Planning a Leaves & Lakes Getaway for Fall
Soon, the long days of summer fun will give way to another hectic school year. By October, you’re sure to be in need of another break! So why not start planning your fall getaway now?
Although every year is different depending upon fluctuations in the temperature, the foliage in New England usually begins to turn by the beginning of October. If you time it right, you and your family could enjoy a relaxing lake weekend this fall, surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful autumn foliage.
The three vacation spots below are prime locations for enjoying time on the water amid spectacular autumn scenery.
The Rangeley Lakes, ME
The Rangeley Lakes in Maine are a gorgeous cluster of six large lakes and hundreds of smaller bodies of water at the foot of Saddleback Mountain. It’s an ideal destination for photographers, hikers, nature lovers, boaters, and those who love water sports, including fishing for landlocked salmon and brook trout.
Nearby places of interest include a wide variety of shops and eating places, as well as locales that are of historical interest, such as the Oquossoc Log Church, which is on the National Registry of Historical Buildings, and the Wilhelm Reich and Rangeley Logging Museums.
Silver Lake, VT
Silver Lake is located in Silver Lake State Park in Barnard, Vermont near Woodstock. It’s a popular spot for people who like to swim, picnic, and camp. You can also rent boats and canoes at the lake. Hiking opportunities are close by, including the Appalachian Trail, and there’s lots of nearby shopping, especially for those interested in art glass and handmade pottery.
Other local points of interest include a Historical Society Museum, a nature center, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, the Billings Farm & Museum, the Justin Morrill State Historic Site in Stafford, and the Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch.
Newfound Lake, NH
Called the cleanest, most beautiful lake in the world, Newfound Lake in New Hampshire is surrounded by four pretty waterside towns: Bridgewater, Bristol, Hebron, and Alexandria. Two lighthouses also graces its shores, the Newfound Lighthouse at Paradise Point in Bridgewater and the 1932 Reed Lighthouse next to the Ledges on West Shore Road.
A relatively small lake, Newfound Lake is about seven miles long and two and a half miles wide, with 22 miles of shoreline. It’s among the deepest lakes in New Hampshire, reaching a depth of 183 feet at its deepest point.
Enjoy a picnic or walk the hiking trails along the lake at the Newfound Audubon Center. Rent a canoe at the Paradise Point Natural Area. Visit the Warren Fish Hatchery and Education Center. There are many relaxing, peaceful things for you and your family to enjoy at beautiful Newfound Lake.