STOCKBRIDGE, Mass (WWLP) - The three-day Columbus holiday weekend is more than just an extra day off… it's a big boost for local tourism.
Turns out it's not just the weather that has a big impact on the success of tourism during the holiday weekend.
"We didn't care where we went we just wanted to get away, come up here and it's beautiful," said Joe Gamache from Hampton.
Whatever the reason to come to the Berkshires for the Columbus Day weekend, lots of people did and it was a big boom for businesses, like the Red Lion Inn.
"It's definitely one of the busiest weekends for us; we were sold out for three nights which is great. It's usually kind of the tail end of our season as we see it," said Bruce Finn, the General Manager of the Red Lion Inn.
At the Main Street Cafe and General Store in Stockbridge, they haven't seen a Columbus Day weekend as successful as this in years."
"It's been phenomenal; we've had lines out the door most days which is fantastic. We have people that are eager to wait, interested to wait and people that are coming back bringing their families," said Colleen Huggins who works at the Main Street Café.
While not the busiest holiday weekend of the year, businesses in the Berkshires told 22News it's usually in the top three. Its success is not just dependent on the weather, but also the foliage.
The timing of the peak in fall foliage was almost perfect for the three day weekend after a couple years with less than prime leaf color.
"I think if we'd waited another week it would have been even better so I think it hasn't reached peak yet, but what we've seen has been beautiful," said Lee Gamache from Hampton.
While tourism drops off in southern Berkshire County after this weekend, businesses there told 22News it picks right back up again in time for Thanksgiving.