Save Room for the Feast for Your Eyes

July 7, 2010

When it comes to classic New England landscapes, arguably none is more defining than what one can find in Franconia Notch State Park, where rugged, mountainous beauty overwhelms the senses. For eight miles, Interstate 93 transforms into a stunning mountain pass where one feels enveloped by raw, rock-strewn scenery. Despite Franconia being a popular tourist destination, it’s easy to feel isolated and at ease here. In the fall, Franconia bursts with color, one of New Hampshire’s top leaf-peeping destinations. In winter, the presence of Cannon Mountain, one of the state’s best ski areas, makes it a no-brainer, go-to spot for New Englanders after a big storm. But arguably the best time to enjoy what Franconia has to offer is in summer, the calm before the autumn storm when the tranquility of the town’s residents and their guests matches the soothing nature of its natural attractions.

The North Country Chamber Players present the 32d annual White Mountain Music Festival ($20 for single show general admission, $80 for all five sessions) starting Saturday. The six-weekend slate of classical music will be performed at various venues in the area.