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Autumn Fun!

Great shopping, events, entertainment and more awaits during the Fall season in the NH Lakes Region!

Come Catch the Glow - Outdoor Activities in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Outdoor Adventures

Looking to get out and catch the natural beauty of the Lakes Region? Lace up your hikers and get going!

Come Catch the Glow - Holiday shopping near Meredith NH

Local Shopping

With specific item in mind or just looking for something you've never seen before... the Lakes Region is the place!

Get Lost in a Corn Maze!

Where will you begin?

Autumn is the perfect time to take in a fun farm adventure at many of our beautiful Lakes Region farms! Pick up a pumpkin and a bag of apples, and while you’re there,get lost in one of our region’s amazing corn mazes! When the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, the farmers carve intricate pathways through their fields and let visitors make their way through finding adventure along the way… and keep an eye out as Halloween approaches as many of our local corn mazes get a bit spoooooooky!

Beans and Greens Farm in Gilford, NH

Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton, NH

Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH

Collins Farm in Bath, NH

Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH

Lavoies Farm in Hollis, NH

Lull Farm in Hollis, NH

Elwood Orchards in Londonderry, NH

Moulton Farm in Meredith, NH

Sherman Farm in Center Conway, NH

Trombly Gardens in Milford, NH

Washburn’s Windy Hill Orchard in Greenville, NH



Culinary Adventures

Taste the variety of seasonal menus and special flavors offered only this time of the year.

Enjoy butternut squash lasagna at T-BONES Great American Eatery, indoor or outdoor fireside dining at Hector’s Fine Food & Spirits, homemade chocolate or ice cream at Kellerhaus, delicious chowder at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery. 405 Pub & Grill features daily specials including Dave’s chicken pot pie.

You can start your day of adventure with breakfast at Cafe Deja Vu or Water Street Cafe off the beaten path. And Annie’s Cafe is a great place to pick up breakfast or lunch and take it with you to enjoy along your travels.

Want to stay close by? Fire up the grill and cook at home with some specialty meats from The Wine’ing Butcher in Gilford or Meredith. Lakeside Famous Roast Beef offers takeout & delivery voted the best pizza in the Lakes Region.

Shopping Trail

Enjoy the scenic lakes region and do some shopping too! 

Visit your favorite retail store or discover a unique new shop. It’s not too early to start your holiday gift buying.

You can design a one of a kind piece of jewelry at All My Life Jewelers, then wander down to explore New Leaf, The Studio or Laconia Antique Center.

Spending more time at home? Spark a winter remodel with a visit to Cyr Kitchen & Bath Design Center Showroom.

Visit Tanger Outlets for tons of savings. Lakes Region Party & Gifts has all your party supplies, cake decorating and great gift ideas.

Look for the big green chair outside Gilford Country Store, take a photo then browse indoors at their great selection of featuring local crafters and great holiday gifts and more.

Make organic and wholesome buys at Lakes Region Nutrition Center or Moulton Farm or buy, trade or add accessories to your snowmobile at HK Powersports before the snow flies!

Good Libations Trail

The Lakes Region has some great local wineries and breweries. 

Create your own itinerary with wine flights at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli including canned Hermit Hard Cranberry Apple Cider in Meredith… Then head to Gilmanton Winery for wine tasting and a short walk to see the animals.


Plan a visit to Twin Barns Brewing in Meredith for some proper craft beer along with live music!  Then head south towards Tilton to Kettlehead Brewing to see what’s on tap, or over to Vulgar Brewing Company in Franklin for craft beer and artisanal pizza.

Grab your bike or your hikers and hit the trails!

Great biking and hiking spots around the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

Cotton Valley Rail Trail, Wolfeboro
The 12-mile route has several access points and runs through Brookfield and Wakefield. From railroad history at the ends to a restroom, picnic benches, and shelter near Lake Wentworth, the trail showcases Albee Beach, the Linda Baldwin Preserve, and the Back Bay in downtown Wolfeboro. cottonvalleyrailtrail.org

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford
The mountain offers single as well as double track trails, with all levels of difficulty from beginner terrain to advanced riding across the ridgeline from the summit of Gunstock to Mount Rowe. gunstock.com

Highland Mountain Bike Park, Northfield
Downhill mountain biking park offering instruction for beginners and thrills for experienced riders. Safety equipment is available, as well as bike rentals. There are even lifts to bring you — and your bike — to the top of the hill. highlandmountain.com

Ramblin’ Vewe Farm, Gilford
The nonprofit Ramblin’ Vewe Farm Trust protects and preserves the land, conserving the heritage of the working farm, in operation since 1987. Maps are available at the trailheads, or for purchase from Gilford Public Library. Bikers may access trails from the Boyd Hill Road trailhead.

Winnipesaukee River Trail, Franklin
This five-mile trail parallels the Winnipesaukee River and passes a historic covered bridge, mill ruins and remaining portions of their dams. The trail is open to all non-motorized users and runs from Franklin to Northfield. winnirivertrail.org

WOW Trail, Laconia
The WOW Trail is a paved, 10-foot-wide, multiuse rail trail for bikers of all ages. Parking is available near the trailhead in Lakeport, behind the train station in downtown Laconia and at Bartlett Beach, as well as at Belmont Town Beach and near Mosquito Bridge in Belmont. Leashed
pets are welcome. wowtrail.org

Beautiful in any season! Public Beaches in the Lakes Region

The Lakes Region has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country! 

Alton Town Beach, Alton Bay
Raised beach, covered picnic area, swimming, seasonal lifeguard, benches, restrooms, parking. No admission fee. Route 28A in Alton Bay. 603-875-0109, altonparksandrecreation.com, [email protected]

Brewster Beach, Wolfeboro
Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. No admission fee. Restrooms, swimming, picnicking. Route 28 south of downtown to Clark Road, across from Huggins Hospital. 603-569-5639

Ellacoya State Park, Gilford
Sandy, 600-foot beach on southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. RV park with 38 campsites. Swimming, picnicking, store, bathhouse. Route 11, Gilford. Call 603-293-7821 for beach reservations, call 603-271-3628 for camping reservations. [email protected]

Leavitt Park, Meredith
Swimming, picnicking, barbeque grills, canoe and kayak launch, Restrooms. No admission fee, no public parking. Small playground area. From Route 25/Route 3 intersection in the center of town, take Route 25 North to Leavitt Road. 603-279-8197

Melvin Village Wharf, Tuftonboro
Swimming, no lifeguard on duty, no restrooms, limited parking. Admission fee. Governor Wentworth Highway, Route 109, Melvin Village at the junction of Elm Street and Union Avenue. 603-569-4539, ext. 25

NH State Parks
New Hampshire has 45 state parks, 14 natural areas and waysides and 10 historic sites. The parks offer diverse use from camping and swimming to enjoying the views. 603-271-3556, nhstateparks.org

Railroad Square Park, Alton Bay
Adjacent to Alton By Community Center. Waterfront park, swim dock, seasonal lifeguard, benches, picnic tables, drinking fountain, boat launch ramp, boat docks. No admission fee. Route 11 in Alton Bay. 603-875-0109, altonparksandrecreation.com, parksrecaalton.nh.gov

Weirs Beach / Endicott Rock Park, Laconia
Public beach on Weirs Beach Channel connecting Paugus By with largely portion of Lake Winnipesaukee. Surveyors commissioned by Royal Governor John Endicott of the Massachusetts By Colony signed their initials in 1652 at historic Endicott Rock. Great place for boat watching. Admission fee. Route 3, Laconia, overlooking town docks. 603-524-5046.

19 Mile By Beach, Tuftonboro
Swimming, picnicking. No admission fee. Portable toilets. No lifeguard on duty, parking. Governor Wentworth Highway, Route 109, Tuftonboro. 603-569-4539, ext. 25

20 Mile By Beach, Tuftonboro
Swimming, picnicking. No admission fee, no lifeguard on duty, limited parking. Governor Wentworth Highway, Route 109, Tuftonboro. 603-569-4539, ext. 25.

Craft Fairs!

Enjoy local, handmade arts and crafts just in time for holiday shopping!

2022 Milford Fall Vendor Fair – October 1 2022
Milford, NH Milford Community House

2022 Meredith Craft Festival on the Lake – October 1 2022
Meredith, NH Mill Falls Marketplace

2022 Mt. Washington Valley Fall Craft Fair – October 1 2022
North Conway, NH Schouler Park

2022 Somersworth Pumpkin Festival – October 8 2022
Somersworth, NH Somersworth Plaza

2022 Henniker Fall Craft Fair – October 8 2022
Henniker, NH Open Air Pavilion Right Next to the Main Campground Building

2022 Gunstock Columbus Day Weekend Craft Fair – October 8 2022
Gilford, NH Gunstock Mountain Resort

2022 Epsom Fall Crafters in the Park – October 9 2022
Epsom, NH Webster Park

2022 Walpole Fall Craft Fair – October 15 2022
Walpole, NH 618 Cold River Road

2022 Concord Autumn Arts Market – October 15 2022
Concord, NH Rollins Park

2022 North Conway Leaf Peeper’s Craft Fair – October 15 2022
North Conway, NH North Conway Community Center

2022 Milford Fall Fine Craft and Artisan Show – October 22 2022
Milford, NH The Hampshire Dome

2022 Somersworth Harvest Craft Fair – October 22 2022
Somersworth, NH Somersworth High School

Great New England FALL Craft & Artisan Show – October 22 2022
Milford, NH Hampshire Dome

2022 Tilton Silver Bells Craft Fair – November 5 2022
Tilton, NH Tanger Outlets

2022 Raymond Craft Fair – November 5 2022
Raymond, NH Raymond High School Cafeteria and Gymnasium

2022 Dover Craft Fair – November 5 2022
Dover, NH Dover High School

2022 Haverhill Holiday Craft Fair – November 19 2022
Haverhill, NH Haverhill Cooperative Middle School

2022 Concord Fall Craft Fair – November 19 2022
Concord, NH Bow High School

2022 Keene Holiday Craft Show – November 26 2022
Keene, NH Keene High School

2022 Walpole Holiday Craft Fair – November 26 2022
Walpole, NH 618 Cold River Road

2022 New England Holiday Craft Spectacular – December 3 2022
Hanover, NH Starland Sportsplex

2022 Somersworth Holiday Craft Fair – December 3 2022
Somersworth, NH Somersworth High School

2022 Alton Outdoor Craft and Vendor Fair – December 3 2022
Alton, NH Prospect Mountain High School


Theatre and Live Entertainment

Amazing live entertainment is the perfect excuse to plan a long weekend in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire!

Interlakes Theatre | Meredith


Colonial Theatre | Laconia


Great Waters | Moultonborough



great things to do in the Lakes Region of NH

Fun for the Whole Family

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