Get Out and Enjoy this Autumn Season

Fall in New Hampshire Offers Colorful Variety of Activities

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While summer is coming to an end, that means autumn is on the way, and with it comes the opportunity to experience New Hampshire’s vibrant fall colors. This is one of the best times to visit the state and take advantage of everything it has to offer.

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As to “peak,” that is a subjective term – “peak” is in the eye of the beholder – and light and the mix of trees in foliage add to the mix.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors busy for a day or weekend.

Here are a few tips for enjoying New Hampshire’s fall colors:

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By Boat: TAKE A CRUISE FOR A COLORFUL VIEW

One special place to enjoy the foliage show is Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s hard to see foliage while you’re driving. The M/S Mount Washington offers a unique and relaxing viewpoint. The big lake has amazing colors and the juxtaposition of the water and sky can be breathtaking. Sundays through September to mid-October, they offer Fall Foliage Dinner Cruises from Weirs Beach from 5–7 p.m.
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By Train: TAKE THE TRAIN THROUGH THE TREES OR A LIFT OVER THE MOUNTAINS

Climb aboard one of the region’s three sightseeing trains for unique views of foliage: Hobo Scenic Railroad in Lincoln, the Conway Scenic Railroad in Conway, and the world-famous Cog Railway that chugs up Mount Washington from its base in Bretton Woods.

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City Base: A CAPITAL CITY

Concord is an emerging destination worth a look. It is set in the middle of the state, with great hikes, apple picking, and events within an easy drive. It makes the perfect fall foliage base.

Main Street in Concord is getting a facelift and what is done so far looks great, with lots of new places to shop, eat and great 19th century brick architecture.

Almost 100% of the stores and restaurants along Main Street are locally owned. They range from high fashion, to antiques, to a range of authentic cuisines including Greek, Asian, American, Mexican, vegan and more. It is a small city with big city offerings, reminiscent of Boston’s Newbury Street, with

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Indoors: FALL INTO ART

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester provides a reason to step inside during the autumn. Curated exhibits are changed frequently, so you are bound to experience art and life differently with every visit.

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In a Valley: SURROUNDED BY FOREST AT WATERVILLE VALLEY RESORT

Waterville Valley is a full-featured resort area, which just happens to be surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscapes in northern New England. The adjacent White Mountain National Forest features America’s oldest network of hiking trails leading to spectacular views in every directions.

After working up a big appetite with the fall hikes, Waterville Valley offers their Annual Chili Challenge & Brews Event in late September. For this annual favorite, area restaurants compete in Town Square for the title of Best Chili. Attendees can sample all of the contestants’ chili for $7.50 for adults and $5 for children (ages 12 and under). The Brew Tent will also be open in Town Square throughout the contest. During the same weekend, families will enjoy the White Mountain Storytelling Festival, providing stories and story times for guests of all ages.

To complement the brilliant fall foliage, Waterville Valley’s Town Square is hosting a Fall Foliage Celebration in October. The weekend will feature a variety of family activities including free outdoor concerts, children’s games, and pumpkin painting.

No matter how you choose to explore the vibrant colors of autumn, your trip to New Hampshire will revive your spirit and leave you amazed at the beauty of the Granite State.

For More Information

  • M.S. Mount Washington Cruises — www.cruisenh.com or call (603) 366-5531
  • Mount Washington Cog Train — www.thecog.com
  • White Mountain Tourism — www.visitwhitemountains.com or call (603) 745-8720
  • Concord Chamber of Commerce — www.concordnhchamber.com/visitor_info.html
  • Currier Museum of Art — www.currier.org or call (603) 669-6144
  • White Mountain Storytelling Festival — www.nhstorytelling.org/festival
  • Waterville Valley — visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com or call 1-800-GO-VALLEY
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