September marks the beginning of Autumn (Fall) although some of the Summer attractions in the area are still operating into October. Here are some ideas of what to do if you find yourself in New England this Fall:
New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival, Loon Mountain – September 16-18, 2016.
Scenic lift rides offered at Bretton Woods (1 per day for free), Cranmore Mountain, Shawnee Peak, Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain, Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain. Most of these are running until October 10, 2016.
“Hobo Harvest Time Express”, Hobo Railroad in Lincoln – September 17 thru October 16 trains depart daily at 11am & 1pm.
Fall Foliage train rides on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad from Weirs Beach run on weekends during September and October 2016.
Fryeburg Fair – October 2-9, 2016
Attitash Oktoberfest, Bartlett – October 8-9, 2016
The Sandwich Fair, Center Sandwich – October 8-10, 2016
“Pumpkin Patch Express”, Conway Scenic Railroad, North Conway – October 21-23 & 28-30
“Return of the Pumpkin People”, Jackson – throughout October
The Ghoullog, Cranmore Mountain – throughout October
The city of Melbourne, Australia is famous for its “four seasons in one day” weather patterns. However, in April 2016 we experienced weather from all four seasons over a 2-week period in Conway, New Hampshire!
Spring The expected mild temperatures and rain showers (although thankfully few) allowed us to comfortably experience several of the area’s walking trails, flora and fauna.
Some very warm “bluebird” days allowed us to enjoy local lakes, rivers and of course, the sunshine!
There were still signs of this season, despite technically being long gone! For wannabe leaf-peepers, the White Mountains region is one of the best places to see New England in the Fall; late September to early October most years.
On 26th April, we were thrilled and surprised to have a snow day! Approx 4 inches accumulated during the morning, allowing us to pretend we had found Narnia.
If you’ve never heard of the Appalachian Trail, you probably firstly have no idea how to pronounce it! You wouldn’t be alone! According to websites, if you are from the Northern part of the trail, you say “A-puh-lay-chuhn” and if you are from the Southern part, you say “A-puh-latch-uhn”. What you mustn’t say is “Ap-uh-lay-shun” as you will be ‘perceived as an outsider who doesn’t know what they are talking about’!
Secondly, you may not know where or what it is!
The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, ranging from Maine to Georgia. It is 2190 miles long, traverses 14 states and has lots of (literal) highs and lows.
Our tiny tasters of the trail in April 2016 were in Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire (Ethan Pond) and Grafton Notch State Park in Maine (Table Rock)
For more information, see the trail website or for a comical slant on hiking the trail, see the 2015 movie “A walk in the woods” or read the 1998 book with the same title by Bill Bryson.
We first discovered Sabbaday Falls in August 2015 on some rare “downtime” from setting up the condo.
The parking area is located along the Kancamagus Highway, which we have driven up and down several times in the winter, but never noticed as the entrance has been blocked with snow. So, on this occasion, it was fully accessible!
From the parking area, it is a 0.3 mile walk on a mild incline, so trainers / sneakers are fine; walking boots are definitely optional! There are steps from the bottom of the falls up to see the top and there is also an accessible sloped option. Along the way, you see several varieties of mushroom that it’s fun to name, even if you don’t particularly like them to eat!
When we went back in the winter of 2016 (now knowing where the parking area was!), the steps were closed due to ice making them slippery and dangerous but we still got some good photos! There are no mushrooms to see at this time of year though.
Our lovely, peaceful condo is in New Hampshire, close to the border of Maine and can be rented long-term, or for vacations or weekend breaks year-round.
An overview including pricing can be found on our website but this blog will be for more detailed descriptions of hikes in the area, local events and deals that we hear of at shops, restaurants and ski slopes nearby.