Eighty-seven years after New England’s fall foliage inspired the launch of Tauck, now one of the world’s top guided tour and cruise operators, Tauck is continuing to celebrate autumn’s annual colors by providing free updates on foliage conditions to travelers. Tauck will offer recorded foliage updates for New England and other regions through November. The foliage reports, which will be updated twice-weekly during the season’s peak weeks, will be available through a dedicated toll-free telephone number, 1-800-214-8209.
Providing the recorded updates will be Scotty Johnston, the company’s in-house “foliologist.” Johnston began guiding Tauck fall foliage tours in 1960, and later worked in the company’s sales department. A self-taught foliage expert with over 50 years of study and first-hand experience, Johnston has become a “go-to” foliage authority.
According to Johnston, the foliage will again be brilliant this year and New England and other areas in the East are ready and eager to welcome travelers, despite the well-publicized effects of recent storms.
“Hurricane Irene and other recent storms certainly generated a lot of television coverage, but I can assure you that the New England states and elsewhere along the East Coast all stand ready to welcome visitors,” said Johnston. “Tauck has been in touch with our hoteliers and other suppliers in the region, and all are open for business. Other than some possible rerouting due to temporary road closures, it will be business as usual for Tauck this fall foliage season.”
Tauck offers nine different North American journeys with fall departure dates in regions renowned for foliage. Along with a number of itineraries in New England, the company also operates fall trips in the mid-Atlantic, Michigan and Mackinac Island, and the Canadian Maritimes.