SHELBURNE, Mass. (WWLP) - The leaves change all over the northeast, but there's something special about the foliage that drives people to come to western Massachusetts every year.
"You notice it, but you don't really appreciate it until you come up more north and are able to experience it," said Robert Gonsalves from Lakeville, Massachusetts.
People travel from all over to see the changing leaves along the Route 2 Mohawk trail, some for the first time.
"This is a one time, at least in this area. I do a lot of visiting to Vermont and New Hampshire for the leaf peeping, but this area is extremely nice," said Marc Christiansen from Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Where they stop can mean money in the pockets of local businesses like the Mohawk trading post.
"A good fall foliage season for us here is like Christmas for everybody else, but the lucky thing about fall foliage is that people come up anyway, no matter what it's doing," said Laurie York, owner of the Mohawk Trading Post.
But the weather has cooperated for the leaf peepers so far this fall.
"It's been wonderful this year. You couldn't imagine a nicer fall," said Herb Cronin from Boylston, Massachusetts.
And the ideal weather conditions are reflected in the colors of the leaves so far.
"A lot of nice oranges and bright reds and not as much brown and yellow and kind of dull drab colors as we've had in the past," said Tom Harrison from Northfield.
These warmer than normal temperatures that we've been having could slow down the leaf color change and as a result, extend the fall foliage season. However any really windy or rainy storms we get could bring it to a quick end.
Color change is well on its way with good color in parts of Franklin County, the Berkshires and even the hills east of Interstate 91.
Parts of upstate New York and northern New England are already peaking, which we can expect here in western Massachusetts over the next one to three weeks.