How has foliage season been going in Franklin County?

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – The leaves are changing color, and local businesses are raking in the profits.

Every fall, thousands of “leaf peepers” travel to western Massachusetts just to explore the foliage. The more vibrant the colors, the more money for businesses.

Philip Bragdon, the owner of the Dancing Bear Guest House in Shelburne Falls told 22News they book up every year during peak foliage season. “It fills us, it brings us to capacity. October is the busiest season of the year, and everybody in rural New England would agree with that,” he said.

But this year, the foliage might not peak as early, or last as long as previous years, due to the lack of rainfall.

In some cases, leaves have just turned brown and fallen off the trees but, Bragdon told 22News that hasn’t stopped people from coming to western Massachusetts, just to see the leaves. “This past night we had Australians, Californians the night before, we had French, Great Britons, and Italians earlier this week. We can pretty much be sure that we’ll be filled every night of the week,” he said.

The bed and breakfast isn’t just filled with visitors from different parts of the world. Lindsay Scouras grew up in New England, but has found a new appreciation for the foliage. “I will say after living away from New England for a while and coming back, I really did have a greater appreciation for how beautiful it is. You see these people that come from all over the United States, and the world to see it,” she said.