The Best Foliage Road Trip You’ve Never Heard Of

July 22, 2023

New Hampshire & Maine’s Hidden Gem, Route 153

When it comes to experiencing the vibrant fall foliage in New England, everyone has heard of popular foliage routes like the Kancamangus Highway, Crawford Notch, Pinkham Notch, Franconia Notch, as well as around the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. But these popular routes can be crowded with traffic and other leaf peppers. If you’re looking for a more serene and authentic foliage adventure, let us introduce you to the best-kept secret of New England: Route 153. 

Route 153 winds north to south near the NH and Maine border. Whether you are coming from New York, Portland, or Boston, you’ll be in a state of wonder viewing fall foliage, lakes, rivers, ponds, and charming New England villages all along the way. Not only are the views for leaf peepers extraordinary but so are the many fun and authentic stops along the way.

Exploring Local Gems – Along this Route you can hit many of the local sites that we adore

Some of our favorites along Route 153 include: 

My Warehouse in Effingham Falls

Discover a treasure trove of antiques and unique finds at this quaint shop. Lose yourself in a world of vintage charm and perhaps find the perfect memento to remember your foliage journey.

Freedom Village Store

This historic country store offers a glimpse into the past. Step inside and browse through a variety of local products, from fresh produce to homemade goods. Don’t forget to strike up a conversation with the friendly locals and soak in the small-town atmosphere.

Eaton Village Store and The South Eaton Meeting House 

Eaton Village Store and the South Eaton Meeting House: Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of these New England landmarks. The village store is a perfect spot to grab a snack or beverage, while the South Eaton Meeting House showcases beautiful architecture and a sense of history.

Bobby Sue’s Ice Cream

Indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to this delightful ice cream parlor. Choose from an array of mouthwatering flavors and savor your cone as you continue your journey through the vibrant fall landscape.

Capture Iconic Moments:

As you round the curve in Eaton, prepare yourself for a breathtaking sight: the iconic Little White Church on Crystal Lake. This picturesque church stands against the backdrop of colorful foliage, creating a postcard-perfect scene. Foliage photographers will find themselves in awe of this captivating location. Don’t forget to capture this memorable moment and share it with your loved ones.

Retreat to Snowvillage Inn:

A few miles up the road, turn right at the town beach and venture towards Snowvillage Inn.   


Nestled off the beaten track, just 7 miles south of Conway, NH, and all it’s outlet shopping and attractions, this charming inn offers a tranquil escape. Immerse yourself in the cozy atmosphere and let the beauty of the surrounding foliage embrace you. Our inn rooms are classic yet contemporary with stunning views and fireplaces available.

Dining Experience:

At Snowvillage Inn, you can indulge in an exceptional dining experience at Max’s Pub and Restaurant. Before your meal, we highly recommend trying Kevin’s Fig Sidecar martini. Sip on this delectable cocktail in front of the crackling fire, allowing the warmth to envelop you. Then, savor a delicious meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients, a true culinary delight.

Plan Ahead:

Book a fall foliage getaway with us soon as rooms sell quickly for the popular fall foliage season.