On a crispy autumn Saturday morning, 9/27, 51 members and friends of Yee Fung Toy left Boston Chinatown and traveled to the White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire for a fall foliage tour. The three-hour bus trip took the group to the town of Woodstock, NH, for lunch. Then the group arrived at Franconia Notch State Park and visited the Flume. The Flume is a natural gorge with walls that rise to 70 to 90 feet high and are 12 to 20 feet apart. Streams and waterfalls cut through the gorge with man-made stairs and paths running along it. A walking tour is about two miles long that begins and ends at the Flume Visitor’s Center.
Next the group arrived at the base of Cannon Mountain where we boarded the aerial tram to the summit. The aerial tram is an 80-passenger cable car bringing visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in under ten minutes. On a clear day, one can see the mountains of four states and Canada.
Leaving Cannon Mountain, we headed to our hotel, the Beacon Resort at Lincoln, NH. There we joined another group of 70 plus people from Boston Chinatown for an all you can eat lobster and roast beef dinner. A surprise for us was the open bar provided by the resort prior to the dinner. After dinner, many people retired to their rooms but many went to the hotel lounge where an Elvis impersonator performed. The show was to last an hour, but because of the engaging audience, the impersonator performed for two and a half hours.
Next morning, many people from both groups participated in a dance/exercise class followed by an all you can eat breakfast buffet. Our group then traveled to Crawford Notch State Park. There at the base of Mount Washington and in front of the infamous Mount Washington Hotel, our group stopped for some photos, actually many photos.
Next stop is the Willey House. The Willey House, formerly a small inn and residence in Crawford Notch, is the site of a landslide that claimed nine lives in August of 1826. Though the surrounding area was strewn with boulders and debris, the Willey House stood unharmed. Surrounded by the panorama of Crawford Notch, the site has picnicking areas nearby, along with plenty of hiking trails and camp grounds.
Our next stop is the village of North Conway for lunch. North Conway Village is in the heart of Mt. Washington Valley and is home to nearly one hundred stores, fine art galleries and factory outlets. One can shop for clothing, artwork, outdoor and mountaineering equipment, NH-made gifts and crafts, and gourmet gadgetry.
Settler’s Green is our next destination. This place offers outlet shopping at 60 national brand name outlet stores and specialty shops. Only two hours of shopping were allowed as we still had three to four hours of traveling ahead for the trip back home.
As we headed home, our bus took the route of Kancamagus Highway. It is a 34.5 mile scenic drive that cuts through the White Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. The scenic highway is well known for one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country. Again many photos were taking at the scenic view area.
During the bus trip home, instead of everyone falling asleep as expected, our women’s group organized games that got everyone involved. There were plenty of laughing, singing, and winning of prizes. Before we knew it, we were in Boston getting off the bus. The group ended the trip with a fabulous dinner at the Best No. One Restaurant in Chinatown.