The autumn colors are peaking in Staunton, and boy are they spectacular. This week, leaf peepers should see yellows and reds from maples. Look also for red displays from sumac and, surprisingly, poison ivy vines, which add festive garlands to tree trunks. Midweek wind brought down a lot of leaves, so rake them into piles and photograph the kiddos jumping and undoing all your hard work. Plan also to visit the Staunton Farmers’ Market on one of its final weeks this Saturday. Check for some color in the historic Wharf area and nearby on the grounds of Trinity Church. Other ways to see seasonal shades are to visit nearby pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and of course, look forward to the little ones in their Halloween finery on Sunday.
The Virginia Department of Forestry predicts peak fall foliage this week. The weather should be in the 50s this weekend, so get out there and enjoy the mountains and the Shenandoah Valley in all their glory. Check out the views along the Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and from the top of Shenandoah Mountain to the west.