From the tranquil beauty of the White Mountains to the streets of Exeter, New Hampshire is host to a number of understated treasures. The appeal of the state lies in simple pleasures, from the charms of quaint New England towns and covered bridges to Lake Winnipesaukee. New Hampshire crams lots of wonder into a small area.
As any New Englander knows, the slow approach of fall transforms forests from a mundane place to a grand stage upon which nature plays a vibrant visual symphony. So magnificent is the melody that tens of thousands of people from the more urbanized parts of the Northeast come to New Hampshire to admire the leaves every fall.
New Hampshire has something to offer visitors at every time of year. The mountains are a delightful place for hiking in the summer and skiing come wintertime. But there are mountains to be hiked all across the world. Yet there are few places that see an explosion of color on the level of New Hampshire in autumn. For this reason, we recommend coming in the fall.
Here are nine Vrbo vacation rentals in New Hampshire that will allow you to experience the serene beauty of fall foliage, all chosen for their character and proximity to the lush forests, which, come fall, will transform into rainbow seas of life.
Lake Winnipesaukee is one of the biggest tourist draws in New Hampshire, alongside fall foliage, of course. Experience both from the comfort of this magnificent lakeside home.
In addition to fine views of the lake and its forested surroundings, the home is spacious and tastefully decorated with subtle niceties. The fireplace is particularly grand, as is the master bathroom, thanks in part to a luxurious bathtub. The house has three queen rooms and a king, so there’s plenty of room for a family or group of couples looking to enjoy the fall together.
This house in Lincoln has beautiful interiors, terrific views, and great access to some of New Hampshire’s most scenic spots for fall driving. Lincoln sits at one terminus of the Kancamagus Highway, a stretch of road through undeveloped mountains popular with those looking to discover what’s so special about fall in New England.
The home has a grand living room with leather sofas and a stone fireplace. It comfortably sleeps 16, but smaller parties will certainly appreciate the two master bedrooms. The outdoor dining area has particularly awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains.
The northern limits of New Hampshire allow visitors to experience the glory of fall foliage earlier in the year. Far away from the cities of southern New England and New York, the area also sees much less tourist traffic than other parts of the state. If that sounds great to you, know that it only gets better thanks to splendid homes like this secluded house on Big Lake.
It has a grand sloped lawn that leads to the lake and provides a comfortable outdoor space. With four large bedrooms, it can accomodate a number of couples who can spend time together while enjoying privacy.
This idyllic cabin sits on 14.5 acres of lovely land in the White Mountains, New England’s tallest and most rugged range. Sugar Bear is nestled away on a quiet road between Sugar Hill (home of Polly’s Pancake Parlor) and Franconia, a town near the state park of the same name.
The home is cozy in every season. It has a classic cabin layout, with a high-ceilinged living room and a master bedroom upstairs. The ground floor has two spacious bedrooms and each floor has a full bath. Enjoy the quiet life at this little cabin in the woods.
Conway, home to many fine sights including this grand timber frame home, marks the eastern end of the unforgettable Kancamagus Highway. The woodwork really is something: the frames, fixtures, chairs, and cabinets inside, that is. Nature’s woodwork, seen in the trees all around, is nothing to scoff at, either.
Four bedrooms make this a great place for a family getaway, as does its location on a quiet road 5 minutes away from the Swift River. The home is on a dead-end street outside of town but close to Conway’s shops and amenities.
The highlight of this home is the incredible views of Mount Chocorua, which dominates the landscape. The visibility is unparalleled, so you can be sure things are particularly beautiful in the fall. Enjoy sunsets from the west-facing deck and make use of the telescope to discover the stars or look at faraway trees up close.
This is a perfect getaway for a family or small group who wants great vistas without leaving their rental home. It has two king bedrooms and a third room with a twin and single.
A new construction of an old style, this log cabin is tailor-made for a romantic getaway. A rustic complement to the timeless beauty of autumn leaves, the cabin might become a place you’ll never forget. The two-story home has a queen bedroom on the ground floor and two twins and a second bathroom up the stairs.
The kitchen and furniture are all modern, but a backwoods feel persists. The cabin is, after all, in the woods south of Franconia Notch State Park.
This cute A-frame is located in a quiet wooded neighborhood just 5 minutes away from Lake Conway on foot. There’s nothing new about A-frame construction, but this certainly looks modern on the inside.
The outdoor patio area is a great place to relax under the trees or enjoy a lively meal with friends and family. The home has two queen bedrooms, an upstairs room with two twins, and a pair of futons. Pets welcome!
With a strong resemblance to a converted barn, this old home is full of character. It’s on Lake Winnipesaukee, so in addition to the area’s many scenic driving routes, there’s plenty to do on the water.
Simple but highly spacious, it’s a great place for a family to spend quality time together amidst beautiful surroundings. The home has one bathroom, two queen bedrooms, and a room with two twins.
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