Thursday, September 17, 2009

Waynesville, North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Fall Foliage Spectacular

Waynesville, North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Fall Foliage Spectacular

The following article came out recently in the Asheville Traveler that I thought would be of interest to all you fall color enthusiasts. Remember, the fall leaf changing season is our busiest season of the year. If you are planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains to see the Fall spectacular, don't delay in booking your reservation!

Asheville Traveler September 10, 2009

Fall is right around the corner. Early signs such as the red Mountain Ashe berries on Grandfather Mountain, at a lofty 5,900+ feet, indicate that leaf season is on its way. We reached out to our cadre of fall foliage experts to gather their predictions for our 2009 fall forecast.

David Clarke, Associate Professor of Biology at University of North Carolina Asheville, explains "fronts that give us cold nights and bright sunny days will start the process in a couple weeks at high elevations, which will be vibrant very soon, and continue down to the low elevations. The later color from oaks and hickories will be nice at the end of October and early November."

Dr. Gary Walker, a biology professor at Appalachian State University, explains the ideal conditions that would ensure brilliant color: "An early frost or low, cool temperatures in September with clear days will trap more sugars in the leaves leading to more spectacular coloration." Parker Andes, Director of Horticulture at Biltmore, predicts "as long as autumn develops normally with cool nights and dry days-and October is typically on of our driest months-it should be a colorful season."

Cool Nights, Sunny Days Key to Fall Color

Local experts believe that fall color could reveal itself more gradually this year, due to ample rainfall over the summer. "Drought-stressed trees show more color and turn, more or less, simultaneously," says Clarke. "So, our wetter year could make the colors appear more gradually." However, a cold snap could kick fall color into high gear, so make sure to check back for regular update on foliage throughout the region.

Andes confirms the potential for a healthy leaf season. "We finally had a normal rainfall year. As of September 1, the Asheville airport reports only one inch above 'normal' precipitation. With good growth on the trees, we have all the foliage we need for great fall color."

What Makes Western North Carolina Unique

Dr. Walker attributes the consistenly brilliant foliage in Western North Carolina to "our diversity of tree species, the highest in North America, and variety of elevations and aspects in the mountains."

WNC stands out as a fall destination. "Our large tracts of national forest and parks sets us apart, thanks to the foresight of those that came before us, we enjoy all that they preserved for us," notes Andes. "Our mixed hardwoods - from the earliest Sourwood and the last Red Oak - give us an extended display from October through November that is hard to beat."

At Brookside Mountain Mist Inn, we want to help you plan your fall Smoky Mountain escape. Call us, toll free, at 877-452-6880 to make your reservations today!

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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