Weighing in on Fall Foliage Colors

It's no surprise our weather has been anything but ordinary. Last month tied for the second hottest September in recorded history. Coupled with the lack of rain, the foliage is noticeably impacted.

"This year seems a little more gradual than past years," said Jean Orsini. She spent much of the day showing her friends visiting for California colors in the Mad River Valley. Jean a relatively new comer to Vermont knows what the vivid fall colors are supposed to look like.

"There initial reaction was, it would of been a little more vibrant, expecting a little more color overall," said Orsini.

Like many of you, she is seeing more green too. "We are looking forward to more colors coming out in the next several days."

But this isn't stopping tourist from visiting the area said Eric Friedman from Mad River Glen.

"They think it's beautiful, and it is. It is just a little bit different, duller than it can be at other times," said Friedman the Marketing Director from Mad River Glen. Hundreds still turn out to the slopes to ride the ski lifts, and take in the beauty of the region.

"I think it's not as vibrant as it can be. But the visitors don't seem to mind," he said.

Tourist spots know to be a fall destination, including high traffic areas of Waterbury and Stowe are seeing a delayed turn out.

"I can honestly say, two weeks ago when that hot spell. Usually that is our kick off to the fall. Business was off," said Gayle Brown.

Brown along with her husband own Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury. She tells us, during the foliage season the business pulls in 45% of the annual in come. Typically that spans only 45 days.

She is optimistic that the leaf peeping season will linger a few week later into October, allowing for additional business.

Although this season might not be as vibrant as years past, it's still been an enjoyable experience for Orsini and her guests. And they are already planning for next fall.

"This is still a good week. So I think we will probably plan for the same time next year," said Orsini.











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