Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! We know you’re eager to spend it with family and friends, but may not be sure if you want to cook or dine out. In the Western White Mountains there’s one thing that remains constant–delicious dining options for this holiday. There’s plenty of ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal by letting our local restaurants do the work. You can enjoy your meal out, order complete to-go family style meals, or order just desserts, sides or appetizers to round out your own cooking. We’ve compiled a list of local restaurants and retail locations for you, please note that information may change or be updated. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This page will be updated as we receive updates from our members. This page was last updated on 11/21/22
Adair Inn – Bethlehem, NH
603-444-2600 | adairinn.com
Plated 4-course menu with choice of options. Two seatings – 2:30pm and 6:30pm. Fixed price of $64 pp. (beverages and tax are not included, 20% auto gratuity will be applied to the bill). Reservations are required and a credit card will be placed on hold. Open to both the public and inn guests. Stay 2 nights and dinner for 2 is on us for any night you choose during your stay including Thanksgiving Thursday! For more information call 603-444-2600.
Common Man – Lincoln, NH
603-745-3463 | thecman.com
Thanksgiving meals to go! We cook, you enjoy at home. This Thanksgiving, we’re preparing your holiday meal that includes:
Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast with house-made pan gravy, Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce, Signature Stuffing, Country Mashed Potatoes, Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash, Garlicky Green Beans, Dinner Rolls & Butter Sweet Bread, Slice of Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream. Meal for four $99.95 +tax or Meal for one $25.95 +tax. Thanksgiving Meal Enhancements for four: Glazed Ham for four $29.95 • Green Bean Casserole for four $19.95 • Sweet Potato Casserole for four $19.95 • Mac ’n Cheese for four $29.95 • Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Caramelized Onions for four $19.95. Full, House-Baked Pies: Apple $14.95 • Pecan $19.95 • Pumpkin $14.95
Franconia Inn – Franconia, NH
603-832-5542 | franconiainn.com
Thanksgiving Dinner is being served at 4:30pm and 6pm. The cost is $50 per person, and $25 per child under 10 years old. Please call the front desk for reservations.
Indian Head Resort – Lincoln, NH
800-343-8000 | indianheadresort.com/thanksgiving
Spend the weekend or just visit for the day. Enjoy Thanksgiving at your home away from home.
Deluxe Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Thursday, November 24, 2022 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM Persons 13+ $40 | 4-12 $20
Open to the public. Reservations strongly suggested for all parties. Please call 603-745-8000 to reserve your table.
Mountain Club on Loon – Lincoln, NH
800-229-7829 | mtnclub.com/dining/thanksgiving/
Enjoy a Grand Thanksgiving Buffet at the Season’s Dining Room at The Mountain Club on Loon. 12-6pm. Carving Station of prime rib, as well as traditional roasted turkey and pit smoked ham, mushroom stew, all the fixings, and a variety of desserts. This buffet is by reservation only and will fill up quickly. Please Call The Black Diamond Pub at 603-745-2244 Ext 5267 to make your reservation. When Making your Reservation please have ready the number of people in your party (Adults & children), If you are staying at the hotel, any potential allergies you may have, as well as a Credit card to hold your reservations. If you cancel within 48 hours of your reservation, we will charge your card 50% of buffet cost for your whole party. If you do not show up for your reservation the full amount will be charged to your card plus a 20% Gratuity. All Parties of 6 or More will be charged an Automatic 20% Gratuity. Thanksgiving Day Breakfast & Build Your Own Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar also available!
Owl’s Nest Resort – Thornton, NH
(603) 726-3076 option 2 | owlsnestresort.com/thanksgiving
Let us do all the heavy lifting for Thanksgiving this year! Pre-order a full turkey dinner cooked to perfection and ready to be heated up in the oven! Sliced turkey, gravy, whipped potato, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, 1 apple & 1 pumpkin pie. $30 per person with a minimum of 4 people. Call (603) 726-3076 option 2 to order your Thanksgiving Meal Kit (instructions included!). Kits will be available for pickup after 2pm on Wednesday, November 24th. Deadline to order: November 17th.
Polly’s Pancake Parlor – Sugar Hill, NH
603-823-5575 x16 | pollyspancakeparlor.com
Polly’s Pancake Parlor is once again offering delicious baked goods to compliment your holiday cooking. Check out the full bakery list here and place your order by November 20th. Call in your order 603-823-5575 ext 16, and give them at least 24 hours in advance to bake it fresh for you. LOCAL PICK UP ONLY. We reserve the right to cut off ordering earlier than that depending on staffing. All Thanksgiving Orders must be picked up by 2PM on November 23th.
Rhythm Craft Beverages– Lincoln, NH
603-745-7550 | rhythmbeverages.com/
Try the newest craft beverage- Cider! Hard ciders are specially designed to be enjoyed with a meal. While you can drink Rhythm Ciders with any food, we have a few dish recommendations that pair perfectly with each of our cider flavors. Stop by the Studio in the Village Shops to sample and purchase the right cider for your holiday celebrations.
Seven Birches Winery – Lincoln, NH
603-745-7550 | sevenbirches.com
Have the staff at Seven Birches Winery help you pair the right wine with your holiday meal. Stop into the Winery Tasting Room at RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain or the Atrium Wine Bar for a tasting and to purchase a bottle or two. You can also have your wine choices shipped to your home. Don’t forget to browse their Holiday Gift Card Promotion, which also begins on Thanksgiving.
Sugar Hill Inn– Sugar Hill, NH
603-838-3229 | sugarhillinn.com
A traditional Thanksgiving buffet is available at the Sugar Hill with all the fixings! 12pm-3pm. $50 per person. Spots are filling up quickly – call the Inn for reservations.
Woodstock Inn Brewery – Woodstock, NH
603-745-3951 | woodstockinnbrewery.com
Have Thanksgiving Dinner with us! 12pm-6pm. Our family and staff are ready to welcome you and your friends and family, for a no stress, no clean up! Enjoy all the traditional thanksgiving menu items and more. Adults $36.95 pp & Kids under 12, $20.95 pp. Reservations accepted but not required, call 800-321-3985 to reserve your table.
Woodstock Pie & Coffee Company – Woodstock, NH
603-745-8800 | woodstockpieandcoffee.com
‘Tis the season to pre-order your Thanksgiving Pies! We will be open Wednesday 11/23 8am-5pm and Thursday 11/24 Thanksgiving Day 7am-12pm.
We are offering a limited menu this year due to a high volume of orders. Please choose from our holiday menu below! You can order online at https://woodstockpie.square.site/thanksgiving-ordering
Member Restaurants Closed on Thanksgiving:
Gordi’s Fish & Steakhouse
One Love Brewery
Polly’s Pancake Parlor
Experience the White Mountains from every perspective this Winter. Glide above the powdery landscape ziplining in the tree tops. Defy Mother Nature and traverse icy heights or hike through freshly fallen snow. Zip through some of the best snowmobiling trails in the Northeast and go off roading in a Pinzgauer. Lastly, and most importantly, be adventurous.
Some Tips to Help You Plan Your Next Adventure
The Western White Mountains are known for year-round breathtaking views and outdoor adventure. There’s no shortage of fun for whatever adventure you’d like to take.
The ski conditions are amazing up here, but it’s the not only thing. Here are the reasons why you should make a ski day a ski weekend. Never miss the chance to enjoy a powder day or cover more terrain. Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain are within 15 minutes of each other and the trails to explore are endless!
One of the best things to do in the White Mountains region is ski and snowboard, but there’s also snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more. We put together a Winter itinerary for some of the best things to do this season in the Western White Mountains.
Vacation like a local in the spectacular Western White Mountains of New
Hampshire. We know just where to get the best gear, and find the best food and drinks around town. And, we know just the right accommodations for our guests. Don’t believe us? Ask the people who call the White Mountains home. They’ll give you the insider scoop on where to go, what to do and where to stay.
Check out our destination lodging partners below!
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites
|Quality Inn & Suites
|Indian Head Resort
|Riverbank Motel & Cabins
|Rivergreen Resort Hotel & Condominiums
|Inn Seasons Resorts Pollard Brook
|RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain
|Sugar Hill Inn
|Mittersill Alpine Resort
|Wilderness Inn Bed & Breakfast
|Mountain Club on Loon
|Woodstock Inn Brewery
Looking to experience the majestic Western White Mountain’s fall foliage up close and personal?
Welcome to the Western White Mountains Scavenger Hunt!
Discover out of this world pieces of history, unique attractions, mouth-watering dining experiences and welcome lodging hosts during your time as a Western White Mountains Scavenger Hunt player. This free activity is open to all individuals and families who wish to participate!
Playing is easy – just follow these 3 simple steps!
- Download the GooseChase App
- Once downloaded, open the GooseChase App and enter Game Code: J56WG3
- Complete Missions, Earn Points! Missions may be completed in any order.
Prizes will be awarded on 10/11/22 to those who received the MOST amount of points from completed missions.
Winners will be notified via the Goosechase App.
In the event of a tie, a winner will be drawn at random.
2022 PRIZE PACKAGES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
1ST PLACE: 1-Night Stay in 1-Bedroom Suite at RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain, $25 Gift Card to Seven Birches Winery, $100 Gift Card to Burgeon Outdoor, Family 4-Pack to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, 30 Minutes of Kid’s Studio Play, and McDonalds – Lincoln, NH Gift Cards!
2ND PLACE: $75 Gift Card to Burgeon Outdoor, $25 Gift Card to Seven Birches Winery, Family 4-Pack to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, $10 Gift Card to The Christmas Loft, and McDonalds – Lincoln, NH Gift Cards!
3RD PLACE: $50 Gift Card to Burgeon Outdoor, $25 Gift Card to Seven Birches Winery, Family 4-Pack to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, and McDonalds – Lincoln, NH Gift Cards!
4TH PLACE: Family 4-Pack to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, $25 Gift Card to Seven Birches Winery, $10 Gift Card to The Christmas Loft
Terms of Service:
All photos taken during the Western White Mountains Scavenger Hunt on the Goose Chase App become property of Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce and may be used for marketing purposes including, but not limited to, print and electronic media.
All text submitted during the Western White Mountains Scavenger Hunt on the Goose Chase App become property of the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce and may be used for marketing purposes including, but not limited to, print and electronic media.
With a population of just under 600 people, it’s easy to overlook the small mountain town of Sugar Hill as you drive north through Franconia to Littleton up I-93. But, this small town packs a real punch. Sugar Hill may be New Hampshire’s newest town, but its history runs deep in the western White Mountains.
After splitting from the nearby town of Lisbon in 1962, Sugar Hill is New Hampshire’s most recent incorporated town. Named after the large grove of sugar maples in the town, Sugar Hill was a fashionable Victorian resort town attracting artists and wealthy businessmen and their families from New England cities during the 19th century.
While the grand resorts of yesteryear are now gone, Sugar Hill is still a travel destination in itself. With community staples like Harman’s Cheese & Country Store and Polly’s Pancake Parlor, which was named a James Beard Foundation Award American Classic in 2006, and lots of festivals throughout the year, there is a lot to do in this small New Hampshire town.
Polly’s Pancake Parlor
People come over from all over New England to eat Polly’s famous pancakes made from scratch and topped with New Hampshire maple syrup. For over 80 years, Polly’s Pancake Parlor has been serving short stacks of buttermilk, buckwheat, gingerbread, and other flavored pancakes to hungry folks. Everything is made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and the maple syrup is from Fuller’s Maple in Lancaster.
The restaurant is just as unique as the menu. Situated in an 1830-vintage building on the historic Hildex Farm, tables overlook the beautiful countryside of the White Mountains. Polly’s is still operated by the same family. Polly’s granddaughter, Kathie Aldrich Cote and her husband Dennis, have been running the restaurant since 1981.
According to Kathie, last year alone, Polly’s served up about 255,000 pancakes. “And that’s just pancakes and not waffles,” she finished. Unlike other restaurants, customers have access to unlimited maple syrup, pure maple spread, and pure maple granulated sugar, which is made in-house. “Another unique feature is that each server makes all their own customer’s pancakes and waffles,” says Kathie. After getting your sugar fix for the day, make sure you pick up some pancake mixes and maple syrup from the shop.
Harman’s Cheese & Country Store
Who doesn’t love cheese? John and Kate Harman started Harman’s Cheese & Country Store as a mail order business in 1955. In 1981, the Aldrich family took the reins from John & Kate to continue building upon their dream. Named the “World’s Greatest” by many customers, Harman’s cheese is a natural, premium grade, white cheddar made in New York from whole milk. The small country store in Sugar Hill sells over 13 tons of the cheese to people from just down the street to those who live all the way in Saudi Arabia.
While the world-famous cheese might be the main reason you stop by Harman’s, the country store carries hundreds of additional locally made products. From cheese tools to jams and jellies to mustards and pickles, you’ll find unique gifts to remember your vacation in the western White Mountains for weeks to come.
Sugar Hill Lupine Festival
2022 Update: Unfortunately the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival is canceled for 2022.
During June, the population in Sugar Hill more than triples with the influx of visitors trying to catch a glimpse of the colorful lupines that dot the hillsides and gardens in northern New England.
A self-guided tour map can be found here!
2022 Update: Stay tuned
The White Mountains are famous for their colorful leaves and scenic views after a long hot summer. Similar to the Lupine Celebration, the people of Sugar Hill celebrate the change of season with a massive celebration in town. Held annually in late September, the Autumn Celebration is an open air market with over 50 local and regional vendors. Start your Christmas shopping early with lots of art and crafts, locally made food, and handcrafted goodies. Throughout the weekend, there are talks, musical performances, and more.
Next time you’re driving North up I-93, hop off Exit 38 and head into town and discover why Sugar Hill is one of New Hampshire’s best-kept secrets.
Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages are fermented in Lincoln, NH with only premium fruits, sourced locally, to create a delicious, fresh, natural cider. Creativity and the arts are the central focus for the brand and will be celebrated in every way.
Known for its hiking trails and ski mountains, the Western White Mountains is also home to a growing number of breweries, wineries, and restaurants. After a long day of skiing or hiking, nothing tastes better than a cold beer. Or maybe you’re celebrating a special anniversary and you are looking for the perfect bottle of wine to celebrate. With a variety of places with many just walking distance away from each other, there’s no shortage of beverages to taste test in the Western White Mountains.
Woodstock Inn Brewery
Visit one of New Hampshire’s original microbreweries located in the heart of the Western White Mountains. Started over 20 years ago with a seven-barrel system, the Woodstock Inn Brewery nestled on Main Street in North Woodstock has now grown to a 30-barrel production facility and lab. The Brewery offers eight year-round brews, including their 4000-Footer IPA, Old Man Oatmeal Stout, and Pig’s Ear Brown Ale. Each season, they also brew special seasonal flavors to be enjoyed on the patio after a long day of hiking or by the fireplace after an epic powder day. No matter what your tastebuds like, there is a beer on tap or in cans waiting for you at the Woodstock Inn Brewery.
One Love Brewery
Located in downtown Lincoln in the historic Henry Paper Mill, One Love Brewery is a German-style beer pub. Brewed in-house and featuring creative names, the beers at One Love are typically German lagers, but you’ll also find some hoppy varieties on tap. Make sure you pair your pint with something delicious from the menu. The starters menu is eccentric featuring items such as Ravioli Tikki Masala, Empanadas, and Poutine. And, don’t miss the burgers! If beer isn’t your drink of choice, then you’ll want to try a cocktail. From White Peach Sangria to Pain Killers, you’ll find something to quench the thirst on a hot day. Did we mention that the deck at One Love Brewery is dog-friendly?
Seven Birches Winery
It is not every day you find a winery in the mountains of New England. Seven Birches Winery is a boutique winery with two locations in Lincoln – the Lincoln Village Shops and RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain. Using grapes grown around the world and locally in New Hampshire, you’ll find a large variety of white, red, and everything in between wines. Sign up for a wine tour or taste testing or both and discover delicious wine in the Western White Mountains. Seven Birches also offers a weekly ‘Vineyard Talk’. Join their vineyard manager at 2pm on Saturdays (weather permitting) for a 30-minute Vineyard Talk in the RiverWalk Resort Vineyard. Meet at the RiverWalk Winery Tasting Room at 2pm and you’ll be taken out to the vineyard to discuss vines and future plans. The talk is complimentary and does not require reservations. It’s the perfect thing to do before or after a tour or wine tasting.
Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages
If making wine was not enough, Seven Birches Winery started dipping their toes into making hard cider as well in 2020. Fermented naturally using locally sourced apples, Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages currently offers a variety of flavors including the recently released Blood Orange and Lemon-Lime. The Blueberry Hard Apple Cider is fermented with fresh-press apple juice along with fresh whole blueberries. The Heirloom Cider is barrel-aged, done dry, almost champagne-like, and seasonal so get it before it is gone. Rhythm Studio is located next to the Atrium Wine Bar in the Lincoln Village Shops and has expanded their offerings! Try their locally sourced and produced hard seltzers, fruit wines and more.
The Gypsy Café on Main Street in Lincoln is a favorite amongst the locals. Co-owned by award-winning chef, Dan Duris, the Gypsy features food from around the world. While the food is delicious, many people come to the Gypsy just for the drinks as they are some of the best in the Western White Mountains. Their margaritas made with fresh, homemade lemon and lime sour mix are legendary. The drink menu also includes a variety of specialty martinis and other cocktails.
Twin Barns North Taproom
If you plan on indulging in a few alcoholic beverages in the Western White Mountains, remember to drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive. One of the beauties of the Lincoln/Woodstock area is the closeness of many of the breweries, wineries, and restaurants. You can walk or ride your bike to many of the places. If you are staying at one of the many resorts in the area, they also may have a shuttle that can pick you up at the end of the night.
Discover the delicious beers, wines, and cocktails in the Western White Mountains. And don’t forget to cheers!
Know Before You Go – Plan Ahead. Play It Safe. Pack Your Patience.
Businesses are constantly updating their Covid policies and making changes to their business operations, learn what’s happening at some of the places you’ll visit this summer. By working together, our Attractions, businesses and natural spaces can stay open for you to enjoy and in ways that keep our residents and economy healthy! Do your part by staying Granite State Safe. We will continue to monitor and keep this list as up to date as possible. Please let us know if you see any changes to the operations listed below, [email protected].
Businesses listed in alphabetical order or sort by business type.
*The information on this page is subject to change without notice.
Please note that seasonal businesses and non-member businesses are not currently listed.
Winter is right around the corner in the Western White Mountains. The temperatures have dropped, and the local ski resorts have started to make snow. The New Year will be here before you know it, and this winter will be like no other.
The keys to having a great travel experience (regardless of whether it’s taking place during a pandemic or not), are to find out what you need to know before you go, be respectful of local communities, businesses, and environments, and be prepared to follow guidance that is designed to keep you and the local residents safe. Planning ahead and pre-booking your accommodations, activities, and restaurant reservations are even more important now while many businesses’ capacity is limited due to the pandemic.
Both Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain have implemented special mountain operations to help keep everyone safe this ski season. If you have an Ikon Pass for Loon Mountain, you must make a reservation online at IkonPass.com. You must purchase your ticket online for daily lift tickets and pick up at a contactless pickup box at the mountain. Lift tickets will be limited, so plan ahead for your desired dates! Cannon Mountain does not plan to require season pass holders to make reservations at this time, but that could change in the future. Limited daily lift tickets will be sold online only.
Other popular winter attractions such as the Ice Castle and Alpine Adventures are open for business with advance reservations. Pick your date and time, book your tickets online, and have tons of fun. Many hotels and resorts have limited capacity due to current state guidelines, so it’s important to book ahead of time, especially during peak weeks, such as the Christmas holidays and school vacation weeks. Hotels have heavily invested in sanitation and cleaning procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.
While You’re Here
Local businesses have worked hard to make your visit as easy, safe, and fun as in previous years. All businesses in the Western White Mountains, including the ski resorts, require face coverings to be worn at all times. Both Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain will offer limited access to their lodges. You’ll be required to boot up at your vehicles. Lift lines will likely be longer due to social distancing, but with a little patience, you’ll get to the top in no time. Ski school is still in session this winter! With limited capacity and smaller classes, though, you’ll want to book in advance to ensure your spot.
All your favorite restaurants are open and ready to serve up your favorite dishes. Indoor seating is limited, so it is best to call ahead, and many restaurants are now offering take-out menus, so you grab and go.
If you’ve been coming to the Western White Mountains for a while now, then you know what the weather can be like during the winter months. It is important to dress in layers and be prepared for the worst. For winter layers and winter accessories, like hats, gloves, and face coverings, stop by Rodger’s Ski & Sport, Village Ski & Snowboard, and Burgeon Outdoor.
If you’re looking to escape for socially distanced winter fun, then you have come to the right place! The Western White Mountains offers an abundance of opportunities to escape the crowds. With hundreds of miles of hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails, you could spend all day without seeing another person. Granite Backcountry Alliance has tons of great information about the best backcountry ski areas in the White Mountains. For winter hiking trails and tips, visit the Appalachian Mountain Club or AllTrails. No matter what you choose to do, you’ll have fun in the Western White Mountains!
Book Your Next Winter Visit to the Western White Mountains
The Western White Mountains are ready to host all your winter fun. Just plan ahead and you’ll be sure to have a wonderful time.
The Western White Mountains is quickly becoming a culinary hotspot with lots of unique eateries for various options for the whole family. Choose from traditional après ski spots like the Mt Club or Gordi’s or enjoy a quick breakfast at the local bagel shop or bakery. There are a place and menu for everyone in the family!
Common Man – Lincoln
After a day of skiing, head over to the Common Man in Lincoln and enjoy an après ski drink while you warm up in front of the massive stone fireplace while playing board games. Opened in 1985, the restaurant and bar have been a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. The extensive menu focuses on American cuisine, including all your favorites like prime rib, homemade mac and cheese, and their world-famous crab cakes. If you’re gluten-free, their special gluten-free menu is one of the best around the White Mountains. Just want to grab take-out and enjoy a meal on your couch in front of Netflix? You can order online and pick up curbside!
The Moon Bakery & Café – Lincoln
Located in the heart of the Village Shops on Main Street in Lincoln, The Moon Bakery & Café serves New Hampshire roasted, fair-trade coffee and organic teas that pair perfectly with their delicious baked goods. Open seven days a week, you can grab a shot of espresso or a healthy smoothie before hitting the cross-country or hiking trails. Grab a pastry or sandwich and pack it in your backpack for later. Celebrating a birthday or special occasion in the Western White Mountains, order a custom cake! Did we mention that The Moon has free WIFI?
Gordi’s Fish & Steak House – Lincoln
A staple of Lincoln, Gordi’s Fish & Steak House is a Western White Mountain classic. Co-owned by Olympic skiers, Gordi and Karen Eaton, the whole restaurant pays homage to the North Country and the past and present ski heroes of the region. Located in the Depot Plaza, you’re greeted by a large carved lobster and a tank full of live Maine lobsters. Lobsters and seafood in the mountains probably aren’t what you expected, but their seafood is fresh and delicious! Don’t miss their other house specials such as the steak and burgers. No matter what you ordered, you’ll love the atmosphere of Gordi’s.
Mountain Club – Loon Mountain
Ski-in and ski-out for incredible farm to table meals at Mt. Club at Loon Mountain. Work up an appetite by spending the morning shredding the fresh pow before heading to a late lunch or dinner featuring bold local flavors and epic mountain views. With a focus on local produce, bread, meats, and drinks, the menu changes monthly, but always showcase mouthwatering dishes. Start your dinner with a salad or appetizer before sinking your teeth into scallops, ribeye, or something else. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!
White Mountain Bagel Co – Lincoln
Start your mornings off right with a coffee and bagel at White Mountain Bagel Co. Serving homemade bagels baked fresh daily with the choice of your favorite cream cheese, you’ll have all the energy you need to bag the next peak or ski the glades. If you need something a little heartier, choose from their variety of egg sandwiches or lunch sandwiches. If you’re visiting for the week, purchase a dozen bagels and enjoy them all week for breakfast! Short of time while heading to the mountain, order ahead of time online and pick up curbside.
Woodstock Inn Brewery – North Woodstock
The Woodstock Inn Brewery is one of the legends of the North Country. Featuring four bars in one, the Woodstock Inn truly defines the Western White Mountains spirit. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can’t go wrong on the time of day you eat at the Woodstock Inn. The extensive menu features an eccentric mix of hearty and delicious dishes from burgers to salads to seafood and just about everything in between. The large restaurant with its multiple pubs consists of several rooms with varying décor focusing on the historic charm of the region.
One Love Brewery – Lincoln
One Love Brewery is a traditional German Lager House. Their beer is Master Crafted by owner and brewer Michael Snyder, who graduated from the The Seibel School in 2000. Michael has been a professional brewer for 20 years. His passion for German Lagers comes with years of experience and dedication. During your visit pair their beer with an item off their delicious menu including options for the gluten free visitors. One Love Brewery has expanded in the Village Shops this winter. Check out their Love Nest company store and enjoy a beverage in their 21+ cocktail lounge. One Love Brewery family has expanded to Plymouth, NH as well where you’ll find “Blended” a juicery and smoothie shop and “Stir” a one love test kitchen and brewery. Both locations are at 61 Main Street, Plymouth NH.
No matter where you go in the Western White Mountains, there is always a delicious place to grab unique eats that will satisfy your taste buds.
Here’s your chance to explore White Mountain back roads and small towns, support local businesses and win prizes with the White Mountains 100-Mile Challenge.
The six chambers and associations of the White Mountains region have collaborated to create the White Mountains 100-Mile Challenge, an exhilarating new way to explore the White Mountains, take photos and win prizes. Offering the ultimate reason to explore the back roads, beautiful vistas, and local businesses throughout the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, the White Mountain 100-Mile Challenge offers the ideal socially distanced itinerary for a day trip, overnight, or longer vacation. Simply explore the historic markers, attractions, shops, restaurants, lodging, recreation businesses on the list, take photos, and upload them to your own social media and WhiteMts100milechallenge.com, and you may just win one of 100 prizes including a future vacation to the Whites.
Here’s how it works: Download the challenge list of stops, ranging from locations like breweries, local historic markers, shops, ski areas, B&Bs, hotels, spas and more in any of the White Mountain communities listed. Take a selfie or group photo at each one of the stops. Then upload your photo to your social media channels with the hashtag #WhiteMts100Miles. Once you’ve visited ten of the business categories on the list anytime between Oct 13-Dec 6, 2020, upload your photos to WhteMts100milechallenge.com here and enter to win prizes. Enter as often as you want, as long as you upload ten photos at a time.
The White Mountains 100-Mile Challenge started on Tuesday, October 13th, and ends at midnight on Sunday, December 6th, 2020. All photos submitted should be taken on site during this time period in order to be eligible. Weekly winners will be announced every Friday beginning October 23rd. The grand prize winners will be chosen Monday, December 7th. All winners will be notified by email.
More than 100 prizes will be awarded over the duration of the challenge along with one grand prize – an Omni Mt Washington Hotel getaway and a White Mountains Attractions Pass for the summer or fall of 2021. Other prizes include items from participating businesses.
“The White Mountains 100-Mile Challenge offers a fun way to discover the communities in the White Mountains between fall and winter,” said Kim Pickering, Executive Director of the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce and program co-coordinator. “With interest high in getting outside to explore in a socially distanced way, this program will encourage visitors and residents to safely visit and engage with businesses in the White Mountain region through a scavenger hunt style itinerary,” she added.
Communities participating in the White Mountain 100-Mile Challenge are represented by the newly formed consortium of the White Mountains Collaborative including the six chambers of commerce in the White Mountains region, White Mountain Attractions Association and Ski New Hampshire. The communities included in the White Mountain 100-Mile Challenge include Plymouth, Waterville Valley, Campton, Thornton, Lincoln/Woodstock, Woodsville, Bath, Littleton, Lisbon, Franconia, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Twin Mountain, Bretton Woods , Whitefield, Jefferson, Jackson, Bartlett, Glen, North Conway, Conway, Chocorua and Tamworth.
Funds for development and promotion of the White Mountain 100-Mile Challenge were made possible by a special program called the Chamber of Commerce Partnership Assistance Fund, created by the NH Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) to support collaborative efforts among chambers that were ineligible for CARES Act funding through other programs.
To learn more about the program and each chambers’ involvement, contact any of the participating members listed below.
Ready for another beautiful fall foliage season in the Western White Mountains?! Peak foliage is just around the corner, and you’ll want to start planning all your favorite fall activities. Hop in your car and head to the mountains for some fall fun with your family.
Fall Scenic Drives
The White Mountains are home to some of the best fall foliage scenic drives in the world. There is a reason thousands of people flock to the region every year to view the incredible kaleidoscope of colors. For the ultimate White Mountains road trip, fill up your tank, grab a sweater, and lots of snacks, and hit the road.
The Multi-Notch Mountain Ride is approximately 142 miles long and will take you through the best of the White Mountains. Start your journey in Lincoln on I-93 through Franconia Notch State Park and past the former Old Man of the Mountain. Just before Littleton, take the exit to Route 302 and drive through the quaint town of Bethlehem before driving past the majestic Mount Washington Hotel. There are plenty of scenic lookout spots to stop along the way to take your selfies or photos of trees bursting with color. Once past the infamous hotel, you’ll drive through Crawford Notch with the Presidential Range looming overhead. From here, choose to take the Bear Botch Road in Bartlett to the Kancamagus Highway or drive through North Conway and stop for lunch. From Conway, turn west on to Route 112 as known as the Kancamagus Highway, which offers 34.5 miles of breathtaking mountain scenery through the White Mountain National Forest.
The Multi-Notch Mountain Ride can be broken into a weekend or done in a day. Don’t have a full day? You can just drive the Kancamagus Highway or Route 302 through Crawford Notch. Whatever route you take, it will be beautiful. Keep in mind that parking is limited in areas, and you should avoid parking on the highways or busy roads.
If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the changing leaves or views of the White Mountain National Forest from above, you’ll want to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. Hiking is a great socially-distance fall activity for the whole family. With hundreds of miles of hiking trails throughout the Western White Mountains, there is no shortage of trails with great fall foliage views. For an easy hike for the whole family, the Lincoln Woods Trail is a flat 2.7-mile trail that meanders along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River.
For epic fall views of Franconia Notch, take the short yet steep jaunt up Artists Bluff. For centuries, tourists have climbed the well-worn trail to the open summit on Bald Mountain. It is a popular hike, so get there early, and you may want to bring a face mask just in case. For a more challenging hike, the 8.5-mile Franconia Trail Loop will take you over the peaks of Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln, and Little Haystack for panoramic views of the White Mountains. Be sure to pack all the essentials, including warm clothes and possibly crampons, since it is not uncommon for it to snow early in the White Mountains at higher elevations.
Wine and Beer Tasting
Over the recent years, tons of breweries and wineries have been popping up across the western White Mountains making it the best destination for craft beer and wine lovers. Start your day off by winetasting at Seven Birches Winery at the RiverWalk Resort. Choose from a variety of in-house made white, red, and everything in between wine. Just a short walk across the parking lot, you’ll find One Love Brewery with their tasty German-style beers and delicious menu of pub favorites.
Discover one of New Hampshire’s original craft breweries at the Woodstock Inn Brewery. With a 30-barrel production facility on-site, you can not only taste your favorite beers but see them made. With creative Western White Mountains names like Exit 32 and Pemi Pale Ale, you find something to like. Head up I-93 and find even more breweries to try. Remember to drink responsibly.
Scenic Train Rides
Trains were once a primary mode of transportation in the White Mountains, and you can still see the remnants of old railbeds and cars throughout the region. Whether you’re a train enthusiast or just someone who wants to enjoy a scenic ride through the mountains to see the fall foliage, you have several options to enjoy. The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln offers fall foliage rides along the Pemigewasset River region. Due to the coronavirus, the train will be running on a limited schedule and capacity to ensure the safety of the public. The Mount Washington Cog Railway and the Conway Scenic Railroad are also open for fall foliage scenic train rides during the autumn months.
Hit the new mountain biking trails at Loon Mountain this fall. Last fall, Loon Mountain completed phase one of their new downhill mountain biking park. Designed and built in conjunction with Highland Trails, the downhill mountain park over two miles of trails with more to come in the following years. If you prefer flatter ground, Loon Mountain has six miles of cross-country biking trails as well. Once you’re done ripping it up at Loon, head over to the nearly 9 mile Franconia Notch Recreation Path.
Visit the Western White Mountains This Fall
Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Western White Mountains of New Hampshire. With the incredible changing colors and lots of crisp fresh air, it’s the perfect place to experience the fresh mountain air.
All Aboard the Dinner Train!
For a truly unique dining experience in the Western White Mountains, book your tickets on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. For two hours, you’ll enjoy a delicious five-course gourmet meal cooked by an award-winning chef while taking in the majestic views of the White Mountains.
The Café Lafayette Dinner Train is currently in its 31st season of serving guests a unique experience in the Western White Mountains. Start your journey at the Train Station in North Woodstock, where you’ll receive your boarding pass and seating assignment. The Dinner Train consists of three unique cars. The Indian Waters car is a 1924 Pullman car featuring ornate woodworking, stained glass, and brass. The iconic car is often used during the fall months. Granite Eagle is a 1952 Pullman dome car and is one of the last dome cars remaining in the United States. During your booking, you have the option to choose the dome seating, which offers incredible panoramic views of the White Mountains. Algonquin is a 1954 Canadian National coach that was previously part of the trans-Canadian railway. No matter what train car you are seated in, you’ll enjoy the unique atmosphere.
Once everyone is boarded and seated for dinner, the Café Lafayette Dinner Train will embark from the Train Station and begin its two-hour journey along the Boston-Maine Line spur through the Pemi River Valley. You’ll travel south through the woods, over three trestle bridges, through the Jack O’Lantern Golf Course, and finally to the turnaround point at a Christmas Tree farm in Thornton. While you’ll want to take in the beautiful scenery around you, you don’t want to miss what is right in front of you on your plate!
All dishes served on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train are homemade by Executive Chef Robin Campbell, an award-winning Paris-trained chef from England who has cooked in some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally in the greater White Mountains region, coming from places like Blackriver Forest and Serendipity Farm. The gourmet meal changes seasonally, and you’ll always have your choice of appetizer and entrée. Once guests are seated, your server will review the menu with you.
Your choice of entrée will always include a chicken, fish, red meat, and vegetarian option. The Café Lafayette Dinner Train can modify and accommodate a variety of dietary needs with advanced notice. Dinner starts with homemade freshly out-of-the-oven rolls followed by an appetizer of your choice, soup, salad, entrée of your choice, and dessert. Each train car has a full bar with an extensive wine, beer, and special cocktail list.
The Café Lafayette Dinner Train is owned and managed locally by a husband and wife team. Ali will answer all your calls and greet you when you board the train while Michael handles all the train maintenance and tends bar in the evenings! Their small staff of servers and chefs are there to tend to all your needs. The Dinner Train does have a business casual dress attire, and children under the age of six are discouraged as two hours in one place may be difficult for the energetic little ones.
The Café Lafayette Dinner Train operates from May through October on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged, but last-minute bookings may be available but must be made by phone. The train runs rain or shine, and it’s always beautiful on the tracks! The Café Lafayette Dinner Train is handicap accessible, it’s best to contact them in advance for the best seating option for you. For full details, pricing and current menus click here.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or a unique experience in the White Mountains, visit their website, NHDinnerTrain.com to reserve a table. Between the gourmet menu and incredible views of the Pemi River Valley, you won’t be disappointed (or hungry afterward)!
Top 12 Selfie Spots in the Western White Mountains
If you didn’t take a selfie, were you really there?
Love them or hate them, selfies are here to stay thanks to social media. Instagram is full of beautiful, drool-worthy photos from around the world. Make all your friends jealous with your amazing selfies from the Western White Mountains. The region is home to stunning year-round panoramic views of the mountains, delicious local (and maybe some not so local) delicacies, and heaps of family-friendly outdoor activities. Break out the selfie stick and remember to #westernwhitemtns!
The Flume Gorge is one of New Hampshire’s most popular state parks. For centuries, the natural gorge in Franconia Notch State Park has been attracting visitors from around the world to take in the wild, wet wonder discovered in 1808 by 93-year-old “Aunt” Jess Guernsey. Grab your whole family and take a stroll on the Flume’s boardwalk. Take a selfie in the Flume’s mist or near the Visitor Center, which is framed by the spectacular vista of Mount Liberty and Mount Flume.
The Gardens at Woodstock Inn
Most people come to the Woodstock Inn Brewery for the beer. We don’t blame them as the beer is pretty darn good! But, did you know that the Woodstock Inn has some of the most beautiful gardens in the region? Dine amongst the colorful wildflowers on the patio and take a selfie with a pint of your favorite beer in the gardens.
Indian Head Tower
The first wooden tower at the Indian Head Resort was built during the 1920s to attract more tourists to the resort. Paying just a dime, guests climbed to the top of the 72-foot tower to experience the breathtaking views of the White Mountains. While the original tower has since been replaced, you can still climb to the top for the epic mountain views.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and Summit
Take an exhilarating ride (or hike!) up to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain on America’s first Aerial Tramway. The 80-passenger cable car takes visitors to the top of New Hampshire’s highest lift-accessed point in under 10 minutes. Snap a pic during your ride or from the 360-degree observation deck at the summit. While the views are stunning year-round, fall views are just out of this world! If you can’t make it on the tram, enjoy Franconia Notch from Echo Lake or nearby Artist’s Bluff.
Top of Kanc
The Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) is a popular National Scenic Byway and a drive you won’t forget, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. Discover the kaleidoscope of colors on the 34.5-mile drive (or bike ride!) over the White Mountains. Stop along the many scenic lookouts to grab your fall selfies, and don’t forget to snap a quick pic in front of the Kancamagus Pass highest point sign. You’re at 2,855 feet!
Lincoln Woods Bridge
Test your fear of heights on the Lincoln Woods Suspension Bridge over the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. The wooden bridge spans over 150 feet across the rocky river giving you tons of opportunity to take creative selfies for your Instagram.
RiverWalk Ice Skating Rink
Did you ever dream of being an Olympic figure skater? Now is your chance to make your dreams a reality! The RiverWalk Resort Ice Skating Rink is a one of a kind ice skating rink built on the outdoor lagoon swimming pool. Twirl around the fire cauldron and practice your triple axel under the stars. There’s plenty of skating shows throughout the winter, so you’ll have plenty of chances to snap a selfie with your favorite skating star, too!
Fireplace at Common Man
After a cold day of hitting the slopes at Loon Mountain, put on your favorite après ski sweater, order a hot chocolate overflowing with whipped cream and perch yourself right in front of the giant stone fireplace at the Common Man to warm up. No filters needed for this selfie spot!
Candy Counter at Chutters
Willy Wonka has nothing on Chutters! Home to the longest candy counter in the world, Chutters has four locations in the Western White Mountains. Snap a selfie with your favorite candy before diving headfirst into a sugar coma. #sweettooth
Fadden’s General Store
For over 200 years, the Fadden family has been making award-winning maple syrup in North Woodstock. Stop by the Fadden’s General Store on Main Street and pick up a gallon of liquid gold to enjoy over pancakes. A bite of a perfectly fluffy buttermilk pancake dripping in maple syrup, making for the perfect selfie opportunity. Yum!
Do you enjoy high-flying fun? Challenge yourself to the self-guided Thrillsville Challenge Course at Alpine Adventures! The aerial adventure park has cargo nets, rope ladders, a zipline, treehouse, and more. Snap a family selfie on the suspension bridge to remember your afternoon of family-friendly fun!
Georgiana and Harvard Falls
Don’t go chasing waterfalls unless it’s in the Western White Mountains! During the spring, the waterfalls are roaring with snowmelt making it the optimal time for waterfall selfies! Just a short hike into the woods, and you’ll be rewarded with the 750-foot cascading falls of Georgiana Falls or take it all the way up to Harvard Falls.
Show Us Your Selfies!
We’ve listed a few of our favorite selfie spots in the Western White Mountains, but now it’s your turn. Make sure you #westernwhitemtns to show us all your favorite spots this year!
During the winter months, the western White Mountains becomes a mecca for skiers and snowboarders looking for affordable, world-class skiing. Both Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain are family-friendly ski resorts offering exceptional skiing, but not everyone skis or snowboards, and that’s okay. There’s plenty of winter activities for non-skiers and skiers alike in the western White Mountains. Just bundle up and enjoy!
Speed down the Hill on Snow Tubes
Who doesn’t want to relive childhood sledding memories? The best part – you don’t have to walk up the hill! Lift-serviced snow tubing is available at Loon Mountain. Ride to the chairlift to the top of the Little Sister trail and fly down nearly 1,000 feet of snow tube tracks day or night. For the little ones under age seven, there is a small walk-up Tot Tubing hill.
Fly High on the Winter Zipline
Winter is a great time to go ziplining! Alpine Adventures, New England’s original zipline company, offers winter zipline tours on two of their courses – the SkyRider Tour and the Treetop Tour. Start your tour with an off-road ride up to the top of the course and finish in the custom-built treehouse offering incredible views of the White Mountains while sipping hot cocoa. After snow tubing at Loon Mountain, fly high across the frozen Pemigewasset River on the Loon Mountain Zipline.
Break a Sweat on a Snowshoe Tour
The White Mountains are home to some of the best hiking in New England, but snow can make it challenging to access some of your favorite trails. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails for some exercise. The Loon Mountain Adventure Center offers a variety of snowshoe tours ranging in difficulty and length from the beginner-friendly Riverbank Tour to the adventurous Lincoln Ridge Tour. Alternatively, you can rent snowshoes and hit the snowshoe trails for your own scenic tour. Alpine Adventures also offers guided backcountry snowshoe tours on their private mountain in North Woodstock, Barron Mountain.
Enjoy the Scenic Views from the Tram
You don’t need skis or a snowboard to enjoy the epic panoramic views from the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram. The Aerial Tram is America’s first aerial tramway that takes passengers to the 4,080-foot summit in under ten minutes. From New Hampshire’s highest lift-accessed point, you can see the White Mountains, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Canada! Grab a cup of coffee or a beer and enjoy the views at the café and bar at the summit.
Go for Gold on the Skating Rink
Practice your triple axel, or just try not to fall on your bottom at the RiverWalk Resort ice skating rink. Open to the public, the RiverWalk Resort rink is as unique as during the summer months, it’s a swimming pool! Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the rink. The RiverWalk Resort hosts several skating shows throughout the winter, so make sure you check the calendar of events.
Bundle Up and Get Frozen at the Ice Castles
Visit Ice Castles to make all of your frozen dreams come true. Whether you visit during the day or at night when the castle is lit up, its an experience you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget the camera! The New Hampshire location also offers sleigh rides and a winter walk through an enchanted forest lined with elaborate ice sculptures. For the little ones, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet real-life princesses at Ice Castles.
Kick Back and Relax at the Spa
Maybe your favorite thing about winter is being nice and warm inside, taking some time for yourself and treating yourself. Put your feet up, grab a tea or glass or wine and enjoy some pampering and relaxation at Viaggio Spa or Solstice North Day Spa. Whether you want to melt away your stress with a massage or facial or get a manicure and pedicure, these White Mountain spas have a long list of services for you to choose from.
Hit Up Happy Hour
After a day outside enjoying the many winter activities in the western White Mountains, head to one of the many wineries and breweries in the area for a drink. Seven Birches Winery makes delicious wine inside the RiverWalk Resort. With two tasting rooms, you can sip on tasty red and white wine varieties. If you like German beer, One Love Brewery brews some authentic (and delicious!) German and European-style beer. Pair a pint with a pretzel on other yummy dishes on the pub menu. And you can never go wrong with the Woodstock Inn Brewery, which is one of New Hampshire’s oldest and largest craft breweries in the state.
You don’t need to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy all the incredible and fun winter activities in the western White Mountains.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Ice Castles are back again for its sixth season in New Hampshire. Since 2014, the famous Ice Castles have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors every winter to explore over 20 million pounds of frozen features. Now located in North Woodstock with a permanent location, Ice Castles are the perfect winter attraction for families and couples. Kids of all ages will love its slides, mazes, thrones, and frozen archways and new this year – an enchanted forest!
There’s a ton of fun things to do with the whole family in the Western White Mountains, so when you visit the Ice Castles, stay for a weekend, or the entire week. The Western White Mountains are home to two of the best ski areas in the White Mountains with Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain just minutes away. We know that skiing isn’t for everyone, but don’t worry, there’s so much more to do!
Get Creative with the Family
Too cold for an outdoor activity? Bring your kids to Chutters candy shop in Lincoln or take a drive through the notch to Littleton to their flagship store, holding the world record for the longest candy counter at 112 feet. Make a stop at the New England Ski Museum, located in Franconia Notch State Park, to learn about the history of skiing, the local “firsts” and area native Bode Miller’s ski career, all for free! Afterwards, drop them off for a kids night out at Live a Little Fitness so you can enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet, grab dinner or a drink and let the kids run off their sugar high and make some new friends!
Fly Down the Mountain on Snow Tubes
You don’t need to ski or snowboard to have fun at Loon Mountain! Loon Mountain offers the only lift-serviced snow tubing hill in the White Mountains, so you can spend more time flying down the mountain than hiking back up. The tubing tracks are groomed and fast on the Little Sister Trail. For the little ones under 8, there’s a walk-up Tot Tubing area. Warm up after with hot cocoa at the Octagon Lodge. They’ve got ice skating too!
Fly above the trees on one of the three zipline courses at Alpine Adventures. If that’s too much thrill and you’d prefer to keep it on four wheels, sign up for their off-road tour in a six wheeled Pinzgauer. They offer guided snowshoe tours, a Big Air Bag stuntzone and an aerial adventure park. They’ve got all kind of adventures to get your heart rate pumping.
Celebrate a Special Occasion
Celebrate your next anniversary, engagement, birthday, or just schedule a romantic date night with your other half at one of the many delicious restaurants in Lincoln and the North Woodstock area. For something different, try tapas at The Depot or something worldly from the Gypsy Cafe. The Woodstock Inn Brewery has been voted the White Mountains favorite restaurant for eight years. With an extensive food and beer menu, you’ll find something delicious to eat. For a post-dinner celebratory beer, stop by One Love Brewery. or Twin Barns North Taproom.
Cheers to Wine Tasting & More
Send the kids to ski school or the movies and head over to one of two Seven Birches Winery tasting rooms. The original tasting room is located within the RiverWalk Resort. Overlooking the recently planted vines, you can sip on a variety of red, white, and everything in between wine varieties. The new Atrium Wine Bar is located in the Lincoln Village Shops. The Atrium is open for wine by the glass, wine flights, and New Hampshire-made snacks. And right next door is a newer addition to the area for a fun tasting experience: Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages. Try their locally sourced and produced cider, seltzer and so much more. Once you’re done sipping, make sure you do a little shopping at the Lincoln Village Shops.
Lace Up Your Skates
Lace up your skates and hit the ice to practice your triple axels. RiverWalk Resort has one of the best ice skating rinks in the mountains. While it may look like any other ice rink on top, underneath, you’ll find miles of specialized tubing turning RiverWalk Resort’s outdoor lagoon swimming pool into a state-of-the-art ice skating rink. The ice skating rink is open to the public, and rentals are available if you don’t have your own skates. Throughout the winter months, RiverWalk hosts several shows, including the popular Skate with the Bruins fundraising event.
This winter, come for the Ice Castles but stay for the dozens of family-friendly fun attractions, restaurants, and activities in the western White Mountains.
A trip to the western White Mountains is a culinary delight. While the area might not be a foodie destination like other cities in New England, we’re spoiled with many delicious and unique dining options. From organic, locally sourced farm fresh ingredients to a gourmet five-course dinner on the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, you certainly won’t go hungry in the western White Mountains.
Voted favorite restaurant in the White Mountains for the past eight years, the Woodstock Inn is a local legend. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Woodstock Inn menu is extensive as the dining room. You’ll find everything from nachos to pretzels to meatloaf and fish and chips. The Woodstock Inn burgers are the best in town. Made with locally raised New Hampshire and Vermont beef, each burger is flavorful and fresh. If you’re up for the challenge, try the Death by Burger, which is an 18 oz. cheeseburger on the bottom with a BLT and onions on top. Want to make it on the wall of fame? Try the Double the Death Burger! Thirty-six ounces of beef? No problem!
For a taste around the world, head to the Gypsy Café for a fun and casual evening with an eccentric menu. With a unique art created by local artists on the wall, you’ll be inspired to choose something colorful from the menu. From Enchiladas Rojas to Thai Red Curry Duck to Malai Kofta, each dish is authentic and full of flavor and a little spice. If you’re a margarita fan, then you’ve come to the right place! The Gypsy Cafe’s margaritas are famous around these parts. Made with fresh homemade lemon and lime sour mix, you can’t go wrong with whatever one you choose.
One Love Brewery
On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than a cold beer. Head over to One Love Brewery for some German-style beers on the dog-friendly patio. Their diverse menu is filled with delicious comfort food-style pub favorites, like soft pretzels, nachos, and poutine! Many of the many dishes are cooked using their locally brewed beer and many locally sourced ingredients. Visit Tuesday for Trivia Night or Friday and Saturday nights for live music.
Mountain Club on Loon
The Mountain Club on Loon offers two dining options – Black Diamond Pub and Seasons Restaurant. Both restaurants source their ingredients locally from farmers, producers, bakers and brewers, and distillers. The restaurants serve up traditional New England pub fare with a local twist for both kids and adults. Each dining option is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
For a truly unique experience, book a ticket aboard the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train. For two hours, you’ll ride along the Pemigewasset River through the beautiful western White Mountains while eating a gourmet five-course dinner. Each 1950’s vintage train car has been restored to its former glory making the whole dinner train a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The menu changes regularly and features delicious seasonal dishes made with local flavors. A trip on the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train is a perfect idea for a special occasion like an anniversary or engagement.
For over 120 years, Fadden’s General Store has been producing award-winning maple syrup for the western White Mountains. Like most early settlers in the White Mountains, the Fadden Family harvested maple sap and sugar to consume and trade for supplies. James H. Fadden and his wife, Ida, opened Fadden’s General Store in 1896.
It wasn’t until James and his son, Norman, purchased a stand of maple trees and built a large sugarhouse that Fadden’s launched into the commercial maple syrup industry. Norman ran the store until 1983 when his son, James H. Fadden Sr., took over and ran it until James (Jim) H. Fadden Jr. purchased and restored the store back to its original beauty in the summer of 2008. Jim ran the store until his passing in December 2018. His son, James, and his mother are continuing the Fadden legacy with the sixth generation.
The Fadden maple stand is located just three miles up the street from the General Store. While the maple grove is home to the old sugarhouse, today the maple syrup is produced in the modern state-of-the-art sugarhouse right behind the General Store on Main Street in North Woodstock. With over 7,500 taps and 17 miles of pipeline, Fadden’s produces approximately 2,000 to 2,500 gallons of maple syrup every year. That’s a lot of pancakes!
Over the decades, Fadden’s has won many awards, including eight Carlisle awards, which is presented annually for the best maple syrup in New Hampshire. Fadden’s most recently won the award in 2018. In 1957, Norman won an award for the best maple syrup in the world. That’s one big title!
When asked what makes Fadden’s maple syrup special, James was modest and said, “I would love to say it’s the cook who makes our syrup unique, but that would be a fib. I would have to say our syrup is good because of the environment where it comes from in our grove. It also may have to do with our cleaning habitats, but it is most likely due to the fact we don’t let our maple sap sit around.”
Fadden’s Maple Syrup is available for purchase year-round, seven days a week at Fadden’s General Store. Maple syrup can be purchased in just about every size jug you can imagine. Bring home a gallon for yourself and lots of smaller jugs for all your friends! Maple syrup isn’t the only thing you’ll find at Fadden’s General Store. “We also carry a lot of locally made things like jellies and jams, honey, maple-scented hand lotions, and chapstick. We also have locally made beers, wines, and meads along with a small grocery section. For our outdoors people, we have a wide range of things from camping and fishing supplies,” said James. Of course, you can find all your favorite gifts like magnets, postcards, and stuffed animals to remember your favorite vacation.
The December holiday break is a great time to visit with family and friends and create some holiday memories together.
Loon Mountain Resort and Cannon Mountain are open with lots of trails for you to explore on your new skis or board. There’s also cross country trails open at Ski Heart Farm and Franconia Village XC. Winter hiking and snowshoeing in the White Mountain National Forest is another way to explore the beauty of our area.
There’s also many events happening in the area: from ice skating to sleigh rides, painting classes and ski races to a variety of New Year’s Eve Celebrations. For a full list of events visit our Events Calendar.
Let someone else do the cooking this holiday! Below you’ll find a list of holiday hours for some of our local restaurants in the area. If you didn’t want a full meal out, you can pre-order appetizers, breads, cakes and even entrees from the Purple Tomato in Lincoln, NH. Friday, December 21st is the last day to get in your orders.
We look forward to seeing you and helping you create some family memories. Happy Holiday’s from our community to you!
Local Area Dining Options for the Holidays
Franconia Inn | Franconia, NH| 603-823-5542
Christmas Eve: Set menu (Pub and Main Dining room) 5:30pm-8:00pm
Christmas Day: Set menu (Pub and Main Dining room) 5:30pm-8:00pm
New Years Eve: Dinner 5:00pm-9:00pm. Annual Toast in the Pub at Midnight
New Years Day: Set menu 5:30pm-8:30pm
Mountain Club on Loon | Lincoln, NH | 603-745-2244
Christmas Eve: Set menu at Season’s Restaurant until 9:00pm
Christmas Day: Breakfast buffet until 10:00am. Set menu for lunch and dinner.
New Years Eve: NY Grand buffet with entertainment in the Pub until 12:30am. Children’s program and teen event at Viaggio with a DJ!
New Years Day: Buffet breakfast. Set menu remainder of the day with football in the Pub.
Sugar Hill Inn | Sugar Hill, NH | 603-823-5621
Christmas Eve: Regular 4 Course dinner, $69 pp
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Hors d’oeuvres, 4 Course dinner, live music with Dennis Cote (Dining room), champagne toast at Midnight, $138 pp
New Years Day: Closed
Adair Country Inn & Restaurant | Bethlehem, NH | 603-444-2600
Christmas Eve: Regular menu from 5:00pm-8:30pm
Christmas Day: 5 Course set menu with choice of entree, 2 seating’s at 4:00pm and 6:30pm, $65 pp
New Years Eve: 5 Course set menu with choice of entree, 1 seating at 6:00pm, $65 pp
New Years Day: Closed
Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery | North Woodstock, NH | 603-745-3951
Christmas Eve: Breakfast 7:30am-11:00am; Lunch 11:30am-3:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Breakfast 7:00am-11:30am. Lunch & Dinner regular menu 11:30am-11:00pm. Live Music in the Main Bar from 9:00pm-1:00am $15 cover charge after 10:00pm, party favors & champagne toast. NYE Party in the Kanc Club Room 9:00pm-1:00am. $30pp Enjoy the Pat Foley Band, appetizers and a cash bar, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Pre-purchase required. Call 603-745-3951 for your tickets.
New Years Day: Breakfast 7:00am-11:30am, Lunch & dinner regular menu 11:30am-10:00pm
The Common Man | Lincoln, NH | 603-745-3463
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Regular menu starting at 4:00pm
New Years Day: Regular menu starting at 4:00pm
Polly’s Pancake Parlor | Sugar Hill, NH | 603-823-5575
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Regular menu from 7:00am-3:00pm
New Years Day: Regular menu from 7:00am-3:00pm
Gordi’s Fish & Steak House | Lincoln, NH | 603-745-6635
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Regular menu & hours
New Years Day: Regular menu & hours
Covered Bridge Farm Table | Campton, NH | 603-536-1331
Christmas Eve: Regular menu till 5pm with a complimentary wrapping station in the lounge for your last minute details!
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Regular menu and Chefs specials. Live music in the Lounge @ 9:00pm (Cole Robbie Band)
New Years Day: Closed
AMC Highland Center | Crawford Notch, NH | 603-278-4453
Christmas Day: Pre-dinner social hour, wine and craft beer available for purchase, complimentary appetizers. Set menu, your choice of entree and dessert. Seating every 1/2 hour from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Adults/non-members $32; Adults/AMC members $26; Youth (13-17yrs) $20; Children (3-12yrs) $13
Tavern at Sunset Hill | Sugar Hill, NH | 603-823-7244
New Years Eve: 5 Course set menu starting at 6:00pm, $75 pp
Pemi Public House | North Woodstock, NH | 603-745-7058
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: Regular Menu available from 3:30pm to 9:00pm
New Years Day: Closed
Autumn is one of the best times to visit the western White Mountains of New Hampshire. The temperature has dropped, the air is crisp, and the leaves have turned into a kaleidoscope of colors. While many people just look at fall as the time between ski season, fall is a great time to explore the natural beauty of the mountains. Take some tips from our locals and enjoy one of the best times of the year.
With the mercury climbing in the city, it’s a great time to plan an escape to the mountains. The western White Mountains are perfect for a weekend or weeklong adventure for all ages with waterparks, hiking, and delicious food and drink options. Let two of our longtime locals tell you a few of their favorite things to do in the summer.
For a smaller region in northern New Hampshire, the western White Mountains has four vintage passenger trains open to the public. Whether you’re a four-year-old Thomas the Train super fan or a 64-year-old retired train conductor, you’ll love all the trains we have in town. Hop on board the Café Lafayette Dinner Train for an exceptional five-course dinner or search for the elusive Wolfman on the train at Clark’s Trading Post. Whatever your choice, it’s time to hop on board and enjoy the ride!
Hobo Railroad – A White Mountains Family Train
Voted the “Best Ride for Kids” by New Hampshire Magazine, the Hobo Railroad travels 14 miles along the picturesque Pemigewasset River. The 80-minute ride starts at Hobo Junction Train Station on Route 112 passes over Main Street and soon after a two-span bridge over the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. You’ll cross over the river again before coming back to the station.
Throughout the year, the Hobo Railroad offers special train rides. Every Saturday during the summer months, naturalists from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center provide educational commentary during the excursions. On Sundays, storybook characters join the trains for special storybook readings for young kids. During the fall months, ride the Hobo Harvest Time Express and catch the trees bursting with color. You’ll also have the chance to sample seasonal items and specialty products from New England. Of course, you can’t miss Santa in late November and early December!
Clark’s Trading Post – A White Mountains Fun Train
Celebrating its 90th year this summer, Clark’s Trading Post is a long-time favorite in the western White Mountains. Home to the famous Bear Show and many attractions and museums, Clark’s is also home to an antique steam-powered train. The White Mountain Central Railroad is 2.5-mile, 25-minute train ride through Wolfman’s territory. During the Fall foliage months, Clark’s also runs its 1943 GE diesel locomotive. Keep an eye out for the infamous Wolfman once you pass through the 1904 covered bridge. He is always up to something with his crazy antics!
Café Lafayette Dinner Train – A White Mountains Dinner Train
For a unique experience, book reservations on the Café Lafayette Dinner Train in North Woodstock. Operating from late May through October, dine on incredible seasonally selected appetizers and entrees in a five-course meal while watching the scenery change as you travel through the Pemigewasset River valley on its 20-mile journey.
Each car is of a different time period, including a 1952 dome car. The car offers two-levels of dining and is one of the last dome cars still functioning on the rails today. You’ll find as many rail enthusiasts as you find foodies on this unique dining experience in the western White Mountains.
J.E. Henry Railroad at Loon Mountain – A White Mountains Winter Train
During the winter months, Loon Mountain runs its Lilliputian-sized steam engine 600 feet from the gondola building to the Governor’s Lodge. The 1934 German locomotive is named after J.E Henry, a 19th-century timber baron who owned the local East Branch Railroad. Every winter, the wood-fired, steam-powered engine burns through approximately 60 cords of wood! If you’re 18 years and older, you have the opportunity to be a Guest Train Engineer for the day if you take the Guest Train Engineer Program course during the summer or fall months.
If you want to keep riding that train, Lincoln-Woodstock is just a short drive from the Conway Scenic Railroad, offering two different historic trains and three route options, and from the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway train. Whether you’re searching for fun, history, mountains or food by train, you’ll find it in Lincoln-Woodstock. Grab the kids, grab the grandparents and plan your next family getaway for the train lovers in your life!
The Lil’ Red Caboose – Unique Lodging in the White Mountains
We even have trains for lodging in the White Mountains! Use Air BnB and stay at the famous Lil’ Red Caboose. Randy is the owner of the Lil’ Red Caboose and a Superhost through Air BnB, which means he has high ratings from his guests. As a matter of fact, 95% of the people who leave Randy reviews give him 5 stars for the unique lodging, a great check-in experience, and outstanding location. The caboose has three beds and one bath, and can fit 4 guests. There is a kitchen, bathroom, indoor fireplace, two flat screen TV’s, central air, and WiFi all packed into this cozy lil’ caboose.
All aboard! Come discover the beauty and fun of the western White Mountains trains this year!
Spring in the White Mountains is a beautiful time of the year. The temperature starts to rise, the flowers start blooming, but you’ll still be able to find some snow left for the last turns of the ski season. The summer crowds have yet to arrive, so you’ll have much of the area to yourself.
Family Getaways in the Western White Mountains for the Whole Family
The western White Mountains of New Hampshire are an incredible year-round destination for family getaways. Home to some of the best skiing in New England, scenic hiking, and lots of great family-friendly activities, there’s plenty to keep you busy for a couple of days to several weeks. Multigenerational travel continues to become more popular, especially among the baby boomer population. Traveling with both younger and older relatives allows families to reconnect and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Join us on April 7-8, 2018 for our 9th annual Murder Mystery Weekend in the Western White Mountains. This year, our theme is “The Dead Man’s Hand,” where a poker game ends in cold-blooded murder. Channel the likes of Scooby Doo, Gibbs and the rest of the NCIS team, and Sherlock Holmes and solve the crime of the century!
“During the weekly poker game in the back room of a local building the winning player leaves early. Several players are angry that they ‘didn’t have a chance to win their money back’ and suggest there might have been some cheating. An hour after the game breaks up flashing police lights surround the body of the early winner near his lodging. Beside the body are the cards from his winning hand. Who killed the unlucky winner? Was it a poor loser, an angry wife, the bookmaker, the loan shark, the “dame” who runs the illegal poker game, or did someone else have a motive?”
The annual Murder Mystery Weekend starts Saturday morning at Jean’s Playhouse where you will be introduced to all the characters, played by six local community members in costume, and handed a clue book and town map. The clue book and town map will provide you with some necessary information, like where to search for clues.
You’ll have all day Saturday to run around town searching for clues and interviewing suspects. There are over 20 different clues so bring your notepad and sleuthing hat! Don’t forget to visit the crime scene. If you have some lingering questions, you can mingle with all the suspects at the optional dinner event Saturday evening at the Indian Head Resort.
On Sunday morning, you’ll head back to Jean’s Playhouse for the reveal of the coroner’s report and death certificate. While the event is entirely free to play, you’ll have to pay $10 for an arrest warrant. The grand prize winner will win a weekend package in the Western White Mountains for use during the summer months. Additional names will be pulled from a hat for raffle prizes. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce.
Once the suspect is revealed, the local police will show up and take him or her away in handcuffs! Last year over 200 people played the game, and we look forward to having much more this year! Our Annual Murder Mystery Weekend is the perfect excuse to visit Lincoln-Woodstock for the weekend. You’re guaranteed to have tons of fun!
Where to Stay for Murder Mystery
There are lots of great places to stay for all budgets. The Woodstock Inn in North Woodstock is always a favorite with 39 guestrooms in five historic buildings in town, you have tons of great options. If you’re looking modern suites with views of the mountain, the Mountain Club on Loon is perfect for families needing a little more room. The Indian Head Resort has an outdoor heated pool and spa, game, and modern rooms just minutes from town.
Where to Eat While in Town for Murder Mystery
Running around town searching for clues will certainly work up an appetite. You’re not going to want to miss the suspect dinner on Saturday night that starts at 6pm at the Indian Head Resort. With a delicious full buffet, you can fill your belly while mingling with the suspects and trying to find new clues. The Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Pair a delicious meal with a homebrewed craft beer on the patio. The Common Man is a local favorite since 1985. You’ll find plenty of American dishes, like prime rib, baked mac n’ cheese, and more, on the menu. Cozy up next to the fireplace with some parlor games for even more fun. Don’t forget about Gordi’s Fish and Steak. The menu is filled with all your hearty favorites.
What to Do While in Town for Murder Mystery
The Western White Mountains offers tons of great indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy year-round. Enjoy a morning yoga class at Live a Little Fitness in Lincoln or let the
kids burn off some serious energy on their Beam Play Zone. Go hiking on one of the numerous hiking trails in the area. The Lincoln Woods Trail is a picturesque riverside trail perfect for families with young kids or adults looking to take a short stroll in the woods. Alpine Adventures offers year-round fun on their three ziplines and off-roading experience on Barron Mountain in Woodstock.
Click here for the full Murder Mystery Weekend itinerary or to register for a weekend of sleuthing.
Visit the Western White Mountains during our 9th Annual Murder Mystery Weekend and see if you can solve the crime. Lincon-Woodstock has an abundance of excellent restaurants, bars, shopping, and hotels for the whole family. Come experience a local tradition and fall in love with our mountainside community.
The Western White Mountains is home to some pretty amazing scenery the fall foliage season is one of the best times to take in the scenery. The mountains are transformed with an array of colors and the rivers glisten in the fall sun creating picture perfect backdrops for photos.