For any seasonal business, weather can play a critical role. For the leaf watchers flocking to western Massachusetts, however, rain can dampen the mood but not necessarily the business.
"In the past it seems like people still come, especially if they have booked ahead," said Errol Sorensen, owner of Poetry Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Greenfield. "They are flexible. They will go a little north or south to get more color if that's available and take a little farther journey, but usually they still come."
For a bed and breakfast, reservations are taken from all over the world, rain or shine. Dry weather only enhances the experience, making outdoor activities more enjoyable, and the leaves displaying a better palette of color.
As explained on the CBS3 Pinpoint Weather Blog, hues of yellow and orange come out as the leaves change every fall. The red colors are more weather-dependent, and the weather this autumn has cooperated nicely so far to bring out those colors.
"Some years are not so good, other years are really good," said Sorensen. "This year looks like a pretty good year from what I've seen so far from our area. We had some guests from Texas this morning saying they've never seen things so red."
Sunny weather may also help with filling in those last available rooms at the last minute.
"Our spring was real strong, and summer has been kind of normal," said Sorensen, "but we have been taking more reservations for the fall I think this year than last year."
Millions of dollars get pumped into local economies each year from the tourism that leaf peeping brings in. In Sorensen's eyes, a great sign of business in recent years is the increase in foreigners coming to see New England's most spectacular show in nature.
"The last few weeks we've had people from China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Indonesia," said Sorensen. "It's nice to see those people coming into western Massachusetts."
Northern New England and the Adirondacks have reached their peak fall colors. Western Massachusetts does not reach peak color until mid-October.
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