The annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene, N.H., is always a hoot, with more than 20,000 jack-o’-lanterns glowing away. It’s such a big deal in southwestern New Hampshire that hotel rooms are in short supply for 50 miles around. The best location of all, the E.F. Lane Hotel in downtown Keene, is usually booked two years ahead. But when we were talking to the hotel over the weekend, the assistant manager mentioned that a tour group had unexpectedly canceled, leaving a block of rooms available for the October 17 event. Even after filling the wait list, some rooms remain, but move fast. Call at 888-300-5056.
Posted by Patricia Harris & David Lyon, Globe Correspondents
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