48-hour White Mountains fall adventure: Explore foliage hikes, charming towns, and Lumen Nature Retreat for an unforgettable autumn escape!

48 Hrs at Lumen

[Fall Edition]

Welcome to your ultimate guide to an unforgettable autumn adventure in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 

There's a reason why fall foliage in New Hampshire is considered the best time to visit this picturesque state. As the summer heat begins to wane and the days grow shorter, a remarkable transformation takes place. The landscape undergoes a breathtaking metamorphosis, with trees bursting into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. 

When you visit us, you will enjoy:

  • Nature's Color Palette: Mother Nature herself becomes an artist during fall.
  • Perfect Weather: Fall in New Hampshire brings with it crisp, cool air that's perfect for outdoor adventures.
  • Serenity and Tranquility: While New Hampshire is a year-round destination, fall offers a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere compared to the summer rush.
  • Abundance of Activities: Whether you're an avid hiker, a photography enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of the natural world, fall foliage in New Hampshire offers activities for all.
  • Seasonal Delights: Fall also marks the harvest season, and in New Hampshire, that means an abundance of delicious treats.
  • Photographic Paradise: If you're a photography enthusiast, you'll find that fall foliage in New Hampshire provides a stunning backdrop for capturing breathtaking images.
  • Sense of Renewal: Fall represents a period of change and transition, and it's a time when many people seek to reconnect with nature.

Fall foliage in New Hampshire, particularly in the White Mountains, is a magical time when the beauty of nature takes center stage. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, the allure of New Hampshire's fall foliage is undeniable. And, if you’re trying to figure out the best time to visit, you’ll find this foliage tracker amazingly useful. Also, to make your visit even funnier, you can check this great New Hampshire Fall Foliage Guide with the dates of all the main activities that takes place in the area.

Come and experience it for yourself at Lumen Nature Retreat, where adventure and serenity await in equal measure.

Day 1

2:00PM - Hike Artist’s Bluff

Embark on your fall foliage adventure with a captivating hike to Artist's Bluff, an iconic vantage point offering panoramic vistas of the White Mountains. Here, the vivid foliage is bound to leave you in absolute wonder, and the opportunities for stunning photographs are truly unmatched.

This 2.4-kilometer loop trail, located near Franconia, New Hampshire, presents a moderately challenging but immensely rewarding experience. On average, it takes about 53 minutes to complete, but we encourage you to take your time and soak in the breathtaking surroundings.

This area is a haven for nature enthusiasts, attracting birdwatchers, hikers, and snowshoers alike. You'll likely encounter fellow adventurers along the trail, adding to the sense of camaraderie.

And if you're bringing along your furry friend, rest assured that dogs are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment.

Artist’s Bluff in Fall

4:00PM - Take a walk at Lincoln Woods Trailhead

Experience the tranquility of Lincoln Woods Trailhead as you leisurely meander through its peaceful paths, where the serene ambiance and the gentle rustling of leaves create a truly picturesque setting. This leisurely walk is the ideal way to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and soothing sounds of autumn.

This 15.1-kilometer out-and-back trail, located near Lincoln, New Hampshire, offers a moderately challenging yet immensely rewarding route. On average, it takes about 3 hours to complete, but feel free to take your time and savor the natural beauty around you.

During the fall foliage, the trail is adorned with the vibrant colors of autumn. And if you're accompanied by your furry companion, you'll be pleased to know that dogs are welcome and can enjoy some off-leash freedom in designated areas.

Nestled in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, starting from Lincoln Woods Trailhead, the Franconia Falls is a leaf-peeper's dream that you can't miss.

6:00PM - Check-In and Initial Exploration at Lumen

As the clock strikes 6:00 PM, your exciting journey leads you to the doorstep of Lumen Nature Retreat. Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains, our enchanting haven beckons you to a world where comfort and nature harmoniously coexist.

Upon your arrival, you'll be greeted with the promise of an extraordinary glamping experience. Picture yourself settling into your cozy accommodation, where every detail has been thoughtfully curated to provide you with the utmost comfort amidst the natural splendor that surrounds you.

But your adventure doesn't stop at your doorstep. Take some time to embark on an initial exploration of the Lumen grounds and its captivating surroundings. The air is crisp, and the forest is alive with the whispers of leaves, inviting you to discover the secrets that await just beyond your doorstep.

Welcome to Lumen Nature Retreat

7:00 PM - Self BBQ dinner at Lumen

As the sun begins to set over the White Mountains, it's time to embrace the magic of the evening. The crisp, cool evenings of fall in the mountains create the perfect ambiance for a campfire BBQ, making it the best time to savor the flavors of the season.

Gather around the crackling fire pit, where the flames dance to the rhythm of your stories and the laughter of fellow travelers. Grilled delights, fresh ingredients, and the enchanting ambiance of the great outdoors blend seamlessly to create a culinary experience that is both satisfying and soul-soothing.

Under the canopy of stars and amidst the scent of the forest, this is a moment to cherish—a taste of the simple joys of life in the heart of nature. Let the evening unfold around you, setting the stage for the adventures that await on your upcoming days in the White Mountains.

Day 2 - Kancamagus Highway

8 AM - Start Early Driving on to Kancamagus Highway

On this second day of your adventure in the White Mountains, you're in for a treat as you are going to see the most beautiful foliage scene - Kancamagus Highway. Connecting with Lincoln and Conway,  Kancamagus Highway in the fall is an absolute must for anyone seeking a breathtaking display of nature's beauty. We highly recommend you to start early in the morning leveraging the benefit of Lumen is only 10mins drive from the starting point of Kancamagus highway to avoid foliage traffic.

This scenic byway transforms into a vivid tapestry of fiery reds, oranges, and golden hues during the autumn months. The highway winds through pristine forests, alongside crystal-clear rivers, and past numerous hiking trails, providing endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the splendor of the season. The Kancamagus Highway, also known as "The Kanc," offers panoramic vistas at every turn, showcasing the full glory of New England's fall foliage. Whether you're an avid photographer, a nature lover, or simply someone seeking tranquility and awe-inspiring landscapes, a fall visit to the Kancamagus Highway promises an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of autumn in all its resplendent glory.

Here are some highlights on the way that you can stop by;

  1. Lower Falls: An ideal spot for a refreshing dip or simply savoring the serene beauty of the falls. The clear waters and surrounding forest create a tranquil oasis.
  2. Sabbaday Falls: Experience the wonder of cascading water amidst the vibrant autumn foliage. The beauty of Sabbaday Falls is a true testament to the magic of the season.
  3. Rocky Gorge: Marvel at the stunning rock formations and the pristine river that winds through this captivating natural wonder. Rocky Gorge is a symphony of nature's artistry.
  4. Hancock Overlook: Take in sweeping vistas of the White Mountains as you marvel at the grandeur of Hancock Overlook.
  5. Pemigewasset Overlook: Capture breathtaking photos of the changing leaves from the vantage point of Pemigewasset Overlook.
  6. CL Graham Wangan Overlook: Find yourself surrounded by an endless sea of colorful trees at the CL Graham Wangan Overlook.
  7. Sugar Hill Overlook: Be enchanted by the rolling hills painted in fall colors at Sugar Hill Overlook.
  8. Albany Covered Bridge: Step back in time at the historic Albany Covered Bridge, a charming testament to New Hampshire's heritage.

These places offer distinct experiences, allowing you to choose the ones that resonate most with your sense of adventure and appreciation for the beauty of fall in the White Mountains.

The view from the Kancamgus highway in fall

3 PM: Explore the Enchanting Charms of Conway

As the day unfolds, it's time to journey to Conway, a picturesque New England town that beckons with open arms and a warm welcome. 

Conway's streets are adorned with quaint boutiques, each offering a treasure trove of unique finds waiting to be discovered. As you meander through the town's heart, you'll be captivated by the allure of its locally-owned shops and boutiques. Whether you're in search of handcrafted keepsakes, artisanal goods, or simply a memento to remember your visit by, Conway's shops are sure to satisfy your shopping desires.

It's worth noting that Conway's allure extends far beyond its charming streets. This hidden gem has received accolades from renowned travel experts. In "The Great Towns of America," David Vokac selected Conway as one of the "Best 100 Getaways for a Vacation or a Lifetime," a testament to the town's enduring appeal and its ability to create lasting memories.

Furthermore, Conway has been honored as one of the best small towns in America, earning its place on the esteemed list of "Best Small Town USA." These accolades are a testament to the town's commitment to preserving its rich heritage while embracing the present, making it a must-visit destination.

Conway invites you to immerse yourself in its timeless beauty, its warm hospitality, and its charming boutiques. Come and explore this enchanting town, where every street tells a story, and every corner is a new adventure waiting to unfold.

Take a stroll at Conway

7 PM: Dinner at Nachos Mexican Grille and more

Nachos Mexican Grille and More is a hidden culinary gem that promises a flavorful journey through Mexican cuisine. Tucked away in the heart of Lincoln, New Hampshire, this restaurant is a true delight for those craving authentic Mexican flavors in a relaxed, casual setting. As you step inside, the lively ambiance welcomes you with vibrant décor and a friendly staff that's passionate about sharing their love for Mexican food.

The menu at Nachos Mexican Grille and More is a treasure trove of delectable options, from sizzling fajitas and mouthwatering tacos to hearty burritos and traditional enchiladas. With generous portions and a variety of fresh ingredients, you can customize your meal to your taste. They also offer a selection of margaritas and Mexican beverages to complement your dining experience. It will be a perfect relaxing dinner spot to chill after your long day of scenic drive.

Get some authentic Mexican hearty food at the Nachos Mexican Grille and more

8:00 PM - Sauna time at Lumen

After a day filled with exploration and outdoor delights, it's time to retreat to the welcoming embrace of Lumen Nature Retreat. Here, we offer not one, but two delightful saunas: the charming barrel sauna and the inviting square sauna. Your relaxation journey is completely in your hands, as guests have the flexibility to reserve their preferred time slot through a link sent before their arrival.

As the clock strikes 8:00 PM, slip into the soothing sanctuary of our saunas. The gentle heat envelops you, working its magic to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind. Let the warmth melt away any tension, soothe your tired muscles, and prepare you for the adventures that await on the morrow.

The choice between our barrel sauna and square sauna is yours to make, offering a personalized touch to your wellness experience. Whichever you choose, the experience is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and ready for another day of discovery in the White Mountains.

At Lumen, we believe that every moment of your stay should be tailored to your desires, and our saunas are no exception. So, indulge in this tranquil interlude, bask in the warmth, and let your cares drift away amidst the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Day 3

9 AM - Brunch at Polly’s Pancake Parlor

Welcome to a brand-new day in the heart of the White Mountains! After waking up in the comfort of your cozy tent or Nordic cabin, it's time to kickstart your morning with a delicious and hearty brunch at the renowned Polly’s Pancake Parlor, a beloved local institution that has been satisfying appetites for over 75 years.

At Polly's, you're not just enjoying a meal; you're partaking in a cherished New Hampshire tradition. As you settle in and peruse the menu, you'll be greeted by a tempting array of options, each more delightful than the last.

So, pull up a chair, savor the flavors, and fuel up for the exciting day that lies ahead. Polly’s Pancake Parlor invites you to be a part of their tradition, where every bite is a taste of White Mountains history and a promise of a delightful adventure to come.

11 AM - Zipline at Bretton Woods

If you're seeking an exhilarating adventure that combines the thrill of ziplining with an intimate immersion into the untamed beauty of the White Mountains, then the Zipline Adventure at Bretton Woods is an absolute must.

Your zipline adventure will take you on a journey high up in the ancient hemlock trees, where a network of platforms awaits. This treetop playground is connected by an intricate web of nine exhilarating ziplines, two sky bridges that offer a unique perspective of the wilderness, and three thrilling rappels.

As you soar through the canopy, prepare to be captivated by sweeping views of iconic Mount Washington and the majestic Presidential Range. It's a breathtaking panorama that showcases the grandeur of the White Mountains like never before.

Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush as you conquer a zipline that stretches over 1000 feet in length and hovers approximately 165 feet above the forest floor. It's a heart-pounding moment that will leave you with lasting memories of your daring descent.

1PM: Hiking at Sugarloaf Trail

As your White Mountains adventure approaches its conclusion, treat yourself to a memorable hike along the Sugarloaf Trail. This moderate hiking trail not only provides breathtaking vistas but also an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of fall colors that envelops the landscape.

As you traverse this scenic trail, be prepared to be captivated by the sheer beauty that surrounds you. The vibrant hues of fall leaves create a vivid contrast against the evergreen backdrop, making every step a visual delight. The journey offers an intimate connection with nature, allowing you to revel in the serenity of the White Mountains.

As you hike through this picturesque terrain, take a moment to reflect on the memories you've created and the wonders of the season that have accompanied you every step of the way.

Bonus: White Mountain Express Gondola

The White Mountain Express Gondola offers you the chance to savor a 1.3-mile scenic ride to the summit of Loon Peak. Step into the comfort of four-person Gondola Skyride, where you'll be gently transported through the vibrant canopy of autumn colors. The leisurely ascent is an experience in itself, with each passing moment revealing new shades and nuances of the stunning landscape.

Upon reaching the summit, you'll find yourself in a high alpine world, where refreshing breezes and panoramic mountain vistas await. This moment is the culmination of your adventure, a final gift from nature that encapsulates the essence of your journey through the White Mountains.

So, if time allows, don't miss the opportunity to embark on this bonus adventure and bid farewell to the fall foliage in grand style. The White Mountain Express Gondola promises a memorable journey to the summit, where you can soak in the last moments of your White Mountains escapade, creating cherished memories that will linger long after you've left this enchanted land.

Are you Ready to Unleash Your Wanderlust and Reconnect with Nature in the White Mountains?

Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature lover, or simply seeking a serene escape, the White Mountains and Lumen Nature Retreat offer an unforgettable autumn experience. Don't miss the chance to witness the kaleidoscope of colors that transform the landscape during this enchanting time of year.

So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and embark on this 48-hour journey through the White Mountains. Fall foliage in New Hampshire awaits you, and Lumen Nature Retreat is your gateway to an extraordinary adventure. Book your stay today and let the beauty of autumn in the White Mountains leave you breathless.

Your foliage adventure begins now. Are you ready to be immersed in the splendor of nature's artwork? Come and experience the wonder of fall at Lumen Nature Retreat and the White Mountains.