Here’s a list of a few of our favorite New England fall activities in no particular order…
Fall Foliage Colors, of course! The contrast of the amazing spectrum of gold, yellow, orange and red leaves against the bright green rolling hills of this agricultural area are nothing short of one of nature's miracles. When making a reservation guests often ask where they need to go to see the fall colors, but they are literally all around our farm. Although a drive exploring forgotten country roads is one of my personal favorite ways to see the colors you really don't have to leave our property to get a good sense of the season.
Apples, Apples, Apples! Our neighbors at Alyson's Orchard grow nearly 100 varieties of the beauties - varieties you'll likely never see in a grocery store and never in your lifetime taste unless you come and pick them yourselves! Alyson’s Orchard also offers wagon rides through the orchard, amazing views, apple cider, apple wine tastings, pumpkins, and a farmstand filled to the brim with apple pies, local cheeses, and more. There are many other apple orchards in the area - why not make a day of visiting as many as possible and seeing how many new (to you) varieties of apples (and apple related products) you can discover?
Stonewall Farm’s Ultimate Havest Challenge (think Highland Games farm style), Langdon’s Fall Festival, Burdick Chocolate's Oktoberfest, Winchester Pickle Festival, Hillsborough's Schnitzelfest, NH Wool Arts Tour, Walpole Fall Arts Festival, Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour, Harvest Suppers, Feast on This Film Festival (finale to be held at our NH bed and breakfast this year), Jaffrey's Scarecrow Festival, Walpole Library Annual Book Sale, and Keene NH's Pumpkin Festival to name a few.
our decadent three course breakfasts, but with such abundance during the harvest season there is no limit to the number and variety of homegrown ingredients found in our breakfasts. Our breakfast may very well be one of the most local (and delicious) breakfasts you’ll ever eat!
Hiking! Although many travel to this area to hike the famed Mt. Monadnock for which this region is named there are numerous other options for great hiking as well. Besides our own hiking trail right through the 60 acres of the woodlands of our farm Walpole has more than 17 conservation areas for hiking, many with views. Or hike Madame Sheri’s in nearby Chesterfield for an intriguing story as well as a hike, beautiful Chesterfield Gorge, any number of trails in Pisgah State Park (NH’s Largest and most undeveloped state park), Pitcher Mountain, Putney Mountain for hawk watching, or for something less strenuous simply stroll around picturesque downtown Walpole named one of the most picturesque villages in all of New England. Some say it would be easier to list where you can’t hike in NH, rather than where you can!
Covered Bridges! The Monadnock Region is home to one of the greatest concentrations of covered bridges in the state. We're also an easy, picturesque drive from the Windsor, VT-Cornish, NH covered bridge said to be the longest covered bridge in America. Take a leisurely drive and see how many you can find!
Wine tasting at Walpole's Own Walpole Mountain View Winery! Wine tastings are held every Saturday 11am-6pm or by appointment and a great way to spend the afternoon.The view alone is worth the trip to this winery!
The above is by no means a comprehensive list of activities, more ideas for local activities can be found on our attractions page or discussed with us personally during your stay. We have lived in the Monadnock Region for over 30 years. Let our personal experience be your guide to exploring this beautiful region. And of course if you have an area favorite, we’d love to hear about it! Hope to see you at our NH Country Inn soon!
P.S.: A note about “peak” foliage… Often guests place an awful lot of emphasis on trying to stay when they think the ultimate "peak" foliage color will be. Peak, usually just after Columbus Day in our area, is very hard to predict as it depends upon many factors controlled solely by Mother Nature, but in my humble opinion, the whole season is honestly some of my favorite time of the entire year. The days tend to be dry and warm, the evenings crisp and the warmth from the late afternoon sun… simply heavenly. For me it's as much about the temperature, activities and the “feel” of the season as it is the colors of the leaves. I honestly think travelers will enjoy themselves more if they come to enjoy the foliage "season" rather than simply seeking the “peak”.
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