Foliage - Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee regionOctober 18. 2017 10:01PM
New Hampshire is one of the best places in the world to witness the brilliant crimsons and golds of fall. To help visitors decide when to take a tour of the countryside, NewHampshire.com will publish weekly updates on how the fall colors are progressing during the fall foliage season.
Best time to see foliage?
The foliage peaks at different times in different parts of the state. Generally, the best times to view the fall colors are near the end of September in the far north, the beginning of October in the White Mountain region, and the middle of October in the south.
Updated October 18, 2017
The Dartmouth-Sunapee Region is now experiencing peak foliage conditions. If you have already seen Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee, you've covered that part of the region. We'll explore the Dartmouth part of the region which is mostly the Hanover area but we'll start in Lebanon in case you are going to a show at the Lebanon Opera House which is featuring two major performances - and it covers the younger generation as well as the Young at Heart. In fact, one of the shows IS the Young@Heart Chorus on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the roots band Rusted Root will be on stage. To get to Lebanon - there is more to see than the Opera House, after all - you will start on Route I-89N and take Exit 17. Go West on Route 4 and you'll be in the heart of this small city. Continue on Route 4 into West Lebanon where you will head north on Route 10 and straight into downtown Hanover. Your first stop for foliage here should be at a little known sanctuary called Nathan's Garden. It will be on Maple Street off Route 10. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants in Hanover so get out and stretch your legs. More foliage will be visible around the Dartmouth Common with Dartmouth's historic buildings taking center stage. A visit to the Hood Museum is recommended, but if you want to get out and walk around, we encourage you to visit their art installation called "Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth," which will take you through various buildings on campus to interactively experience this art exhibit. Take our suggestions and you will have an unforgettable weekend gawking at the foliage and interacting with nature, sound AND music. Enjoy it!