The pundits are saying this will be a spectacular year for fall color in the Western North Carolina mountains. Our summer featured lots of rain followed by lots of heat and drought. We’ve had some early cold snaps. The entire process is the recipe for a decisive and bright leaf color change in October.
There aren’t a lot of color clues around Inn on Main Street bed and breakfast yet, but the dogwoods and sourwoods are changing to burgundy and orange. The maples can’t be far behind. Weaverville is at 2400 feet elevation, so we tend to see our best color the third week of October. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, some color is appearing at higher elevations and should peak in early October.
The timing of the fall color comes with some other perfect timing. UNC-TV is going to broadcast its segment about Weaverville on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. We don’t think Inn on Main Street will be mentioned specifically, but we’re told that we’ll appear with the credits at the end.