFO signs to learn more about each area.
Bruce Hyde, commissioner of tourism and marketing, said "It is great to have our first Ambassador INFO sign in Chittenden County up at Gallery 160 in Richmond. This is an excellent location for travelers to get information and directions to get around the area. My hope is we will see these INFO signs throughout the state where travelers can meet a friendly Vermonter who will provide maps, guidebooks, local information and provide a bathroom facility upon request."
Gallery 160 is owned by husband and wife photographers Scott and Kelly Funk.
When asked why the couple was participating, Scott Funk said, "All of us in Vermont need to do our part to make every visit here a special one. For us, this is a win/win situation: travelers get to learn more about the surrounding area from a local and we increase gallery visits."
As the sign out front procliams, Gallery 160 features original photographs of Vermont and beyond.
Visitors to the gallery will find handcrafted cards and gifts, jewelry, a little folk art, and lots of pictures. The photographs are as large as 5 x 3 canvas or as intimate as a life-size butterfly. While there are plenty of pictures of Vermont, including local attractions like Camels Hump, covered bridges, and the Richmond Round Church, there are also photos of more distant sights such as alligators, and puffins.
Gallery 160 is designed to be child friendly. Every corner holds a fuzzy surprise to help make children feel comfortable. There are pictures positioned low enough for little ones to view. There is even a drop-down toilet lid designed with a little person in mind. So, small tourists are welcome, too.
Gallery hours are by chance or appointment, so call the Funks at 802-434-6434 or visit when the open flag is flying.