In our opinion, the best way to enjoy the White Mountains of New Hampshire is to get outside. Depending on your skill and fitness level, there are options ranging from paved trails that provide access to beautiful waterfalls to rigorous hikes with significant elevation gains ending on mountain peaks.Keep in mind that there is a parking fee at the...more
The White Mountain Region offers a plethora of cross country skiing options, from ski touring centers to back country adventures; depending on how good the season is and how much snow has fallen, you can get up to four months of good skiing in the area.For touring centers, we particularly enjoy Bretton Woods, located right at the base of Mount...more
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3249 Main Street, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, 03574, United States
Good for: Business
2370 Main Street, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, 03574, United States
Good for: Business
80 Guider Lane, Bethlehem, New Hampshire, 03574, United States
Good for: Business
This is our most frequently-visited spot by far: it's close to many hikes (and winter skiing areas), it's pretty big, there's popcorn to munch on while waiting for your table, and both food and drink are decent. It's a pretty big spot, too, so getting a table is rarely a problem: as well as the main room, there are some side seating areas and in...more
Located just north of North Conway (sort of Far North Conway), Moat Mountain is a great brewpub option, and they also do their own barbecue/smoked meats. They have a large selection of microbrewed beers - usually seven different options, from light tasting lagers to smoky stouts, with a seasonal option or two - and we've been consistently impressed...more
Polly's Pancake Parlor is one of the best places in the area to get breakfast. It's very popular, and not as cheap as some diner breakfasts, but the quality of the food is really exceptional. As well as a wide variety of pancakes and waffles, they also have eggs, potatoes, and wonderful meats that they prepare and smoke themselves (ham, sausage,...more
An unexpected find in such a small town, the Colonial is an old fashioned movie theater which plays (mostly) artsy flicks and occasionally has live music events. We're not exactly sure how the Colonial stays in business, given the small population in the area, but we love that it does!
It's only open in the warmer months as they are not insulated for winter. Their website is a great resource and lists the movies and concerts scheduled for up to two months at a time.
Dress Code: The Colonial has no particular dress code; just keep in mind that it has no air conditioning!
There's really no concealing the fact that you need a car to get around this area: some non-driving friends recently asked us about the public transportation situation, and it's not good, at least if you want to get away from town. On the up side, the car does allow you to get away from it all: there are so many hiking trails around here that it's worth seeking out some of the less-travelled routes, while the car also allows you to choose one town as a home base rather than having to move from night to night.
You name it and, if it's a sporting good, Ragged Mountain sells it! In addition to all the regular items you would expect to see in a sporting good store (hiking boots, NorthFace gear, guide books, sleeping bags, etc.), Ragged Mountain also makes its own brand of clothing. Well made and reasonably priced, we find Ragged Mountain gear to be a good...more
At the Rocks Estate it is Christmas all year long with Christams trees growing nearly as far as the eye can see! In the winter, you can choose from any of the pre-cut trees or you can journey out into the fields and choose your own tree. There is is also a Christmas fair with wreaths and other Christmas goodies. Many of these items can also be...more
The Sugar Hill Sampler is just a short distance from Polly's Pancakes, and is located in a huge old barn. The front section is full of crafts and trinkets from near and far - if you want local souvenirs, look carefully, since many things are made elsewhere - and they also have a large section of condiments and foods, mostly from New England. If...more
While it might be sunny and hot down in the valleys, the mountains can be windy, very cold, and you might find that it's even snowing at higher altitudes! When hiking (or driving the auto road to the summit of Mount Washington), it is important to keep this in mind and be prepared for any weather; you'll be much happier if you pack properly!more
It's a cliché, but it's true! In the vicinity of the White Mountains, moose and other large animals seem to be as plentiful as people. When driving, particularly at night, it is important to be both alert and cautious; moose are especially active around dawn and dusk and can be extremely unpredictable in their behavior near roads. When hiking,...more
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When you're in the mountains, you have to go with Mother Nature: one day that might mean blazing sunshine, the next unexpectedly wet weather. In the summer, you'll want to pack both sunscreen and a raincoat - and in the early summer, especially, plenty of bug spray. The mountains can be enjoyed all year round - winter hikes are often the most magical - as long you are ready for the elements.