Best Fall Foliage Hotel in White Mountains, NH
Here at The Mountain Club on Loon, we don’t need to go the hyperbolic route to sing the praises of our neck of the woods here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We know the highland scenery of this roof of New England speaks for itself; so does the lavish mountainside hospitality of our ski-out resort hotel, offering timeless luxury within view of some of the most coveted slopes in the Northeast.
So rest assured we’re not exaggerating when we say our backyard easily provides one of the most breathtaking displays of fall color on the planet. Folks come from near and far—including from far ends of the globe—to appreciate the autumn foliage spectacle of New England and adjacent Canada, and here in the White Mountains we’re right smack dab in the heart of it. Join us at The Mountain Club on Loon for “leaf-peeping” of the finest order—but don’t delay, as the peak season for fall colors is getting underway right now!
Fall Colors in the White Mountains
There’s still a fair amount scientists don’t know about the biological reasons behind fall colors, but the basic story is clear: As day length shortens, deciduous trees begin phasing out production of the primary photosynthesizing pigment in their leaves, chlorophyll, which is responsible for the green color of spring and summer foliage. As this happens, the colors of other leaf pigments—including those such as carotenoids that have been present throughout the growing season, only masked by chlorophyll, as well as anthocyanins specially produced in autumn—are expressed ahead of the leaves dropping for winter. Thus we get the delightfully vibrant fall tones of red, yellow, orange, and purple.
The northeastern U.S. has the inherent natural ingredients to produce above-and-beyond fall color, including a temperate climate that commonly promotes sunny days and crisp nights in the autumn as well as a great variety of hardwood trees and shrubs, from sugar maples to beeches. And here in the White Mountains, we get to enjoy an especially elongated fall-color show because of our broad range of elevation: from valley floors to the high shoulders of New England’s loftiest mountains.
Our fall colors tend to peak in October, so now’s most certainly the time to book your New Hampshire getaway at The Mountain Club on Loon for this legendary seasonal show brewed up by Mother Nature.
Leaf-Peeping Out of The Mountain Club on Loon
Spectacular autumn-burnished vistas await right here on the grounds of the Loon Mountain Resort, from the property itself to the slopes of Big Coolidge Mountain, Whaleback, and other White Mountain summits grandly in view.
Then you’ve got the many miles of White Mountain National Forest awaiting at your Mountain Club on Loon doorstep, plus one of the most jaw dropping drives in New England—the Kancamagus Scenic Byway on Route 112—at your ready disposal. That highway (“the Kank”) tops out at close to 3,000 feet at Kancamagus Pass, with a sweeping viewshed unforgettably painted in fall colors.
Just in time for the climactic weeks of autumn foliage in the Whites, we’re offering our “Rise & Dine” special on Columbus Day weekend, which combines accommodations in a King Bed Club Room with a daily breakfast at Seasons for two, a $25 dinner voucher, $50 credit at our Viaggio Spa, and free meals for kids 12 years old and younger—plus unlimited rides on the Loon Gondola, perfect for leaf-peeping!
So make tracks to The Mountain Club on Loon for VIP access to one of the most glorious displays of autumn scenery anywhere right here in New Hampshire’s staggering White Mountains. Get your leaf-peeping on with us this season!