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A NH Foliage Vacation

There is no better place to be in autumn than the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Foliage season is a magical time on the lake, with the ability to see brilliant colors from all different vantage points while not feeling rushed along the way. When you join us for a fall getaway at the Center Harbor Inn, you can have an authentic seasonal vacation while experiencing the striking phenomenon of peak foliage.

When planning your fall getaway to the Center Harbor Inn, be sure to reference the New Hampshire foliage tracker to figure out the perfect time to book your trip. The tracker pinpoints the time of peak foliage across the state of New Hampshire and will provide a solid timeline to reserve your room at the Inn. Once you arrive to your vacation destination you can continue to use the tracker for scenic drive ideas, whether you decide to stay local and take the Lakes Region Tour which will loop around Lake Winnipesaukee (the largest lake in New Hampshire) or travel a little north to view the intense colors along the Kancamagus Highway on a White Mountains adventure drive.

Be sure to pack your digital camera and tripod for this special retreat as you will want to capture all the fall colors that northern New England has to offer. While traveling along your Lakes Region foliage tour, take a pit-stop at Mount Major located right off of NH-11 E for a moderate hike to one of the Belknap Mountain Range’s most popular summits. Mount Major is a heavily trafficked hiking destination with a couple different trail options ranging in difficulty levels but each leading to the same summit providing spectacular, unparalleled, panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Some hikers enjoy a picnic lunch atop the summit while others are content with snapping a few photos of the remarkable views before descending. If you are ambitious enough to take multiple hikes or nature walks during your stay with us, view the list of our favorite spots here, all of which including amazing fall colors along the way!

Once you return to the Inn after your foliage tour around the lake, take one of our kayaks out to view nature’s fireworks from a different perspective. The lake is lined by various trees providing all different colors including yellows, oranges, purples, and brilliant reds and crimsons. While on the lake, keep an eye and ear out for the Common Loon, a native bird of North America. Loons, also known as great northern divers, are tuxedoed birds known for propelling themselves underwater to catch fish. Loons have a very unique call that can be easily distinguished as they echo across the water. Loons tend to stay on the lake as late as November before migrating to the Atlantic Ocean for the winter. To learn more about this beautiful bird, visit the Loon Preservation Committee, only a twelve minute drive from the Center Harbor Inn!

Paddle back to the Inn and relax your muscles in our four-season outdoor hot tub while you let the brisk autumn air flow through your lungs and take some time to reflect on the beautiful fall day you were able to experience. When you take advantage of our Fall into Romance package, you can receive 20% off your stay for two or more nights as well as a $75 gift certificate towards dinner at the delicious Canoe Restaurant, located just walking distance from the Inn.

Sandwich Fair Lodging

Autumn is fast approaching which means we have an abundance of fall festivals and fairs taking place here in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. One fall attraction that cannot be missed this season is the Sandwich Fair, located within a fifteen-minute drive from the Center Harbor Inn. The Sandwich fair, celebrating its 109th year, is an annual event held on Columbus Day weekend and is open Saturday through Monday during the extended holiday weekend.

The Sandwich fair, originally agriculturally based, continues to focus on the state’s farming roots with exhibit halls presenting award winning vegetables, oxen and horse showing rings, tractor pulling areas and many more agriculturally founded activities. Whether you are living in the area or just vacationing in the Lakes Region, the Sandwich fair provides a great experience that brings the community together.

The fairground offers free parking for attendees and general admission tickets to enter the fair are reasonably priced at $12 for guests twelve years or older and children under twelve are free! Once you enter the gates there is an abundance of attractions to keep you occupied throughout the day and well into the evening. Grab a fairground map, or print one in advance, to plan your day accordingly. (You can find the fairgrounds map here). The Sandwich Fair offers many exhibits, attractions, and events including: 4-H animal showings and judging, Disc Dog presentations, clowns, comedians, juggling, musical and ventriloquist acts, parades and much more. Be sure to view the full list of the schedule of events throughout the long weekend to get more information to plan your day. In between events and showings, take advantage of some of the traditional and unique fair concessions like: fried dough, candied apples, blooming onions, tacos and burritos, and soup in a bread bowl. The rides at the midway are always a popular attraction and provide both a fun and exhilarating experience for all ages!

Many fair visitors find just one day spent at the fairgrounds is much too short and they cannot take advantage of the various activities, or they are stuck deciding between the Antique Auto Parade on Saturday or the Grand Street Parade on Sunday. Throughout the month of September there is an advance ticket sale where a 3-day pass is only $24. Why not attend all three days and get the full experience? The Center Harbor Inn is conveniently located just fifteen minutes away and is the ideal lodging location for people planning a visit to the Sandwich fair, whether they are attending just one day or all three. By staying at the Inn, you can spend more time enjoying the fair and less time stuck in traffic. Once you arrive back at the hotel after a fun-filled day exploring the fair, relax in our four-season outdoor hot tub or stargaze from our Adirondack chairs near the warmth of our fire pit.