[caption id="attachment_2070" align="alignleft" width="300"]The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn[/caption] This weekend is shaping up to be the ultimate autumn weekend in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. The fall foliage is beginning to peak, with vibrant orange and red hues popping out, creating breathtaking vistas around the lakes. According to the most recent Visit NH fall foliage report, “leaf peepers are finding this year to be one of the best years they have seen in a while for bright, stunning color.” This is the time to get out and soak it up! In addition to the special fall foliage trains and cruises that will be running, here are a few other great activities happening this weekend to help celebrate the season…

Hermit-Woods-Barrel-Tasting-glass-web-300x270Get ready for a weekend of celebrating great local wine! In the tradition of many California vineyards, six wineries in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire have joined forces and are planning to open house for two days of touring and tasting for the fourth annual Barrel Tasting Weekend. This year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend will take place on October 4th and 5th, from 11 am to 5 pm. The six participating wineries are: Coffin Cellars, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery. New this year is the “ticket” to the event: a Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Commemorative Wine Glass that will serve as both a pass and tasting glass at each winery. Glasses will be available at all participating wineries and will cost $12.00 each.

[caption id="attachment_2368" align="alignleft" width="300"]Left to right: Dr. Steven Kelley, Principal of I-LES; Maia Brown; Amelia Brown (both 6th graders); and Michelle Brown, Mill Falls Marketing Director Left to right: Dr. Steven Kelley, Principal of I-LES; Maia Brown; Amelia Brown (both 6th graders); and Michelle Brown, Mill Falls Marketing Director[/caption] Inter-Lakes Elementary School recently reached its start-up fundraising goal and has broken ground for the school’s latest project—a greenhouse that will be used as a “Living Classroom,” providing unique opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning for all Pre-K – 6th grade students who attend the school. The Living Classroom will be used for a wide range of teaching and learning experiences that cut across all areas of the curriculum, including reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Lessons can all be taught in new and innovative ways using the greenhouse as a springboard for experiential education. According to the project’s website, “the Living Classroom will allow teachers to teach differently and students to learn differently, resulting in increased student investment in school and a growth in student achievement.”

[caption id="attachment_1562" align="alignright" width="300"]Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad[/caption] It’s that time already—the air is crisp and the warm sun is shining on the bright colors of early fall. Some of the leaves are beginning to turn red, orange, and yellow as the foliage season gets underway in New Hampshire, especially in the northern regions, and there are some great ways to track how the colors are progressing and enjoy your autumn getaway to the Granite State to catch those colors at their brilliant peak!

[caption id="attachment_2354" align="alignleft" width="300"]Hay Jumping at Prescott Farm Hay Jumping at Prescott Farm[/caption] While the days are still warm and the nights are crisp and cool, harvest season comes to New Hampshire. This is the time to get out and celebrate the bounty and beauty of the Granite State—in the Lakes Region especially—as the scenery becomes simply spectacular! Here are some fun events happening this weekend and next that will help your family to enjoy Autumn’s gifts of nature…

[caption id="attachment_1338" align="alignright" width="199"]Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace[/caption] Relaxing in the Lakes Region of NH next weekend for the holiday? Besides the abundance of summertime activities that are still going strong, there are some fun special events happening to celebrate and cap off the season as we shift into fall… Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace – Stroll through the shops of the Mill Falls Marketplace or just relax outdoors while enjoying a summer’s night serenade. There will be live music from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the courtyard of this beautiful and historic market that was once an old linen mill. The Marketplace played a major part in revitalizing the village of Meredith, which is now a destination on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit www.millfalls.com for more information.

artslogoNext weekend, the lakeside village of Meredith will come to life with live music, delicious food, and beautiful works of creativity as Main Street and the Mill Falls Marketplace are transformed into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of over 80 local painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters.

[caption id="attachment_2321" align="alignright" width="300"]At the Alton Bay Boat Show At the Alton Bay Boat Show[/caption] Visitors to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire will have so many options for fun things to do this weekend, choosing the best activities may be a challenge! In addition to the top-notch water activities, hiking, theater, shopping, and dining in the area, the weekend is jam-packed with special events happening all around Lake Winnipesaukee. Here are a few we’ve uncovered…

Rafts2Last year’s inaugural “Rafting for Wishes” event in Meredith was so much fun and so successful that the folks at Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire decided to make it an annual tradition, this year with their sights set on an even higher goal of making more wishes come true for seriously ill children in NH.

LoonsThere is nothing like the call of a loon on a quiet NH lake in the summertime. It can bring a feeling of peace and stillness in the evening when all the busyness of the day is just a memory, along with a sense of wonder about these elusive and beautiful birds. To help others learn more about loons and other wildlife in the Lakes Region, and perhaps get to see some of these neighbors up close, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is offering special educational lake cruises throughout the summer.