Fall is officially under way…
which means that national pumpkin flavored everything season is also well underway! So in case you missed it, we featured a clean pumpkin bread pudding recipe from the nutrition plan last week. Get your recipe here.
Fall is definitely our favorite season, and we are so fortunate to live in arguably one of the most beautiful places to enjoy fall – New England.
In case you didn’t know, fall in New England is also referred to as “Leaf Peeping Season,” and for all of the visitors who come to see the leaves, they are called the “leaf peepers.” And best of all, there are actual tour companies that will drive people around to look at the leaves! Crazy, right? But hey, the trees are beautiful. However, aside from looking at the trees, if you are planning a trip to New England this fall, here are some of our favorite things to do (some very stereotypical, and we’re proud):
- Apple and pumpkin picking! This was an annual event for us growing up, and whether or not you have children to take, who says you can’t go!? We have made it a tradition and love making a day out of it with friends and family. And when you have those gorgeous trees of New England, the scenery cannot be beat!
- Attending a fall festival. There are so many fall festivals and fairs that happen in New England. You can easily find one in or near your town, but some more known ones include the Big E, The Fryeburg Fair, Deerfield Fair, and Topsfield Fair to name a few (especially great if you have children).
- Hiking. Hiking in general is fun, but when you have that perfect crisp weather and beautiful scenery, there is just nothing like it! We usually take a trip to the White Mountains and one of our favorite hikes is Mount Chocorua (there is the beautiful Chocorua lake too) and Mount Monadnock is popular as well. If you want something more low-key for a beginner hike or kids, try mountains like Willard (NH), Agamenticus (ME), and Major and Cardigan (both NH).
- Visiting North Conway and Franconia Notch. North Conway, NH, situated within the White Mountains, is so beautiful this time of year. They have wonderful mom and pop shops and even the scenic cog railway train ride (in the winter, they do a polar express ride – get on the waitlist now). One of our favorite shops in North Conway is Zebs. It’s hard to explain – you just have to experience it for yourself! You can also go for a ride along the Kancamagus Highway and head to Franconia. The mountains here, like Loon and Cannon, provide scenic Tramways for you take up to the top of the mountain.
- Pumpkin Carving! Be safe, but have fun with this activity and maybe even make it into a fun competition amongst friends and spouses. We actually started doing this too and have an annual competition. This activity is certainly not just for kids anymore!
- Visit Portsmouth, NH! We live in Portsmouth, and it is so beautiful this time of year! We have Strawbery Banke Museum (yes the Strawbery is spelled with one “r”!) and tons of events that happen in the fall like the Portsmouth Film Festival and Halloween Parade!Halloween is especially popular around here. The streets are lined with pumpkin heads, bars and restaurants hold costume competitions, and anyone can walk in the Halloween parade, so long as you are in a costume! Expect to see some very creative costumes, and of course, a thriller dance flash mob.
- Eat apple cider donuts! Okay, you can do this anywhere, but when you have the crisp weather and beautiful scenery, the donuts just somehow taste better! These are a treat though, so remember not to eat them everyday. But guess what? If you are a member of the lifetime nutrition plan, you can enjoy apple cider donuts more often, because there is a clean recipe for them in the fall version of your plan here!
Where to stay?
If you have not booked a place yet, we are listing off some of our favorite places that either we have stayed at, or know others who have (please note, we are not sponsored by any of these places – we actually recommend them):
Wildflowers Inn – North Conway, NH
The Hotel Portsmouth – Portsmouth, NH
Wentworth by the Sea – New Castle, NH
Snowflake Inn – Jackson, NH
Mount Washington Hotel – Bretton Woods, NH
York Harbor Inn – York, ME
Inn at Siders Lane – Falmouth, MA
This list does not even begin to scratch the surface of places where you could stay. The beauty of New England is that there is usually a Bed and Breakfast everywhere you turn!
We hope you enjoyed some of these fun activities to do in New England. What are some of your favorite fall activities?