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v v v v v v  LEAF PEEPING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE  v v v v v


v Introduction to New Hampshire



·          Foliage Hotline  tel.   800/258-3608

·          Visit New – Link to foliage report, New Hampshire tourism info



·          New Hampshire Maple Producers

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v Top Recommended Drives

1.  Around Winnipesaukee (a Native American name for “smile of the great spirit” and has about 240 miles of shoreline)
A drive around New Hampshire’s largest lake will provide you beautiful across the water and bring you through delightful towns and villages. Begin in
Laconia and take Route 3 to Weirs Beach, and enjoy the arcade atmosphere. Continue north on Route 3 to the beautiful lakeside village of Meredith. Leave this village on Route 25 heading for Center Harbor and then Moultonborough at the northern most point of the lake. Now turn right on to Route 117 and after a few miles go right on to Route 109. Take this all the way to Wolfeboro (recommended in a blog as a great town), a town with great views, shopping and food. Now pick up Route 28 South to Alton Bay, the south tip of Lake Winnipesaukee. There pick up Route 11 Travel back north close to the lakeside and look for signs to take you back to Laconia.
Laconia - Meredith - Wolfeboro

2.  Route 112, the Kancamagus Highway

Hit the "Kanc" for a Real Autumn Leaf Spectacular. The "Kanc," as the locals call it, allows visitors to watch the maple, beech and birch trees burst into color without distraction.  The Kancamagus Trail along the foot of the White Mountains (Rte. 112) is often listed as a "top ten" scenic drive; it leads to Conway, NH.


·          No region of the United States is more famous for its stunning displays of fall foliage than New England. New Hampshire's Kancamagus Scenic Byway, a 34.5-mile section of Route 112 running through the White Mountain National Forest, is renowned for its autumn leaf spectacular, making it one of the top road trips to drive during the fall leaf-viewing season.  The "Kanc," as the locals call it, allows visitors to watch the maple, beech and birch trees burst into color without distraction.

·          As a National Scenic Byway, the "Kanc," as the locals call it, remains unspoiled by homes or service stations, allowing visitors to watch the maple, beech and birch trees burst into color without distraction.

·          When to Go: Prime viewing begins during the second week of September at high elevations, peaking along the rest of the route during the first two weeks of October. Set aside approximately three hours to enjoy one of the most popular fall foliage road trips in the world.

·          Where to Drive:  Traditionally, leaf-peepers take the route west from Conway, N.H., at the junction of highways 112 and 16, to Lincoln, N.H., at the junction of Interstate 93 and Highway 112. At the Saco Ranger Station, near Route 16 in Conway, and at the White Mountains Gateway Visitors Center, in Lincoln, you can pick up trail maps highlighting key stops at the various scenic overlooks, picnic areas, hiking trails and historic sites along the route. Rangers at the Saco Ranger Station also offer expertise on camping and hiking.

·          What to See and Do:  Step back in time by stopping at the Russell-Colbath Homestead. Built in the 1800s, this restored farmhouse, now a museum, is all that remains of the former farming and old logging community of Passaconaway, N.H.. The historic house sits 13 miles west of the Kancamagus Highway, in Conway.

·          As you continue along the highway, ascending 2,860 feet up the Kancamagus Pass, to the highest point of the highway, stop to appreciate the views at various scenic lookouts. The Sugar Hill, Pemigewasset and Hancock overlooks make for nice photo ops, as well as Falls Pond and Rocky Gorge. Another scenic highlight is a short and easy hike of less than half a mile to see the picturesque Sabbaday Falls, a popular stop on the highway.

·          Road-trippers might want to plan to hop out of their cars for a bit after they descend the highway into Lincoln – at the end of the route. At the Loon Mountain Ski Resort, the Franconia Notch Bike Tour (running until the first week of October) offers a chance for drivers to work their legs at a relatively easy pace while in the midst of the scenic fall foliage. You don’t have to be an expert biker to take this self-guided tour; a shuttle bus will bring you to the start of the tour at Echo Lake, where the relaxed downhill ride to Loon Mountain begins. As you ride along, stop and gaze at New Hampshire’s natural wonders, including the Flume Gorge and the former site of the Old Man of the Mountain.

·          If you’re passing through Lincoln at the end of September, consider participating in the New Hampshire Highland Games, the largest Scottish cultural event in the northeastern United States. Activities include whiskey tasting, dancing, music and traditional athletic competitions.

·          Before heading home from Lincoln, make the obligatory stop at Clark’s Trading Post, where the Clark family has welcomed visitors for more than 70 years. Florence and Ed Clark opened Ed Clark’s Eskimo Sled Dog Ranch in 1928. Their plan was to attract White Mountains visitors with their pure-bred Eskimo sled dogs and goods from the far north, as well as souvenirs, tonic and maple candy. After the Clarks purchased a black bear in 1931, visitors began to take notice of this growing attraction as the couple trained their animals to entertain passers-by. If circus-like animal acts aren’t your cup of tea, you can still pick up authentic New England souvenirs, including maple syrup and stoneware.

·          Sabbaday Falls, Kancamagus Scenic Byway, One particularly scenic highlight along the byway is a short and easy hike of less than half a mile to see the picturesque Sabbaday Falls, a popular stop on the highway.


PLACES TO STAY ALONG KANC HIGHWAY (recommended by guy John works with)

·          Great resort/hotel near Franconia Notch/Kancamagus HighwayMt. Washington Hotel  (year round heated outdoor pool, movie room)

·          Great resort/hotel near Bear Notch – Attitash Resort  (mountain biking, mountain slide)



3.  Upper connecticutt river valley

(follow I-91) starting in Vermont at Putney at Exit 4  (known for apples and crafts and baskets), heading north to Bellow Falls at Exit 5 (largest natural falls on Conn River and is departure point for Green Mountain Railraod which has 26-mile rides to Chester Depot and back), north up to Exit 8 and take Hwy 12A across to New Hampshire to Cornish (can canoe or see Cornish-Windsor Bridge which is the longest covered bridge in the country) can then backtrack and take Hwy 5 to Hwy 44A to Mount Ascutney state park and take road to 3,144 ft summit




v    Other Recommended Drives


1.      Dartmouth Connecticut River Route
Start in West Lebanon and take Route 10 north into Hanover, the home of Dartmouth College and its beautiful and historic campus. Continue north on Route 10 to the town of Oxford where you can turn right onto Route 25A. You’ll now be heading east toward the White Mountains. In Wentworth turn right onto Routes 25/118. After 3 miles take the right turn to continue on Route 118. You will travel though the small towns of Cheever and Dorchester and then arriving at Canaan where you get on to Route 4 West that will take you back to Lebanon and West Lebanon. Hanover

2.       Merrimack Valley  Route 129, through Loudon
Leave Concord on Route 106 North Loudon. In town pick up Route 129 north through Loudon Center, and Lower Gilmanton. Ypu then pick up Route 107 though Pittsfield and then to Route 9 West that will take you back to Concord. Concord - Loudon     

or ManchesterDerry
Leave Manchester taking Route 27 East to Candia.After Eastr Candia turn right on to Route 107. Drive through Raymond and follow Route 107 and then get on to Route 102 Going south toward
Chester and then Derry. Route 28 will take you back to Manchester.
Manchester - Derry

3.      Monadnock Mount Monadnock Circle
Leave Keene on Route 101 East. You’ll pass through Dublin, home of Yankee Magazine, and then to Peterborough (recommended in a blog as a great town). In Peterborough switch to Route 202 South and travel through Jaffrey to the small town of West Rindge. Turn right on to Route 199 and travel through the pretty town of Fitzwilliam to Winchester where you turn onto Route 10 North back to Keene.
Keene - Peterborough - Fitzwilliam

4.       White Mountains

5.       Spectacular mountains and too many drives for us to just pick one or two. So find the towns you will traveling to and pick one, or more, of these routes to drive. Don’t you wish you had time for all of them!

·Mount Washington Auto Road ($27 for 2 people, great views, museum/observatory)

·Bear Notch Road, between Bartlett and the Kancamagus Highway  (MID)

·NH Route 26, between Colebrook, Dixville and Errol (FAR NORTH)

·NH Route 16, between Conway and Errol  (FAR NORTH)

·NH Route 2, between Lancaster and Shelburne   (MID NORTH)

·Franconia Notch Parkway, which runs between Franconia and Lincoln  (MID)

·NH Route 302, between Bethlehem and Glen

·NH Route 10, between Orford and Woodsville

·NH Route 112, between Bath and North Woodstock

·NH Route 118, between North Woodstock and Rumney

·NH Route 16, between Errol and Milan

·U.S. Route 3 between Colebrook and the Canadian border

·NH Route 49 in the Waterville Valley

·NH Route 110, between Dummer and Northumberland

·NH Route 117, between Franconia and Lisbon


v    More Sightseeing

·Lots of covered bridges in the state

·Dixville Notch has prettiest views in state at the narrowest point east of Lake Gloriette

·Franconia Notch State Park is 7-mile pass and state park with deep valley and Flume Gorge looks awesome to hike along (lots of stuff to see, open 9am-5pm for $10/adult, has a covered bridge within the state park – see MSN pictorial tour picture #1)

·eat pancakes at Polly's Pancake Parlor in 672 Route 117, Sugar Hill, NH 03586 (White Mts. area near Franconia Notch, 603-823-5575)

·Holderness is where Squam Lake is (filmed On Golden Pond), possible B&B is Glynn House Inn

·Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH (fruit stand and pick your own apple) 98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon, NH 03766, Phone : (603) 448-1511

·Mount Washington is highest point in Northeastern US at 6,288 ft in White Mtns. Has state park at top and world's first cog railway (3 hrs roundtrip) hiking trails 603-466-2725. Great Glen Trails runs tours.

·Newport has Fort at No. 4 reconstructed

·North Conway is in Mount Washington Valley and has great views, Conway Scenic Railroad (1 hour roundtrip) and also has covered bridges

·Portsmouth has famous houses of old architecture (603-436-3988, with free maps at Chamber of Commerce, 500 Market St.), has Fort Constituition (603-436-1552), and Old Harbour Area (neat area), visit Strawberry Banke for a great look into the history of the early seacoast region, visit Prescott Park on the water and see the magnificant gardens, eat at one of the many great and interesting restaurants in Portsmouth and try a live lobster cooked to order, take a cruise out to the Isles of Shoals on the Thomas M. Leighton (takes visitors for either a two hour trip or a stopover on Star Island, where you can wander about, picnic, sit in the rockers on the porch of the grand white hotel or swim; they also do fall foliage tours on the Piscataqua river)

·          If you like history, Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury is a beautiful spot with a wonderful tour, nice restaurant..very unspoiled. It is near the white mountains (Kancagamus Highway is a beautiful ride) and the beautiful lakes region.

·          Great foliage viewing spot from Crawford Notch, NH

·          Cannon Mountain aerial tram (recommended by guy John works with)  - has tram ride and hiking

·          Neat resort area on Lake WinnipesaukeeMills Falls Inn

·          Neat B&B on Lake SunapeeTurtle Pond Farm

·          Nice B&B in Littleton (north of Lincoln) – Thavers Inn

·          Neat B&B in AshlandThe Glynn House Inn

a.      the Autumn Colors package at The Glynn House Inn (tel. 866/686-4362) in Ashland.

b.      The special is based on two nights accommodations, breakfast, wine and hors d'oeuvres, along with admission to the Canterbury Shaker Village.

c.       Room rates start at $130 and the package is available September 1 through October 28. Glynn House also has a package for cycling, available through October 31. Rates start at $80, and include gourmet breakfast, evening wine and hors d'oeuvres and a full day rental of a two mountain bikes, and a boxed lunch for two.

d.      The Inn's location in the Lakes Region puts you near covered bridges, winding country lanes, mountains, and other bucolic sites.


a.      One tour traveled from Essex Junction, Vermont, through New Hampshire’s White Mtns (Franconia Notch and Kancamagus Scenic Byway to North Conway) in one day

b.      One tour traveled from North Conway, New Hampshire, to Portland, Maine and explored in one day





3 Days Afoot in New Hampshire's White Mountains

New Hampshire's White Mountains offer extraordinary natural grandeur from the roadside, along with the opportunity to explore mountain crags and crystalline streams.


Day 1

Start at the town of Lincoln, at Exit 32 of I-93, and drive to North Conway via the scenic Kancamagus Highway, stopping for some short hikes or a picnic. Indulge in a few shopping forays in town, and savor the views of the Mount Washington Valley. Head to the village of Jackson to check in for the night. Relax before dinner at Jackson Falls, or with a bike ride up Carter Notch Road or other back roads in the hills above the village.


Day 2

Stay another night in Jackson, and spend the day exploring by foot around Pinkham Notch. Stop at Glen Ellis Falls en route to the base of Mount Washington. Park at Pinkham Notch and then hike to dramatic Tuckerman's Ravine for a picnic lunch. Return to your car and continue north to Wildcat Ski Area. Take the chairlift to the summit for spectacular views of Mount Washington, the Presidentials, and the Carter Range. Return to Jackson for the night.


Day 3

Retrace your path down Route 16 back to Route 302, turn right, and drive through Crawford Notch. If weather and time allow, hike to one of the scenic waterfalls. Go to the Mount Washington Cog Railway on the far side of the Notch. Take the train ride to the summit of Mount Washington (dress warmly). On your return, stop by the grand Mount Washington Hotel for a celebratory snack. Continue west on Route 302 until reaching Route 3. Turn left (south) to I-93. Continue southward through scenic Franconia Notch and visit some of the scenic attractions (such as the Flume Gorge or the tram ride to Cannon Mountain) as time allows.


v    FROMMER’S The Best Places to See Fall Foliage


Crawford Notch (New Hampshire): Route 302 passes through this scenic valley, where you can see the brilliant red maples and yellow birches high on the hillsides. Mount Washington stands guard in the background and, in fall, is likely to be dusted with an early snow.


v    FROMMER’S The Best Small Towns and Villages

Hancock (New Hampshire): This quiet hamlet -- a sort of satellite of the commercial center of Peterborough -- has a historic and settled white-clapboard grace that's been utterly unperturbed since it was founded in the 18th century.


v  Information about the cities we visited

New Hampshire Moto: Live Free or Die / New Hampshire Nickname: Granite State

New Hampshire is known for its mountains with their rugged “notches” (called “gaps” and “passes” everywhere else) and primarily is supported by manufacturing (including mining of lots of rocks and minerals) and tourism. We essentially drove around the White Mountains of New Hampshire (including Bartlett, Gorham, Jackson), through the Lakes Regio (passed through ?), and the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region (including Dartmouth College).

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·          Hanover – parked on the Dartmouth College (known for its medical school) green to go have dinner at Murphey’s (saw the Hood art museum as we waked past it), we actually stayed at the Marriott Courtyard,

·          Bartlett – ate at the Muddy Moose for dinner, stayed at Attitash Grand Summit Resort (the room was clean, but the resort is definitely dated) which we took Bear Notch Road off of the Kancamagus Hwy to get there.

·          North Conway – passed by the Conway Scenic Railroad depot.

·          Bretton Woods – located on a long glacial plain in the shadow of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range (I think we went through Crawford Notch by accident due to the GPS)

·          Jackson – passed through here after driving through Maine (south end of Pinkham Notch) and has a covered bridge (?) over the Ellis River and passed by Story Land (looks kinda scary if you ask me, funny character type buildings)

·          Gorham – passed through here after entering from Maine (north end of Pinkham Notch) and is the northeast approach to the Presidential Range

·          Mount Washington – we stopped and took photos of the Mt Washington (the central peak of the White Mountains and the highest point in the northeastern US at 6288 ft), we didn’t take the AutoRoad because it was snowcapped (weather on top is very violent, timberline is at 4000 ft (10000 ft in Rockies) and highest wind speed recorded here, year-round average temp is below freezing)

·          Franconia – hiked in Franconia Notch State Park (a 7-mile pass and state park between the Franconia and Kinsman ranges of the White Mountains – Mount Liberty (4460 ft), Mount Lincoln (5108 ft), and Lafayette (5249 ft) on the east and Cannon Mountain (4200 ft). The Pemigewasset River follows the length of the Notch. We saw The Basin (a deep galacial pothole, 20 ft in diameter at the foot of a waterfall), went to the foot of Cannon Mountain ski area (didn’t take the gondola because the top was in the clouds), we walked through the Flume Gorge (narrow, 800-ft long natural gorge and waterfall along the flank of Mount Liberty), saw the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site (he actually crumbled in 2003) that discovered in 1805 and also known as the “Great Stone Face” and Profile Lake ( lake at bottom of Man of Mtn viewing site)


v  Information

These are places that we would like to revisit on a future trip or places we didn’t get to see and would like to next time.

·          Bellows Falls – see the largest natural falls on the entire Connecticut River and maybe ride the Green Mountain Railroad (26-mile ride to Chester Depot and back)

·          Cornish – see the longest covered bridge in the country (Cornish-Windsor Bridge) on Hwy 12A

·          Mount Washington – take the Auto Road and maybe the Cog Railway (world’s first one built in 1869)

·          Franconia – Polly’s Pancake Parlor and Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram Way

·          Kancamagus Highway – all of it and things mentioned above.