Best Places to Stay in New Hampshire for Fall Foliage

Omni Mount Washington Hotel New Hampshire in the Fall

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You've made an excellent choice if you plan to visit New Hampshire during the fall foliage season. From the lakes to the mountains, New Hampshire offers breathtaking scenes that are at their finest during the fall season, when the treetops erupt in red and yellow plumes of beauty. If you're looking for a place to rest your head between long drives or hikes, just a few great ways to enjoy the season in New Hampshire, look no further then some of the state's grandest or most charming hotels.

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Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort
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This storied grand hotel in New Hampshire's White Mountains has the most dramatic fall views of any lodging property in New England. And it's your gateway to a world of autumn adventures like the best zipline tour in New England, a Donald Ross-designed golf course, and one of the best fall foliage train rides aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

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1785 Inn

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The view from the 1785 Inn in North Conway is heralded by many to be one of the best in the world. From the hotel's high perch, you'll have a panoramic view of the valley below and the undulating slopes of the White Mountains in the background. If you're looking to leaf peep on the cheap, consider one of the inn's rooms with a shared bathroom. Rooms with private bathrooms are available, as well.

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Holiday Inn Salem

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If you're fine with resting your head in any old place, the Holiday Inn in Salem, New Hampshire, offers affordable room rates for the fall in a great location. Kids stay and eat free and there's an indoor pool, and Wi-Fi. Although it's not in a scenic location, it's within an easy drive of family-friendly fall attractions in New Hampshire and Massachusetts like America's Stonehenge, the Mega Maze at Davis' Farmland, Walden Pond, and the Mohawk Trail.

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Mill Falls at the Lake

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This collection of four inns—plus two lodges and a Lakeshore Cottage—is situated on New Hampshire's largest lake: Lake Winnipesaukee. Mill Falls offers enviable autumn views and a convenient, central location from which to explore the many scenic attractions around the lake. It's a good choice, too, if you're attending the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, now held in Laconia. Don't miss the chance to embark on a scenic foliage cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington.

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The Wentworth

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This cozy, romantic, and historic hotel with luxurious accommodations is located in Jackson, close to New Hampshire's Kancamagus Highway: arguably New England's most scenic fall foliage drive. If it's a romantic getaway you're planning, be sure to ask for one of the rooms featuring a gas fireplace and a private indoor whirlpool tub or private balcony hot tub for two.

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Snowvillage Inn

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Despite the name, the Snowvillage Inn isn't just a destination for skiers and winter-lovers. Near the town of Eaton, leaf peepers will love the scenic hiking that awaits right outside the inn's doors, and it's an ideal home base for exploring the White Mountains in the fall. Nearby, Crystal Lake is beloved for the fantastic colors that emerge and reflect on the lake in Autumn and the King Pine Ski Resort is a good place to enjoy the views from above with a gondola ride.

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Newfound Lake Inn

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Right on Newfound Lake, considered to be the cleanest in all of New Hampshire, this inn is an under-the-radar leaf-peeping paradise. While the front porch and lawn offer sweeping views of the sparkling lake, inside the hotel rooms are cozy and clean with classic New England charm. Additionally, the on-site tavern and restaurant serve fabulous desserts and make nights in cozy and inviting, especially after a long day of moose-stalking and long scenic drives

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The Manor on Golden Pond

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Situated over Squam Lake, the filming location of the 1981 film On Golden Pond, this hotel is upscale and even has a spa on-site. Rooms are equipped with wood-burning fireplaces and the resort maintains a serene atmosphere by imposing a minimum age limit of 12 on all hotel guests. There are many different lodging types available also, such as the annex and manor house or, from May to October, you could also stay in the Carriage House or a cottage.

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The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

A family standing on a rock overlooking a valley of colorful trees during fall

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This scenic lodge in North Conway, New Hampshire, has the charm of a small inn with all of the amenities of a large hotel, including an outdoor pool that is kept at an inviting 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius) year-round. In addition to leaf-peeping from a swimming pool, you could also enjoy the foliage at Diana's Baths, a beautiful waterfall just four miles down the road.

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The Pickering House Inn

Pickering House Inn behind yellow leaved trees

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This 1813 landmark of a lodge has been newly renovated and reborn for guests to enjoy. On the quiet side of Lake Winnipesaukee, you can spend your autumnal getaway picking apples, hiking Mount Major, and sampling spirits at Tamworth Distilling. You'll also be situated nearby the extraordinary Castle in the Clouds, which is a mansion worth taking a tour of.

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