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Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region

Your fall road trip itinerary for the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region.
Take the road less traveled this fall and explore the villages along the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway. In addition to lakeside views, and cool museums there are some great photo opps too.

New Hampshire continues to closely monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. As a reminder, you are encouraged to contact any property prior to visiting to find out if there are any changes in hours or specific reservation requirements.

The Ice House Museum (91 Pleasant Street, New London) Stop into the Ice House Museum for a hearty dose of automobiles and Americana! From antique Ford cars, to children’s ride-on toys, horse drawn carriages, a blacksmith shop, tinsmith shop and even a jail. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the nostalgia of this hands-on adventure.

Spring Ledge Farm (37 Main Stree, New London) Visit Spring Ledge Farmstand for locally grown produce, freshly baked breads, assorted cheeses and other offerings from local farmers and NH artisans. Fresh veggies from arugula to zucchini, and a bounty of beautiful blooms are available at the stand. Or head to the fields for PYO!

Little Lake Sunapee, Boat Launch Photo Opp (Route 114/Little Sunapee Road, New London) Much smaller than neighboring Lake Sunapee, the little lake offers a glimpse of peaceful lake life. Stop by the boat launch for a photo opp of these pristine waters surrounded by a cornucopia of fall foliage.

Clark Lookout Trail (106-228 Davis Hill Road, New London) Looking for a short fall hike for foliage and views? Then look no further than the Lookout Trail. In less than a half mile walk, you’ll be able to see Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee too. Make sure you have your camera, you’ll want to capture this picture perfect view.

Sunapee Cruises (72 Main Street, Sunapee) Hop aboard the MV Mount Sunapee II and head out on the waters to see the foliage from a different view! The scenery can’t be beat this time of the year, and with the Captain sharing points of interest, history and local lore, you’re bound to learn a few things too! For a dinner cruise try the MV Kearsarge instead!

Bell Cove Historic Caboose Museum (11 Frazier Avenue, Newbury) This quaint museum is a treasure just waiting for you to discover. Learn about the history of rail service, which is how vacations used to arrive in the region prior to the 1950s. Check out some of the old signal lights and lanterns. This museum even has some old bells and whistles! If it’s not open when you stop, the backdrop will still make for a great photo opp.

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens (456 Route 103, Newbury) Spend a fall day immersing yourself in the peace and tranquility at this historic estate. Explore the forests and beautiful gardens and walk the woodland trails. Visit during the Hay Day festival for a fun twist on Oktoberfest with old-fashioned games, craft demos, kids art projects and music too!

Herrick Cove Lighthouse Photo Opp (40 Herrick Cove Lane, New London) Three of New Hampshire’s five lighthouses are located right on Lake Sunapee, and the Herrick Cove Lighthouse is one of them. Built in 1893, it marks the entrance to the Cove. When you have a lighthouse, a lake and some seasonal scenery, what more could you ask for?

Pit Stops:
Eat: Peter Christian’s Tavern (195 Main Street, New London), The Onyx Tavern at New London Inn (353 Main Street, New London), Fenton’s Landing (72 Main Street, Sunapee) Salt Hill Pub Shanty (1407 New Hampshire Rte 103, Newbury)

Shop: Stop into Sunapee Trading Post along your travels to stock up on all sorts of gear and unique New Hampshire made goods; they even have kayak and paddle board rentals too! The Wild Goose Country Store in Sunapee Harbor is jam packed with NH made goods; jams, jellies, cheese and crackers, even penny candy too; shop and then set a spell on their farmer’s porch. More than a gift store, Artisans in New London offers visitors an experience; whether jewelry, pottery, candles, goods or books, stop in to see the fun and imaginative creations that just might inspire you.


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