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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
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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.
During the winter months, the population explodes with skiers and snowboarders looking for first trackers on a powder day. Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain draw thousands of people to the region every year for their awesome family-friendly skiing. After a long day on the slopes, there is still tons to do in the area to keep the whole family busy, while safely adhering to health regulations. Don’t let the fun end with the last chair, just make sure you know before you go! Each business has specific protocols in place to ensure everyone is kept safe. Please familiarize yourself with these safety measures so you are fully prepared. Head to granitestatesafe.com to learn more.
Burn Some Calories
Still have some energy to burn after skiing? Or, maybe you need a good stretch from a yoga class to feel ready to hit the powder stashes the next day. Live a Little Fitness is a fitness studio for all ages in the heart of Lincoln. The studio offers a variety of in-person studio classes and digital classes. Classes range from gentle yoga to barre to spin and just about everything in between. But, Live a Little Fitness isn’t your regular fitness studio, they specialize in kids’ activities! Kids need to play! Head over to Live a Little Fitness with the kiddos for the BEAM Playzone, which is an interactive video playground for kids of all ages. There’s also Kid’s Yoga Play and the new Studio Play. It’s fun for the whole family.
Staying at one of the many resorts, hotels, and condos in town? Then you likely have access to an indoor or outdoor heated swimming pool! Nothing feels better after a long day of craving the freshly groomed trails at Loon or Cannon. Bonus points if the resort has a hot tub! Deer Park Resort, Indian Head Resort, InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook, and the RiverWalk Resort at the Loon Mountain are a few of the local resorts that all have a heated indoor pool (or maybe a heated outdoor pool!) and hot tubs for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!
Located in the heart of the RiverWalk Resort, the Seven Birches Winery has two tasting rooms for all your wine tasting. Serving red, white, and a few other colored (hello blueberry!) wines made right in Lincoln, you find a wine that tickles your taste buds just right. Sip at the bar and grab a wine flight or choose from two different wine tasting tours. Whatever you choose, you’ll leave warmer than you arrived.
For more adult fun, enjoy all the locally brewed beer in the Western White Mountains. The Woodstock Inn Brewery is one of the original craft breweries in New Hampshire. Growing from a small seven-barrel system to 30 barrels in over 20 years, the Wood Stock Inn brews a variety of brews with clever White Mountains names like 4000 Footer IPA, Pemi Pale Ale, and Lost River Light Ale.
Swing by the Twin Barns North Taproom for refreshing beers, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages. They welcome guests to bring their own food, encouraging the support of other local Main Street restaurants. However, if you get a little hungry while enjoying their beverages, they’ve got a great assortment of snacks for purchase.
Located in the Village Shops, One Love Brewery brews some delicious German-style beers. Not only are the beers, like Czech Your Head and Hoppoptomus Pale, great, but so is the food. You can order both take out food and beer!
Soothe your sore muscles and relax at the spa. The Solstice North Day Spa in the RiverWalk Resort is a full-service spa that specializes in massage treatments. With seven licensed massage therapists, there is someone seven days a week to provide you with the perfect massage. The Mountain Club on Loon offers a luxurious menu of spa services such as massage, facials, and more. Add a little color to your nails with a manicure or pedicure! Curious about Reiki, call Stacey at Balanced Rock Bodyworks to help focus your energy.
There is tons to do in the Lincoln-Woodstock area for the whole family or just the adults. Enjoy the many opportunities to break a sweat, relax, or enjoy delicious food and drink.
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.
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.
The holidays are upon us and that means another season of family fun, merriment, and magic. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Journey to the North Pole™ is a unique experience for the whole family. Hop aboard the train at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln and enjoy the two-hour adventure to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole.
Created 25 years ago in North Conway as a way to bring more visitors to the town during the slow season between the leaf peepers and the skiers, Journey to the North Pole™ has grown so popular in the past decade, that the show now operates both in North Conway and Lincoln. In 1995, the first Journey to the North Pole™ raised money for the NH Council on Literary. As the event grew and raised even more money, it was time to start a local non-profit organization. Eventually, the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation (BIBLF) was created and over $2 million has been gifted through literacy programs, scholarships, grants and book distributions in New Hampshire and Western Maine.
The Journey to the North Pole™, while geared towards elementary school-aged children, is fun for the whole family. Families will arrive at the Hobo Railroad where they’ll be handed a big golden ticket to board the holiday-themed train. On train Chefs will give you hot cocoa and some of Mrs. Claus’s homemade peppermint nougat candy. After about 10-15 minutes on the train, you’ll disembark at the North Pole!
Kids can visit the North Pole Print Shop and will be able to mail a letter directly to Santa at the Post Office. Once all the children have dropped their letters to Santa in the box, everyone will gather in Santa’s Workshop where you’ll see a dramatic reading of the classic poem “The Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clark Moore Santa will visit and greet every child while the elves sing holiday carols in the background. On the return trip back to Lincoln, each child will receive a special bell to remember their Journey to the North Pole™.
Just like any non-profit event, it takes a village to put on the show. All of Santa’s elves and on train chefs are local community volunteers and there is always room for more! All net proceeds from the Journey to the North Pole™ fund literacy programs for the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Throughout the year, BIBLF offers many children’s theater programs in Intervale, including Earth Day with the Lorax, and visits with local preschools, delivering brand new books to students, including those in the Lincoln area. During the summer months, you’ll also see the Bookmobile at the Hobo Railroad for Storybook Sundays.
The Journey to the North Pole™ has two shows on Friday through Sunday evenings from November 29 through December 23, 2019. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at (603) 356-9980. You can also purchase tickets and lodging packages at the Indian Head Resort, The Lodge at Lincoln Station, Mountain View Grand Resort, and Thayer’s Inn. Tickets, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, often sell out weeks in advance, so book your tickets early and don’t miss their unique White Mountains event.
Celebrate the magic of the holidays this December in Lincoln with the Journey to the North Pole™. Your kids will remember it for years to come.
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.
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.
Conveniently located right off Interstate 93, Lincoln, Woodstock, and Franconia Notch is your Basecamp of the White Mountains!
Visitors will find a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, a unique selection of tax-free shopping at dozens of shops, superb dining, and the most extensive selection of lodging in the White Mountains.
The diversity of environments around Lincoln, Woodstock, and Franconia Notch is incredible for a relatively small geographic area. All throughout this region there are accommodations and itineraries to suit a wide range of vacationer. Charming bed & breakfast get-a-ways await those who want to enjoy the natural peace and quiet of a mountain vacation. Challenging outdoor activities abound for adventurers seeking a more active trip. And families can always find something in their budget from hotels with swimming pools to fun camping trips.
In this region of the state you will find some of New Hampshire’s most beautiful natural attractions. Nature-lovers can explore to their heart’s content and never get tired. Hikers and mountain bikers will love the trails that go for miles through scenic woodlands and climb up the highest mountain slopes in New England.
For those who prefer to motor, enjoy a scenic ride by car or motorcycle through the White Mountain National Forest and stop for waterfalls and scenic vistas.