The Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) has accepted seven prestigious Vermont businesses into membership for 2011. New to VAA this year are: the Norman Rockwell Exhibition / Sugar Shack in Arlington, the Chocolatorium/Village Peddler in East Arlington, Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze in Rutland, the Timber Ripper at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers’ Notch, Artesano Meadery in Groton, and Sharp Park in Milton.Members of VAA enjoy many benefits, including a presence on 1.15 million copies of the Official Vermont Road Map & Guide to Vermont Attractions, which is widely distributed across the country and internationally as the State of Vermont highway map.Focusing on education as a component of the visitor experience, VAA members meet high standards while offering unusual experiences in the areas of agricultural tourism, art, excursions, galleries, guided tours, history, museums, recreation, shopping, and specialty foods.The Norman Rockwell Exhibition / Sugar Shack in Arlington combines Rockwell’s art with history, where one may learn about models and their interactions with Rockwell, view a film, and experience the famous newspaper covers and other reproductions (www.sugarshackvt.com(link is external)).The Chocolatorium in East Arlington is the home of Cocoa, a 100-pound chocolate Teddy Bear. The exhibit explores the world of chocolate, featuring tastings and demonstrations conducted by chocolatiers (www.villagepeddlervt.com/chocolatorium.aspx(link is external)).Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze in Rutland helps intrepid explorers get lost! In addition to the maze, visitors may meet friendly donkeys, giant rabbits, sheep, chickens, cows and more at this 3rd generation working beef and maple farm (www.hathawayfarm.com(link is external)).Okemo Mountain Resort’s four-season mountain coaster, the Timber Ripper, offers a scenic and exhilarating alpine experience in Ludlow, as sled-like cars carry riders at driver-controlled velocity descending 275 vertical feet along 3,100 feet of stainless steel tubular rails, through forests, along the mountain contours (www.okemo.com(link is external)).ArborTrek Canopy Adventures at Smugglers’ Notch allows visitors to experience 3 hours of gravity-fed, zip-riding, heart-pounding, bridge-crossing, breathtaking, tree-hugging, eco-friendly, unforgettable family fun (www.arbortrek.com(link is external)).Artesano Meadery in Groton produces high quality mead from pure, raw Vermont honey and locally grown fruit. Visitors may tour the meadery and experience the tasting room to discover this fascinating beverage (www.artesanomead.com(link is external)).Sharp Park in Milton offers hiking, Segway tours, paragliding lessons, zip lines, hot air balloon rides, and helicopter sightseeing flights in summer/fall, with sliding, snow tubing, skiing and boarding available in winter (www.sharppark.com(link is external)).The VAA, which is managed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 1957, and represents 70 of Vermont’s finest family destinations. To see a complete list of VAA members or for more information about the VAA, visit www.vtattractions.org(link is external).