New Hampshire

Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire

With autumn’s brilliance as your backdrop, witness the essence of New England in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, discovering historic towns, colonial traditions and covered bridges.
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Program No. 10551RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Explore the incredible beauty of southern New Hampshire as you journey through the breathtaking autumn tapestry of the Monadnock region. Immerse yourself in the history and stories of the people who have made this mountainous region their home during field trips to the historic towns of Harrisville, Nelson and Jaffrey. Ride across historic covered bridges and learn about their importance, and delight in New Hampshire’s music and dance traditions.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on some uneven surfaces; optional hikes. Choices will always be given to accommodate interests and physical abilities.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delight in the vibrant reds, ambers and golds of the local landscape during a day of autumn leaf peeping.
  • Enjoy traditional N.H. music and dance presented by a legendary fiddler, storyteller and keeper of the dance.
  • Visit the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville along with the Cathedral of the Pines, a beautiful outdoor sanctuary that also serves as a memorial to the nation’s fallen soldiers.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room.
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Steve Hooper
Steve Hooper, a graduate of Ithaca College and retired photographer for the Keene Sentinel, is a commercial photographer at Hooper Visuals and the executive director of Rabbit Ear Films, where he is producing the documentary "Monadnock, the Mountain That Stands Alone." Steve also leads photography and bike excursions of the covered bridges of Cheshire County. He is a resident of the Keene, N.H. region and serves as a board member at Cheshire TV.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Steve Hooper
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Dudley Laufman
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Alan Rumrill
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