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Top Things to Do While Visiting Walpole in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region This Fall

There are so many reasons to visit Walpole in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region during the fall foliage season, but we thought we’d highlight a few of a our particular favorites. While there were many areas impacted by Hurricane Irene, thankfully our region of New Hampshire, was left untouched. Roads and bridges are ready for area travelers and the ample summer rains have set the region up for what’s predicted to be a colorful season. So there’s no time like the present to come and enjoy all that the New England Fall season has to offer!

Here’s a list of a few of our favorite New England fall activities in no particular order…

Fall Foliage Colors, of course! The contrast of the amazing spectrum of gold, yellow, orange and red leaves against the bright green rolling hills of this agricultural area are nothing short of one of nature’s miracles. When making a reservation guests often ask where they need to go to see the fall colors, but they are literally all around our farm. Although a drive exploring forgotten country roads is one of my personal favorite ways to see the colors you really don’t have to leave our property to get a good sense of the season.

Fall Fairs, Festivals and Art Tours! There are so many interesting and unique activities and events going on in Southwest New Hampshire. Everything from Stonewall Farm’s Ultimate Havest Challenge (think Highland Games farm style), Langdon’s Fall Festival, Burdick Chocolate’s Oktoberfest, Winchester Pickle Festival, Hillsborough’s Schnitzelfest, NH Wool Arts Tour, Walpole Fall Arts Festival, Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour, Harvest Suppers, Feast on This Film Festival (finale to be held at our NH bed and breakfast this year), Jaffrey’s Scarecrow Festival, Walpole Library Annual Book Sale, and Keene NH’s Pumpkin Festival to name a few.

Our breakfasts! We always incorporate as much as we can that we grow here on our farm in our decadent three course breakfasts, but with such abundance during the harvest season there is no limit to the number and variety of homegrown ingredients found in our breakfasts. Our breakfast may very well be one of the most local (and delicious) breakfasts you’ll ever eat!

Local Harvest! For a town of its size, Walpole, NH has an incredible array of local food producers. Besides the pasture-raised meats (100% grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs) we raise and sell here on our farm, there is award-winning chocolate, cheese, and ice cream, honey, maple syrup, wine, raw milk, and a great variety of fruits and veggies all produced and/or sold in our charming agricultural village of 3,500 residents. Now is the time that farmers’ markets (one nearby nearly every day of the week), farm stands and farm stores are bursting with fresh goods. So bring your coolers along and stock up now to enjoy healthy homegrown food all winter!

Hiking! Although many travel to this area to hike the famed Mt. Monadnock for which this region is named there are numerous other options for great hiking as well. Besides our own hiking trail right through the 60 acres of the woodlands of our farm Walpole has more than 17 conservation areas for hiking, many with views. Or hike Madame Sheri’s in nearby Chesterfield for an intriguing story as well as a hike, beautiful Chesterfield Gorge, any number of trails in Pisgah State Park (NH’s Largest and most undeveloped state park), Pitcher Mountain, Putney Mountain for hawk watching, or for something less strenuous simply stroll around picturesque downtown Walpole named one of the most picturesque villages in all of New England. Some say it would be easier to list where you can’t hike in NH, rather than where you can!

Foraging! A popular companion to hiking is mushroom foraging and there are abundant safe, edible fall mushrooms in our area. I’m happy to give a crash course in mushroom ID and loan my mushroom ID books to anyone willing to bring back mushrooms to be cooked for breakfast! If you want to learn more, the Monadnock Region also has a foraging group that meets most Sunday mornings spring through fall or ask the innkeeper to sign up with a local forager for a one-on-one mushroom ID session.

Covered Bridges! The Monadnock Region is home to one of th