This Fall Experience the Colors of New Hampshire Off the Beaten Path

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The air is starting to feel cool and the leaves in some parts of New Hampshire are already showing a hint that fall is on its' way. The Granite State offers many ways to experience the season off the beaten path whether through a hike, a drive, or a weekend stay. A foliage leaf peeking excursion can also be combined with a visit to one of the many state's attractions. New Hampshire in the fall bursts with the colors of nature and adventurous activities to keep the entire family busy.

The air is starting to feel cool and the leaves in some parts of New Hampshire are already showing a hint that fall is on its way. While we have had our fill of a rainy summer, the approach of the fall foliage season provides a reason to step outside and experience New Hampshire's fall colors. The Granite State offers many ways to experience the season off the beaten path whether through a hike, a drive, or a weekend stay. A foliage leaf peeking excursion can also be combined with a visit to one of the many state's attractions. New Hampshire in the fall bursts with the colors of nature and adventurous activities to keep the entire family busy.

New Hampshire's foliage season runs roughly from mid-September to mid-October, but this varies widely depending on weather, topography and geography. As the season begins, swamp maples surrounding some ponds and lakes may have already turn a fiery red, and the deciduous trees of northern New Hampshire may have already begun their transformation. Columbus Day Weekend is often the focal point of fall foliage excursions, but the White Mountains can present earlier colors.

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:

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, so why not take a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington and let the captains do the driving (and save the gas). The big lake has amazing color and the juxtaposition of the water and sky can be breathtaking. Starting Sunday, September 27, the Mount will offer Fall Foliage Dinner Cruises from 4:30 to 7 p.m. each Sunday through mid-October. The cruise departs from Weirs Beach, boarding at 4 p.m. Cost is adults: $43, children: $23 and a family pass is available for $109 (2 Adults and 2 Children). For more information visit http://www.cruisenh.com or call 888-843-6686.

SPEND A WEEKEND ENJOYING THE SEASON
Purity Spring Resort offers a fall foliage package September 7 through October 17 including lodging, breakfast, kayaking and canoeing, and other resort amenities. Local activities include apple picking, country fairs, a corn maze, shopping, and walks on the NH Audubon trails. For more information visit: http://purityspring.com/packages/fall-foliage-package.php or call 1-800-373-3754.

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 Cog Railway that chugs up Mount Washington from its base in Bretton Woods.

For a different aerial view, take the sky ride to get a bird's eye view of fall foliage. Ski mountains in the area offer trips on their chair lifts and gondolas to the tops of their mountains, where the views can be simply spectacular. Consider the Loon Mountain Gondola in Lincoln; the Wildcat Mountain Gondola in Jackson, and the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia.

For more information visit http://www.visitwhitemountains.com or call 603-745-8720.

VIEW A LITTLE INDOOR COLOR
The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester provides a reason to step inside to experience the colors and textures in their featured exhibits. Turning Wood Into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, is on display through September 27, 2009 and features 65 exquisitely crafted objects from one of the world's foremost collections of contemporary lathe-turned wood and highlights the aesthetic achievements in this medium. Spotlight New England: Gary Haven Smith and Gerald Auten is also on view through September 13, and features art by these two prominent New England artists. Opening September 26 is Evolution of a Shared Vision: The David and Barbara Stahl Collection, which features an extraordinary collection of prints and drawings, carefully assembled over a 50-year period by these two long-time New Hampshire residents. For more information visit http://www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, ext. 108.

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 all directions.

To complement the brilliant fall foliage, Waterville Valley's Town Square is hosting a Fall Carnival Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2009. The weekend will feature a variety of family activities including free outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, carnival rides and more. A Black & Blue Trail Smashers Ski swap will be held Saturday. On Sunday, a 5K-road race and an eating contest will be held. The hotels of Waterville Valley Resort will offer a package deal that includes two nights lodging, $50 in Town Square bucks, and Summer Unlimited activities starting at $63 per person, per night based on quad-occupancy. Or, enjoy the 20th Annual Chowderfest on Saturday October 3, 2009 (12 to noon) as local restaurants bring their chowders to booths at Town Square in hopes of winning the coveted prize of "Best Tasting Chowder". For more information, visit http://www.visitwatervillevalley.com or call 800-GO-VALLEY.

For a full a list of events, deals and travel ideas in New Hampshire log on to http://karnotrippicks.com.

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