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7 Fall Bucket List Items For Your Next Trip to the White Mountains

We do hope you plan on visiting this fall, as the foliage is forecast to be gorgeous and there is something about fall in the White Mountains that is magical. Whether you are here for a day or a long weekend, spend some time checking these off your fall bucket list.

*Before visiting, check the websites of individual businesses to learn more about their Covid-19 policies and procedures.

Check Navigate your way through a Corn Maze

The Great Vermont Corn Maze has been named one of the top corn mazes in America and is the largest maze in New England! Located right over the border of New Hampshire in Danville, Vermont this maze is challenging, fun, and a great way to get outside and enjoy a crisp, fall day.

Check All Things Apple

Year after year, Windy Ridge Orchard in Haverhill tops many lists for favorite apple orchard, favorite cider donut, and favorite place to spend a fall day. Meander the back roads of the White Mountains to get there, and take your time doing some leaf-peeping along the way. Once there, grab a bag and head out into the orchard. Stay for lunch, feed the farm animals, and bring home some delicious apple cider, and still-warm cider donuts for the road.

Check Fall Festivals and Fun

While fall may look a little different this year than in year’s past, we do like to celebrate the season here in the White Mountains and we’ve got some fall festivals you’ll need to come and be a part of. On September 26, Settlers Green will be hosting their Fall Foliage Fest with fall kid’s crafts, a candy corn guessing contest, a giant pumpkin guessing contest, pumpkin carving demonstration, and live music. From October 9-October 12, Waterville Valley brings back their Fall Foliage Fest with a weekend full of live music, a 5k, bike and boat rentals, sales, and a live animal show with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

Check Take the Road Less Travelled

Get behind the wheel and enjoy a scenic, foliage drive. These suggestions will take you down beautiful back roads that don’t see as much traffic. Avoid the crowds…not the foliage.

Check Take a Hike

While there are too many hikes to mention that will afford you incredible view and foliage, here are a few of our favorite foliage hikes to get you started. And here are a few more!

Check Tasting of Seasonal Samples

Wine and beer samplings are just more fun in autumn. Fall flavors are more robust than in other seasons and you also get to check out some incredible foliage and scenery while doing it. Start your wine and beer tour in the Lakes Region with a stop at Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith for a tasting, tour, and a light lunch. Continue north to Lincoln/Woodstock and head to the Tasting Room at Seven Birches Winery in Lincoln and enjoy locally made wine while viewing the foliage from Loon Mountain. Grab lunch a beer flight at the Woodstock Inn Brewery, which offers year-round and seasonal beers with names that nod to local events, lore, and natural beauty. Enjoy the fall colors as you head “north of the Notch” and visit our friends at Rek-Lis Brewing Company . Peruse their delectable dining menu and let the bartender help you choose your perfect beer. Take a drive to Littleton where you can take a walk along the town’s historic Main Street, then pop in for a beer tasting at Schilling Beer Co. while relaxing on their deck which overlooks the Ammonoosuc River.

Check The Return of the Pumpkin People

For 36 years, the village of Jackson and surrounding towns in the Mount Washington Valley have been delighting visitors with their annual Return of the Pumpkin People. Over 80 businesses and homes take part, creating unique, fun, and creative displays using pumpkins and their imaginations. Maps can be found at the White Mountains Visitor Center in North Woodstock, at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, or at any of the participating businesses. This self-guided tour will be up from October 1-October 31.