Location, Location, Vacation: October Edition

Autumn's here! And so is a list of local activities curated just for you. 

Corn Maze

Beans and Greens | Gilford, NH

Beans and Greens | Gilford, NH

Open daily! For over 15 years Beans and Greens has offered one of central New Hampshire's best known corn mazes. It's corn maze is designed for difficulty and typically takes about an hour to navigate through the endless turns, bridges and dead-ends. They also have scavenger hunts and games, and for all of you looking for an added thrill, it's a HAUNTED maze on weekend nights!


Apple Picking

DeVylder Farm | Wolfeboro, NH

DeVylder Farm | Wolfeboro, NH

A quintessential New England experience! Head over to DeVylder Farm in Wolfeboro for apple-picking! They also have mums and pumpkins; it's a one-stop shop for all your outdoor Autumn decorating!


Moonlight Zip Tour

Gunstock Mountain Resort | Gilford, NH

Gunstock Mountain Resort | Gilford, NH

This isn’t your average Night Ziptour—we’ve packed in extra fun to make a night of it! Your time at the top of the mountain will include drinks and appetizers from 5:00-6:00pm. Enjoy music and fun yard games such as Corn Hole and Giant Jenga from 5:00-6:45pm. Once the sun sets, we will embark on our adventure down the mountain, ziplining at high speeds overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Ossipee and White Mountain ranges! 

Upon our arrival at the base of the mountain, we will complete the evening with a bonfire and s’mores. Only 20 spots available for each tour, be sure to reserve your spot!


Hiking

Sunrise over Lake Winni

Sunrise over Lake Winni

There's no foliage like New England foliage! Make the most of October by sampling these top-rated hikes here in the lakes region.

Mount Morgan (with Mount Percival Loop)
Mount Morgan Trail is a 1.6 mile point-to-point trail located near Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. The trail is good for all skill levels, and offers a quick trip with a view! Another option is the loop with Mount Percival, total of 4.8 miles. One of the most popular hikes in the lakes region, this moderate loop hike over both mountains provides excellent views of the north and the south. To the north you can view Sandwich Mountain and some of the White Mountains. To the south lies an amazing view of Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee. This hike also offers the option to experience ladders and caves—what fun! 

West Rattlesnake Mountain
This very scenic hike leads up a mile-long trail to open, pink granite outcrops with twisted pine trees that overlook the island-speckled body of Squam Lake. (The actual summit of the mountain is a few hundred feet to the north in the woods along the Ridge Trail.) The 3.1-mile loop trail is good for all skill levels, and the sweeping view from West Rattlesnake is classic New Hampshire, encompassing Squam Lake, bald eagle roosts, and mountains in the distance. While the views from the open outcrops are reason enough to visit, the forest below the steep ledges is special as well. The dripping overhangs right below the cliffs support a variety of moisture-laden mosses and lichens. Lower down, a mix of medium-size trees grow among the mossy boulders of the talus slope. The area is rich in biodiversity and rare plants, and is a favorite hike for horticulture enthusiasts. The land is owned by the University of New Hampshire, and the trails are managed by the Squam Lakes Association. 

Mount Major
Located in Alton, just 7 miles south of Ellacoya State Park, a short hike up Mt. Major (1,785 feet) provides spectacular panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. This hike leads up to Mt. Major State Forest which is in the Belknap Range. It's a perfect half-day hike whether you are 5 years old or 65 years old; a first time hiker or an experienced peak bagger during any season.


Halloween Masquerade Ball

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October 21: 6-9pm
Join us in full costume cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington! Live music, dancing and buffet dinner is included. Costume competition with prizes!