Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Economics of Leaf-Peeping

According to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK and their most recent Fall Foliage Report for New York State, beautiful peak fall colors are expected to make their first appearance of the season this weekend in the Adirondacks region of New York State. Foliage approaching midpoint of change is starting to appear in the Catskills, as well as other areas of the state.

In Central New York, spotters in southern Herkimer County expect midpoint to near peak foliage with 40 percent leaf change and bright red leaves with some yellow mixed in. Oneida County also expects up to 40 percent color change with assorted shades of orange, gold, bronze and amber, along with splashes of fiery red. Northern Oneida County is showing more rapid change, with orange, golds and reds predominating. In Chenango County, expect 35 percent change with yellow, red and orange fall colors of average brilliance. Otsego County predicts 30 percent change with yellow, green, red and orange leaves of average brilliance. Both Broome and Madison counties are predicting 25 percent change by the weekend with average to bright leaves of yellow, orange and red. Schoharie County expects 20 percent change.

Why is this important ? Well according to the average leaf-peeper spends between $85 to $110 per day when taking in the view!

BONUS POST: Don't forget that this is the last weekend that the Trenton Falls Trails are open !