Thousands enjoying the fall foliage before it’s too late

Tourists come to WMass from all over the world

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many people told 22News they’re taking the foliage all in before the seasons starts to change. “Oh, it’s gorgeous. I mean, this is one of the best times of year to live out here.”

On this Columbus Day weekend, all you have to do is take a drive or a hike up the Mohawk Trail to see the different colored leaves. It’s a major attraction for Franklin County.

Lauren Johnson of Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters said, “We’ve definitely seen heavier traffic flow through the area, more business due to the foliage, the atmosphere around western Mass. this time a year.”

People from around the world come to western Mass. to see the leaves changing different colors, and some local businesses are benefitting from the extra tourism. Columbus Day Weekend is usually the peak of foliage season in Franklin County and a sign of the changing season, but it is short-lived.

Chris McLaughlin of Shelburne said, “There’s a part of it that’s very sad because in some ways it’s an ending and in some ways it’s a beginning. You know, it’s like the ending of summer and the ending of the warm weather, but it’s also the beginning of, really, one of the most beautiful times of year out here.”

The Koehlers say one of the best aspects of western Massachusetts is the fall foliage. “We love it; it’s a perfect fall day today. The foliage is fantastic. You know, it’s a nice sunny day.” In fact, they’ve loved the foliage so much, they purposely got married during foliage season, 25 years ago this month.

22News met two women on Friday; one is from Colombia and the other is from Spain. They both said the fall foliage is amazing.

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