70 Great Things to Do in New Hampshire

Find fun activities and all kinds of interesting things to do -- indoors and outdoors -- in all seasons to entertain you and your family on your New Hampshire vacation or getaway.

Be sure to visit the other New England State to see other great things to do.

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Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park North Conway NH

2251 White Mountain Hwy (Route 16) North Conway, NH 03860 Phone: 603-356-5411 Toll-Free: 800-RJACKET

No drought about it - cool and refreshing water fun

Let go, be excited and terrified (OK, a little scared) at this tropical indoor paradise. Year round it’s always 82 degrees and 102 degrees in the cozy hot tub and cool and refreshing everywhere else. Located at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH, you’ll have much to choose from for a day of wet fun. The 3-story slide tower twists and turns into a 43,000-gallon pool while the Wiki Wave Pool features crossing waves and two waterfalls to negotiate. There are water cannons, rope bridges and a giant 175-gallon tipping bucket. When sufficiently waterlogged, shoot some hoops at Kahuna Court or try your luck in the Aloha Arcade. The Tiki Tide Café has great snacks and popular lunch and beverage items.

Santa's Village Santa's Village Jefferson NH

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

It’s Christmas Today!

For 60 years families have enjoyed the festive atmosphere, the great rides, live shows and Santa and his Reindeer in this wonderfully themed Christmas Park. Be thrilled on our newest ride, Santa’s Chimney Drop. And bring bathing suits so you can romp in our awesome water park Ho Ho H2O. One low admission includes unlimited use of all activities for the entire day. Two-day and Season Passes are available, as are Senior discounts and group rates. Come within 3 hours of closing and return another day for free. It’s Christmas Today at Santa’s Village and we can’t wait to see you! Seasons: Open from Memorial Day through Christmas including Halloween.
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Mount Washington Cruises Mount Washington Cruises Weirs Beach NH

211 Lakeside Avenue Weirs Beach, NH 03246 Phone: 603-366-5531 Toll-Free: 888-843-6686

Cruise Lake Winnipesaukee Aboard The M/S Mount Washington!

If you're looking for a truly great thing to do and a memorable experience, a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the Mount Washington is for you.

The M/S Mount Washington offers one of New England’s most unique and dramatic venues for your family getaway, a romantic weekend or group event. You can enjoy the natural beauty of the lake and all its surroundings during the day, or enjoy a romantic sunset dinner & dancing cruise. Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises from Weirs Beach and Alton Bay are also a regular event, and popular with couples.

The M/S Mount Washington has plenty of banquet & ballroom space, providing the perfect fit for your wedding party, family reunion or company outing. Late May - Late October.

Mt. Washington Auto Road Mt. Washington Auto Road Gorham NH

Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Drive to the top of New England

Before Europeans settled the mainland, Mt Washington was known as Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit.” The first trips up the mountain were made in horse-drawn wagons but now it’s your car or a tour van that makes the roundtrip to the 6,288’ summit of Northeast’s highest peak. Known for its striking dominance in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains and its dramatic history including the registering one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded on earth, the spectacular eight mile drive to the top of New Hampshire offers endless, breathtaking views of three states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean with nature at its most beautiful and raw. At the summit, indoor interactive Observatory try the hands on high- tech exhibit, the “Extreme Mount Washington” experience and learn more about the "World's Worst Weather."

Santa's Village Santa's Village Jefferson NH

528 Presidential Highway Jefferson, NH 03583 Phone: 603-586-4445

It’s Christmas Today!

For 60 years families have enjoyed the festive atmosphere, the great rides, live shows and Santa and his Reindeer in this wonderfully themed Christmas Park. Be thrilled on our newest ride, Santa’s Chimney Drop. And bring bathing suits so you can romp in our awesome water park Ho Ho H2O. One low admission includes unlimited use of all activities for the entire day. Two-day and Season Passes are available, as are Senior discounts and group rates. Come within 3 hours of closing and return another day for free. It’s Christmas Today at Santa’s Village and we can’t wait to see you! Seasons: Open from Memorial Day through Christmas including Halloween.
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Also Available in the Tropics Also Available in the Tropics

Apart from an airline ticket to Belize, there are few better ways to take a short break from winter’s cold than to visit a greenhouse full of orchids. Such as place exists, odd as it might seem, at Crozer & Crozer Orchids on Burpee Hill Road in New London. It is a place where you bring the joy and wonder of living orchids into your life. Visitors are welcome into the greenhouse every day except Monday and Tuesday. Personalized service includes arranging orchids in innovative dish gardens, which can either be purchased or rented for home use (spoil yourself or give a treasured hostess gift!) or for parties and weddings. The staff is happy to discuss orchid growing with interested hobbyists. Phone: 603-748-3010.

Craftsmen in Lake Sunapee Region Craftsmen in Lake Sunapee Region

Founded in 1932, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is one of the oldest craft organizations in the country. The League was formed during the Depression to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through difficult financial times by building an audience and market for fine handmade craft. The League operates seven retail galleries throughout New Hampshire. The galleries present the work of juried craftspeople, along with demonstrations, exhibits and educational programs.
Galleries in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region are Hanover Retail Gallery, 13 Lebanon Street, Hanover, 603-643-5050.

Currier & Ives Trail Is a Peaceful Meander Currier & Ives Trail Is a <br>Peaceful Meander Among Small Towns

The 30-mile Currier and Ives Trail displays the beauties of small-town New England along its entire length, through or near the towns of Hopkinton, Warner, Henniker, and Webster. The trail follows Route 127 from Salisbury at its northern end down to Contoocook and Hopkinton, and from there along Routes 103 and 202 towards Hillsborough. Hopkinton has its historic covered bridges and grand colonial houses along Main Street. Downtown is split by the Contoocook River runs shimmering through the heart of Hopkinton. Henniker is rich in the arts and culture of the region. Warner is the home of Rollins State Park and Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum. Webster is filled with old farms and fields.

Hanover Has Charm and Culture to Spare Hanover Has Charm and Culture to Spare

The town of Hanover – home to Dartmouth College – offers a charming combination of urban cultural sophistication, Ivy-League New England village atmosphere and natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Hanover's historic, four-block downtown features more than 90 distinctive specialty shops, brand name stores and 20 restaurants. Downtown Hanover is home to nine theaters, the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum of Art. Immediately adjacent to the downtown is Dartmouth College's architecturally stunning campus. Within walking distance of the downtown is a challenging 18-hole golf course and boating on the pristine Connecticut River, a national heritage river. Within easy drive are hundreds of day hikes, some of the most beautiful biking in America. Phone: 603-643-3115.

History, Horticulture, and Hiking in One The Fells at the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge

The Fells at the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge was the summer retreat for Secretary of State John M. Hay, archaeologist Clarence Hay, and nature writer John Hay. The 164-acre estate at 456 Route 103A in Newbury includes historic houses that are open for tours during the summer and hiking trails along Lake Sunapee that are open year-round. The big draw for visitors is the magnificent gardens: a 100-foot perennial border, a formal rose terrace, a Japanese water lily pool, and a walled secret garden. Phone: 603-763-4789.


Whether you attend Dartmouth College, send a child there, or just find yourself in Hanover with a yen to enjoy some performance art, you should know about the Hopkins Center for the Arts at 2 East Wheelock Street. This elegant building, designed by the architect of Lincoln Center and the United Nations Building in New York, is the cultural hub of the Dartmouth campus. Each year the Hop hosts 100 or more live performances in music, theater and dance, along with film screenings and other events. Recent live performances have included choirs, woodwind and percussion and jazz ensembles, Shakespearean and contemporary plays, and more. Come and enjoy. Phone: 603-646-2422

Live Free and Savor

Borrowing a theme from the state Motto "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire's tourism people have created a fantastic brochure -- also available online at a pdf -- giving details descriptions of vineyards, wineries, and cheese and chocolate produces where gourmets can visit and taste and buy some more. The New Hampshire Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Trails are set up by region and location. Choose an area where you want to enjoy a relaxing country drive --winter, spring, summer, or fall -- and note the places to do your tasting. It's a great way to get out and enjoy the sights and tastes of this gorgeous state.

Meadows, Stone Walls, and Songbirds Meadows, Stone Walls, and Songbirds

The Lower Shaker Wildlife Management Area in Enfield provides a beautiful place to walk through lovely fields and woodlands, sit for a picnic, and enjoy wonderful views. Situated on the east side of Route 4A, the property is 70 acres of meadowland that rises 1,100 feet in elevation. The upper fields provide spectacular views of Mascoma Lake and valley. An expansive network of trails extend through the forested portion of the property. Examples of Shaker stonework are found in many stone walls and canals that collected water for powering a stone mill. Resident animals include various songbirds. Phone: 603-271-3421.

Small Engineering Gems Small Engineering Gems

This region of New Hampshire is wealthy with covered bridges. We have a tender spot for the puckishly named Blow Me Down Bridge in Cornish. The most famous of the region’s bridges is the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States. Shutterbugs: try the interesting viewing challenges on both the New Hampshire and Vermont ends of the bridge.

A Bold Display of a Mighty Industry A Bold Display of a Mighty Industry

Located in the Androscoggin River Valley in the heart of New Hampshire's Great North Woods, the Northern Forest Heritage Park at 961 Main Street in Berlin is a wonderful place to see the logging traditions of the Great North Woods come to life. The park includes a walkways along the mighty Androscoggin River, an outdoor amphitheater, a replica logging camp, the Brown Company House Museum, and an Artisans Gift Shop. The park art exhibits, concerts, major cultural festivals, lumberjack competitions, special blacksmith demonstrations and special events. Open year round with limited programming in the winter. Phone: 603-752-7202

A Place of Quiet, Beauty, and Thanksgiving The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Columbia  NH

The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, on Route 3 in Columbia was established in 1922 as a monument of thanksgiving by the Oblates Order in northern New Hampshire. Dozens of beautiful marble and granite monuments adorn the grounds. The shrine offers a nice atmosphere for meditation and prayer. The beautiful artwork can be found throughout the two dozen acres of grounds. Lots of room for sightseeing and walking. Mass is conducted Sundays from May through October.

ATV With Me

Coos County of northern New Hampshire wears a web of interconnected ATV trails among its towering pines, streams, meadows, and majestic mountains. The Ride the Wilds Coos County Trail system welcomes ATV riders to the back trails of Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Pittsgburg, Colebrook, Lancaster and points in between. Many local ATV clubs cooperate to maintain trails; there’s lots of support on all sides.

Axe Me About It

Have you ever felt like flinging a 3.5-pound, double-bladed axe? Maybe even not at a computer? Guests of Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield now can do just that, if they take a notion. Bobbi-Sue Baker, director of activities at the resort, will set you up with the axe and a target and even teach you a bit of axe-throwing technique before you let fly. Throwers are welcome to holler a slogan as they launch the thing. Big stress reliever, according to participants. You get a practice throw and three throws that count for points. For ages 15 and older. T-shirts and hats proclaiming “Get Axed!” in the gift shop can establish your bona fides.

Bird Watchers Paradise Bird Watching in Great North Woods of New Hampshire

The Great North Woods of New Hampshire contains five habitats for bird watching. The open lakes, ponds, and rivers of the northern waterways have nesting water birds like the loon. Freshwater marshland supports warblers, olive flycatchers, and rusty blackbirds. Grasslands kept clear by grazing animals or fires have the eastern meadowlark and bobolink. Mixed forestland supports warblers. The Great Northern Boreal Forest is a unique habitat and has rare birds like the spruce grouse and Canada jay. Experts at the North Country Chamber of Commerce in Colebrook are ready to offer advice, referrals, and assistance to bird watchers. Phone: 603- 237-8939.

Call of the Moose Call of the Moose

Northern New Hampshire hosts an abundance of wildlife, including that gentle giant, the moose. Many guests travel to the White Mountains and Great North Woods regions of New Hampshire to see moose in their natural habitat. Moose Path Trail starts at Route 16 north from Gorham to Errol. Take Route 26 to Dixville Notch to Route 3 north to Pittsburg. This wilderness byway is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast as moose are often spotted along the drive. If you see a moose, keep your distance! They are large, wild animals, and it is important to give them wide berth.

White. Wet. Wild. White. Wet. Wild.

North Woods Rafting, located on 877 Milan Road (Route 16) in Milan, calls its adventures “a wicked good time for the whole family.” The company hosts guided whitewater rafting and inflatable kayak tours, canoe & kayak rentals, and shuttles. The company also understands that hard-core adventure and death-defying river trips are not necessarily for everyone. It provides a variety of rafting programs for the young, old, brave and timid, even including children as young as 2 years old. Float trips, moonlight paddles, heavy water – there is a trip for every taste, with all the equipment and guidance you could possibly need. Come on. Get wet. Phone: 603-449-6646.

A Close Look at New England Farm Life Remnick Country Doctors Museum

The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm on Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth is a wonderful place for adults and youngsters to see up close the daily lives and chores of the agricultural way of life in New Hampshire from 1790 to the present. Naturally, raising and preparing food – from hatching chicks to stoking the woodstove – is a large part of the story. Workshops are offered through the year in homestead cookery and other crafts of the 18th to the 20th century like soap- and candle making, wool spinning and felting. Special events include the ice harvest festival in January, maple sugaring in March, and historic hearthside dinners, which are ongoing. Phone: 603-323-7591 or 800-686- 6117.

Accessories From the Art of the Forge Accessories From the Art of the Forge

Earthly Treasures on Lake Street in Bristol began as a place to sell hand-forged metal art by Vic and Elaine McAdams. Later, they added items such as candles, pottery, and glass and the store began to grow. Today the store features the works of more than 350 American artisans, mostly using designs inspired by nature. There are home and garden furnishings, accessories, lots of unique gifts, lovely jewelry, soaps, candles, New Hampshire and Newfound Lake memorabilia, inspirational items and lots more. Many artisans are from New Hampshire, a state where fine craft has a long tradition. Open daily. Phone: 800-480-0380.

Antique Goods in an Antique Location

The Laconia Antique Center at 601 Main Street in Laconia is appropriately housed in a former Newberry’s Department Store built in the 1950s. What can you find here? Take a breath: vintage books (in a comfortable reading area); furniture, lamps, glass- and dishware, include Depression glass; primitives; estate jewelry; coins; ephemera, and on and on. One last enticement: the store has an ice cream and soda fountain and juke box. Open year round; hours vary by season. Phone: 603-524-9484.

Art in Pewter Evokes New Engand's History

Few artistic materials are more evocative of New England than pewter. New Hampshire Pewter Co. at 9 Railroad Avenue in the lovely town of Wolfeboro on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, practices the Colonial pewterer's craft in a modern environment. The company welcomes guests to tour its workshops and watch the creation of its pewter tableware and ornaments. Watch pewter artists mix pure tin with other fine metals and then cast this liquid pewter into shapes using bronze molds. Browse through the Gift Shop to choose a piece of Hampshire Pewter as a remembrance of your visit. Tours offered weekdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Phone: 603-569-4944

Biking Alongside Winnipesaukee History Winnipesaukee River Trail

Winnipesaukee River Trail is just right for people interested in taking a walk or bike ride on a scenic historic trail -- yet with the feel of wilderness -- close to the downtowns of Franklin and Northfield. This three-mile trail parallels the Winnipesauke River and passes the Sulphite upside-down covered bridge. Walkers on the trail can view mill ruins and remnants of dams that tell the history of the five mills that operated in the mid-19th century. In Northfield you can see the collection of antique rail cars and cabooses that operate on the local scenic railway. Phone: 603-934-5236.

Byway, Not the Highway, By the Lakes Byway, Not the Highway

So, what’s so great about traveling by foot? To take in great sweeps of Lakes region scenery, get in your vehicle and tap into the Lakes region scenic byway tour, a designation of the National Scenic Byways Program. This 97-mile tour travels through the lovely villages of Alton, Gilford, Weirs Beach, Meredith, Holderness, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough.

Campgrounds in the Lakes Region

Everyone has his own way of roughing it. Let the campgrounds of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region cater to your desires with a vast variety of camping options. Pitch your tent or park your RV on a serene shore, deep in the forest, or on a mountain full of adventures waiting to begin. For those who prefer sleeping indoors, resorts and lodges offer the simple comfort of a roof over your head in a cottage or cabin, as well as hot meals – your only chore is to explore. Find true intimacy with nature while kayaking or hiking, or share the fun with a community at the bonfires, sports games, and other social events of campgrounds with a family focus. Phone: 603-286-8008

Candy, Candles, Collectibles Candy, Candles, Collectibles

Wintry weather, family holidays, and candy. These three go together like two horses and a carriage. Since 1906, Kellerhaus on Endicott Street North in Weirs Beach has been delighting customers year-round with homemade candies, unique gifts, and awesome views, not to mention the candle and collectible showrooms. Visitors can watch the candy being made by hand in the candy shop. Bring your appetite to the ice cream sundae and waffle buffets. Your taste buds will thank you.

Cool to Spare Off the Hanger Plymouth NH

Women with plenty of chic taste but somewhat less money are plenty jazzed after their first visit to Off the Hanger, a trendy resale boutique at 103 Main Street in Plymouth. O.T.H. addicts return over and over, pulled in by the great prices, brand-name clothes, shoes, accessories, and hip new jewelry. The store was named Best Recycled Chic Boutique by NH Magazine in 2005. Phone: 603-536-9008.

Craftsmen Among the Lakes Craftsmen Among the Lakes  NH

Founded in 1932, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is one of the oldest craft organizations in the country. The League was formed during the Depression to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through difficult financial times, by building an audience and market for fine handmade craft. The League operates seven retail galleries throughout New Hampshire. The galleries present the work of juried craftspeople, along with demonstrations, exhibits and educational programs.
Galleries in the Lakes region are the Center Sandwich Retail Gallery, 32 Main Street, Center Sandwich, 603-284-6831 (open May-October); Meredith Retail Gallery, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 603-279-7920; and Wolfeboro Retail Gallery, 15 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, 603-569-3309.

Do Your Tubing at the King notactive -- Do Your Tubing at the King  NH

King Pine Ski Area at 1251 Eaton Road, Route 153 Route 153 in East Madison offers snow tubing at its Pine Meadows Snow Tubing Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and daily during school vacation weeks, for only $15 per person. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere and affordability, Purity Spring and King Pine Ski Area have been a tradition for families throughout New England for decades. Phone: 800-373-3754.

Explore Squam by Pontoon Boat

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center hosts these fun and informative cruises of this pristine lake of northern New Hampshire. Learn about the natural history of the lake, its plants and animals, and the people who have lived in this region for more than 5,000 years. See scenes from the movie “On Golden Pond.” Watch for loons, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Cruises are an hour and a half in duration, on canopied pontoon boats, leaving from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge, next to Walter's Basin Restaurant in Holderness. Binoculars are available for free. Reservations are recommended. Fees are $21-$25. Daily, May 17 to October 13. 603-968-7194.

Live Free and Savor

Borrowing a theme from the state Motto "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire's tourism people have created a fantastic brochure -- also available online at a pdf -- giving details descriptions of vineyards, wineries, and cheese and chocolate produces where gourmets can visit and taste and buy some more. The New Hampshire Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Trails are set up by region and location. Choose an area where you want to enjoy a relaxing country drive --winter, spring, summer, or fall -- and note the places to do your tasting. It's a great way to get out and enjoy the sights and tastes of this gorgeous state.

Look Out, Red Baron Scenic Biplane Rides Gilford NH

Visitors to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire now have a chance to fly over this beautiful landscape in an open cockpit biplane . Pilot Phil DiVirgilio, invites guests to take a ride with him in his WACO Classic YMF-5 Super, based at Emerson Aviation at the Laconia Airport,65 Aviation Drive, Gilford. Soar with the wind in your hair and bask in the sunshine while taking in the spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. DiVirgilio will customize your experience for your comfort level. Enjoy a smooth ride with nice gentle turns so you can see all the landscape or add some adventure with rolls in and out of steep turns and some aggressive maneuvers that are sure to provide that adrenaline rush. Phone 603-250-6184.

Paddle the Pemi -- No Excuses Left!

With help from the water sports outfitters Ski Fanatics at 23 Vintinner Road in Campton there are no more reasons to keep you from that promised adventure in a tube or kayak, floating down the Pemigewasset River over east Class I water or through Calss II rapids. Ski Fanatics can rent the boats and equipment (or you can bring you r own) and shuttle; take you and your craft to the launch spot; and shuttle you and your boat back to the starting point after your six- or 10-mile river ride. Three shuttles every day. Offered daily May through September. Some summer Saturdays are already booking up! Phone: 603-726-4327

Pennies Go a Long Way at This Candy Shop The Penny Candy Shop Wolfeboro NH

Every vacation should make a little space for a bit of candy indulgence. In Wolfeboro , the Penny Candy Shop at 15 North Main Street is ready to help you and your kids at that moment. It has a huge selection of old-fashioned penny candy, an antique gumball machine, and plenty of excellent chocolate, fudge, maple candy, pretzels and peanut cups. Oof! Open daily during the summer. Hours change in the off-season. Phone: 603-569-9800.

Textile History in Brick and Storytelling Belknap Mill Laconia NH

For people who are enthralled by the rich history of New England’s textile mill, the Belknap Mill is an excellent day trip. Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill, located along the Winnipesaukee River on Beacon Street East in Laconia, is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in America and the Official Meeting House of New Hampshire. The Belknap Mill offers a permanent exhibit on industrial history, changing exhibits on art and history, education programs for adults and children, workshops, lectures, festivals and other events, year-round. Open weekdays, year-round. Phone: 603-524-8813.

1 World Traders Offer Products From Here to the Horizon 1 World Traders Offer Products <br>From Here to the Horizon

For Earth-conscious shoppers, a visit to the southern New Hampshire city of Nashua should include a stop at 1 World Trading Company on Main Street, which offers fair-trade, locally made, and environmentally friendly products in a beautiful and friendly setting. Items range from colorful handmade Guatemalan friendship bracelets to traditional Granite State body lotions, shampoo and recycled (used) bicycles. Talk about diversity! Open daily except Tuesdays. Phone: 603-881-9111.

A Little Bit of Home in a Corner of New Hampshire A Little Bit of Home in a Little Corner <br>of New Hampshire

For some of us, winter is the time to hunker down near the fireside and wait it out ‘til spring. If you are going to be spending all that time at home, it is a good opportunity to spruce the place up a bit. A Little Bit of Home, a shop on Bridge Street in Pelham, is filled with products that are both locally and commercially made for the home and gift giving. They include soy candles, new and vintage jewelry, handmade baby gifts, home decor, framed prints, floral arrangements, wreaths, lamps and shades, garden products, angels, christmas goods, kitchen gifts, and collectable glass. Stop in form some browsing for your own home or a friend’s. Discover lovely things you didn’t know until now that you needed. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone:603-893-2921

An Old Fashioned Night at the Movies Cinema for Elite Tastes

People who love movies: do yourselves a favor and get out of those multiplexes that look and feel like a walk through the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. New England has a healthy scattering of proudly small, independent movie theaters that show new releases along with independent films, shorts, and other cinematic art that doesn’t necessarily include exploding helicopter scenes. Among these is the Red River Theatres, at 11 South Main Street in Concord, a non-profit cinema showing current independent and foreign films, classics, documentaries, and cult favorites. With rocker-style, stadium seating, Dolby surround sound and unique concessions - including wine, beer, fresh sandwiches, and local pastries. Phone: 603-224-4697

Arts Market Turns Shopping into a Gallery Visit Concord Arts Market <br>Turns Shopping into a Gallery Visit

The award-winning Concord Arts Market is a juried, weekly, outdoor artisan and fine arts market. In addition to Granite State artists, guest artists from all of New England bring the best variety of handmade goods our region has to offer. Blown glass, handbags, accessories, paintings, multi-media art, handmade baskets, pottery, handmade books and jewelry are just some of the items for sale at a variety of prices. Modern twists and traditional styles meld to create a lavish art experience. Admission is free. Consult website for dates and hours of operation. Phone: 603-229-2157.

Bargains, Yes; Guilt, Never

The nearly new Merrimack Premium Outlets at 80 Premium Outlets Blvd. in Merrimack makes a fun cold-weather or warm-weather diversion during your visit to southern New Hampshire. Likely guarantees of 25 to 65 percent a day at all the big name designers from Ann Taylor to White House Black Market. Phone: 603-424-0050.

Barns Gave Their Best to These Reproductions G.R.’s Trading Post Derry NH

G.R.’s Trading Post at 108 Chester Road in Derry calls itself the number-one source of farmhouse chair and table reproductions. The company uses wood from dismantled barns throughout New England. “The boards are examined and manicured to perfection. We extract the original square head nails and take care to preserve the original knots and wood markings,” the Trading Post website explains. “The selected pieces then make their way to our woodshop where we apply the farm house table base. After the base is completed, the one-of-a-kind antique barn boards are applied to the top of each table.” Each finished piece is beautiful and unique. Phone: 603-434-0220.

Bear Brook Offers Outdoor Fun from Canoeing to Archery Bear Brook Offers Outdoor Fun in New Hampshire

The 10,000-acre Bear Brook State Park & Campground on Deerfield Road in Allenstown is the largest developed state park in New Hampshire. Located in the southeast region of the state, there is plenty to do and see at Bear Brook. Hiking, biking, swimming and fishing are a few of the favorites. Forty miles of trails traverse the heavily forested park, leading to seldom visited marshes, bogs, summits and ponds and offer a variety of options for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Canoe rentals are available at Catamount Ponds, while rowboat rentals are also available at Beaver Pond. Fly-fishing enthusiasts will be pleased to know Archery Pond welcomes their specialty and is universally accessible. Across the road from Archery Pond is a special little pond just for children under age 12 to fish. There is a campground, camp store, ball field, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe & row boat rentals, physical fitness course, archery course. Phone: 603-485-9869.

Canobie-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e !! Canobie Lake Park

The name, alone, can strike fear in the heart. Untamed, the roller coaster at Canobie Lake Park, at 85 N. Policy Street in Salem, is the only vertical lift coaster in the Northeast and only the fourth of its kind in the United States. The first climb on Untamed goes 72 feet into the air and then sends riders into a 97-degree drop. The total experience is a wild, scream-inducing ride over 1,184 feet of track with vertical loops, diving drops, banked curves, and zero-G rolls. Wow! The custom-designed Grizzly Bear themed cars hold eight thrill-seekers each. Grab seven of your most intrepid friends, and get over there. Check park website for hours. Phone: 603-893-3506.

IncrediBREW Knows Beer

IncrediBREW, at 112 Daniel Webster Hwy. in Nashua, wants you to enjoy beer and wine, and its is ready and able to give customers a how-to course on making it. At this brewery / winery / retail store, you can purchase these beverages and also get guidance, recipes, ingredients, and the use of professional equipment to make your own beer, wine, or sparkling soda. Come with friends and make a party of it. Literary folks in your circle can even make custom labels. Phone: 603-891-2477

Mad for Mead

Mead is a wine made from honey, water and yeast. The sweetness ranges from dry to sweet, it can be still, lightly carbonated, or sparkling. Michael Fairbrother, founder and mead maker at Moonlight Meadery, 23 Londonderry Road in Londonderry, has a passion for mead, and he wants to convert you. "Everyone knows beer, wine, but mention mead and watch the blank looks. However once they try one of our special meads, they usually start to smile and ask, 'Why haven't I ever tried this before?' " Fairbrother says. His business is open daily at 11 a.m. and it offers tours and tastings. Fairbrother wants to make you mad for mead too. Phone: 603-216-2162.

Robie's Country Store & Deli

Robie's Country Store & Deli in Hooksett is a historical building, inside and out. This beloved deli cafe and general store combination has charmed countless visitors since 1820 with its broad selection of New-Hampshire-made goods and gifts and New England gems like Cabot cheese. Political memorabilia lines the walls, decorating this country store with precious vintage memories of America's presidential past. The nostalgic, cozy atmosphere of Robie's can be tasted in the cafe's homemade menu of American cuisine. Enjoy a meal made with love at a cafe table and search the walls for photos of politicians who have visited here. Located at 9 Riverside Street, Hooksett. Phone: 603-485-7761

Shopping at Salzburg

The Bavarian-style Village Shoppes at Salzburg Square on 292 Route 101 in Amherst is a great escape for people who love gift shopping but not the bustle at the mall. Roxie's Fashions and Zrinka Apparel offer with great brands in clothing and accessories. Enchanted Lace is a mecca of lace in the forms of curtains, nightwear, dresses and more. The Gift Shoppe and Antiques at Mayfair will produce winning gifts for formal occasions. When you and the budget are spent the bluAqua restaurant serves up New America cuisine.

Tanks A Lot Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitor Center Manchester NH

Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitor Center at 4 Fletcher Street in Manchester is an environmental education center on the Merrimack River. The exhibits focus on the Merrimack River watershed and river wildlife. Visitors can view live turtles, frogs and salmon; play a salmon migration game and generate electricity. In May and June, visitors can watch migrating shad, herring, and sea lamprey through underwater viewing windows that look into a 54-step fish ladder that allows migrating fish to swim around the Amoskeag Dam and up the river. Hours: Year-round, Monday-Friday. Phone: 603-626-FISH.

This Stonehenge Is a Spooky Exploration America's Stonehenge Makes a Spooky Exploration  NH

America’s Stonehenge, at 105 Haverhill Road in Salem, is a large wooded property filled with mazes of man-made chambers, walls, and ceremonial meeting places, probably more than 4,000 years old. Like Stonehenge in England, America's Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. For the rest of us, America’s Stonehedge is a fun place to explore and marvel, summer and winter. Open for walking and exploring daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 603-893-8300.

Altar of the Nation Altar of the Nation

Cathedral of the Pines at 10 Hale Hill Road in Rindge is a simple, inspiring monument to patriotic sacrifice. Two hundred acres of pine forests and formal gardens give way to panoramic views of neighboring mountains. Sibyl and Douglas Sloane founded the Cathedral of the Pines in 1945 as a memorial to men and women who had sacrificed their lives in World War II. They envisioned that their cathedral without walls would welcome people of every faith in a spirit of unity and mutual respect. Within this property is the Altar of the Nation, built with stones from all 50 states, the Parthenon in Athens, the Coliseum in Rome, and some American battlefields. Open daily from May through October for tours and private meditation. Phone: 603-899-3300.

Antiques Co-op Is Packed to the Rafters Antiques Co-op Is Packed to the Rafters

New Hampshire Antique Co-op at 323 Elm Street in Milford was founded in 1983 as one of the first group shops in New England. More than 200 dealers from New England, South America, England, and western United States exhibit here. Whether they are offering it be ancient Chinese art, sterling silver, Viennese bronze or Federal furniture, all areas of interest are covered. Go antiquing through the co-op's Main Street, Small Treasures Hall, Market Square's, and Discovery Barn. View 19th and 20th century fine art in Tower and Upstairs Galleries. You will find 20,000 square feet of changing merchandise. Open daily, year-round from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: 603-673-8499

Chocolates in Monadnock Chocolates in Monadnock  NH

Vacation is time for indulgence, and New Hampshire has a chocolate and martini road trip that can guide you through some fabulous flavors of both of these intoxicants. In the Mondanock region, a good place to start is the town of Walpole, home to L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop and Café at 47 Main Street in Walpole. The cafe offers an extensive variety of pastries and drinks in a serene environment. It's also the location of Burdick’s chocolate and pastry production facility (603-756-2882). Also in Walpole, stop at Bellows House Bakery for one of its famous Whoopie Pies and other prize-winning baked goods (800-358-6302). Drift over to the nearby town of Marlborough to visit Unbridled Chocolates at 135 Main Street (603-876-4700). Be sure to taste the rich, handmade Belgian chocolate bonbons, and browse the selection of natural herbal chocolates.

Hannah’s Here to Help With Creative Shopping

Hannah Grimes Marketplace at 42 Main Street in Keene is an education center and incubator for New Hampshire products, crafts, and artwork. For visitors, the Marketplace is a great place to browse for local foods, including maple syrup, children’s books, and luxuries from fancy shampoos to original art. Think about your gift shopping for the next several months, and go explore what Hannah has to offer. Phone: 603-352-6862.

Harrisville General Store Will Fill You Up

Every small town needs its general store. Besides being a place to enjoy the comings and goings of the neighborhood, the Harrisville General Store at 29 Church Street in Harrisville sells handmade meals, local foods, groceries, and general merchandise. There is free high-speed Wi-Fi. Each morning visitors find cinnamon ring or apple cider donuts and great coffee from Mocha Joe’s. Lunch has a choice of two soups and sandwiches as well as an entre. In the afternoon there is tea, coffee hot chocolate, and hot spiced cider. You never leave hungry for food or companionship. Phone: 603-827-3138

Pewter in Process Pewter in Process

Hillsborough Center retains the atmosphere of a 19th century New England town, with its central Common, surrounded by buildings that once housed taverns, a blacksmith shop, and a post office. This is the workplace of pewtersmith Jon Gibson, owner of Gibson Pewter on East Washington Road. Watch Gibson create pewter objects in the 200-year-old barn where he apprenticed as a boy. More than 100 traditional and contemporary pieces are for sale. Phone: 603-464-3410

Sam’s Will Clothe You for Outdoors or Indoors

Founded in Vermont in 1932 as an Army-Navy store, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters at 74 Monadnock Highway, North Swanzey is still owned by its founding family but it now offers a much wider range of goods. Sam’s can outfit you for hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping, but also dress women and kids in comfortable, colorful, high-quality and stylish clothing for just relaxing through all seasons. Sam’s is highly respected for its goods and also its helpful service. Phone: 603-352-6200

Shaker Boxes from the Historic Mill

Frye's Measure Mill at 12 Frye Mill Road in Wilton is an authentic, water-powered measure mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Even more interesting: the mill's earliest products -- round and oval Shaker boxes -- are being produced today on original machinery. The boxes and other high-quality crafts and folk art are sold at the mill's gift store -- seven rooms of antiquated surroundings. In the summer, visitors can see the mill in operation. Beauty and industry in intriguing harmony. Open: April-December. Phone: 603-654-6581

Unique Décor, from Bedroom to Garden Unique Décor, from Bedroom to Garden  NH

Bowerbird & Friends, an unusual little gift-and-antiques shop in the town of Peterborough, promises to sate your appetite for beautiful, rare treasures, even after repeated visits. A trip to bowerbird is a captivating encounter with the pieces and parts that make a home warm, special, and romantic. The decorative and functional items within the shop are ready to bring beauty and pleasure to your home. Industrial home décor melds with flow blue china, vintage jewelry, European plaster, candlesticks, antiques, rare books, and reclaimed tables. A small greenhouse is home to diminutive houseplants and garden accessories.

Vintage Furniture Adds Soul to Your Home

There’s always a new, old treasure waiting to be found by you at Twin Elm Farm, located at 133 Wilton Road in Peterborough. Take in the old farmhouse barn atmosphere and let the vintage inspiration flow. Browse hundreds of antiques and vintage items, including furniture and home décor sold by dozens of vendors. Twin Elm Farm’s inventory changes frequently, and the Farm’s hours are every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Phone: 603-784-5341

Warm and Colorful Artwork Warm and Colorful Artwork

The Sharon Arts Center on Grove Street in Peterborough offers fine art galleries, a fine craft store, and even a school of arts and crafts. The craft store is a warm and colorful excursion into beautiful, highbrow textiles, pottery, jewelry, glass art, wooden objects, and more from regional and national craftsmen. Phone: 603-924-2787.

Behind the Scenes of a Beaux Arts Beauty Behind the Scenes <br>of a Beaux Arts Beauty

The Music Hall, the landmark Victorian theater and arts center on Chestnut Street in Portsmouth, invites the public to behind-the-scenes tours of the historic theater, designated an American Treasure by the U.S. Senate. Tours, on a regular schedule, include the backstage areas, the antique front of house dating back to 1878, and the enchanting lobby renovated in 2008. The tour paints a full picture of the history of the hall, including the tales of sailors who rigged the theater in the late 19th century, its flashy and famous owners, and stars across three centuries. Its performers have ranged from Mark Twain to Wynton Marsalis and David Crosby; vaudeville acts with elephants to violinist Joshua Bell. Visitors will see the passage of time through the building’s restorations, which have brought back details dating back to 1878 and 1901, the hall’s periods of architectural significance. Phone: 603-436-2400.

Bustling Harbor

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers a boat tour of Portsmouth harbor that takes visitors deep into the heart of a working waterfront of tugboats, tankers, forts, and lighthouses. This fascinating tour takes visitors past the oldest naval yard in the country, five forts, two lighthouses, and the Olde Port waterfront. Another tour offered by the company takes visitors seven miles offshore to visit the historic and romantic Star Island, once the home of a grand hotel of the 19th century. "Walkabout" or "Stopover" cruises to Star Island offer a one-to-four-hour stopover, with time to stroll past ancient hotel buildings and a historic garden. Steamship company boats docked at 315 Market Street. Phone: 800-441-4620

Four Centuries of Daily Life Four Centuries of Daily Life

Strawbery Banke Museum on Hancock Street in Portsmouth is a community composed of restored and furnished houses, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens, and costumed role players. Together, these elements bring to life the daily activities of New England people from European settlement in the 17th century to the mid-20th century. In addition to ongoing exhibits, lots of special events take place during warm weather. Phone: 603-433-1100.

Fruit Wines, Apple Brandy, and Vodka to Taste Year-Round Fruit Wines, Apple Brandy, and Vodka to Taste Year-Round

Flag Hill Vineyard and Winery at 297 North River Road in Lee has ground in 20 years from a family-operated vineyard to an established winery in this picturesque seacoast region. The winery produces more than 15 varieties of red and white wines. Owner Frank Reinhold recently secured Flag Hill as the first distillery in the state, producing distilled spirits such as General John Stark Vodka and Josiah Bartlett Apple Brandy. A new Tasting Room & Gift Store, offering events, tours, sales, and more, opened in March 2010. Open year round, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. except for major holidays. Phone: 603-659-2949.

Historic Tour of “Crown Jewel” Theater in Portsmouth

“The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene” [says Yankee Magazine] is the beautiful and historic Music Hall, a Victorian-period theater with a pristine Beaux-Arts lobby and a long life story. The Music Hall in Portsmouth marks its 135th birthday in 2013 by launching new multimedia historic tours . The tour celebrates a journey through time that began in 1803 when a meeting house called The Temple was built on the Hall’s present site. Visitors will see stories of sea and of land; of ghosts and of myths; and of fiery destruction and rebirth. They can stand on the same stage used by performers from Buffalo Bill to Ethel Barrymore to Lily Tomlin to Al Green. The tour, about one hour, will be offered twice a week, year-round.

Koi, Roses, Perennials Decorate this Botanical Garden

Once owned by Alvan T. Fuller, Fuller Gardens at 10 Willow Avenue in North Hampton is a shoreline gem filled with blooming life and vibrant sights and scents. The best part of Fuller’s now-public botanical garden is the variety; stroll down lines of formal English perennials, through a Japanese garden with a Koi pond, blushing rosebushes and more. Check out the garden gift shop’s book and souvenir collection before you leave. Creatively sculpted hedges protect the garden’s cozy atmosphere as guests discover exotic plant species and beautifully landscaped design from May to October. Phone: 603-964-5414

Live Free and Savor

Borrowing a theme from the state Motto "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire's tourism people have created a fantastic brochure -- also available online at a pdf -- giving details descriptions of vineyards, wineries, and cheese and chocolate produces where gourmets can visit and taste and buy some more. The New Hampshire Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Trails are set up by region and location. Choose an area where you want to enjoy a relaxing country drive --winter, spring, summer, or fall -- and note the places to do your tasting. It's a great way to get out and enjoy the sights and tastes of this gorgeous state.

Portsmouth Harbor Trail Walking Tours

Portsmouth is a delightful riverside city today, with a low-profile downtown, lots of dining and shopping, and a gorgeous park on the Piscataqua River. Its history reaches to Colonial times, when it served as a deep-water port for fishing and shipping timber from inland to the sea. This history is on display through three walking tours of the Portsmouth Harbor Trail. Guided tours are offered from June through October (call 603-610-5518). Three walks take you through or past Market Square, the heart of downtown; Prescott Park on the river; Strawbery Banke, a living history museum encompassing 400 years of the town's story; tug boats at the docks; views of the river; and several historic churches and mansions.

Portsmouth Harbour Trail Displays 400 Years of Colorful History Portsmouth Harbour Trail Displays <BR>400 Years of Colorful History

Portsmouth boasts 400 years of history, culture, architecture, and scenic beauty. All are on display Portsmouth Harbour Trail tours. Join a guided walking tour and see the historic homes, tugboats and working waterfront, vibrant Market Square, Prescott Park, and more. Depending on which tour you take, you'll hear stories about the rich and famous to the humble merchants and madams who had thriving businesses here. You may also hear about the brewers and politicians, fishermen and boat builders, writers, editors, and publishers that made Portsmouth the talk of the nation in their day. Portsmouth was and is a town full of characters. Season: Memorial Day-Columbus Day. Call for schedule Phone: 603-610-5510.


Somnia in Portsmouth offers luxury home goods made with the finest fabrics and materials on Earth. Expert interior design services provide comfort, beauty and style tailored to individual taste. Somnia’s dedication to functional comfort is clear, from its designer organic bamboo clothing, to through-the-roof thread counts, to their luxury alternative to the bassinet. Whether you’re in the mood for handcrafted tiles, botanical candles, custom bedding, or one-of-a-kind precious stone jewelry, Somnia offers the highest quality and practicality – along with the world’s softest towel. Located at 107 Congress Street. Phone: 603-433-7600

Stop to Shop Stop to Shop  NH

The Seacoast region has wonderful shopping for beautiful and unusual items. The Fox Run Mall in Newington is a place to start for national names, followed by a trip to Boardwalk Strip at Hampton Beach. The cream of the shopping experience has to be Portsmouth's Market Street, crammed with art, toys, home decorations, clothing, hardware, jewelry, flowers, and more. Voted one of New England's Best Shopping Streets by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Theater with a Moving Floor Theater with a Moving Floor  NH

Like many of New England’s historic regional theaters, the Rochester Opera House was built in the early 20th century, with stunning architectural details. In fact the Rochester is the nation’s only theater with a moveable auditorium floor, designed to incline for amphitheater seating or level off for dancing. By 1984 however, the theater was in near ruins and no one remembered how to operate or where to locate the floor mechanism. Now thanks to a community restoration project, the theater is again fully functional, hosting an array of performing arts year round. Coming up in 2013: Hypnotist Frank Santos, Jr., “All Shook Up," Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Vagina Monologues," and more. Phone: 603-335-1992.

Alpine Adventures Brings the Snowmobile; You Just Step Aboard Alpine Adventures Provides the Snowmobile;<br>You Just Have to Step Aboard

Alpine Adventures in Lincoln offers guided snowmobile tours in Franconia Notch State Park, White Mountain National Forest, and Corridor 11 through Lincoln and beyond. The company operates an environmentally-friendly fleet of 4-stroke snowmobiles that seat two comfortably. This is an awesome opportunity for first-timers to the sport. Fun, friendly, and professional guides make it all happen for guests. Each tour includes a brief but thorough safety orientation. Operators must be 16 with a driver's license. Tour guests have included families, couples, and groups looking for a memoriable outdoor adventure. Phone: 603-745-9911

Appalachian Mountain Club Gets You Out in the Mountains

The Appalachian Mountain Club offers much more than a walk on its famous Trail. The AMC’s Highland Center Lodge at U.S. 302 in Bretton Woods is a four-season lodge and outdoor education center that offers green lodging, accommodations, and walk-on programs, along with backdoor access to a variety of outdoor activities. Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at 361 Route 16 in Gorham has been a hub for hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing on the Presidential Range since the 1920s. With easy access to Mount Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and the Wildcat Range, Joe Dodge Lodge provides the perfect opportunity to tackle more challenging terrain. Both lodges offer a variety of accommodates, for adults and families.

Are We There Yet? Mount Washington Auto Road New Hampshire

If you drive regularly in any New England town, it’s only a matter of time before you spot a car bedecked with a bumper sticker that reads “This car climbed Mt. Washington.” It is actually a very big deal to drive or climb the Mount Washington Auto Road. The road is steep; the views are stupendous. Reaching the top is an achievement. You are greeted by more vistas and a museum describing the mountain top’s awe-inducing climate. The Road is open from March through November. Phone: 603-466-3988.

Awake Your Inner Shooter with Adventure Photography Tours Adventure Photography Tours New Hampshire

Professional photographer Ernie Mills and Adventure Photography Tours can inspire the landscape photographer in anyone. Mills offers tours up Mount Washington and other peaks during the day as well as crack-of-dawn sunrise and evening sunset trips. Marvel at the gorgeous vistas; Ernie will help you shoot uniquely beautiful photographs. Rent or bring a camera. This is a 3-hour, 3-mile hike in high altitude terrain; not for children! Be prepared for New England weather! Tours start from the bottom of the Mount Washington Auto Road in Gorham. Reservations: 317-691-7376 or 603-466-3988.

Call of the Moose Call of the Moose

Northern New Hampshire hosts an abundance of wildlife, including that gentle giant, the moose. Many guests travel to the White Mountains and Great North Woods regions of New Hampshire to see moose in their natural habitat. Moose Path Trail starts at Route 16 north from Gorham to Errol. Take Route 26 to Dixville Notch to Route 3 north to Pittsburg. This wilderness byway is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast as moose are often spotted along the drive. If you see a moose, keep your distance! They are large, wild animals, and it is important to give them wide berth.

Cherry Pond Designs Makes Artwork of Furniture Cherry Pond Designs Makes <br>Artwork of Furniture

Beautiful, artfully designed, high-quality furniture is something you shop for, but it also something to enjoy for its artistry. On a trip in the White Mountains, people who love furniture should visit Cherry Pond Designs on Meadows Road in Jefferson. Since 1990 Cherry Pond has been manufacturing solid wood bedroom, dining room, and occasional furniture that is designed and built to last for generations. Pay a visit; see and enjoy for yourself. Phone: 603-586-7795.

Come See the Birth Place of Pig’s Ear Brown Come See the Birth Place of Pig’s Ear Brown

Warm up your visit to the White Mountains with a pop-in visit to the Woodstock Inn Brewery at 135 Main Street in Woodstock. Brews with names like Red Rack, Pig's Ear, and Loon Golden Ale are produced through a traditional seven-barrel system using premium hops and English grains. The prize-winning brews are on display during a free tour of the brewery every day at noon. Woodstock Inn Brewery has won several national awards for its ales; Pig's Ear Brown that has won the National Beer Tasting Championships two years in a row. Come by and get acquainted. Phone: 800-321-3985.

Come Shop With Me Come Shop With Me  NH

There are over 100 factory outlet stores in Conway, most of them located at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village and Settlers’ Crossing, located adjacent to each other off Route 16. The original outlet destination resort, North Conway is home to Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Banana Republic and many more. Antiques, specialty ski shops, art galleries, craft shops, boutiques and gourmet food shops abound. And…no sales tax is charged here. Both Settlers’ Green and Settlers’ Crossing offer a variety of dining options including Black Cap Grille, Starbucks, Brandli’s Pasta Grille, Wrapsody’s ‘N Greens, Kaity’s Big Chill and the Lodge Café. Phone: 888-667-9636.

Craftsmen in the White Mountains Craftsmen in the White Mountains  NH

Founded in 1932, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is one of the oldest craft organizations in the country. The League was formed during the Depression to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through difficult financial times by building an audience and market for fine handmade craft. The League operates seven retail galleries throughout New Hampshire. The galleries present the work of juried craftspeople, along with demonstrations, exhibits and educational programs.
Galleries in the White Mountains region are Littleton Retail Gallery, 81 Main Street, Littleton, 603-444-1099; and North Conway Retail Gallery, Main Street/Route 16, North Conway, 603-356-2441.

Explore the Rocks

The Rocks Estate at 4 Christmas Lane in Bethlehem is famous for its Christmas trees, but this former summer home of the wealthy Glessner family also hosts lots of other seasonal outdoor activity for visitors. This site of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the 1,400-acre property offers guided and individual exploration and learning programs. Guests may hike and explore through the spring, summer, and fall. The property has short, easy strolls or longer hikes, past magnificent views of the Presidential Range. Northern wildlife abounds at the estate. Phone: 603-444-6228.

Fun Shopping Is in Store in Jackson Village

Jackson Village is a great place to shop for gifts and mementos of your trip to the majestic White Mountains. Just behind the Jackson Fire Department, shoppers can find the intriguing Ravenwood Curio Shoppe, offering sculptures, statuary, pottery, handmade paper and reeds, funky garden ornaments, unique glass vases, artistic bird baths, and more. Then just down the road but before the Honeymoon Covered Bridge, look for Flossies's General Store, known for its country store feeling with a wonderful array of gifts and collectibles for all ages, and the White Mountain Photo Gallery.

General Store Celebrates Inspired Nonsense Zeb’s General Store North Conway NH

Zeb’s General Store in the mountain village of North Conway is the place to find New England products of all imaginable kinds – and some you might not easily imagine, like Nantucket Sea Clay Soap, Maine Maple Champagne Mustard, or Out on a Limb Blueberry Pie Filling. Some products are eccentric and all are worth a ride home in your shopping satchel. There are plenty of New England specialty foods and classic favorites like penny candy. You can even design your own gift basket from crates, baskets, or boxes (one of them a replica of the store itself), which you then fill with Zeb’s goodies. Phone: 800-676-9294.

Hold on to Your Helmet Bretton Woods Canopy Tour Bretton Woods NH

Descending over 1000 feet of elevation, the new Bretton Woods Canopy Tour on Route 302 in Bretton Woods takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of treetop zip lines, and is one of the longest canopy tours in the continental United States. High-flying suspension bridges and hiking trails connect the zip lines, and the tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line leading right into the Bretton Woods base area. Designed and constructed by Bonsai Design Inc., this unique canopy tour features a dual-cable construction and coated cables to reduce noise. On the tour, guides describe the local flora and fauna, the natural history and White Mountain lore. Wow! Information: 603-278-4947.

Kancamagus Scenery Is Breathtaking All Year

The Kancamagus Scenic Byway passes through the heart of the White Mountains National Forest while traversing the flank of Mount Kancamagus, filled with scenic areas and overlooks. The byway coincides with Route 112 from Conway to Lincoln. Visitors know this area as one of the world's most spectacular fall-foliage trips, but a stunning spectrum of color underscores the region's natural beauty year round. The road meanders through vast forests, old logging roads, and Indian hunting paths. An abundance of history and recreation lies here, so take the time to pull off the road and explore all that the byway offers.

Lost River Gorge Lantern Tours

Spend a summer night at Lost River Gorge in North Woodstock, exploring the natural wonder of this scenic site by the light of many lanterns and your own headlamp. For an hour and a half, your family or tour group will discover a variety of rock formations and underground landscapes within the gorge’s illuminated paths and walls. See the side of the gorge that only shows itself at night! Join up for s’mores by the fire afterward. Make reservations the Friday before visiting. Tours run from mid-June through early September. Phone: 603-745-8031

Off-Road Adventures in High Mountains Off-Road Adventures in High Mountains  NH

Alpine Adventures on Main Street in Lincoln offers off-road trips in all seasons through fantastically beautiful wintry scenes through Franconia Notch, Twin Mountain, Bog Pond, and Mount Moosilauke. Buckle Up and Hold On, as the license plates dictate, because you're in for an off-road thrill like no other in New England. Winter displays the extreme off-road capabilities of 6-wheel-drive Swiss army transport vehicles called Pinzgauers. Pinzgauers have modified seating to accommodate 11 guests (one is shotgun) in blue bucket seats with lap belts. We padded the overhead cages and added a kickin' stereo system with mikes for the guides to entertain you on your journey. Phone: 603-745-9911.

Oldest General Store in Continuous Operation America’s Oldest Continuously Operated General Store

The Brick Store is a genuine old-fashioned general store that dates back as far as 1790 – in fact, the store calls itself America’s oldest continuously operated general story. It is located on the main street – Route 302 – in the delightful town of Bath. Customers include some old-timers in their 90s who tell the owners, Mike and Nancy Lusby, that they remember buying penny candy there as kids. How authentic is that? At the Brick Store, visitors can buy distinctive New England specialties — including smokehouse meats and cheese, homemade fudge, gift packs and gift baskets, maple syrup, weathervanes, and much more. It is open daily. Phone: 800-964-2074

Pollyanna Was Here Pollyanna Was Here

One of the last classic Main Streets in New England, downtown Littleton is a vibrant community on the bank of the Ammonoosuc River. Downtown offers a nice variety of restaurants, a historic inn, a 100-year old opera house, specialty shops, a majestic post office, a working gristmill, the world’s longest candy counter, and a sculpture of the original “glad girl” herself: Pollyanna.

Wild, Windy, & Super Frosty: Try It! Extreme Mount Washington museum exhibit Gorham NH

Guests can visit the new Mount Washington Observatory’s museum exhibit Extreme Mount Washington to get a taste of the wild weather at the summit of New England’s highest peak, known as the location of the most cold, windy, and dramatic weather in the world. The Observatory’s new interactive exhibits will offer visitors a real taste of how it feels to stand on Mount Washington in the most extreme climate conditions! Interactive exhibits and performances at the museum in Gorhamwill show you what it’s like to drive a Snowcat, record extreme weather data, and more. Phone: 603-356-2137 ext 225