Things are beginning to change in the Valley. And it's expected to get better. It's starting to look a lot like fall here in the Valley.
This year's fall foliage is expected to be one of the best in years. And, you can thank all that summer rain for making it happen. Extra Water makes the process of photosynthesis better, meaning trees produce more chlorophyll. Bob Hopper is a Virginia Master Gardener, he says that's the green that we see in the trees, the colors that we see in the fall are always there, its the fact that the chlorophyll is just massed out in the red's and the yellow's and the nice crimson colors. Recent drought conditions have made it hard for trees to even exist.
But, it's not just the trees that are struggling. Sergei Troubetzkoy is the director of tourism for Staunton. He's hoping tourism in the month of October will make up for the sluggish July and August they've had. "We had a very wet summer, and that does hurt this region because we have so many outdoor sites, the frontier culture museum is outdoors, blue ridge parkway, skyline drive are outdoor sites," he says.
But, there is some good news. Some local hotels and bed and breakfasts say because of prediction of great foliage, they are completely booked throughout October, particularly on weekends.
Troubetzkoy advises if you know someone that you who is planning on visiting the Shenandoah Valley in October, and they are going to be here, they should make accommodations now, because rooms are going fast. October is the busiest month for tourism in the Valley, after July and August.