Story by Mike Doble – [email protected]

We’re trying to keep you guys aware of what’s happening around the higher elevations of your favorite mountains of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. There’s an update below!

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Fall has finally arrived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Experience the crisp morning air and warm afternoons.

There are still 30% discounts available on weekend and weekly rentals until November 15, 2012* (some restrictions apply) so make sure you don’t miss out. You can call them today at 800-438-4555 or book online 24/7.

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Many of our guest are enjoying the tennis courts, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, gem mining, horseback riding, football games, apples, and all the fall festivals.

Sugar Mountain is conveniently located to Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Boone, Blowing Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Tweetsie Railroad, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

NOW TO THE FALL UPDATE!

SNOW is falling out in the mid west and that system is headed our way as COLD temps are expected to invade the region on Sunday evening. There’s some moisture expected in this system and weather peeps are saying "Don’t be surprised if we see a little light snow on the back side of this late this weekend and going into Monday morning. THAT will get the colors bursting!

LEAVES EVERYWHERE!

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First things first – there’s a lot of leaves on the ground in my yard and on the roadways. As far as a Fall Leaf Color update, not a lot has changed since Monday of this week. I’ve had people email me over the last couple of days asking "what about today? have the leaves turned more in the last day or two?"

While it might SEEM that they turn that quickly, it’s kind of like watching a pot of water begin to boil. If you sit and watch it, it seems to take an eternity to get going. Color DOES seem to burst almost overnight at the higher elevations, but not so much that you can tell THAT much difference from one day to the next. It’s kind of like you KNOW it’s changing, and a day or so rolls by and all of a sudden you look and go "WOW" is THAT not beautiful?!?!

We’ve had some rain earlier this week – a good bit actually – and as the skies cleared and the ground dried, the rustle of leaves under your feet signaled that indeed Autumn IS progressing. I was over on the east side of Boone on Tuesday and things have really JUST begun to turn over that way, while on Thursday afternoon Valle Crucis is looking quite gorgeous. If you’re thinking about heading up to Beech Mountain this weekend for the Autumn at Oz Festivities, you’ll catch quite a lot of color if you take a side excursion over in Valle Crucis. The valley is probably at about 40-50% at peak with mostly rustic yellows and browns. Some of the trees bordering Broadstone Road before you get to the Mast Farm Inn are turning nicely and at about 50-60% of peak.

As you drive up the steep grade of Hwy 105 South around Smoketree Lodge, the base of Grandfather Mountain and the slopes up towards the pinnacle of the range is looking very pretty. There’s a great patchwork mix of color all ready to amaze passers by. I’d say that slope is a little closer to peak but still a week away.

Beech Mountain should be showing a bit more color this weekend, and temperatures are supposed to be dipping to 34° Sunday night so I’d expect that to really get the fall color machine going strong early next week.

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This is a great time to BOOK a vacation for this coming week and weekend’s PEAK COLOR. We’ll be talking about Sugar’s Oktoberfest and more and it’s certain to be a gorgeous peak week!

Email me YOUR photos and notes about fall color in your neck of the woods. [email protected]

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