Looking to experience the majestic Western White Mountain’s fall foliage up close and personal?
Nestled along the banks of the Pemigewasset River lies one of northern New England’s premier performing arts centers. The North Country Center for the Arts dates back to the mid-1980s when local business leaders and community members came together to explore the possibility of creating a community performing arts center in the Millfront Marketplace in Lincoln. In 1986, the North County Center for the Arts (NCCA) was officially born.
In the summer of 1986, the NCCA produced its first event under a tent at the Mill at Loon Mountain. The two-month-long Children’s Theatre Festival was a huge success and the NCCA hired Van McLeod, the first Producing Director. The following summer, the NCCA transformed the former paper mill in Lincoln into the Papermill Theatre. During its first season, the NCCA performed Carnival, Harvey, Deathtrap, and Cabaret.
After over 80 professional productions, the NCCA performed its final summer season at the Papermill Theatre in 2009. The old paper mill building was demolished that fall, making way for the new facility that is now known as Jean’s Playhouse. Jean’s Playhouse was officially opened in July 2012 and included performances of The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and A Grand Night for Singing. The new playhouse is named after long-time NCCA supporter and local leader, Jean Hallager, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary of opening in 2022!
Unlike the Papermill Theatre, Jean’s Playhouse allows for year-round productions and has three different branches of operation – Our Mainstage productions, produced in-house; Our Presenting Acts, such as comedians, musicians, and films; And our Education programming, including IMPACT Touring Children’s Theatre and the StageSetters Youth Program.
The IMPACT Touring Children’s Theatre includes the following 2022 shows: Lost in Wonderland (July 13th @ 10am), Neverland (July 20th @10am), Little Red Riding Hood (July 27th @10am), Return to Oz (August 3rd @10am), Jack & the Beanstalk (August 10th @10am).
The summer 2022 season will kick off in July with the weekend-long outdoor concert – The Sound of Music. The concert was held in 2021 and it was such a hit that NCCA is bringing it back for round two in 2022!
The first show of the season, Cabaret, is only fitting. First performed by NCCA in 1986, the NCCA will be performing Cabaret yet again. Cabaret is your classical musical that focuses on the hedonistic nightlife at a seedy club in pre-WWII Berlin. If you’ve never been to a musical, Cabaret is a great one to see – check it out from July 14th-30th!
Next up is Mamma Mia! Written by British playwright, Catherine Johnson, Mamma Mia! Is based on the songs of ABBA. If you liked the movies, then you don’t want to miss the musical! Mamma Mia is running from August 4th-20th.
The summer season ends with Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. The play is a parody of a murder mystery and is performed by a cast of four with each actor playing multiple roles. Laughs will be had from August 25th-September 3rd!
The Labor Day Comedy Show will continue NCCA’s comedic theme on Sunday, September 4th at 7:30pm with Greg Boggis hosting fantastic, Boston-Based comedians Paul Nardizzi and Emily Ruskowski.
The 2022 Fall Season at NCCA is sure to be an exciting one. Kicking it off is the 2022 Crafted Concert Series, running on Saturday September 24th, Saturday October 1st, and Saturday October 8th. Shows will be at 7:30pm while food trucks and craft beverage vendors (sponsored by Woodstock Inn Brewery & Rhythm Craft Beverages) will be occupying the parking and green areas outside during the afternoon hours prior to the shows. Be sure to add NCCA to your list of stops during these prime leaf-peeping weekends!
October brings the Columbus Day Weekend Comedy Show on Sunday, October 9th at 7:30pm and the Ghost Light Haunted Attraction, running October 21st-30th. Stay tuned for more details on these events!
Sneak peeks for Winter Programming include the StageSetters Youth Show, running November 11th-13th, A White Mountains Christmas, running December 3rd & 4th, and the Annual Warren Miller Extreme Ski Film on Friday, December 30th.
The best and most affordable way to see the 2022 shows is through purchasing a summer season subscription. The First Call Subscription gives you one ticket to each of the four summer productions for the most affordable price. It gives you access to the best seats as well! If you can’t commit to the whole season, you can purchase the First Call Pairs, which is two tickets to any one of the main stage summer shows.
Has all this excitement got you feeling hungry? NCCA has paired with numerous local dining establishments to offer “Dinner & a Show” deals. Read more here!
It’s rare for small mountain communities to have an award-winning performing arts center that attracts performers from all over the country and world. If you can’t make one of the shows this summer, you can support the NCCA through their Annual Fund or by volunteering as an usher.
The famous Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, once said, “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Discover the magic of the theatre this summer at the North Country Center for the Arts.
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.
Everywhere you look in New Hampshire, you’ll see one of the Granite State’s iconic landmarks – the Old Man of the Mountain. It’s featured on the New Hampshire license plate, road signs, and even the state quarter! But how did the Old Man of the Mountain become part of New Hampshire’s legacy and what happened to him?
The Birth of the Old Man of the Mountain
The Old Man of the Mountain is also known as the “Great Stone Face” by the Abenaki and “the Profile.” Located in Franconia Notch, we have to go back thousands of years to the Wisconsin glaciation and the ice age. For centuries, glaciers over a mile thick covered New England. When the temperatures began to warm, the ice started a thawing and freezing cycle that created erosion in the granite bedrock that shaped the unique features of the Old Man of the Mountain. The Old Man overlooked Profile Lake from 1,200 feet above and was approximately 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide.
The Life of the Old Man of the Mountain
The Old Man of the Mountain was first discovered and written by white settlers in 1805 when Francis Whitcomb and Luke Brooks were surveying the area for the notch road. While farmers frequently traveled over the notch road to the markets in Boston, no one had seen the Old Man due to the dense underbrush. Luke Brooks woke up in camp early one morning and went to Profile Lake to gather water for breakfast and saw the reflection of the granite face of the Old Man in the lake.
Of course, the legacy of the Old Man of the Mountain predates white settlers by hundreds of years. Known as Stone Face, the Abenaki believe that a human named Nis Kizos was born during an eclipse. He became a great leader and met a beautiful Iroquois woman named Tarlo at a Kchi Mahadan and fell in love. Tarlo had to return to her village to care for her sickened family and Nis Kizos promised he would live at the top of the mountain waiting for her. Tarlo waited day and night for her through the winter, but unfortunately, Tarlo dies in her birth village from the sickness. Gezosa, Nis Kizos’s brother, went to retrieve Nis Kizos in the spring but he was nowhere to be found. As Gezosa was descending the mountain, he looked back and saw that Nis Kisoz became part of the mountain as a stone face to continue looking for his love.
The Old Man of the Mountain became famous across the country because of Daniel Webster who famously wrote: “Men hand out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch; and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”
Even Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about the Old Man in his 1850 “The Great Stone Face.” In 1869, President Ulysses S. Grant visited the Old Man. Over the decades the stone formation began to deteriorate. Governor Rolland H. Spaulding began efforts to preserve the Old Man in 1916. In 1945, the Old Man became the official New Hampshire State Emblem and in 1965, a state highway worker named Niels Nielsen became the unofficial guardian of the Old Man of the Mountain. He became the official caretaker in 1987 followed by his son, David Nielsen, in 1991.
The Death of the Old Man of the Mountain
Over the years, the harsh White Mountains weather started to damage the rock formation. In the 1920s, a crack in the Old Man’s forehead was repaired with chains. In 1957, more extensive “surgery” was conducted on the Old Man to save his iconic granite face. Despite many years of repairs, the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed between midnight and 2:00 am on May 3, 2003, leaving the residents of the Granite State to mourn its most iconic symbol.
Despite the loss of the Old Man of the Mountain, its legacy lives on in the White Mountains. On the first anniversary of the collapse, the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund (OMMLF) installed coin-operated viewfinders near the base where you can see before and after of how the Old Man of the Mountain used to appear. OMMLF completed the Old Man of the Mountain Memorial along the Profile Lake walkway in September 2020 so the Old Man’s legacy could live on forever for future generations to enjoy.
Museum and Historic Site
Today you can visit the Old Man of the Mountain museum and historic site in Franconia Notch State Park. Take Exit 34B off I-93, drive towards Cannon Mountain and then follow the signs. At the museum you’ll discover historic memorabilia and photos about the care, repair and promotion of the state’s official symbol. The museum is open May through late October and admission is free. At the Profiler Plaza historic site you will experience the interactive sculpture that allows you to “see” what the Old Man of the Mountain looked like. There are also several informational plaques located along the trail with history of the mountain and species that were found in the area.
Are you an adrenaline junkie or fueled by awesome adventures? The Western White Mountains is the perfect destination to experience year-round adventurous activities. From skiing and dog sledding in the winter to downhill mountain biking and rock climbing in the summer, you’ll experience all sorts of thrills that will leave you coming back for more. Choose from a variety of day tours or weeklong adventures to fill your next vacation itinerary.
Ziplining (and more!)
A fixture on Main Street Lincoln, Alpine Adventures provides year-round fun for people of all ages. The Thrillsville Challenge Course is a self-guided ropes course designed with bridges, cargo nets, rope ladders, a treehouse, and much more! It’s fun for all ages and a great add-on to the other adrenaline-filled activities that Alpine Adventures has to offer on their private mountain. Alpine Adventures is most known for its zipline courses and unlike other places in the White Mountains, Alpine has two different zipline tours with varying degrees of length and speed. If high flying fun isn’t quite your speed, the Off-Road Adventure Tour in the Pinzgauers is an exciting way to explore Barron Mountain. And don’t miss the new Side x Side off-road tour where you can explore Barron Mountain in your own Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000s. There are very few places in the world you can ride in a 6×6 Swiss Army Pinzgauer, Zipline across a 1500’ ravine 240’ above the ground at speeds up to 60 MPH, ride down a four-story ramp in a snow tube onto a BigAirBag Stuntzone, and challenge yourself at an aerial course.
Downhill Mountain Biking
Loon’s Bike Park is a network of over 7.2 miles of terrain located at Loon Mountain Resort. A work in progress, the mountain plans to offer over 25 miles of downhill and cross-country biking trails once completed. Whether you’re new to the sport or an old pro, this is a bike destination for all riders to enjoy. No gear? No problem! Loon rents equipment and also offers beginner lessons to help you get started.
Climb to new heights with North County Climbing Center, the only indoor climbing gym in the White Mountains. North County Climbing Center, also known as N3C by the locals, offers both indoor and outdoor ice and rock-climbing experiences for all ages and abilities. The indoor gym has a variety of routes ranging in difficulty, style, and terrain making it the perfect fair-weather day activity or just to try something new. Never climbed before? No problem! Try the Learn to Bely Package to gain knowledge on all the basics. For those who want to transition their skills from the indoor gym to the crags, you can book a private guide or join their crag days.
Live out your Fast and the Furious dreams with Team O’Neil Rally School in Dalton. Founded in 1997, Team O’Neil is an off-road driving school offering courses in rally driving, winter driving, and off-road driving for people looking for a unique experience. The facility has 583 acres with a road course consisting of corners, blind crests, and other features that you’d only see in the movies. Each course lasts approximately one to five days depending on the course and what you hope to learn. As your lessons conclude, you’ll get to take one of the specially designed cars out on the course to test your new knowledge and experience the thrill of a lifetime!
Skiing and Riding
Home to Olympic gold medalist, Bode Miller, Cannon Mountain is New Hampshire’s highest ski area standing at 4,080 feet. With 97 trails and glades and the longest vertical drop in the state, Cannon Mountain attracts skiers and snowboarders from around New England and beyond every winter. Cannon has three terrain parks where you can progressively work on your big air tricks to wow the crowds of onlookers or just your friends on Instagram. Make sure you hashtag Cannon Mountain! Cannon Mountain is located within Franconia Notch State Park and during the warmer months, it’s a great place to hike.
Known as one of New England’s best ski mountains, Loon Mountain is a favorite among families for its skiing and resort amenities. The mountain offers 61 trails and glades of varying difficulties and from atop the 3,050-foot summit, you have panoramic views of the White Mountains. While the resort is geared more towards beginner and immediate trails, Loon Mountain has quite a few black diamond trails that will get your heart pumping. Angel Street is one of the most notorious black diamond trails offering devilish pitches that pass underneath the Gondola. There’s great tree skiing on North Peak with Walking Boss Woods and Bucksaw. For those with goals of competing in the X Games or just like to show off their tricks, Loon has six different terrain parks and the only superpipe in New Hampshire.
Experience the thrill of being pulled by a team of dogs through the woods and fields of the White Mountains. Muddy Paws Dog Sledding provides year-round dog sledding fun for all ages. During the winter months, Muddy Paws offers several tour options. The 1.5 Hour Tour is the most popular where you have the opportunity to meet the sled dogs and then embark on a five-mile ride. During the summer and fall months, Muddy Paws offers snowless tours where you ride in a wheeled cart, so no matter what time of year you visit the White Mountains, you can give lots of belly rubs to the hardworking sled dogs.
You’ve probably felt the guilt when you stared in your pet’s sad eyes as you packed your bag for vacation, but did you know that the Western White Mountains of New Hampshire are pet-friendly? Numerous trails, waterways and relaxing public areas are waiting for your pup to romp around on! The greater Lincoln and Woodstock area is also home to a ton of great pet-friendly activities, lodging and dining options, so you don’t have to leave Fido at home on your next vacation. Just remember to book early as pet-friendly rooms get scooped up fast!
Pet-Friendly Swimming Areas & Trails
Please always keep your pet on a leash when using public or private hiking trails in the Western White Mountains.
Lincoln Woods or East Side Trails
Located off Route 112 just East of Lincoln, the Lincoln Woods Trailhead is your basecamp for numerous dog-friendly hikes and dips in the Pemigewasset River. There is a $5 day use fee to be paid at the trailhead (bring cash – cell phone service is limited here), but it is well worth it!
Head to the Ranger cabin and swing a left over the suspension bridge to follow the Lincoln Woods trail for ~3 easy miles along the Pemigewasset River. Take a side trip to Black Pond or Franconia Falls (use caution with Fido or kiddos here). Turn around and go back the way you came when you’re tuckered out. After ~3 miles, the trail reaches the Pemigewasset Wilderness boundary and becomes much more difficult.
Looking for something a bit more off the beaten path? From the Ranger cabin, go right and follow the East Side Trail for ~3 miles miles until you reach Franconia Brook tent site. This easy-graded path follows the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and has ample opportunities for you and your pup to cool off. Like the Lincoln Woods Trail, turn around and return back the way you came.
JE Henry Trail
The JE Henry Trail can be accessed from a parking area behind RiverWalk Resort off Main Street Lincoln. This mellow 1 mile trail follows the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and offers plenty of river access.
Elbow Pond is a hidden gem located off Hwy 118, west of the town of Woodstock. Canoeing, hiking and swimming opportunities are in abundance. Please be aware that a shooting range is located at the beginning of Elbow Pond Rd.
Wildwood Picnic Area
Wildwood Picnic Area sits along the banks of the Wild Ammonoosuc River off Route 112 West. There are picnic tables, grills, a small pavilion, and plenty of green space for your pup to let out energy.
Pet Friendly Lodging & Dining
Loon Reservation Services – Lincoln & Woodstock
Loon Reservation Services manages vacation rentals at 12 resorts in Lincoln and Woodstock. Choose from one- to four-bedroom condos and townhouses all within three miles of Loon Mountain Resort. Many of the rentals are dog-friendly, so you can bring your pooch along to enjoy all the family fun. An additional pet fee is required, and all dogs must be approved by Loon Reservation Services prior to arrival.
RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain – Lincoln
RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain offers luxury pet-friendly suites overlooking the bubbling Pemigewasset River. Offering a variety of suites to meet any size family, RiverWalk Resort has dog-friendly suites on the first two floors of the resort. Situated in the center of Lincoln, you can take your pup for a walk in the woods or around town.
The Notch Hostel – North Woodstock
Located minutes away from the Appalachian Trail in an 1890 farmhouse in North Woodstock, the Notch Hostel offers an affordable and comfortable place to rest your head at night. The 30-guest hostel primary offers shared rooms with some being dog-friendly. During the summer months, there is a fenced-in yard for your dog to run around and play. Like any dog-friendly place, there’s a resident dog on staff called Delilah Jones who loves attention and treats.
Quality Inn & Suites – Lincoln
The Quality Inn & Suites in Lincoln offers pet-friendly rooms with exterior entrances for an additional pet fee. The rooms are limited so it’s important to book in advance. Located close to all the best attractions and hiking in town, Quality Inn & Suites is a great home base for all your adventures.
Parker’s Motel – Lincoln
Located next door to Franconia Notch State Park, Parker’s Motel is a family-run business with 24 rooms ranging in size. Well-behaved pets are welcomed with advanced booking and a small additional pet fee.
One Love Brewery – Lincoln
Located across the parking lot from the RiverWalk Resort in the Village Shops in Lincoln, One Love Brewery has pet-friendly outdoor dining on its deck. After a day of hiking with your dog, celebrate with a pint and some delicious wings at One Love Brewery. Fido doesn’t even have to wait for your scraps under the table – One Love has a “Patio Pup” Menu just for the doggos!
Woodstock Inn Brewery – North Woodstock
The historic 40-room country inn offers both pet-friendly rooms and dog-friendly outdoor dining. Many of the rooms at the Woodstock Inn Brewery have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs and all the modern comforts of home in a beautifully designed mountain-theme room. Not all rooms are dog-friendly so make sure you book in advance so you can reserve a pet-friendly room for Spot. Don’t forget to bring your pup along with you to the Dam Bar!
Adair Inn – Bethlehem
Built in 1927 in beautiful Bethlehem, the Adair Inn offers three pet-friendly suites and two pet-friendly houses. The Kinsman Suite with views of Mt. Washington and the Franconia and Crawford Suites with views of the Dalton Mountain Range are all pet-friendly with a pet fee. Additionally, the 1811 House and Carriage House are both dog-friendly if you need a little extra space. For lodging guests, well-behaved dogs are allowed on the patio during breakfast.
Book a Vacation with Fido
Fido, Spot, and all their furry friends will love a vacation in the western White Mountains. With a variety of pet-friendly accommodations for all budgets, there’s no excuse to leave your furry pal at home while you explore the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire.
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.
The White Mountains are New Hampshire’s outdoor playground offering an abundance of year-round activities. From world-class skiing to brag-worthy hikes to unique dining, the area has something for everyone to enjoy. Our particular region, known as the Western White Mountains, is perfectly located to enjoy the best of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and even the Lakes Region. Make our home your basecamp for experiencing it all!
The Greater Lincoln/Woodstock is a great home base for exploring the White Mountains for multiple reasons, but perhaps the most important is its location to I-93. The drive up to the Western White Mountains is an easy two-hour ride north from Boston (depending on traffic). We are also fortunate that our area is home to an abundance of accommodations ranging from campgrounds to hotels to condos and more. Check out our list of lodging options on our Stay Page and base yourself in the Western White Mountains where all of our favorite places to visit are just a short drive away!
One of the most beautiful sections of the White Mountains is found in Franconia Notch just up I-93 from North Woodstock. Home to Franconia Notch State Park and Cannon Mountain, the region is an outdoor paradise for adventure lovers.
Franconia Notch State Park is New Hampshire’s most visited state park and for good reason – there’s a ton to do! It’s home to the unique geological feature, Flume Gorge, Echo Lake, and Cannon Mountain’s Aerial Tramway. Cannon Mountain, home to Olympic gold medalist, Bode Miller, has the highest skiable peak in New Hampshire. The Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop is a bucket list-worthy hike offering stunning views of the White Mountains.
Littleton and Bethlehem
A quick 20-minute drive north up I-93 brings you to the small mountain towns of Littleton and Bethlehem. During the Industrial Age, Bethlehem was a popular summer resort destination for wealthy city dwellers in search of fresh air. While many of the grand hotels of yesteryear no longer exist, the picturesque town is well worth the visit.
The small town of Littleton is a bit of a hidden gem packed with tons to do. Its Main Street is award-winning and boasts of locally owned and operated restaurants, cafes, and shops. For beer lovers, enjoy a variety of beers along the Ammonoosuc River. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure you visit Chutters, with the world’s longest candy counter, or enjoy one of some best baked goods in New England. Littleton is also home to PRKR MTN Trails, a network of over 25 miles of mountain biking and multi-use trails, so don’t forget your bike on your visit here.
North Conway and Mt. Washington Valley
The Mt. Washington Valley has long been the major destination area of the White Mountains. The eastern side of the White Mountains is home to North Conway, Conway, and Jackson with multiple alpine and Nordic ski areas, 11 golf courses, family attractions, and lots of tax-free outlet shopping.
North Conway is home to Settlers Green with over 70 tax-free outlets where you can shop for clothing, sporting goods, home goods and more. Whatever you need, you’ll probably find it in Settlers Green. Additionally, the village of North Conway is home to many locally-owned boutiques and specialty shops.
The Mt. Washington Valley region is home to many other resorts and ski areas. Of course, the Mt. Washington Valley is home to the famous mountain and the surrounding Presidential Range. Hiking is world-class and attracts thousands of people every year. Instead of hiking or driving to the top of Mt. Washington, The Cog Railway is a unique experience.
The Lakes Region area of New Hampshire is less than a 45-minute drive away from the Lincoln/Woodstock area. On those hot summer days where all you want to do is cool off in the refreshing waters of New Hampshire’s largest lake, head down I-93 to the Lakes Region area.
Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest draw to the region, there is so much to do along the shores and out on the water. Take a scenic tour on the M/S Mount Washington or sunbathe at the many beaches along Lake Winnipesaukee. Weirs Beach is one of the most popular, but there are others to enjoy. For more information on New Hampshire’s Lake Region, visit the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.
Whether you’re coming to the White Mountains for outdoor adventures, the arts, or just a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Greater Lincoln and Woodstock area is a great location to serve as your basecamp while you explore experience it all throughout the larger region.
Known as the “railway to the moon,” the Mount Washington Cog Railway is the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year, the trip up Mount Washington via the Cog Railway is a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Located on the western side of the famed mountain, the Mount Washington Cog Railway departs from the Marshfield Base Station near the Omni Mount Washington Resort. The railway runs year-round delivering visitors to the 6,288-foot summit (or near treeline during the winter months) for a three-hour round-trip tour.
Celebrating 152 years, the Cog Railway was opened to passengers in 1869. However, the beginning of the railway dates back to 1857. Sylvester Marsh, a native of New Hampshire, left his successful career in the meatpacking and grain drying industries in Chicago to move to Boston. Marsh, who struggled with indigestion and other ailments, sought the fresh air of the White Mountains like many wealthy people of the Industrial Age.
The idea of the Mount Washington Cog Railway was born from a mishap. Marsh and a friend set off to hike Mount Washington. Known for some of the worst weather in the world, the weather quickly turned from a beautiful summer day to a life-threatening storm above the treeline. The story goes that Marsh and his friend barely survived by crawling on hands and knees to the Tip Top House.
While spending the night on New Hampshire’s tallest peak, Marsh vowed to build a safer way for visitors to reach the summit. Due to Mount Washington being on state land, Marsh needed to go in front of the New Hampshire State Legislature for a charter. He went in front of the Legislature in 1858 where he was laughed at and jokingly awarded a charter with the promise that once he reached the summit of Mountain Washington, he would continue building a “railway to the moon.”
Building a railroad on the side of a steep mountain is almost impossible. The average grade of Mount Washington is 25 percent with some spots at almost 38 percent. To overcome the steep grade of the terrain, Marsh designed a railway that was built entirely on an elevated trestle system. This meant the tracks would be above ground level. To this day, the Cog is the only railway whose mainline is built entirely above ground level and the second steepest railway in the world (the steepest is the Pilatus Railway in Switzerland).
Again, due to the steep terrain, a traditional railroad was out of the question. Instead, Marsh applied the cog gear and rack technology to create the first mountain-climbing railway. Cog and rack technology is very similar to the sprocket and chain on a bicycle, but it had never been applied to mountain-climbing locomotives and railways before Marsh. Cog gears are located under the locomotive engine, which engages the rack (a spooled center track fixed to the train tracks and looks like the chain on a bicycle). As the cog turns, the locomotive can pull itself forward on the rack and up the mountainside.
Construction of the Cog was delayed by the Civil War that broke out in 1861. A fun fact about Marsh – before he moved back east from Chicago, he got himself into a little land dispute. He hired Abraham Lincoln as his lawyer, which was the last case Lincoln took before becoming the President of the United States.
After the Civil War ended, the first Cog Railway was built relatively fast. The first locomotive called “Hero” was built and delivered from Boston. Due to the locomotive’s unique design, it quickly became known as “Old Peppersass” because its vertical boiler resembled a pepper sauce bottle. The first 600 feet of track was built quickly over the Ammonoosuc River and was used as a presentation to government officials and investors in August 1866.
Before Marsh could begin building the actual railway he had to clear-cut dense forest and turn that timber into lumber to build the trestles and log cabin office. After his investor presentation, Marsh hired over 300 men to continue building the railway to the summit. By summer 1868, the crew reached the halfway point where the mountain transitions from its forests to above treeline sub-arctic tundra. To overcome the harsh and boulder-strewn area, Marsh built the famous “Jacob’s Ladder” that you can experience yourself on a trip on the Cog.
The first official ride of the Mount Washington Cog Railway occurred on August 14, 1868, and the railway has run regularly ever since except for World War I and World War II. Trackwork was completed by the next Spring, and Peppersass reached the summit of Mount Washington with passengers on July 3, 1869 – a feat that not many people thought Marsh could do!
The Modern Times
Today, Wayne Presby is president of the Mount Washington Railway Company, after purchasing it from Ellen Teague in 1983. Over the years, Presby has made significant investments in modernizing its equipment, infrastructure and operations. Under his leadership, the Cog added a new passing track and hydraulic switches, enabling as many as seven trains to run at a time. Recently, a massive re-railing project resulted in heavyweight, 100lb rail replacing lightweight rail first installed in the late nineteenth century. Re-railing the entire 3 mile route with heavyweight rail ensures a smoother, quieter ride, a stronger track system, and less routine maintenance. Opening in 2021, a new 35,000 square foot maintenance facility once again brings year-round repair, fabrication and storage of the locomotives, coaches and other rolling stock back to the Marshfield campus. Previously, equipment was trucked up to a temporary facility in Berlin for winter maintenance. Mr. Presby’s stewardship of the railway has guaranteed that many generations of visitors will continue to enjoy this remarkable operation far into the future.
About the Trains
The Cog was a steam railway exclusively from its inception until 2008, when the first custom designed and built biodiesel locomotive rolled out of the engine shop. Today, motive power is provided primarily by 7 of these powerful machines, and, in the warm weather, two vintage steamers. MW2, built in 1875, and MW9, built in 1908, were both fabricated at the Manchester (NH) Locomotive Works. Steam trips at the railway are very popular, and often sell out months in advance.
Take a Ride
To truly understand the long history and engineering feat of the Mount Washington Cog Railway, you need to book a ride on the railway. A roundtrip ride on the Cog is about three hours. The ride up and down the mountain takes approximately one hour each leaving you an hour to explore the summit of Mount Washington. In clear weather, the Mount Washington State Park at the summit provides 360-degree views of the Presidential Mountain Range from the Observation deck of the Sherman Adams Building. The adjacent Tip Top House Museum, where Marsh first developed his seemingly crazy idea for a railway on Mount Washington, provides a glimpse into 19th century life at the top of New England. Like Marsh, visitors may also experience a small dose of some of the world’s worst weather!
Trains run 7 days a week, year round, with destinations at lower elevations once the summit closes for the winter in late October. With limited seats on the train, it’s important to book your tickets in advance especially during the summer and fall months. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to experience one of the world’s great rail adventures, and New Hampshire’s Premier Attraction since 1869! For schedule, tickets and much more, please visit thecog.com.
Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages are fermented in Lincoln, NH with only premium fruits, sourced locally, to create a delicious, fresh, natural cider. Creativity and the arts are the central focus for the brand and will be celebrated in every way.
Known for its hiking trails and ski mountains, the Western White Mountains is also home to a growing number of breweries, wineries, and restaurants. After a long day of skiing or hiking, nothing tastes better than a cold beer. Or maybe you’re celebrating a special anniversary and you are looking for the perfect bottle of wine to celebrate. With a variety of places with many just walking distance away from each other, there’s no shortage of beverages to taste test in the Western White Mountains.
Woodstock Inn Brewery
Visit one of New Hampshire’s original microbreweries located in the heart of the Western White Mountains. Started over 20 years ago with a seven-barrel system, the Woodstock Inn Brewery nestled on Main Street in North Woodstock has now grown to a 30-barrel production facility and lab. The Brewery offers eight year-round brews, including their 4000-Footer IPA, Old Man Oatmeal Stout, and Pig’s Ear Brown Ale. Each season, they also brew special seasonal flavors to be enjoyed on the patio after a long day of hiking or by the fireplace after an epic powder day. No matter what your tastebuds like, there is a beer on tap or in cans waiting for you at the Woodstock Inn Brewery.
One Love Brewery
Located in downtown Lincoln in the historic Henry Paper Mill, One Love Brewery is a German-style beer pub. Brewed in-house and featuring creative names, the beers at One Love are typically German lagers, but you’ll also find some hoppy varieties on tap. Make sure you pair your pint with something delicious from the menu. The starters menu is eccentric featuring items such as Ravioli Tikki Masala, Empanadas, and Poutine. And, don’t miss the burgers! If beer isn’t your drink of choice, then you’ll want to try a cocktail. From White Peach Sangria to Pain Killers, you’ll find something to quench the thirst on a hot day. Did we mention that the deck at One Love Brewery is dog-friendly?
Seven Birches Winery
It is not every day you find a winery in the mountains of New England. Seven Birches Winery is a boutique winery with two locations in Lincoln – the Lincoln Village Shops and RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain. Using grapes grown around the world and locally in New Hampshire, you’ll find a large variety of white, red, and everything in between wines. Sign up for a wine tour or taste testing or both and discover delicious wine in the Western White Mountains. Seven Birches also offers a weekly ‘Vineyard Talk’. Join their vineyard manager at 2pm on Saturdays (weather permitting) for a 30-minute Vineyard Talk in the RiverWalk Resort Vineyard. Meet at the RiverWalk Winery Tasting Room at 2pm and you’ll be taken out to the vineyard to discuss vines and future plans. The talk is complimentary and does not require reservations. It’s the perfect thing to do before or after a tour or wine tasting.
Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages
If making wine was not enough, Seven Birches Winery started dipping their toes into making hard cider as well in 2020. Fermented naturally using locally sourced apples, Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages currently offers a variety of flavors including the recently released Blood Orange and Lemon-Lime. The Blueberry Hard Apple Cider is fermented with fresh-press apple juice along with fresh whole blueberries. The Heirloom Cider is barrel-aged, done dry, almost champagne-like, and seasonal so get it before it is gone. Rhythm Studio is located next to the Atrium Wine Bar in the Lincoln Village Shops and has expanded their offerings! Try their locally sourced and produced hard seltzers, fruit wines and more.
The Gypsy Café on Main Street in Lincoln is a favorite amongst the locals. Co-owned by award-winning chef, Dan Duris, the Gypsy features food from around the world. While the food is delicious, many people come to the Gypsy just for the drinks as they are some of the best in the Western White Mountains. Their margaritas made with fresh, homemade lemon and lime sour mix are legendary. The drink menu also includes a variety of specialty martinis and other cocktails.
Twin Barns North Taproom
If you plan on indulging in a few alcoholic beverages in the Western White Mountains, remember to drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive. One of the beauties of the Lincoln/Woodstock area is the closeness of many of the breweries, wineries, and restaurants. You can walk or ride your bike to many of the places. If you are staying at one of the many resorts in the area, they also may have a shuttle that can pick you up at the end of the night.
Discover the delicious beers, wines, and cocktails in the Western White Mountains. And don’t forget to cheers!
The Western White Mountains is an incredible hub for cycling with miles of mountain biking trails weaving throughout the forest, a paved recreational path with stunning views of the mountains, and brag-worthy road cycling routes. Plus, each year we host White Mountain Bicycle Week! Celebrate New Hampshire’s other bike week with the communities of Lincoln, Woodstock and Franconia Notch as we pedal through the great outdoors to support regional non-profits. So, what are you waiting for? Pump up your tires, fill up your water bottle, and hit the trails or road for some two-wheeled fun!
Catch a ride on the Northeast’s most technological advanced lift, the Kancamagus 8, and get ready to hit the trails at Loon! Opened in 2019, the new purpose-built downhill mountain biking trails at Loon Mountain are epic! Designed and built by the people who built Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire, the Loon Mountain Bike Park offers a huge variety of freeride, technical, and cross country trails over 9 miles for every level of riders. Learn more about Mountain Biking at Loon.
For the more experienced rider, day passes are available online. If you’ve never been downhill mountain biking then the Your Turn lesson, rental, and ticket package might be just for you. The Whistle Stop Bike Center at Loon Mountain offers downhill, cross-country mountain bike, and e-bike rentals for whatever trails you choose.
If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in the White Mountains, hit the six miles of cross-country trails through the forest of lower Black Mountain along the banks of the Pemigewasset River. The East Ridge Trails are open to the public and can be accessed near the Whistle Stop Bike Center. Drive north on I-93 and check out Franconia Area Nemba and Profile Trails. where the terrain is more rocky and technical. Stay at the Franconia Inn and you have direct access to the trails for fat biking and mountain biking year round. Just a bit further north in Littleton is PRKR MTN Trails offering 22 miles of hand-built mountain biking trails for all abilities. And just a little bit further over the border in Vermont is Kingdom Trails. If you’re looking for a mountain biking mecca then you have come to the right place!
While the mountain biking trails in the Western White Mountains are incredible, we can’t forget about road cycling. If you love to climb, then we have you covered! Cyclists from all over New England come to Lincoln every year to compete to earn bragging rights by riding all 34 miles of the Kancamagus Highway. If you have ever driven the “Kanc” then you know it’s one tough ride, but at least it’s beautiful! From the Conway side, the first 16 miles are relatively easy with a slight grade, but after that, you’ll start climbing towards the sky. The last stretch to the top of the Kancamagus Pass is about a 7% grade and then it’s downhill all the way to Lincoln.
For the overachievers or just the cycling fanatic, the Tour de Notches is one of the legendary New England rides for road cyclists. Start from Main Street in Lincoln and climb north through Franconia Notch on Route 3. In Twin Peaks, take a right on to Route 302 where you’ll ride past the beautiful Mount Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods through Crawford Notch. In Bartlett, take another right on to Bear Notch Road where you’ll climb for five miles to the Kancamagus Highways. By the time you’re done, you rode 77.3 miles and climbed over 5,300 feet in elevation. Make sure you rehydrate with a cool beverage at one of the many breweries or wineries in the Western White Mountains!
Paved Bike Paths
If you have young kids or just prefer a more leisurely ride on a paved path, the Lincoln/Woodstock area is home to a few paths. The Franconia Notch Recreation Path runs 8.7 miles through Franconia Notch State Park and passes some of the park’s most famous attractions. While there is a little bit of climbing on the path, it is relatively easy for any age and riding ability. The Lincoln Loop from Loon Mountain to downtown Lincoln is another great paved, family-friendly loop for all ages. The two-mile path follows along the Pemigewasset River.
When the snow starts to fly, you don’t have to put your bike away or ride the dreaded trainer in your basement! Fat biking has become very popular in the White Mountains in recent years thanks to groomed trails and local bike shops carrying these bikes that are outfitted with super-wide tires. Both Profile Trails in Franconia and PRKR MTN in Littleton groom miles of trails and many of the local trails. Just like the Lincoln Woods Trail which are great for fat biking.
Hit the Trails or Road This Year
Life is better on two wheels with the wind in your hair (under your helmet of course!). Whether you are a complete newbie or an experienced cyclist, the Western White Mountains offers something for everyone when it comes to biking. We hope to see you on the trails or roads soon!
Do you hear wedding bells on the horizon? The Western White Mountains is an incredible year-round wedding destination for couples seeking a stunning background on their wedding day. With a variety of resorts and venues, there are tons of options that will fit the style and budget for all couples. Most venues can host weddings ranging from elopements and intimate weddings to large parties of up to 150 guests.
From mountaintops offering panoramic views to rustic, centuries old New England farmhouses, your perfect wedding venue is located in the Western White Mountains. Get married under the summer sun by the Pemigewasset River or amongst the kaleidoscope of changing leaves during the fall or even on the ski hill, the possibilities are endless.
Adair Inn – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Located halfway between Boston and Montreal, the historic Adair Inn is the perfect setting for your quaint New England wedding. Built in 1927 by famous Washington DC trial lawyer Frank Hogan as a wedding gift to his only daughter, the Adair Inn was literally built for romance and weddings.
If your Pinterest is full of picturesque outdoor garden weddings, then you’ll fall head over heels with the Adair garden. Designed by the Olmsted brothers, all eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle through large decorative iron gates to exchange your vows. The outdoor tent can host up to 120 guests. For more intimate weddings or elopements, the restaurant, cozy tearoom, and recreation den can be transformed into your ceremony space and reception hall. With an in-house wedding planner, your wedding day will be stress-free and memorable.
Cascade Park – North Woodstock, New Hampshire
Overlooking the rushing Pemigewasset River, Cascade Park is a popular spot in North Woodstock for outdoor wedding ceremonies and wedding photos. The brick pathway leading down to the riverbank makes the ideal walkway for the bride. By partnering with local vendors, such as the Woodstock Inn, you can design your perfect outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking the beautiful river.
Indian Head Resort – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Offering one of the premier locations to say “I do,” Indian Head Resort is a beautiful wedding destination year-round. The resort sits on 180 acres surrounded by the White Mountains. Since the 1930s, Indian Head Resort has hosted hundreds of weddings for couples from around the world. Offering two outdoor ceremony options, your wedding photos will sure to be showstoppers. The Arbor on Shadow Lake offers incredible panoramic views of the mountains especially in the autumn and the Traditional Gazebo is always a crowd favorite.
The Lakeview Room is the ideal location for your reception. With picturesque mountain views, a new patio, and tons of space for a dance floor and tables, you’ll celebrate in style with up to 160 guests. The extensive catering menu offers something for everyone. And don’t forget the grand finale – a fireworks show!
Loon Mountain – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Take your wedding to new heights by getting married on top of Loon Mountain surrounded by all your loved ones. Take the White Mountain Express Gondola to the summit where the Amphitheater offers panoramic views of the White Mountain National Forest and more. Continue your epic mountain wedding in the Octagon Lodge. Sitting up to 180 guests, the mountain lodge offers a quaint and rustic feel to your big day. Featuring post and beam construction, a stone fireplace, and incredibly large windows, your wedding photos will certainly be beautiful. Loon offers several wedding packages to meet every budget and vision so you can have your dream wedding.
The Mountain Club on Loon – Lincoln, New Hampshire
The Mountain Club on Loon is another incredible wedding destination. Say “I Do” on top of Loon Mountain and celebrate at the Mountain Club on Loon. Offering both an indoor and outdoor reception space, you can get married year-round with the Mountain Club. The lawn terrace is the perfect place to host a cocktail hour for your guests while you finish your wedding photos. The reception can take place in a tent or in the ballroom. Whether your choose a more intimate gathering or a party of your 150 closet friends and family, The Mountain Club on Loon can help you plan all the little details.
Loon Mtn Ministry – Lincoln, New Hampshire
You can’t get married without an officiant. Look no further than Loon Mtn Ministry! The staff will help you make your ceremony as special as you and a day that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Rocks Estate – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
The Rocks in the small mountain town of Bethlehem is a 1,400-acre property known locally as the Christmas tree farm. Open year-round, beyond the rows of Christmas trees are acres of gardens. Built in 1882 by John and Frances Glessner as their summer residence, the Big House is a 19-room Queen Anne style mansion. Over the years, the Glessners built many other buildings and gardens on the property. Unfortunately, the Big House was removed in the late 1940s. The Rocks is a beautiful place to host an intimate wedding amongst the spring flowers or fall foliage.
Franconia Inn – Franconia, New Hampshire
Built on 107 acres in 1863, the Franconia Inn offers breathtaking views of Franconia Notch and the Kinsman Range. Whether you’re looking for an intimate destination wedding resort with all the activities onsite or a beautiful location for your large wedding party, the Franconia Inn is an incredible place to host a wedding. Offering dates year-round, the historic inn can host both indoor and outdoor wedding receptions for up to 150 guests depending on your location. With a host of onsite activities, guests can turn your wedding weekend into a little vacation!
Woodstock Inn – North Woodstock, New Hampshire
While known for its delicious beer, the Woodstock Inn is also a popular wedding destination in the Western White Mountains. The Woodstock Inn has hosted quaint New England family style wedding ceremonies and receptions in its beautiful gardens and restaurant for decades. With a bed and breakfast, gardens, restaurant, and brewery, you and your guests don’t even have to leave the property during your wedding festivities. And the best part, you can have your own wedding beer!
Woodstock Farmhouse – North Woodstock, New Hampshire
The Western White Mountains newest wedding venue, the Woodstock Farmhouse, will become a fan favorite soon enough. A gathering place since 1890, the Woodstock Farmhouse is a newly renovated New England style farmhouse located on the banks of the Pemi River. If you’ve dreamed of a farmhouse -style wedding, then the Woodstock Farmhouse might be your ideal venue. Hosting small to larger weddings, the venue partners with multiple local vendors to create your dream wedding. Make it a weekend and let your whole wedding party stay in the old farmhouse with all the modern amenities you need for a memorable wedding weekend.
Seven Birches Winery – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Seven Birches Winery is a boutique winery located in the heart of downtown Lincoln. With two locations in the RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain and the Lincoln Village Shops, Seven Birches Winery can host your small wedding reception, happy hour, or provide you with customized wine for your wedding. Their wine also makes great gifts for your wedding party or favors for your guests. The vineyard at the RiverWalk Resort also makes a pretty backdrop for your wedding photos.
Get Married in the Western White Mountains
Your wedding day should be special. Visit the Western White Mountains today to book a beautiful and unique venue for your dream wedding. There are venues and vendors for all size weddings from elopements to large gatherings. Say “I Do” to the Western White Mountains. Check out our Wedding Guide for more information.
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.
Are you ready for an adrenaline rush in the western White Mountains? Head to Team O’Neil Rally School in Dalton for a unique experience that you can’t find in many places. Nestled on 600 acres, Team O’Neil Rally School provides a variety of driving courses open to the public year-round. Whether you’re brushing up on your winter driving skills or want to live out your Fast and Furious fantasies, Team O’Neil Rally School can help you with both. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride!
About Team O’Neil Rally School
Located outside Littleton, New Hampshire, in the small town of Dalton, Team O’Neil Rally School was founded in 1997 by Tim O’Neil. Growing up in the White Mountains, Tim began racing rally cars in the 80s and won five production-based U.S. and North American Rally Championships. In 1997, he came home to the mountains and opened a driving school with the vision of building the best driving school in the world.
Today, Team O’Neil is the world leader in loose surface driver training. The private facility encompasses almost 600 acres with two 300-foot diameter gravel skid pads and a six-mile road course consisting of over 50 different types and combinations of corners, blind crests, and junctions.
A Course for Everyone
Team O’Neil offers a variety of driving courses ranging from one to five days. The single-day rally school course focuses on left-foot braking, weight transfer and eye placement, accident avoidance, and some turns in Ford Fiestas. Each day of the school builds on the prior day skills and you’ll have the opportunity to drive different vehicles, like Subaru Imprezas, 3-series BMWs. By the end of day three, you’ll have the opportunity to take longer runs on the open slalom courses and facility roads. After five days, you’ll experience mock rally races, turbocharged cars, and have perfected the Scandinavian Flick.
Do you want the ultimate thrill? Sign up for the Drift Driving Course that will give you a crash course (without the crashing) on the sport of drifting. This two-day course takes place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and you’ll have the chance to learn the ins and outs of drift racing with Ford Mustangs and 3-series BMWs.
Team O’Neil also offers a more practical course, which comes in handy if you live in New England. The Winter Driving School is a single-day driving course that utilizes your own vehicle. Throughout the day, you’ll learn how your vehicle handles and reacts on snow and ice as well as potentially life-saving accident avoidance maneuvers. All driving courses start on select dates and require advance bookings to ensure your spot.
For the off-road enthusiast, Team O’Neil has something for you, too! Choose from private or team off-road experiences on 600 acres of fun. All you need is your own mid-sized SUV or pick-up trucks, and Team O’Neil will provide you with steep climbs, descents, varying degrees of side tilts, boulders, and more. The TrailCraft Trail Drives can be booked on any day.
When it comes to driving schools, safety is paramount. Team O’Neil takes safety seriously for both drivers and instructors. All courses are taught with a 2 to 1 student to instructor ratio to not only give you the most hands-on learning opportunity but also to ensure your safety. There is an instructor in the vehicle at all times and students are required to wear helmets and a four-point seat belt. Additionally, all vehicles that go beyond the slalom course have full roll cages.
Team O’Neil has a fleet of over 70 vehicles and a few mechanics to keep them in tip-top shape for students. Depending on how many days you choose for your rally course, you’ll have the opportunity to drive multiple types of cars. Starting with the front-wheel drive Ford Fiesta on day one, you have the chance to drive a Subaru Impreza, BMW 3 Series, Ford Fiesta ST, or Subaru Impreza WRX.
Make Your Driving Dreams Come True
Whether you’re a racing enthusiast, adrenaline junkie, or someone interested in improving their winter driving skills, Team O’Neil Rally School has a driving course for you. Take a peek at their online Rally School TV and prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
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!
Like many New England towns, Lincoln was once a bustling mill town with sawmills, a pulp and paper mill, and the largest logging railroad in New England. Over the decades, the mills closed, and hotels were built around the ski mountain. The economy turned from manufacturing to tourism. But one determined company is working to bring manufacturing back to one of the old mills.
“The idea first started around 2011. I spent much of my childhood enjoying the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. I like to say it was all ‘ice cream and swimming holes.’ It wasn’t until I came back to the White Mountains as an adult that I realized how tough it can be to live here,” says Burgeon Founder, Rudy Glocker. “I wanted to find a way to give back to the communities that gave me so much.”
In a world of L.L. Bean, Patagonia, and North Face, it might be difficult to break into the outdoor apparel industry but Burgeon is taking a different approach. All of Burgeon’s products are made in their studio in The Village Shops in Lincoln or Merrow Manufacturing in Fall River, Massachusetts. Machine-sewn by local artisans, Burgeon is dedicated to using high-quality materials that will stand up to the elements of the White Mountains and beyond.
“Our products are designed and tested in the White Mountains. Unlike other outdoor apparel companies, we can test our gear right outside our doorstep and modify it in a matter of days,” says Glocker. Glocker and his team, including mountain guide and Burgeon General Manager, Justin Walsh, have tested their gear this past winter, spring, and summer. They also had a little help from Philip Carcia, a well known mountain athlete who recently broke the speed record when he hiked all 48 of New Hampshire 4000 foot mountains every month for a full year. Carcia was able to provide the Burgeon team with valuable feedback on their products in real-time so Burgeon could continue to innovate their products to meet the demands of outdoor enthusiasts.
In a few short weeks, Burgeon will be launching their first three lines of apparel to the world. Each apparel line is named after iconic White Mountain peaks or ridges. The Flume Base Collection is a fast-wicking and comfortable base layer perfect for laying under your ski jacket or wearing around the house for après ski. The Franconia Mid Layer, made of Polartec Power Stretch Pro, adds an extra layer of warmth and flexibility on those below zero days or for peak bagging in the spring or fall months. The Washington Outer Collection combines Polartec Windpro and DWR (durable water repellent) to keep you warm and dry when the weather changes. And we all know how fast the weather can change in the White Mountains!
Burgeon is a brand built on its mission, which is “to preserve and enhance the enjoyment of the outdoors by investing in the people, economy, environment and social fabric of outdoor communities.” Five percent of each Burgeon sale is donated to community and environmental efforts in the White Mountains so generations of people can continue to enjoy the mountains for years to come.
“Burgeon products are New Hampshire made. We have a team of three local artisans who work right in our studio in Lincoln to finish all our products. As we continue to grow, we hope to hire more local community members. Not all our artisans have extensive sewing skills, but we’ve trained them, and they are producing incredible work that we’re proud to sell,” says Justin Walsh. One of the reasons that Glocker chose Lincoln for Burgeon’s headquarters was the strong work ethic and pride that its community members have for the work they do.
While Burgeon will be launching in November with only a few products, they have been working hard on developing additional apparel lines for women and lifestyle products for those who desire less technical merchandise. Product will be available both online and their shop in Lincoln in mid-November — just in time for the holidays!
“Our Lincoln location is just the beginning. I want Burgeon to be a model that can be replicated across mountain towns in the United States and beyond. In 10 years, I hope we have locations in other New Hampshire towns such as North Conway, down the Appalachians, and even the Rockies. We want to be where people go to enjoy the mountains,” says Glocker.
For more information about Burgeon, visit their website or stop by their studio at the Village Shops in Lincoln.
A trip to the western White Mountains is a culinary delight. While the area might not be a foodie destination like other cities in New England, we’re spoiled with many delicious and unique dining options. From organic, locally sourced farm fresh ingredients to a gourmet five-course dinner on the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, you certainly won’t go hungry in the western White Mountains.
Voted favorite restaurant in the White Mountains for the past eight years, the Woodstock Inn is a local legend. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Woodstock Inn menu is extensive as the dining room. You’ll find everything from nachos to pretzels to meatloaf and fish and chips. The Woodstock Inn burgers are the best in town. Made with locally raised New Hampshire and Vermont beef, each burger is flavorful and fresh. If you’re up for the challenge, try the Death by Burger, which is an 18 oz. cheeseburger on the bottom with a BLT and onions on top. Want to make it on the wall of fame? Try the Double the Death Burger! Thirty-six ounces of beef? No problem!
For a taste around the world, head to the Gypsy Café for a fun and casual evening with an eccentric menu. With a unique art created by local artists on the wall, you’ll be inspired to choose something colorful from the menu. From Enchiladas Rojas to Thai Red Curry Duck to Malai Kofta, each dish is authentic and full of flavor and a little spice. If you’re a margarita fan, then you’ve come to the right place! The Gypsy Cafe’s margaritas are famous around these parts. Made with fresh homemade lemon and lime sour mix, you can’t go wrong with whatever one you choose.
One Love Brewery
On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than a cold beer. Head over to One Love Brewery for some German-style beers on the dog-friendly patio. Their diverse menu is filled with delicious comfort food-style pub favorites, like soft pretzels, nachos, and poutine! Many of the many dishes are cooked using their locally brewed beer and many locally sourced ingredients. Visit Tuesday for Trivia Night or Friday and Saturday nights for live music.
Mountain Club on Loon
The Mountain Club on Loon offers two dining options – Black Diamond Pub and Seasons Restaurant. Both restaurants source their ingredients locally from farmers, producers, bakers and brewers, and distillers. The restaurants serve up traditional New England pub fare with a local twist for both kids and adults. Each dining option is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
For a truly unique experience, book a ticket aboard the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train. For two hours, you’ll ride along the Pemigewasset River through the beautiful western White Mountains while eating a gourmet five-course dinner. Each 1950’s vintage train car has been restored to its former glory making the whole dinner train a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The menu changes regularly and features delicious seasonal dishes made with local flavors. A trip on the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train is a perfect idea for a special occasion like an anniversary or engagement.
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.
For over 120 years, Fadden’s General Store has been producing award-winning maple syrup for the western White Mountains. Like most early settlers in the White Mountains, the Fadden Family harvested maple sap and sugar to consume and trade for supplies. James H. Fadden and his wife, Ida, opened Fadden’s General Store in 1896.
It wasn’t until James and his son, Norman, purchased a stand of maple trees and built a large sugarhouse that Fadden’s launched into the commercial maple syrup industry. Norman ran the store until 1983 when his son, James H. Fadden Sr., took over and ran it until James (Jim) H. Fadden Jr. purchased and restored the store back to its original beauty in the summer of 2008. Jim ran the store until his passing in December 2018. His son, James, and his mother are continuing the Fadden legacy with the sixth generation.
The Fadden maple stand is located just three miles up the street from the General Store. While the maple grove is home to the old sugarhouse, today the maple syrup is produced in the modern state-of-the-art sugarhouse right behind the General Store on Main Street in North Woodstock. With over 7,500 taps and 17 miles of pipeline, Fadden’s produces approximately 2,000 to 2,500 gallons of maple syrup every year. That’s a lot of pancakes!
Over the decades, Fadden’s has won many awards, including eight Carlisle awards, which is presented annually for the best maple syrup in New Hampshire. Fadden’s most recently won the award in 2018. In 1957, Norman won an award for the best maple syrup in the world. That’s one big title!
When asked what makes Fadden’s maple syrup special, James was modest and said, “I would love to say it’s the cook who makes our syrup unique, but that would be a fib. I would have to say our syrup is good because of the environment where it comes from in our grove. It also may have to do with our cleaning habitats, but it is most likely due to the fact we don’t let our maple sap sit around.”
Fadden’s Maple Syrup is available for purchase year-round, seven days a week at Fadden’s General Store. Maple syrup can be purchased in just about every size jug you can imagine. Bring home a gallon for yourself and lots of smaller jugs for all your friends! Maple syrup isn’t the only thing you’ll find at Fadden’s General Store. “We also carry a lot of locally made things like jellies and jams, honey, maple-scented hand lotions, and chapstick. We also have locally made beers, wines, and meads along with a small grocery section. For our outdoors people, we have a wide range of things from camping and fishing supplies,” said James. Of course, you can find all your favorite gifts like magnets, postcards, and stuffed animals to remember your favorite vacation.
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.
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.
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.
Something for everyone
Whether you are looking to step away from the office to release your inner child while zip-lining through our lush green forests, or you just want to have a relaxing spa day, Lincoln, Woodstock and Franconia Notch is the place for you.