Tourists flock to Vermont for leaf peeping

BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – After a slow start, the Capital Region’s trees are now beaming with color.

Many took advantage of the Columbus Day holiday weekend and the mild weather to do a little leaf peeping.

“I think this year has been extremely beautiful,” Joyce Hall with Bennington Potters said. “We love this time of year because it’s just amazing the amounts of people that come visit from all over the United States.”

Thomas Adkins and his family traveled all the way from St. Louis.

“We’ve wanted to go up and see the colors,” he said. “I have for years.”

At the Bennington Monument, everyone, everyone wanted to capture the fall colors. Downtown Bennington was bustling with tourists.

“And we do this on Columbus Day annually, and it’s still beautiful,” Tammy and Dan Bernier, of Connecticut said.

The colors on Monday were beautiful despite a warm, sunny September that made fall colors about a week behind. But Hall said that hasn’t kept customers away.

“Every day you can have them from the west and the east and the Dakotas, California, Texas, so it’s a gracious time of the year,” she said.

Adkins said Vermont was well worth the trip, but as for the foliage, he may not be the best person to ask.

“Me, being the colorblind one, I turn to my wife and say, ‘What color was that?’” he said. “And she says, ‘Well, that was red.’”

So why is Vermont said to have the best foliage around? Because maple leaves produce the best and brightest colors.

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