Have you ever wanted to explore the true hidden gems of New Hampshire? It’s an incredibly beautiful and peaceful vacation spot and packed with fun-filled activities. Forgo the typical tourist attractions and try one, or more, of our favorite local spots. Better yet, all attractions are within a short drive of Owl’s Nest Resort. After a long day of sightseeing, you’ll want to cozy up next to our firepits and relax underneath New Hampshire’s colorful fall foliage.
Hiking & Walking Trails
What better way to experience our most colorful season than by hiking, or walking, through our fan-favorite trails. Grab your camera, bring a friend, and choose the path that’s best for you.
Welch-Dickey Trailhead – 02 Minute Drive
This hike is practically in our backyard and offers easy access to beautiful views.
Quincy Bog – 20 Minute Drive
This trail is only 1 mile long, perfect for those who want a more leisurely stroll and a whole lot of nature.
Artist’s Bluff – 25 Minute Drive
We aren’t bluffing when we say this 1.5-mile hike offers some of the best views of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch.
Rattlesnake Mountain – 25 Minute Drive
This is a fan favorite voted by locals and tourists seeking a workout with a view. Enjoy a quick drive from the resort before starting the 2.3-mile trail.
Lonesome Lake Trail – 30 Minute Drive
Are you up for a challenge? This trail gets a little steep and rocky, but it’s worth the scenic views of Lonesome Lake and the beautiful mountain range.
Five Finger Point Trail – 40 Minute Drive
This may be the furthest trail from our resort, but it’s worth the trip. Enjoy lovely lake views from this family and dog-friendly loop.
Fall Fun Activities
These classic fall activities are best explored in New Hampshire. We hate to brag, but our locals are the experts when it comes to outdoor fun in the wilderness.
It’s Apple Season at Windy Ridge. Pick your own or visit their Cider House Café for a delicious breakfast or lunch.
People travel from all over for a taste of their classic New England cider donuts. They’re open seven days/week so there’s no excuse not to go.
We bet you’ve never buzzed through the winding roads of the Kancamagus Highway before. Even if you have, it’s worth doing again and again. It’s New England’s most superb scenic route, especially during peak fall foliage. It intersects many popular areas of New Hampshire, so no matter where your travels take you, you’ll be able to incorporate a portion of the highway into your route.
New Hampshire is unique in so many ways – one being our covered bridges. With 66 must see bridges, you’ll be sure to capture that perfect Instagram-worthy photo.
Nothing is more satisfying than feeling the wind in your hair as you breeze through our many recreational bike trails.
Cog Railway and other scenic train rides
Sit back and enjoy the ride on a scenic train ride up Mount Washington. It’s the perfect way to tour our beautiful White Mountains.
Restaurants, Bars & Cafes
After exploring all the state has to offer, you’ll want to fuel up on the finest food in town. Check out these local favorites for an amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Panorama Six82 – On-site at Owl’s Nest Resort
Panorama Six82 is a reimagined casual dining experience at Owl’s Nest Resort. Located right in the heart of the White Mountains, Panorama Six82 is here to be your new favorite local hangout spot that offers delicious dishes with the freshest ingredients.
Mad River Coffee Roasters – 5 Minute Drive
Come in for what locals say is “The Best Cup of Coffee North of Concord.” Enjoy live music as you devour a delicious breakfast or lunch.
Café Monte Alto – 02 Minute Drive
Enjoy three generations of excellence at this amazing coffee shop. With so many coffee options on the menu, there’s something for everyone.
The Little Red Schoolhouse – 02 Minute Drive
Do you love seafood? The Little Red Schoolhouse is serving up the freshest meals in town. Perfect for lobster, New England clam chowder, burgers, and sandwiches.
Chase Street Market – 02 Minute Drive
Start your day with a delectable breakfast sandwich or energizing smoothie from the Chase Street Market.
The Gypsy Café – 20 Minute Drive
Want to try food from all over the world right here in New England? This casual restaurant is co-owned by award winning chef, Dan Duris, and offers authentic, time-tested recipes.
Squam Lake Marketplace – 20 Minute Drive
They offer local foods, one of a kind provisions, prepared sandwiches, and so much more. Be sure to try their popular lattes, craft beers, ice cream sandwiches, and New Hampshire’s best BLT.
Lake life in granite state is incredible. We’re proud to be surrounded by some of the cleanest, most scenic lakes in the country, nestled within the White Mountains. The summer temps may be departing but you can still enjoy the beautiful views and everchanging foliage. Just be sure to bring an extra layer!
Rent a Boat
Getting on the water is easy. Three of the most popular lakes – Squam Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, and Newfound Lake – offer affordable, all day boat rentals. Perfect for your friends and family to enjoy with a cooler full of food and drinks.
If you’re interested in sightseeing on the water but don’t feel comfortable driving a boat yourself, get aboard the Squam Lake boat tours instead. Perfect for small groups.
Fresh Water Fishing
Cast a reel in one of our many freshwater ponds, lakes, or rivers. You don’t have to go far! Owl’s Nest Resort is located right next to the fully stocked Pemigewasset “Pemi” River.
What’s a vacation without souvenir shopping? Reminisce about your trip and future trips to come with local, handmade trinkets.
Simply Sunflowers – 02 Minute Drive
Whether it’s for a special someone or you’re treating yourself, stop by Simple Sunflowers for one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, and gifts.
Lahouts in Lincoln – 20 Minute Drive
Not from New England? No worries! Stop by Lahouts to prepare you and your family for the Northeastern elements. Perfect for those planning to ski, hike, or simply explore the outdoors.
Just L – 40 Minute Drive
Who doesn’t love antiquing? Find pristine, hard-to-find items at Just L, from large furniture pieces to small, unique trinkets.
Littleton Coop – 40 Minute Drive
Shop this adorable, well-stocked community owned grocery store. It’s a great place to pick up high-quality produce, hot prepared foods, craft beer, and wine for a scenic picnic in the White Mountains.
The Old Country Store and Museum – 40 Minute Drive
Perhaps the oldest in United States at 228 years old, this store is the perfect place to find a souvenir, make memories, and learn a little bit about NH’s history too.
Other Outdoor Activities
Whether you’re trying to get your adrenaline going or mind flowing, these excursions are great for the autumn months.
Explore the mountains from your very own ATV. It’s an off-roading experience like no other. This activity books quickly so be sure to reserve a spot.
Many tourists come to New Hampshire to see our woodland friend the moose. Jump on this 3-hour bus tour through the White Mountains to spot these gentle giants in their natural habitat.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
See the Squam Lake Natural Science Center for an educational, family-friendly activity. Get close to nature as you explore live animal exhibit trails and the Kirkwood Gardens.
While you begin planning your trip to the Granite State, don’t forget to book a private rental house at Owl’s Nest Resort, featuring all the amenities and comforts of home in the White Mountains.
Please note, due to COVID-19 the availability for some of these activities may have temporarily changed.