High Hopes For Foliage Season

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Images from Tropical Storm Irene scared off some leaf peepers last year but businesses hope to recoup their losses with a strong foliage season this fall after a sunny, dry summer.

Tourists are booking stays at inns to see the foliage during the five-week season, which is just getting under way.

The Round Barn Farm, in Waitsfield, is nearly fully booked. That’s a relief after some tourists canceled last fall.

The Woodstock Inn & Resort had to cancel reservations for all of September last year after rooms and other areas were flooded. After multi-million-dollar renovations, the resort is already booked for this Columbus Day weekend.

Visitors could see some brown patches, but experts predict the summer’s dry spells won’t hamper the fall colors and could even heighten them in some spots.

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