This was provided to us by the Lakes Region Tourism Association…
Fiery reds, warm oranges and sunny yellows are starting their annual takeover of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The season – a favorite for many in the Granite State – is popular with visitors, because not only do temperatures cool off after months of summer humidity, but once-green landscapes turn into gorgeous hues that attract people from all over the country.
Lakes Region Fall Foliage
Lakes Region visitors have plenty of options from where they can do their “leaf peeping. Many choose to drive back roads to see the colors up close. Others opt to charter a boat or take a cruise of one of the many lakes, from Squam Lake to Winnipesaukee and Sunapee, to gaze at more of the views on a wider scale; the reflections of the foliage on the water double the impact. Outdoorsy types may choose to hike a nearby mountain or bike the hills, taking in the fresh air and one-of-a-kind views at the same time.
It should be noted that Tropical Storm Irene, which raged through the northeast in August, left New Hampshire’s Lakes Region with no physical damage, making the area the ideal spot for tourists in northern New England.
Fall and foliage-related events are popular at this time of year. Here are a few highlights:
- Sept. 16-18: New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain Ski Resort in Lincoln – The largest Scottish festival in the Northeast includes the International Highland Games Federation Professional Scottish Heavy Events World Championships, as well as the IHGF World Hammer Championships. Tickets will be available at the gate.
- Sept. 17: Harvest Festival at Prescott Farm in Laconia – Family event includes horse-drawn hay rides, face painting, pony rides, petting farm, food, music, family barn dances, workshops/demonstrations, tours and more. Children and families can drive a team of oxen. Free admission.
- Sept. 25: Sylvania 300 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon – NASCAR stars return to New England for this 300-lap race in the Chase for the NASCAR Spring Cup. Tickets start at $39.
- Through October: Foliage Trains on the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln or the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad from Meredith and Weirs Beach.
- Oct. 2: Harvest Moon Festival at the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner – Celebrate fall harvest with Native American-themed games, contests, craft demonstrations, activities and Native American food. Members: $5 for adults, $20 maximum for families; nonmembers: $8.50 for adults, $26 maximum for families.
- Oct. 7-10: Columbus Day Weekend Sale at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton – Shop at the outlets over Columbus Day weekend for extra fall savings from name brand outlet stores. Visit the website for additional deals and coupons, as well.
- Oct. 8-9: Oktoberfest at Loon Mountain in Lincoln – Eat German food at the Octagon Lodge, play lawn games, participate in a stein-holding contest, listen to German music, take a gondola skyride and more. Free admission.
- Oct. 8-10: Fall Foliage Celebration at Waterville Valley – A weekend of family activities, free outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, ski swap, 5K road race and 1.6K fun run, kids games, pumpkin painting, a pie eating contest and more.