From the Mountains to the Lakes, New Hampshire Offers Visitors A Variety of Ways to See Fall Foliage Without Breaking the Bank
Looking for the best places to see New Hampshire’s spectacular fall foliage and save money? Check out these fun and wallet-friendly travel destinations. Within this small state, there are a number of ways to witness the natural phenomenon of the leaves changing from green to hues of red, orange, yellow, and rust without breaking the bank.
Purity Spring Resort, Madison, www.purityspring.com
Purity Spring Resort offers two fall foliage packages during the weekend of October 5 to 7.
The Fall Foliage “Peepin Paddlers” Weekend Package includes a guided kayaking trek along the Saco River and a guided kayak tour of Purity Lake. This package starts at $107 for adults and $54 for kids ages four to 12.
The Fall Foliage Covered Bridge Tour package includes a covered bridge tour throughout the White Mountains and a trip on the brilliantly-colored Kancamagus Highway. This package starts at $107 for adults and $59.50 for kids ages four to 12. This package is also available the weekend of October 12 to 14.
Both packages include six meals. Prices are per person, per night, based on double occupancy and include tax and gratuity. Availability is limited. Guests can also take advantage of Purity Spring’s Bonus Night Special, which includes dinner and breakfast for 50 percent off the regular rate.
Waterville Valley, www.visitwatervillevalley.com
Waterville Valley’s Fall Discovery package includes lodging, hiking, mountain biking, tennis, golf, a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Snow’s Mountain, access to the White Mountain Athletic Club, and access to the Waterville Valley Recreation’s open gym program.
Waterville Valley offers a variety of lodging options from a one-bedroom hotel room to a five-bedroom condominium. This all-inclusive package is available at several Waterville Valley lodging establishments, including the Town Square Condominiums, Golden Eagle Lodge, Black Bear Lodge, Snowy Owl Inn and Village Condominiums.
Prices start at $69 per night. Tax and resort fee are included. Activities are subject to availability.
Rosewood Country Inn, Bradford, www.rosewoodcountryinn.com
The Rosewood Country Inn, a historic inn built in 1850, offers guests peace and quiet in New Hampshire's countryside with two cost-saving ways to see fall foliage.
The Inn is offering the "Hail to the Leaf-A Country Sampler” package, which includes three nights' lodging, gourmet breakfasts, tickets to a two-hour train ride past covered bridges and a waterfall, two tickets for the nature trails at The Fells and admission to Canterbury Shaker Village.
The package, starting at $467 per couple, is available Sunday through Thursday between September 17 and October 25. (This does not include the Columbus Day holiday.)
The Rosewood Country Inn is also offering “The Grape Escape” package, which includes two nights’ lodging, hearty country breakfasts both mornings, self-guided tours to nearby vineyards, orchards and country stores and a gourmet picnic lunch for visitors to take on their tours.
“The Grape Escape” starts at $149 per person, based on double occupancy. Tax and gratuity are not included. This package is available Tuesday to Thursday, September 17 to October 26.
The Inn at Danbury, Danbury, www.oktoberfestnh.com
The Alphorn Bistro at the Inn at Danbury will hold its annual Oktoberfest September 1 to 3. The Inn is offering Stay & Fest packages while rooms last. Packages start at $195 and include accommodations for two, full breakfast, admission to Oktoberfest, and a beer and bratwurst for fest day of choice. Guests who take advantage of the Inn at Danbury’s Stay & Fest package will save between 10 and 25 percent on lodging.
Oktoberfest also includes a traditional German feast, free wine tasting, live music and a variety of contests, including the Best German Potato Salad contest and yodeling contests for all ages. The Alphorn Bistro was named "Best German Restaurant" in New Hampshire by voters in New Hampshire Magazine's 2007 "Best Of" survey.
New Hampshire Historical Society Library, Concord, www.nhhistory.org
Take a break from leap peeping and peep into the history of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Presidential primary. The New Hampshire Historical Society and the New Hampshire Political Library are presenting a special exhibition, New Hampshire: A Proven Primary Tradition. This exhibition focuses on the history and importance of New Hampshire’s primary.
New Hampshire: A Proven Primary Tradition looks at the impact New Hampshire’s primary has on the national Presidential nominating process and examines how the state’s political culture and traditions have shaped its first-in-the-nation role.
The exhibition is on view from September 8, 2007, through May 24, 2008, at the New Hampshire Historical Society’s library, located at 30 Park Street in Concord. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Attitash, Bartlett, www.attitash.com
Attitash, a mountainside resort area, is offering two family-friendly packages from now until Columbus Day. Take advantage of the Story Land Package, which includes overnight accommodations and tickets to nearby Story Land, starting at $56 per person. The Santa’s Village Package includes accommodations and tickets to Santa’s Village for as low as $53 per person. In addition, children ages three and younger will receive free admission at both Story Land and Santa’s Village.
All of Attitash’s packages are based on a family of four and subject to an eight percent tax and a six percent service charge.
Conway Scenic Railroad, North Conway, www.conwayscenic.com
Take advantage of the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express during the weekends of October 19 to 21 and October 26 to 28. Not only is this scenic ride a unique way to view fall foliage, but it also includes a small pumpkin and a special Halloween treat for each child. Costumes are encouraged.
Six Gun City & Fort Jefferson Campground, Jefferson, www.sixguncity.com, www.fortjeffersoncampground.com
Six Gun City, an amusement park set in the western frontier, offers stay and play packages with its new Fort Jefferson Campground, located right next to the amusement park. Those who stay at Fort Jefferson Campground for three or more nights will qualify for discounted tickets at Six Gun City.
For further information, call the state of New Hampshire’s official foliage hotline: 1-800-258-3608