Here we are in the middle of September wondering how the 4th of July got to be so long ago. It was a long, hot, dry summer – now there’s a nip in the air every morning and the colors are starting to show on the trees. Fall tends to be a long season here in northern New England and that’s just fine with us because there’s always a lot to do, things to see and great food to sample.
The downtown area on and along Elm Street will be busy tonight because it’s the night of the 7th Annual Taste of Downtown event from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Participants will be able to wander form shop to shop and sample culinary delights from 21 downtown restaurants. It’s a great opportunity to see what the shops, new and old, have to offer and try some of the newest dishes from local restaurants.
This weekend will feature the 1st Chase event for the NASCAR crowd at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS)in Loudon, NH. Always a great event that draws huge crowds to the area, this will be the last year that NHMS hosts the first of the Chase. Next year the first event will be in Chicago but NHMS will still have the second event of the Series! After a couple of years of cold and sometimes rainy weather, it looks like we should have great weather for the main race on Sunday.
By the first of October, it gets even busier! The World Championship Chili Cook-off (see my earlier blog for the details) will be in downtown Manchester from October 1-3. The Deerfied Fair, which is one of the oldest, largest and most exciting fairs you could ever attend, takes place in nearby Deerfield from September 30 through October 3. And the Fall colors will be coming out in full splendor around us while all these other events are taking place.
How are the colors going to be this year? You can ask 100 people how the colors are going to be this year, or any year for that matter, and get 101 answers. The bottom line is that they are always breath-taking. The real beauty is that it isn’t just one day – it’s a whole season unto itself. By the end of August the “swamp Maples”, maples near the bogs and swamps with their endless supplies of water, have already started to change to bright red and orange. As time moves along the colors spread up the hillsides and across the forests starting with the softer birch and maple and moving slowly towards the harder ash and oak. By the end of October, we are left with the soft, warm shades of brown that mark the end of Fall and the prelude to Winter. Many oak trees will keep their leaves into, or even through, the winter so the foliage season just seems to keep on going.
Time to make your plans to come to northern New England to see all that we have to offer. We’ll be here at the Ash Street Inn to help you enjoy it all.