It’s hard to believe that summer is almost gone and Labor Day is this weekend. August is always the time that the “experts” predict what type of fall leaves and the type of fall season we can expect at our bed and breakfast in Asheville NC.
August in Asheville has been unusually cool at times, and it has felt like fall was already here. WNC’s unofficial leaf prognosticator, Kathy Matthews, who is a biology professor at Western Carolina University, is forecasting that the fall colors this year will be good; depending on the location.
Drier areas have the best fall color, while areas that have had a lot of summer rain will be less vibrant. Asheville and areas north have been drier, so we are looking forward to great color around our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, NC, as it sits at an elevation of 2200 feet and Fall dawns usually the 3rd week of October. Our guests can enjoy great fall colors from late Sept to early Nov, depending on the elevation.
We enjoy telling guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast where to travel to see the best colors. This usually involves a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway, either north to Mt. Mitchell, an area showing color as early as late September or south to Mt. Pisgah, where colors are strong throughout October. As we get into late October and early November, we send guests to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, where the elevation is much lower than Asheville.
We still remember the guest who called the WhiteGate Inn several years ago and asked:
“What day do the leaves change color?”
The response was “What day are you coming?”
We still joke about this years later.
For guests who plan on spending more time in Asheville at the Inn, we always let them know how colorful the WhiteGate gardens are by mid-October. The garden features over 20 varieties of Japanese Maples, and there is a kaleidoscope of color throughout the garden in fall. One maple, in particular, known as the “Dancing Peacock” Japanese Maple has every color exhibited in a single leaf: You can see red, yellow, orange, and green all in the same leaf.
We look forward to hosting guests from all around the country who love coming to WNC and Asheville in the fall, and planning the perfect adventure in one of the most beautiful spots in the country!