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    Shaker Village

    by Myndo Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    The Shakers were a religious christian "sect" . In worshipping god they got so ecstatic, that they began to shake, hence the name. Coming from the Protestants and later the Quakers they separated from them and went to then "new land", America, to have a place of their own.

    They were quite progressive, they had electricity and were very early with the telephones. They also took pride in handwork and what they did was as simple as it was perfect.

    You can still see their work (houses and furnishing and gardens etc),
    but you will not see a Shaker anymore.

    I suppose that their rules considering sex (abstinence and separation of the sexes) finally broke their neck. They had even two entrance doors for the common buildings etc
    A religion which says "no sex please" is apt to excinct quite soon, i believe. Not only that they don't have any descendants, but it is also not very attractive for newcomers.

    But the place they made themselves here is very nice. Serene and simple and quiet. A real "getaway" from the hectic around.

    shaker house, canterbury
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    Climb to the CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS

    by Pawtuxet Written Sep 28, 2006

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    The Castle in the Clouds is an Arts and Crafts estate which would more correctly be termed a MANSION rather than a castle. However, to the man who built it, I'm sure it was his castle. Now open for tours as a museum, you can tour the property and grounds high above Lake Winnepesaukee with absolutely knock out panoramic views of the lake below and the mountains beyond.
    Built for a million dollars in 1914.. an enormous amount of money in the day.. every room of the castle has a view. One would almost not pay attention to the interiors because of them. I saw tourists spending most of their time at the windows.
    The castle is open from 10 am to 4:30 pm from Memorial Day weekend thru Oct. 15th. The road is closed in winter. You park part of the way up the mountain and are carried by trolley up the remaining slope to the top and the castle.
    There are 45 miles of hiking trails, kids activities, 1000' waterfalls, and Science Center programs...plus concerts, events and lecture series. A small cafe is located in the carriage house where you begin your ascent by trolley.
    Some rent the space for weddings..as we saw when we were there. Dinner was going to be outdoors on the patio with tables set for the reception overlooking the magnificent views of Lake Winnepesaukee.

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    back in time to the Shakers Village

    by Pawtuxet Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    The Shaker village is a fascinating place to visit. We were fortunate to have a very knowledgeable tour guide who walked us through several buildings and then turned us loose to enjoy several others on our own. Visit the gardens, snack shop, formal restaurant, ride on a tractor pulled wagon, sit in the old schoolroom.....or visit the trade shops. I enjoyed the carpenter's shop. Many photos to share, so I'll create a Travelogue as well. Hope you'll enjoy.

    Fun for the kids Carpenter's shop Chris & Karen in this peaceful setting
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    One of your first stops should be to the rangers

    by richiecdisc Updated Aug 11, 2005

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    The heart of New Hampshire's mountains are spread through both the White Mountains National Forrest and various state parks interpersed throughout the area. One of your first stops should be one of the ranger offices in the part of the part you wish to explore. We camped in Crawford Notch State Park and just up the road on route 302 was this great source of information. The ranger explained in detail the opportunities in the area and we soon had two great hikes to choose from. They are very friendly and knowledgeable so stop in and enjoy this free service.

    set in an old train depot, the rangers' office
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    fall foliage

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 8, 2003

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    One of the best times to visit New Hampshire and especially the White Mountains is during fall foliage. This is not an exact time but varies from year to year with various climatic conditions. But generally, it starts with the first frost of the season. There are lots of factors that determine if it will be a good foliage season like rain during the spring and summer as the leaves need the moisture to produce the bright colors later. Sun and cold weather is what cyrstalizes this color in the leaves and last but just as important is wind. If it's too windy, there won't be any leaves on the trees to see!

    fall foliage in NH is a great time
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    The Crawford Path

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 8, 2003

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    The Crawford Path is the oldest continuously used hiking trail in the United States. It starts off as a well groomed and lush forest walk but soon steepens and gets more rugged. The trail will give you great elevation grain for views over the Presidential Range and eventually bring you to the Lake in the Clouds Hut and Mount Washington as pictured. It is about 8.5 miles to the top of Mount Washingon along this trail that picks up 4700 feet.

    Mount Washington
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    the Franconia Ridge Trail....

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 8, 2003

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    The Franconia Ridge Trail is one of the most popular long hikes in the park and for good reason. Once you get above treeline, you will have spectacular vistas in all directions for the entire hike. This great trail combines two small and lovely hikes, the Old Bridle Path and Falling Waters Trail that brings you to a nice waterfall. But it is the Franconia Ridge portion that makes it the classic hike in the region and perhaps the whole state. It is a 9 mile loop that picks up 3800 feet and brings you past the Greenleaf Hut, where you can get a hot meal, something to drink or just seek refuge if the weather is bad. But when the weather is fine, you will want to spend all your time outside enjoying the great views. Do this hike during the week to avoid crowds as it is deservedly the most popular in the park.

    some of the most beautiful vistas await you
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    Unbelievable Sand Scultpures

    by agapotravel Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Are you ready for these pictures??? Every summer in New Hampshire, contestants come from all over the country (and various parts of the world) to enter this sand sculpture contest. I believe you have to be invited to participate. They import special sand for this contest. Only one person can work on the sculpture at a time. Sand and water are the only materials used.

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    Tour the interiors ~ Castle in the Clouds

    by Pawtuxet Written Sep 28, 2006

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    Lovers of the Arts & Crafts era will love this excellent example built with pride of workmanship. It's comfortable, solid oak, filled with excellent views of the lake and surrounding acres of woodland...Notice the painted ceiling of the dining room, the massive cast iron stove in the kitchen and the wonderful pedastal sinks in the master bathroom. Many handsome details.
    See my other tip and the travelogue for further information and photos.

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    Conway Scenic Railroad

    by german_eagle Written Jun 27, 2009

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    North Conway, a very busy resort town (with a traffic jam almost always from one end of town to the other) has a nice sight/activity to offer: the Conway Scenic Railroad. There are actually two trains running: The Notch Train which runs along the Saco river through Crawford Notch to Fabyan near Bretton Woods and the Valley Train which makes a much shorter journey through the lower Saco river valley and stops in Bartlett as well.

    The Notch Train offers scenic views but it is a long five-hours round trip and it is quite costly: calculate at least $45 for Coach, $70 for the superior experience in the category Dome. The Valley Train is cheaper of course: fares vary between $22 for the Bartlett round trip (Coach) and $35 (Dome). Schedules are somewhat odd, though. See their website for more info.

    Conway Train Station locomotives of the Conway Scenic Railroad a steam locomotive of the C. S. RR Penny into a souvenir ...
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    The NH Seacoast

    by diver-x Written Aug 4, 2003

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    Every summer, when I was a kid, my Mom would take us to the NH seacoast to spend a day, a week, or even a couple of weeks. Rye Beach is my favorite beach. It's out of the hub-bub of Hampton, and very scenic.

    Lots of locals and out-of-staters rent cottages on the beach during the summer months. The best beaches in NH are: North Hampton, Jenness Beach (Rye Beach) and Wallis Sands.

    Jenness Beach in Rye Beach, NH
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    Strawberry Banke Museum

    by diver-x Written Aug 4, 2003

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    Strawberry Banke is one of those "Village" museums where a bunch of antique buildings were moved and gathered together, and turned into a tourist attraction. You can tour the houses and shops and watch blacksmiths, potters and coopers ply their trades. The Strawberry Banke gift shop has an excellent collection of handicrafts and books.

    Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH
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    Kancamagus Highway

    by german_eagle Written Jun 27, 2009

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    Kancamagus Highway (NH 112) links Lincoln with Conway. It is one of the most scenic roads I've driven in New England. We were very fortunate to be there in early October when foliage was at its peak. And the weather was perfect. The road is well maintained (but not quite a highway, thank god) and offers stunning views of the vast maple- and birch-tree forests to both sides and the mountains which reach about 4300 ft. (Mt. Osceola) in the south.

    There are plenty of parking/picnic places along the road. I thought Hancock Overlook offered the most stunning views with Mt. Kancamagus in the southwest and Mt. Osceola right in southern direction. Shortly after Hancock Overlook (eastbound) you reach the highest point of the road and soon CL Graham Overlook provides views of the Northern/Eastern White Mountains near Bartlett and Jackson (our destination). Thus we didn't drive all the way to Conway but turned north to reach Bartlett via Bear Notch - which is by far not as scenic as Kancamagus Highway, but had very little traffic.

    Kancamagus Highway, Hancock Overlook Kancamagus Highway Kancamagus Highway Kancamagus Highway, CL Graham Overlook
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    Explore the Flume

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 6, 2006

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    The Flume Gorge is a natural 800-foot chasm at the southern tip of Franconia Notch State Park. It's a very popular attraction. The trail starts at the Franconia Notch State Park Visitor Center from where you can walk or take a shuttle bus to the gorge. The entire walking loop through the Flume and back to the visitor center by way of the pool is 2 miles (3.2 km) and takes about 1.5 hours. The walk will lead you along waterfalls, covered bridges, a scenic pool, wonderful mountain views and glacial boulders. The shuttle bus will bring you nearby but you still have to walk the last part to the top of the gorge via boardwalks and steps, which can be quite exhausting for elderly people.

    It was one of our best trails in that area, really recommendable!

    The Flume
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  • Mount Washington -2nd Highest Mountain in the East

    by bebop88 Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    Certainly one of the highlights of northern New Hampshire, Mount Washington is not only the highest peak in the White Mountains, but the 2nd highest peak in Eastern North America. There is a visitor's center at the top of the mountain and is notorious for having the most severe weather conditions in the eastern US. You can drive to the top, but I strongly recommend to take a the tour bus or cogway as the steep incline really wears away your brakes on the way down.

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