Leaf-peeping season expected to be great - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Leaf-peeping season expected to be great


Experts in the tourism industry believe that 2012 will be a banner season for viewing fall foliage in Connecticut and it is needed after a dismissal season last year.

"The storms kinda of scared everyone a bit," Bob Bell of Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

Business owners are hoping for a good leaf peeping season after the autumn storms caused a bad year for the fall event.

"It definitely dampened the action," said Doug Paul of the Griswold Inn.

Without the leaves, visitors do not flock to the area or visit local businesses.

"It's a big season for us," Paul said. "People from Europe and people from across the country come here."

Travelers to Connecticut pump an average of $9 million into the economy and help create 100,000 jobs.

"There are lots of opportunities to get on the water," said John Roberts of the Connecticut River Museum. "And there isn't a better time to walk through New England towns like Essex."

The colors are expected to come out early this year because of a historically warm spring and relatively dry summer, experts said.

"We're ready for the onslaught," Paul said.

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