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4 Ways to Have the Perfect Fall Foliage Getaway

Apple picking, leaf-peeping, pumpkin pie tasting, and so much more make this one of our favorite times of the year in the Mount Washington Valley! 

Immerse yourself in the brilliant colors of fall in New Hampshire. Throughout the months of September and October, the landscape will be ablaze in rich reds, vibrant oranges, and luminous yellows. This is a spectacular show you won't want to miss. Drive through the White Mountain National Forest via the iconic Kancamagus Highway (named oned of the best fall scenic drives in the Northeast by the Farmer's Almanac), hike the trails alongside soothing waterfalls, or kayak through stunning mountain-lined valleys. The White Mountains, New Hampshire were recently voted #2 in USA Today's Top 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage.

Check out our four tips for planning a weekend getaway in North Conway to explore everything fall foliage season has to offer.

1. Enjoy a Hike

One of our favorite things about having a resort in North Conway is the proximity to hiking trails -- one even starts in our own backyard. If you're visiting and want to take in the changing leaves up close, break up your time on the trail by eating a tasty lunch. Local favorites like The Sunrise Shack, Big Dave's Bagels & Deli and Bagels Plus offer hearty options for hungry hikers.

2. Go Apple Picking

Apple-picking and foliage-seeing go hand-in-hand. Spend part of your White Mountains getaway at one of the local orchards, like Hatches Orchard in Conway, N.H. (its season starts at Labor Day), or Pietree Orchard in Sweden, Maine (about 30 minutes from Red Jacket Mountain View Resort). Pietree Orchard even bakes pizza on-site, so you can make a day of exploring the area.

3. Savor the Season

What better way to remember your time in North Conway than with a seasonal souvenir? Pumpkin-spiced treats and apple cider donuts will be just about everywhere, including Moulton Farm in Meredith, N.H., famous for its "Cider Bellies," and White Mountain Cider Co. in Glen, N.H., where the market sells apple fritters, donuts and even full-size pies!

4. Take a Train Ride

Boarding the Conway Scenic Railway or Mount Washington Cog Railway is one of the best ways to see the foliage throughout the entire Mount Washington Valley. The Cog Railway takes riders up Mount Washington, while the Scenic Railway travels through the Valley. Reservations are highly recommended.