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
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:
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26th Annual (almost!) World Famous Labor Day Rubber Ducky Regatta
The Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Labor Day Rubber Ducky Regatta was a success! Thank you to everyone for their patience and understanding as we had to go “virtual” due to the weather.
Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you to our generous local members who have donated some great prizes as well as our awesome volunteers!
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for…
2022 BEST DUCK NAME
Cheesie Quacker-Submitted by Helen D.
The Best Name Prize Package Includes: $40 Gift Card to Solstice Spa, $25 Gift Card to Christmas Loft, $20 Gift Card to Daydreams Salon, $15 Gift Card to One Love Brewery, a New England Ski Museum Poster, and Hobo Railroad Gift Items!
Waddle It Be?-Submitted by Ronald M.
Bill Beliduck-Submitted by Julie S.
(Runner-Ups will receive McDonald’s Gift Certificates)
Thanks all who voted! See you next year!
Winners for the fastest ducks and for the last duck to cross the finish line are posted below. Winners were notified by email or phone on Tuesday, September 6th.
1st Place: Julie S.-2-night stay at InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook, a NHSCOT Highland Games Swag Bag & 2022 Sunday ticket, a $25 Gift Card to Seven Birches Winery, Admission for 4 to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, 30 Minutes of Kids Studio Play, and a $60 Gift Card to Solstice North Day Spa
2nd Place: Janeen C.-Dinner for 2 at Indian Head Resort, a $25 Gift Card to The Christmas Loft, a $15 Gift Card to One Love Brewery, a $20 Gift Card to Daydreams Salon, and a Gift Card to The Mt. Washington Cog Railway
3rd Place: Greg G.-$25 Gift Card to Encore Thrift & Coffee, 1 Large 2-Topping Pizza from Pub 32, a $20 Gift Card to Daydreams Salon, and a New England Ski Museum Poster and White Mountain Bicycle Week Water Bottle
Last Place: Becki C.-1-Night Stay at Holiday Inn Express Lincoln, a $25 Gift Card to Seven Birches Winery, and a $25 Gift Card to Polly’s Pancake Parlor!
4th place: Stephanie D.-$25 Gift Card to Gordi’s Fish & Steak
5th Place: Hilary C.-Rodger’s Ski & Sport Swag Bag and McDonald’s Gift Card
6th Place: Sarah K.-$20 Gift Card to Solstice North Day Spa
7th Place: Interact Volunteer-McDonald’s Gift Card
8th Place: Oliver R.-1 Large 2-Topping Pizza from Pub 32
9th Place: Elyse R.-McDonald’s Gift Card
10th Place: Jeff. L-30 Minutes of Play at Kid’s Studio Play
11th Place: Lorie C.-McDonald’s Gift Card
12th Place: Stephen B.-$15 Gift Card to One Love Brewery
13th Place: Carl W.-Rodger’s Ski & Sport Swag Bag and McDonald’s Gift Card
14th Place: Katie Y.-Hobo Railroad Gift Items
15th Place: Holly R.-McDonald’s Gift Card
16th Place: Paul R.-$20 Gift Card to Solstice North Day Spa
17th Place: Susan S.-McDonald’s Gift Card
18th Place: Kimberley R.-McDonald’s Gift Card
19th Place: Kaitlyn C.-Rodger’s Ski & Sport Swag Bag and a McDonald’s Gift Card
20th Place: Jen D.-McDonald’s Gift Card
21st Place: Marie B.-McDonald’s Gift Card
22nd Place: Mai P.-$25 Gift Card to Encore Thrift & Coffee
23rd Place: Jannie K.-McDonald’s Gift Card
24th Place: Lyn W.-$25 Gift Card to Encore Thrift & Coffee
25th Place: Lisa G.-McDonald’s Gift Card
26th Place: Greg G.-$20 Gift Card to Solstice North Day Spa
27th Place: Interact Volunteer-McDonald’s Gift Card
28th Place: $20 Gift Card to Solstice North Day Spa
29th Place: Tracy D.-McDonald’s Gift Card
30th Place: Lydia C.-$20 Gift Card to Solstice North Day Spa
31st Place: Kathy C.-McDonald’s Gift Card
32nd Place: Laura P.-New England Ski Museum Puzzle
33rd Place: Morgan K.-McDonald’s Gift Card
34th Place: Richard C.-$15 Gift Card to One Love Brewery
35th Place: Bill S.-McDonald’s Gift Card
36th Place: Fraser K.-McDonald’s Gift Card
37th Place: Lindsay T.-McDonald’s Gift Card
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, Members and donors who helped support this event and the Lin-Wood Scholarship Program.
See you next year!
EVENT UPDATE 9/5/22:
The event will now be held via a Live Facebook Feed at 10:30AM from the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. Unfortunate weather conditions today are not conducive to a safe event on the river.
This is one event you won’t want to “duck out on”! The Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce will hold its 26th Annual (Almost) World Famous Labor Day Rubber Ducky Regatta, on Monday September 5th at Cascade Park.
Over 1,500 ducks will race down the Pemigewasset River in a competition to see which duck will finish FIRST…and LAST! Adopt one duck, two ducks or a whole family of ducks for your chance at winning some great prizes like attraction tickets, restaurant gift certificates, merchandise, and more have been donated by our local businesses.
Duck adoptions can be done online, in person at the Chamber office, or day of the event! You do not need to be present to win!
Voting for “Best Duck Name” will be LIVE online this year from Monday, September 5th through Friday, September 9th.
This popular event is all it is “quacked up” to be… and one that people look forward to all summer long. It’s a great way for the entire family to enjoy the unofficial end of summer in the Basecamp of the White Mountains. This event raises money towards the chamber’s scholarship fund, which is awarded every year to a local high school senior. “Your support to this community is greatly appreciated. This scholarship will help me achieve a higher education and enable me to give back to my future community”. Sydney P, 2022 Scholarship recipient.
Thank you for continuing to support this event and the Lin-Wood community.
Explore the best of Franconia by bike or foot this summer. Running the length of Franconia Notch State Park, the 8.7-mile paved Franconia Notch Recreation Path passes by several of the Western White Mountain’s best attractions. Break a sweat, dip your toes in the cool waters of Echo Lake, and visit some of New Hampshire’s most iconic spots on the Franconia Notch Recreational Path.
During the warm summer days, strap on your helmet or lace up your walking shoes and hit up the Franconia Notch Recreation Path by bike or foot. Take Exit 35 on I-93 N and park your car in the Skookumchuck trailhead parking lot. Head south along the paved trail to take in the stunning views of Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges in the distance.
At the two-mile marker, you’ll arrive at Echo Lake Beach, where you can grab a snack to refuel and take a dip in the 39-acre lake at the foot of Cannon Mountain. Enjoy a few hours out on the water with a canoe, kayak, and pedal boat rentals. It’s a great way to take in the incredible views of the Notch while working on your summer tan.
From the lake, take a short detour to the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. The legendary 80-passenger cable care is America’s first aerial tramway and brings passengers to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain under 10 minutes. Don’t forget your camera as the views from the 360-degree observation deck is out of this world. On a perfect blue-bird summer day, you can see all the way across New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, and Quebec.
Don’t forget to check out the New England Ski Museum next to the Tramway on your way back to the path. The small museum is packed with tons of great information on skiing from its prehistoric roots over 8,000 years ago up to modern times. You’ll get a chance to get up close and person with Bode Miller’s five Olympic medals on display plus other items from the local world champion.
If you’re looking for a great view of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch, Artist Bluff and Bald Mountain is a short 1.5 mile loop hike with rewarding views that are well worth the effort.
Head back to the Recreation Path and get ready to view one of New Hampshire’s most iconic sites – the Old Man of the Mountain. Unfortunately, the Old Man’s face fell in 2003, but you can still see where the Great Stone Face once resided. The famous landmark dates back to the 19th-century literary works of Daniel Webster and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Once you pass the Old Man of the Mountain, the Recreation Path starts to descend into the Mt. Pemigewasset trailhead and parking lot. While you might be tempted to speed through the 3.3 miles to The Basin, there is a 20 mile per hour speed limit on the trail. Franconia Notch is home to tons of natural geological features, like The Basin. The Basin is a 30-foot-wide, 15-foot-deep granite pothole in the middle of the Pemigewasset River. Henry David Thoreau once said The Basin is “perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England.” If Thoreau likes it, then you will, too.
Just like a rainbow, you’ll find a “pot of gold” at the end of the Franconia Notch Recreation Path. The Flume Gorge and Visitor Center is one of New Hampshire’s most visited state parks. Extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty, the Flume is a natural geological feature first discovered in 1808 by 93-year-old “Aunt” Jess Guernsey. At the time of her discovery, a giant boulder was suspended between the 90-foot granite walls, but a massive rainstorm washed it away in 1883.
Start your journey at the Flume Visitor’s Center before walking through the iconic Gorge or walk the two-mile loop where you can see all the natural features of the park, including the Glacial Boulders, Bear’s Cave, and Liberty Gorge. They’ve even got a scavenger hunt!
Bike rentals and shuttles are available at the Aerial Tramway. If you prefer the ease of someone else planning everything for you, Rodger’s Ski and Sport offers a that includes your bike rental, shuttle services, helmet, and bike lock.
Parking, especially during the busy summer and fall months, can be difficult. Be prepared to get to the trailheads early in the morning or in the late afternoon for the best chance at scoring a spot a parking lot. Parking on I-93 is strictly prohibited, and your car will be towed at your expense. Remember, many rental shops and lodgings offer shuttle buses to and from many of the trailheads in the area! Here’s a great resource on Franconia Notch parking and the hiker shuttle.
Summer Attractions for the Whole Family
There is no shortage of family fun in the Western White Mountains. There are trains, waterparks, and even a bear show to keep you entertained all summer long. Bring the whole family and create memories that will last a lifetime in the Western White Mountains.
Whales Tale Waterpark
Cool off this summer at New England’s favorite waterpark located in the heart of Lincoln. Whale’s Tale Waterpark is a family-friendly waterpark where the whole family from baby to grandma can enjoy the cool, clean water.
Adventurous kids will love surfing the big waves at Akua Beach and the dual Plunge slides where you can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! For the little ones, Whale Harbor offers shallow waters and lots of fun things to climb on and splash around. Everyone will love spending an afternoon leisurely floating around the ¼ mile lazy river in their bright yellow inner tube. Make sure you bring tons of sunscreen!
Clark’s Bears has been a Western White Mountain staple for over 90 years. Florence and Ed Clark opened their roadside attraction in 1928, and the family-owned and operated business has grown over the decades to include the famous Black Bear Show, the Anaconda Escape, and Merlin’s Mystical Mansion among many other attractions.
Board the whole family on the White Mountain Central Railroad and take a 25-minute train ride along the scenic Pemigewasset River in search of the infamous and elusive Wolfman. His antics will undoubtedly keep you entertained! Along Main Street, you’ll find several museums that will take you back to yesteryear. You’ll find plenty of treasures from our early electrical and mechanical marvels. If you get hungry during your visit, stop by the Whistle Stop Snack Bar for burgers and fries or ice cream and hand-squeezed lemonade.
Have you ever wanted to fly? Now’s your chance at Alpine Adventures! Home to New England’s first treetop canopy tour, you can test your fear of heights on one of three zipline courses or the Thrillsville Aerial Park. Located at Alpine Adventure’s headquarters on Main Street in Lincoln, the Thrillsville Aerial Park is a ropes course like no other. With bridges, cargo nets, a climbing tower, and the Colossus Stunt Ramp, you’ll certainly get your adrenaline pumping!
If you’d like to see the White Mountains from a birdseye’s view, take a spin on one of the ziplines on Alpine Adventure’s private 300-acre Barron Mountain. If you’re new to ziplining, try the six zipline Tree Top Canopy Tour that will have you flying 80 feet above the forest floor. For the thrill seekers, try the largest, highest, and most extreme tour – the Super Skyrider Zipline. On the “Super White Knuckle” zipline you can reach a speed of over 60 miles per hour!
Train fans will love the opportunity to ride the Hobo Railroad. Ideal for families of all ages, you can take the historic Hobo Railroad along the twisting Pemigewasset River through the woods of the western White Mountains. The journey will leave you in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. Love trains? Lincoln is the place for you.
Loon Mountain is a popular place during the winter months, but did you know it’s open during the summer months as well? The Loon Mountain Adventure Center is home to a collection of incredible family-friendly outdoor activities. Climb through the alpine forests on the Aerial Forest Adventure Park ropes course. Or soar 750-feet across the Pemigewasset River on the zipline. There’s a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, and LogJam Maze at the Adventure Center. Beginning in May, Loon is breaking ground on a multi-phase network of 15 miles of downhill mountain biking trails. Combined with its current 10 miles of cross-country trails, Loon will offer over 25 miles of biking trails!
The Western White Mountains are the ultimate summer destination for family fun. With tons of fun outdoor attractions, you definitely won’t get bored.
It’s not every day you can see dancing bears. Clark’s Bears started from humble beginnings in 1928 and has since grown to one of the White Mountain’s biggest family-friendly attractions. Nestled along the banks of the Pemigewasset River along Route 3 in Lincoln, Clark’s has an abundance of activities for the young and young at heart.
Over 90 Years of History
Clark’s Bears first opened as a roadside attraction by Florence and Ed Clark in 1928. “Ed Clark’s Eskimo Sled Dog Ranch,” featured guided sled dog tours for travelers visiting the White Mountains. Originally from Westchester County, New York, Ed Clark spent three years in Labrador managing raw fur trading posts where he fell in love with sled dogs. Upon his return to New York, Ed brought home a sled dog team and quickly realized New York wasn’t the place for a sled team. Ed and Florence fell in love with the White Mountains and the Clark family still calls it home today.
In 1931, Florence and Ed purchased their first Black Bear and added the famous Black Bear Show to their growing trading post. It wasn’t until 1958 when the Clarks started the White Mountain Central Railroad that the family business started to grow into the modern day park that you see today. Over 90 years later, Clark’s Bears is a family affair. It’s not uncommon to see over 20 family members working at the attraction during the height of the summer.
Clark’s Bears is fun for the whole family! With a variety of rides, shows, and museums, there’s something for everyone at Clark’s. First introduced in 1973 by the longtime employee, Leon Noel, the infamous Wolfman is eager to please in his unruly ways. Just hop on board the White Mountain Central Railroad and look for the famous backwoods recluse and all his antics.
On a hot summer day, cool off on the Anaconda Escape, a 300-foot waterslide comprising of lots of twists and turns, drops, and plunges. If you’re not soaked yet, head over to the Water Blaster Boats for even more splish, splash fun. You’ll definitely want a towel after this ride! Climb to new heights on the Old Man of the Mountain Climbing Tower, a 30-foot replica of the famous Old Man of the Mountain.
Let your feet rest and jump on a Segway for a ride through the park. Clark’s is home to the nation’s first Segway park. Just watch out for the Wolfman! Merlin’s Mystical Mansion will be sure to turn your world upside down and the Yandong Chinese Acrobats will make you question your own flexibility. Catch a crowd-pleasing show full of high-flying tricks and contortions. And, of course, you can’t miss the Bear Show at Clark’s! Two baby girl cubs have been added to the bear family. Make sure you check out the how the adorable new additions have grown this summer!
Take a stroll down Main Street to visit one of many museums and eateries in the picturesque Victorian town. The brick American Museum is full of old-time Americana treasures, like steam and gas engines and old advertising from yesteryear. For car enthusiasts, you don’t want to skip Avery’s Garage with its fully-restored 1931 LaSalle Touring car and Mobil gas pumps. You’ll find antique horse-drawn fire engines at the 1884 Pemigewasset Hook and Ladder Fire Station.
After all the exploring and fun, you’ll be ready to fill your belly. For something hearty, stop by the Whistle Stop Snack Bar for burgers and fries, sandwiches, and more. Pullman’s Lunch has pizza, sandwiches, and paninis. For the classic summer treat, visit the 1890s themed ice cream parlor, Peppermint Salon, for an ice cream sundae. Boxing fans will be excited to hear that part of the bar is from Sharkey’s Tavern’s 145-foot bar in Boston.
On your way out after a long day of fun, stop by Clark’s Main Gift Shop to pick up a few souvenirs to remember your trip to Clark’s Bears. There’s something for everyone and many of the items are made in New Hampshire and the United States.
Plan Your Visit
Clark’s Bears is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekend. Days and hours vary so check out their website for more details!
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.
Waterfalls and Covered Bridges in the Western White Mountains
There’s a reason people come from near and far to see the majestic beauty of the White Mountains. Nestled between the granite peaks that jut out from the earth, you’ll find hundreds of rivers, brooks, waterfalls, and historic wooden covered bridges. Instead of sending your friends a postcard featuring one of New Hampshire’s iconic covered bridges, get in your car and explore them for yourself. While you’re at it, chase a few waterfalls, too!
Once upon a time, over 12,000 covered bridges were built in the United States. Only about 1,000 authentic covered bridges are left today, and 55 of those are located in the Granite State. New Hampshire’s oldest surviving covered bridge is located just around the corner from the western White Mountains.
Allen Hollis Bridge – Route 112W, North Woodstock
Built in 1981, the Allen Hollis Bridge is located in Lost River Gorge and is open seasonally to pedestrians only. The 31-foot covered bridge was named after the late Allen Hollis, a Concord attorney and former President of The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests from 1916 to 1950.
Bath-Haverhill Bridge – Route 135, Woodsville
The Bath-Haverhill Bridge spanning the Ammonoosuc River is New Hampshire’s oldest surviving wooden covered bridge built in 1829. The towns of Bath and Haverhill each paid $1,200 to build the bridge. The colorful bridge was built in the Town lattice truss bridge style, which was patented in 1820 by bridge designer, Ithiel Town. The bridge was closed to car traffic in 1999 but is open for foot traffic.
Clark’s Bridge – Clark’s Trading Post, Lincoln
Spanning the Pemigewasset River in Clark’s Trading Post, Clark’s Bridge was built in 1904 in Vermont for the Barre Railroad. The bridge is the lone surviving Howe railroad bridge in the world, and today Clark’s White Mountain Central Railroad passes through the bridge into Wolfman’s Territory. Book a ticket and experience the bridge and the infamous Wolfman for yourself!
Jack O Lantern Bridge – Jack O Lantern Resort, Woodstock
Hand-built by Milton Graton, who was nicknamed “the Last of the Covered Bridge Builders,” in 1986. The 76-foot Town lattice truss bridge spans the length of a small pond at the Jack O Lantern Resort in Woodstock. The bridge is open to foot and golf cart traffic.
Flume Covered Bridge – Route 3, Lincoln
For nearly 150 years, the Flume Covered Bridge has spanned the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln. Some say the bridge built in 1871 was actually built and used elsewhere before it was moved to its current location, but no one really knows for sure. The bridge is still open to vehicular traffic, and a hikers’ walkway was added at a later date for hikers in the Flume Gorge.
Sentinel Pine Bridge – Flume Gorge, Lincoln
The pedestrian-only Sentinel Pine Bridge in the Flume Gorge is one of New Hampshire’s prettiest covered bridges. Built in 1939, the bridge appears to suspend in midair over the Pemigewasset River. The bridge is named after a tall pine that once stood near the rear of the river pool where the bridge sits. The 90-foot tall tree was said to be over 100 years old before it blew over in a hurricane and later milled to create the boards for the bridge.
TLC might have sung about not chasing waterfalls in the 1990s, but in the 2020s, we say chase them! During the spring and early summer months, the rivers, brooks, and streaming are running strong due to the melting snow from the mountain peaks, making it the perfect time of year to chase waterfalls in the western White Mountains.
Georgiana and Harvard Falls – Lincoln
Georgiana Falls is a bit of a hidden gem in Lincoln. Follow Georgiana Falls Path less than a mile to the 30-foot tall pair of granite water slides cascading into the pool. Further up the trail over a short but steep climb, you’ll come to Harvard Falls. Topping out at 200 feet, Harvard Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the White Mountains. The trail at the top of the waterfall offers lovely views of Loon Mountain.
The Flume Gorge – Lincoln
The Flume Gorge offers a spectacular and unique landscape that is a must-see in the western White Mountains. The Flume is a natural 800-foot gorge at the base of Mount Liberty. Avalanche Falls, a 45-foot waterfall formed during the great storm of 1883 that washed away the hanging boulder, is located at the top of the Flume. While not a true waterfall, Liberty Gorge on the Ridge Path is home to a beautiful cascading stream that flows through a narrow valley.
Bridal Veil Falls – Franconia
Chances are you have seen photos of Bridal Veil Falls as it’s one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Water Mountain National Forest. Named because of its similarity to a bride’s veil, Bridal Veil Falls elegantly flows 35 feet down at a right angle into a small pool. You’ll have to work to get to Bridal Veil Falls as it’s a five-mile round-trip hike, but well worth the sweat. Keep your eye out for the Bette Davis plaque along the Coppermine brook!
The western White Mountains are home to an incredible variety of natural attractions. As the snow melts, hop in your car for a road trip around the region in search of the best covered bridges and waterfalls in the western White Mountains.
The White Mountains of New Hampshire is home to diverse and sometimes challenging weather. Mount Washington on the eastern side of the White Mountains is home to the most extreme weather observatory on Earth. First opened in 1870, the Mt. Washington Observatory has experienced some crazy weather, like below zero temperature in the height of summer and wind gusts as high as 231 mph, which is equivalent to an EF5 tornado or a Category 5 hurricane!
While the weather in the Western White Mountains isn’t as extreme, it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single hour in the White Mountains, especially if you’re heading above treeline. The Western White Mountains is home to an abundance of incredible year-round outdoor activities, and just because Mother Nature can’t make up her mind, it’s important to be prepared for all different weather events on your adventures.
The Western White Mountains can be cold. A couple of years ago, the thermometer read negative 20 degrees without the wind chill for several days in a roll. While your first thought might be to skip the ski slope for the day in favor of drinking hot cocoa (or locally brewed beers!) by the fireplace, if you dress for the weather, you won’t even feel the cold!
Justin Walsh, the Operations Manager for Burgeon Outdoors, is no stranger to extreme weather as a mountaineering guide. He says, “surviving the cold depends on your ability to use layers to regulate your temperature. Clothes don’t make you warm. You make clothes warm. Or another way to put it – if your body is like a furnace in your house and your clothes are the insulation.”
The key for dressing for the cold (or really any other time of the year) is layers! Modularity allows you to adjust your “insulation” to be appropriate at any level of exposure and any level of bodily activity. You’ve probably heard this before, but the old adage is true – cotton kills. Avoid wearing cotton and instead choose items made from moisture-wicking materials such as wool, polyester, or Tencel.
When wearing layers, you should have a base layer, such as long underwear, a middle layer of fleece or light down jacket, and then finally a water-resistant outer layer. Need some suggestions? Check out what Field and Stream recommend here, including the Burgeon Outdoor Flume Base Layer. And don’t forget about your head, hands, and feet! Hats are a great way to keep your head warm. In extreme cold and wind, you’ll likely want a balaclava to keep your face warm, too. Mittens are always warmer than gloves but choose what works best for you. If you’re playing in the snow, you’ll want waterproof gloves. Your feet will be happy with thick non-cotton socks, such as Smartwool. Warming packets can also be used on your hands and feet on those bitter New England winter days.
And don’t forget about eyewear! Goggles are great for winter sports as they stay on your head better and help protect your eyes from potential injuries from tree branches or ski poles. On those bring sunny days, sunglasses are a must! Snow makes everything brighter.
Spring in the Western White Mountains can vary widely from feeling like a cold January winter day to a hot summer day. And that’s all in the same week! Spring in the mountains always starts with New England’s unofficial fifth season – mud season. As the snow melts in the mountains, the ground turns to mud. You’ll definitely want some tough rain boots and waterproof hiking boots if you’re hitting the trails. Snow in the high peaks might not melt well into June and July. If you’re hiking above treeline, remember to bring layers and be prepared for winter-like weather. Crampons or ice traction devices are a must for safety!
As spring proceeds and summer slowly approaches, the black flies and bugs start to emerge from their winter sleep. Bring bug spray and dress to repel the bugs! This might mean wearing long pants and long sleeves to keep them from biting your skin. As the sun gets brighter and hotter and you begin to wear less clothing, remember the sunscreen!
Don’t blink! Summer doesn’t last long in the Western White Mountains, but those few glorious months are meant to be enjoyed in the sun. While the mercury can climb quite high in the months, the White Mountains remain relatively moderate in the mountains due to the higher elevations. During the warmer summer months, you’ll likely want to don shorts and a t-shirt. Aim to wear moisture-wicking and UFP-protecting clothing items to help protect your skin and stay cool.
The black flies and mosquitoes are notoriously bad in the summer. That means insect repellent is your new best friend. If the bugs really enjoy your blood type, wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants might be the best option for you. Nylon and polyester are fabrics that mosquitoes have a hard time biting through, and avoid dark or bright fabrics as they can attract insects.
Temperatures can drop quickly the higher you climb in the mountains or after dark, so it’s important to pack layers, such as a fleece and warm socks. A hat provides essential sun protection for your face and neck. If you find yourself hiking on one of those rare 90-degree days, a bandana or neck gaiter is a great item to keep in your backpack as you can dunk it in water and wear it around your neck or head to help cool off. If your outside hiking, biking, or enjoying the watersports, remember to pack plenty of water to keep you hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink about a half-liter of water per hour of moderate activity.
Fall is one of the busiest times of the year for the Western White Mountains as the weather is great and the leaves are turning into a kaleidoscope of colors. In September, you’ll find that the temperatures during the day are often warm enough to wear shorts, but you’ll want to change into long pants and a sweater at night. Fall is a season of layers, especially as we get closer to winter. A fleece or a light jacket is a must, and eventually, you’ll want to break out lightweight gloves for those early morning hikes when the frost starts sticking around long after you finished your morning coffee.
Like winter, fall in the Western White Mountains can widely varied, and it’s best to be prepared for any weather from 70 degrees and sun to 20 degrees and snow. If you forget your favorite hat at home, Lincoln is home to several shops where you can pick up all your favorite gear. Rodgers Ski & Sport has all the cold-weather gear from your favorite brands. For locally made technical outdoor apparel, check out Burgeon Outdoor at the Village Shops in Lincoln.
Dress Your Best for All Season
The Western White Mountains is beautiful year-round with the right clothing. Bundle up for winter or enjoy the sun during the summer. Whatever you choose, remember that Mother Nature may change her mind in 20 minutes, so bring options!
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.
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!
Pitch a Tent in the Western White Mountains
Picture this. The birds are chirping as the early morning light shimmers through your tent. You stretch your arms wide and slowly roll out of your sleeping bag as you take a deep breath of fresh mountain air. The morning air is still cool, so you put on your favorite sweatshirt as you start the fire to brew your cup of coffee before hitting the trails for the days. Perhaps you’ll head above treeline today to the infamous Franconia Ridge Loop or maybe you’ll enjoy a quiet stroll along the Franconia Falls Trail. Only the day will tell.
The White Mountains offer some of the best camping in all of New England. Campgrounds are nestled throughout the mountainous region with many in the Lincoln and Woodstock area of the Western White Mountains. For a more rustic experience, camping within the White Mountain National Forest is always a fun experience, but if you prefer a campground that offers more modern amenities and RV spots, the Western White Mountains has you covered.
Maple Haven Campground – North Woodstock
Maple Haven Campground in North Woodstock is a family-owned and operated campground on the banks of the Moosilauke Brook. Home to nearly 60 campsites, the campground offers sites for both tents and RVs. Additionally, cabins are available if you prefer a little more shelter. The centrally located pond offers swimming, boating, and fishing. There’s a game room, playground, and even an ice cream window serving Hatchland Farm’s ice cream making Maple Haven Campground a great spot for young families.
White Mountains Forks of the River RV Park – Lincoln
The White Mountains Forks of the River RV Park in Lincoln is designed for the seasonal RV community who are over 55 years old. Perfectly located just three miles from Franconia Notch State Park, White Mountains Forks of the River RV Park is a small campground with 14 sites. Many sites have full hookups and lovely views of the Pemigewasset River.
Country Bumpkins Campground – Lincoln
Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Country Bumpkins Campground in Lincoln has 45 river and pond sites for both tents and RVs in addition to six cabins and cottages. Wade and fish in the Pemigewasset River or get competitive in the arcade. This family-friendly campground is a great place to reconnect with nature, but if you really need Wi-Fi, they have that too. Free hot showers will leave you feeling great after a long day hiking in the nearby White Mountain National Forest.
Lincoln / Woodstock KOA – Woodstock
Often described as a “Diamond in the Woods” park, the Lincoln / Woodstock KOA is a popular destination during the summer and early fall months. The large campground has a variety of campsites designed for drive-thru RV sites, wilderness sites for tents, camping cabins, a tree cabin, glamping tents, and even a Conestoga Covered Wagon. There’s a swimming pool, fishing pond, bike and hiking trails, disc golf, beach volleyball, and a dog park so Fido can come along for the adventure. With 180 sites, the Lincoln / Woodstock KOA is one of the largest in the White Mountains.
Lost River Valley Campground – North Woodstock
Lost River Valley Campground is a quaint family-friendly campground nestled between the National Forest and the banks of Lost River and Walker Brook. Just minutes away from some of the most popular attractions in the Western White Mountains, Lost River Valley Campground offers 139 wooded and brook front campsites and cabin rentals. The whole family can enjoy horseshoes, basketball, badminton, tennis and more on the many sports courts and recreation areas. Pack your swimsuits and splash around in the refreshing swimming pond on a hot summer day.
White Mountain National Forest
The White Mountain National Forest offers a wide variety of camping experiences. The National Forest is home to both family-friendly campgrounds and remote backcountry sites. Big Rock Campground on the Kancamagus Highway is one of the closest campgrounds to Lincoln with 28 tent and RV sites. Open mid-May to mid-October, the campground is first-come, first-served.
Nestled along the banks of the Pemigewasset River, Hancock Campground is located on the Kancamagus Highway near Lincoln. The large campground has 56 tent and RV campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. For the water lovers, Russell Pond Campground is a great option for those who would like to canoe or paddleboard as it’s located on Russell Pond in Woodstock. The campground is comprised on mostly tent sites, but there are a few RV sites available. Russell Pond also has the luxury of coin-op showers and flush toilets! Located on Route 112 across the highway from Wild Ammonoosuc River, Wildwood has 26 campsites for mostly RVs, but a few for tents as well. Most of the campgrounds in the White Mountain National Forest are first-come, first-served.
ProSports Inc. has managed various White Mountain National Forest Campgrounds since 1992. They’re a great resource for booking a campsite, open and close dates, fees and campground features throughout the WMNF.
Camp in the White Mountains This Summer
Don’t own a tent or a camp stove? Don’t worry, Effortless Adventures as you covered. Book your camping gear online, pick it up in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and just return it when you’re done. You can rent everything from tents to sleeping bags and pads to stoves and cooking supplies. And if you’re still not ready to try camping, check out all the unique lodgings available in the area that don’t involve a sleeping bag.
Geological Family Attractions
The western White Mountains are home to some of the best natural geological features in New England. When the glaciers melted during the last Ice Age over 50,000 years ago, they carved out much of the White Mountains as we know it today.
As the glaciers receded, they deposited granite boulders creating caves in many places across the Lincoln and Woodstock area. Today, you can discover the natural beauty that Mother Nature created during the last Ice Age at places like the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, and the Flume Gorge.
Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves
Located in the heart of Kinsman Notch in North Woodstock, the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves is a popular natural geological attraction for all ages to enjoy. Formed over 300 million years ago during the last Ice Age, Lost River Gorge is filled with blocks of granite, boulder caves, and waterfalls. Open daily from May through October; there are tons of things to see and do at Lost River Gorge.
While visiting the Gorge and caves during the day is pretty cool, discovering them by night is a whole new experience! During the summer months, you can take a Guided Lantern Tour through the caves. The two-hour tour begins at dusk, and you’ll be guided through the lantern-lit caves and boardwalks ending around the campfire complete with s’mores.
If you’re more of a morning person, consider an 8am Yoga in the Woods in the Forest Treehouse.
After seeing the Basin for the first time in 1839, Henry David Thoreau said it was “perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England.” Located conveniently at Exit 34A off I-93, the Basin is a geological masterpiece. Formed approximately 15,000 years ago, the 30-foot-wide, 15-foot-deep granite bowl is a pool of cold blue water that cascades down several granite cliffs in a dramatic effect.
Just a short walk through the woods along a well maintained path, there’s no reason to miss this gem.
Loon Mountain Caves
Catch a ride on New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola ride with the Loon Mountain Gondola Skyride to the summit of Loon Mountain. First, take in the 360-degree panoramic views of the White Mountain National Forest from the 50-foot Hebert’s Observation Tower. Next, explore the glacial caves that were deposited on top of the summit during the last ice age. Follow the signs and weave and wander through the caves at your own pace. While you’re there, enjoy an adventure in their Aerial Forest or enjoy yoga on the mountain top!
Next to the Old Man of the Mountain, the Flume Gorge is one of the western White Mountain’s most iconic attractions. First discovered in 1808 by “Aunt” Jess Guernsey, the Flume Gorge has been a destination for millions of visitors over the past centuries. While the famous hanging boulder was washed away in a landslide in 1883, the 90-foot granite walls and other natural features are worth the visit to see with your own eyes.
Open from May through October; the Flume Gorge is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Kids will love the Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt while grandma will love the picturesque Flume Covered Bridge. Spanning over the Pemigewasset River, the Covered Bridge is one of the oldest in the state. Other natural wonders in the park include Table Rock, Avalanche Falls, and Liberty Gorge.
Discover the natural beauty of the western White Mountains with the many natural geological wonders of the area.
Whether you’ve come to the mountains to climb New Hampshire’s highest peaks or to just rest and relax, you can stretch your tired muscles and escape the daily grind with a little yoga. Recent research suggests that practicing yoga outside has many benefits for your mind, body, and spiritual health. The Western White Mountains are home to many mountaintops for you to find your own personal zen. Margarita of Live a Little Fitness in Lincoln offers a variety of guided outdoor yoga sessions during the warm summer months and can work with you to create your own custom mountaintop yoga experience.
Throughout the summer, you have three different opportunities to practice yoga outside with Live a Little Fitness. Loon Peak Yoga is perfect for anyone who wants to practice their Down Dog with epic mountaintop views. You’ll ride the Loon Mountain Gondola Skyride to the top of the mountain where you’ll take an hour-long yoga class surrounded by panoramic views of the White Mountains. After class, you welcome to explore the summit at your leisure before riding the gondola back down the mountain. If you prefer to get your blood flowing before your Sun Salutations, then the True North Peak Yoga Session might be for you. You’ll take the Gondola Skyride to the summit of Loon Peak and then you’ll hike the quarter mile to the 3,100-foot summit of North Peak where you’ll take a 60-minute yoga class. After you say “Namaste,” you can hike back to Loon Peak and enjoy the 360-degree views from the observation tower. You can either ride the gondola or hike back down the mountain to continue your workout. Consider hiking right into Viaggio Spa, located in the Mountain Club on Loon for a relaxing massage or facial.
If you’re a beginner or intermediate yogi, Yoga in the Woods at the Lost River Gorge is probably the perfect class for you. You’ll start with a short and easy stroll through the woods into the Gorge. Once you’ve passed the giant birds nest and crossed a suspension bridge, you’ll set up your mats by a babbling brook. The class is designed to be a gentle stretch with a little bit of flow to wake up your body and then relax it with some restorative poses.
If you can’t make any outdoor yoga classes, then check out the special events Live a Little Fitness is offering for all ages. Live a Little Fitness offers a dance program with Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop/Break Dancing classes for kids of all ages. They also offer after-school kid’s yoga classes during the school year. Each class is themed for ultimate fun. Who doesn’t want to take a Star Wars themed yoga class?
During the summer, you can join in on “Recess-style Boot Camp!”. The coaches create fun and challenging workouts that focus on strength, endurance, and agility. Of course, you’ll play plenty of games along the way. Sign up a for class and play Margarita’s favorite “Zombie Apocalypse” game. Who said kids were the only ones allowed to have fun?
When the weather gets cold or the sun goes down, classes return back to the studio. In addition to many yoga classes, Live a Little Fitness also offers Barre and Strong classes. Nikki’s Saturday morning Barre class is one of the most popular places to be in Lincoln on a Saturday! Strong classes are high-intensity interval classes that are designed to get your heart rate up and your muscles pumping. Offered only during the Fall through Spring months, the once a month Yin Yoga Bliss is a great way to relax after a long week. Combining Yin Yoga, massage, and aromatherapy, it’s the perfect class to melt away your stress.
Create your own yoga retreat in the White Mountains by taking a few classes at Live a Little Fitness or just enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the mountains in your warrior pose from atop Loon Peak. Whatever you choose, you’ll leave the Western White Mountains feeling more relaxed and centered.
One of Kind Lodging in the Western White Mountains
As one of the top travel destinations in New Hampshire, the western White Mountains certainly has its fair share of hotels, condos, and campgrounds. But, did you know it is also home to some non-traditional unique lodgings that you won’t find anywhere else? Make your lodging your next destination on your next visit to the mountains!
The Lil’ Red Caboose
All aboard! The Lil’ Red Caboose in Lincoln is truly one-of-a-kind. Built in 1922, the old caboose was rescued by Randy and O.J. who have lovingly completed the renovation from its former owner. Moved by a crane from the Hobo Railroad, the Lil’ Red Caboose sits just mere meters from Whale’s Tale Waterpark.
Randy, a true craftsman, completed 99% of the renovations. The Lil’ Red Caboose sleeps four people comfortably. The bedroom has a queen bed and the living has a pull-out single bed. Small adults and children will love the single bed in the cupola! There’s a small kitchen and full bathroom complete with a chandelier.
The Lil’ Red Caboose is perfect for train enthusiasts and little Thomas the Train fans. Randy and O.J. also have three small cottages and two big suites in the main house available year-round. All accommodations can be booked through Airbnb.
The Notch Hostel
Popular in Europe, hostels haven’t always had the best reputation. Put those misconceptions aside and book a stay at the Notch Hostel. Located along the Appalachian Trail in NorthWoodstock, the 30-guest Notch Hostel is popular with hikers and skiers who come year-round to explore the beauty of the Western White Mountains.
Built in an 1890 farmhouse, the Notch Hostel is full of traditional New England charm. There are four shared rooms and two private rooms along with guest kitchens and a living room with a stove and library. Enjoy the mountains views from the large deck or the fire pit. During the winter months, heat up after a day of skiing in the sauna. There’s a shuttle that will help you get where you’re going and as an added bonus, several rooms are dog-friendly! Whether you’re hiking, climbing, or skiing, save a few dollars and book a bunk at the Notch Hostel.
Open seasonally from May 1 through October 20, the Lincoln/Woodstock KOA is one of the best campgrounds in the Western White Mountains. Skip the tent and RV and book the Conestoga Wagon. The covered wagon from yesteryears can sleep up to four people with its king bed and cozy bunks. Complete with a fridge, Keurig, and fire ring, you don’t need much other than a pair of cowboy boots in this Wild West adventure.
The Lincoln/Woodstock KOA is also home to a safari-themed glamping tent that sleeps up to four people comfortable on a queen bed and two bunks. There’s a full bathroom, TV, fridge,microwave, and charcoal grill. While you won’t spot any lions or tigers at the KOA, you may get lucky and spot other native critters.
Just a few miles off Exit 31 on I-93, the Lincoln/Woodstock KOA is easy to get to on your next outdoor adventure. The campground is pet-friendly, has a fishing pond, swimming pool, and lots of nearby hiking and biking trails to keep you active from sunrise to sunset.
Maple Haven Campground & Cottages
Located in North Woodstock, the Maple Haven Campground & Cottages is open seasonally. Now in its second year of ownership with the Caulder family, this quaint campground is family-friendly. The campground is within walking distance to downtown North Woodstock and offers both tent and campers sites and seven cottages.
Each white clapboard cottage sleeps between two and eight people depending on the number of bedrooms. Most all have a full kitchen and television for the rainy days when you want to relax with a good book. Of course, every cottage comes with a fire pit for all your s’more needs.
Like the idea of camping but don’t have all the gear? Effortless Adventure provides camping gear rental package for everything you would need for a fun camping getaway. From coolers to sleeping bags and headlamps to a camp stove, they make packing for camping effortless!
Appalachian Mountain Club Huts
Lace up your hiking boots and head out on an unforgettable escape. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) huts have been providing refuge for hikers young and old for over 125 years. During the summer months, you can hike the length of the White Mountains and stay in luxury. Well, as luxurious as a camping hut can be. With in-season, home-cooked dinner and breakfast and running water, what more could you need?
With incredible views of Franconia Ridge, Lonesome Lake Hut is just 1.6 miles from the trailhead making it the perfect family-friendly hut. Open year-round, the hut only offers delicious home-cooked meals during the summer and fall months. Overlooking the Pemigewasset Wilderness and Mount Lafayette, the Greenleaf Hut offers some of the best views of the White Mountain region. The hike to the hut is a little more challenging but is so worth the hike.
Further down the trail, you’ll find Galehead Hut, which is the most remote AMC hut. From the front porch, you’ll see the natural beauty of the surrounding Pemigewasset Wilderness while munching on your hearty dinner to refuel you for tomorrow’s hike. No matter if you choose a simple weekend getaway to the Lonesome Lake Hut or a multi-day trek from hut to hut, you’ll enjoy the friendliness of the AMC hut caretakers and the camaraderie of your fellow hikers.
Make Your Lodging Your Destination
Skip the traditional hotels and condo rentals in favor of one of the western White Mountain’s non-traditional unique lodging experiences on your next visit to the region.
Marcus Corey grew up on the small ski slopes of Titcomb Mountain in Farmington, Maine. As the son of a part-time pastor, he found God through his love of the outdoors. Fast forward a few years, Marcus and his new wife moved to Jackman, Maine where he was the retreat director at Moose River Outpost, a Christian summer camp on Heald Pond. During the winter months, Marcus and his family enjoyed skiing at nearby Sugarloaf Mountain where he became good friends with the Chaplain.
You know what they say, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” We feel the same way about living and working in the Western White Mountains. If you live where you play, then you’ll never want to leave! Just ask many of our locals who came from afar and never left.
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.
Soon the leaves will change color, and the temperature will drop. You’ll take out the sweaters and boots and make sure there’s plenty of space for pictures on your camera. Fall is one of the best times to visit the western White Mountains. It’s the perfect time for a drive through the White Mountains National Forest, craft fairs, and a hike. Did we mention there’s also a wine festival? Come spend a day, a weekend or longer with us this fall. After all, we’ve got some of the best fall foliage in the world!
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!
Every year, millions of people discover the beauty of the western White Mountains by foot. With incredible panoramic views, classic New England hiking trails, and beautiful native wildlife, the area has become a popular year-round destination.
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.
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.
The 42nd NH Highland Games and Festival at Loon Mountain Resort are quickly approaching. The air will be filled with the sounds of bagpipes and you’ll see a lot of tartan out and about town. This event is one of the biggest Scottish gatherings in the Northeast with over 60 clans and societies taking part in many events over the weekend. You’ll find Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trails, Celtic World Music Concerts, International Scottish Athletics, Dance Championships and other competitions; food, art, and more!
We’ve put together some a few tips to make your visit to the games more enjoyable.
- Tickets– Purchase your tickets in advanced. Online tickets are available through September 14th and will save you valuable time when arriving at Loon Mountain Resort. Children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult admission. Tickets are also available at the gate.
- Parking– Free parking is located within the towns of Lincoln & Woodstock, just follow the signs to designated parking areas and ride shuttle buses to Loon Mountain Resort. Shuttle buses will run 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, however, will extend the last bus timing as needed. Free parking for evening events is available on site. Handicap parking is available at the Pemigewasset Base Camp at South Peak with buses to the event.
- Event Schedule– Check the schedule of events online and don’t forget to pick up a program!
- What to Wear– There are lots to see and do, so wear comfortable shoes. This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. In case you forgot a layer there’s plenty of places to get merchandise at the games. Click here for a full list of frequently asked questions.
Local Lodging Availability
A wide variety of lodging is still available in the area. Contact the properties below to see which accommodation best fits your groups needs.
White Mountains Motel & Cottages
whitemountainmotel.com | 603-745-8924
*as of September 15th
adairinn.com | 603-444-2600
*as of September 12th
All Mountain Rentals
*as of September 13th
Days Inn Beacon
daysinnnh.com | 603-745-8118
* as of September 13th
EconoLodge Inn & Suites
econolodgeloon.com | 603-745-3661
*as of September 12th
Indian Head Resort
indianheadresort.com | 800-343-8000
*as of September 12th
inn32.com | 603-745-2416
*as of September 12th
Lodge at Lincoln Station
lodgeresort.com | 800-654-6188
*as of September 12th
Loon Reservation Service
looncondoconnection.com | 800-745-5666
*as of September 6th
woodwardsresort.com | 603-745-8141
*as of September 6th