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NH Foliage Drive Ideas?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
my bro-brah is heading back East to take my Mom and aunts on a foliage drive thorugh NH (can't do VT due to health of one of the aunts)

I was just there in NH last week and not many leaves have turned at least in the so. part of the state near the MA border (and it was hazy, hot and humid before all that rain came in, ugh)

any suggestions from people who live nearby in NH about best routes or places to stay one or two nights (likely during the week, not the weekend)???

ie. good B&B's, hotels in the vicinity, etc

here are some ideas I found so far:

http://www.yankeemagazine.com/foliage/tournh.php
post #2 of 19
This is not going to be a good year for foliage in New England. The wind has been screaming for the past few days and the rain lashing the trees. There has been major flooding in SW NH.

How long a drive would these people enjoy? Let me know and I'll suggest a route.
post #3 of 19
My tip for NH foliage driving this faall is to not drive through standing water.
post #4 of 19
Agree with Talisman. Colors are muted this year---or altogether gone. It has been raining since last Saturday in a band running through southern VT, lower NH and southern ME.

try weather dot com or your favorite weather place and put in my zip 05261 for a weekend and 10 day forecast that is not encouraging for leaf peeping! sorry.

and what jstraw said too---some roads and bridges no longer exist in the Keene area.
post #5 of 19
I saw some nice colors on the drive back from Montreal last Sunday.

Most of it was on the northern and central parts of 89 in VT though.
post #6 of 19
terrible foliage year. the colors went late in the NEK and they went quick! peak was this past friday for about two minutes, then the rain and winds came and put that to rest quick. definitely don't look towards the northern parts of new england, muted colors that are already past peak.

i would be interested to hear how the color is in north eastern MA, say around the I95 area north of 128. the north of the north shore area usually gets some great colors along that 128/route 1/i95/i495 block. though you don't get the views you would get in a more open mountain environment, color is color.
post #7 of 19

Not a banner year for colours

My wife just got back from touring around in the White River Junction area of Vermont and across the border in New Hampshire. Same story as everyone else: a bad year for colours (no matter how you spell it).
post #8 of 19
Route 16 north of Conway heading through Jackson towards Wildcat and Washington should be nice. Even without foliage that's an incredible drive.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
is it any better in VT?......just talked to the bro and he's got a room at The Equinox in Manchester for the 23rd and 24th

he can now do VT and skip NH if that's a better option

(fyi...he's going back no matter what for business, so the leaf peeping trip is just for the sake of the Mom/aunts)
post #10 of 19
Kangamangus highway through the white mountains is excellent.
post #11 of 19
You may have a better shot at peeping leaves in Southern Vermont and Western Mass, so Manchester, VT wouldn't be a bad base of operations. There are gondola rides up Stratton Mtn which is close to Manchester. As far as a driving loop from Manchester, VT. Going south on US 7 to VT 9 west, to VT 100 north to VT 30 west to V 11 west back to Manchester ought to yield some leaves. Is is possible to drop a little further south on US 7 and pick up RT 2 East in MA for a stretch if there is more color South then head back up RT 100 North.
post #12 of 19
I did not read any of that but Vermont is far better for foliage, the rolling hills gives you more to view and where I live we have not hit peak yet. Just head up rt 100 thats all you need to know.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
Just head up rt 100 thats all you need to know.
Wooohooooo

Long Trale Brewery is at the intersection of 100 and 100A.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by riverc0il
terrible foliage year. the colors went late in the NEK and they went quick! peak was this past friday for about two minutes, then the rain and winds came and put that to rest quick. definitely don't look towards the northern parts of new england, muted colors that are already past peak.

i would be interested to hear how the color is in north eastern MA, say around the I95 area north of 128. the north of the north shore area usually gets some great colors along that 128/route 1/i95/i495 block. though you don't get the views you would get in a more open mountain environment, color is color.
I commute this route and the colors are nothing special this year. For that matter neither are the morons I share the road with!
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Talisman
You may have a better shot at peeping leaves in Southern Vermont and Western Mass, so Manchester, VT wouldn't be a bad base of operations. There are gondola rides up Stratton Mtn which is close to Manchester. As far as a driving loop from Manchester, VT. Going south on US 7 to VT 9 west, to VT 100 north to VT 30 west to V 11 west back to Manchester ought to yield some leaves. Is is possible to drop a little further south on US 7 and pick up RT 2 East in MA for a stretch if there is more color South then head back up RT 100 North.
If it were me, I'd go the other way round, North on 7 from Manchester up to say Rutland or thereabouts, then over to 100 and south meandering back to Manchester. A couple hour drive and scenic even without leaves.

Alphonse's area (somewhere in mid VT---I'm guessing) hasn't peaked yet.

I already described what south of Manchester is like and that runs all the way well south of Rt 2 in Mass. Been that direction (south) every few days for months now---nothing much to see at all.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Scalce
Wooohooooo

Long Trale Brewery is at the intersection of 100 and 100A.
Actually isn't the Long Trail Brewery at the intersection of 100 A and US 4?

I believe the Salt Ash Inn that caters to the differently oriented is at the intersection of 100 and 100A.
post #17 of 19
Ya, 100 and 4 by an erector set bridge. I live in Quechee if anyone cares...

Alfonse
post #18 of 19
Spent a night at the kmart base area last Monday. I agree that your best chance for color would be southern Vermont. Suggest go up Rt 11 then take a right down Rt 30 past Snow Valley and Flatton. When you get to Bratt take Rt 9 back to Benn then Rt 7 back up to Man. Brattleboro is a cool little city for lunch and walking around.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Robbski
I commute this route and the colors are nothing special this year. For that matter neither are the morons I share the road with!
I can second that, just drove from Portland, ME to Boston. Heavy rain the entire way, water splashing up from the cars and trucks to make visibility of anything in front or rear of you nearly impossible to see, and still some moronic drivers tailgating so I can't see their headlights, or they'll cut you off while they're doing 80 miles per hour.
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