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Welcome to the Lake Sunapee House! This waterfront vacation rental property is nestled into a lovely, sandy bottom swimming cove and has a private 75’ dock to accommodate your motor craft. The Lake Sunapee House sleeps up to six people. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed, living room has a queen pull out couch and the upstairs loft has queen and full-size beds. Equipped with a modern kitchen, sun porch, gas grill, and ample seating outside, you’ll feel right at home. Amenities include a pellet stove, AC, washer/dryer, gas grill, kayaks, paddle boards, 65” flat screen TV, Xbox and plenty of board games.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the mountain views or head out and explore the area. You will love how close it is to restaurants, local attractions, shops, grocery stores, and the lake harbors.

Shin
Stayed April 2019

This is a great Airbnb.

We had a wonderful time. It is very close to Mount Sunapee, there are lots of board games, lots of kitchen equipments too for cooking. The deck by the lake is our favorite. The neighborhood is very quiet and safe. Highly recommend.

Angela
Stayed June 2019

Perfect abode for a family lake trip!

Well appointed house that is conveniently located to good food, parks, and the lake itself.

Karen
Stayed June 2019

Perfect setup for a family

Alicia’s place is lovely and so cozy. It was a perfect setup for a family - plenty of space and all the comforts of home. The views are absolutely outstanding and we loved hanging out on the dock. Alicia was a terrific host and provided many recommendations for things to do.

Stacey
Stayed June 2019

A relaxing and affordable lake side vacation.

Pictures accurately depict the home and landscape. Quiet neighborhood and lots of kayaking fun. This was one of our most relaxing and enjoyable vacations.

Kelly S.
Stayed August 2018

Beautiful and Tranquil Lake Sunapee Cottage

I stayed here this past weekend with my family consisting of 8 adults. I was worried about the size of the house, but it was not a problem at all! The beds were extremely comfortable and we had amazing weather so we were outside most of the time. The dock is amazing, and the water is so clear and refreshing. We took advantage of the kayaks and the paddle board and we loved the quiet relaxing cove. The house is very updated, clean, and the kitchen and bathroom are stocked well with everything you could need. Outside we used the grill for cooking lunch and dinner and had a fire at night overlooking the water. There is a gas station, Hannaford, and even a farmers market nearby. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation right on the beautiful lake, this is the place to be! We would love to stay here again next summer.

Mark B.
Stayed August 2018

Relaxing getaway

We had a great time - enjoyed the location very much and the yard leading down to the water was picturesque and peaceful. The house had everything we needed and we took advantage of all that the area had to offer. Planning to go back again!

Stephanie L.
Stayed September 2018

Beautiful location, beautiful house.

Our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 teenagers) thoroughly enjoyed our stay. All aspects of the home are well thought out to accommodate guests. The location is ideal - a place to dock a boat, a nice cove for swimming, kayaks, paddleboard, or just floating. The host, Alicia, promptly replied to questions and concerns. We loved the view!

Eric E.
Stayed September 2018

Cozy, clean, comfortable.

Great location, just a few minutes from Newbury harbor and Mt Sunapee. Fantastic dock and access to the lake, and includes kayaks, paddleboard, life jackets, and much more. Fit our family of 6 just fine. Will absolutely be going back for future visits to the lake.

Lisa W.
Stayed July 2018

A perfect waterfront cottage!

The Lake Sunapee House is the perfect location to relax and enjoy all that the lake has to offer. Swim, ski, and soak up the sun...it's the perfect location to do that and more. The cottage is warm and cozy and offers the best location for waterfront dining.

Jennifer K.
Stayed August 2018

Beautiful home in a beautiful setting

This property is phenomenal. The home is absolutely beautiful and is stocked with all the dish ware, appliances and other amenities that you need. We only needed to bring clothes from home. When we arrived, the house was spotless. The backyard has two outdoor dining areas and lounge chairs - which were great for watching the kids in the water while I got some sun. The lake itself is clean and shallow - perfect for daily swimming. The owner - Alicia - was incredibly nice and helpful. She was also very responsive to any inquiries we had both before and during our stay. This property is well-deserving of 5 stars!

Nanci D.
Stayed August 2018

Such a perfect spot on the lake

Our stay was so relaxing. The cottage was beautiful and provided so many essentials that I could have packed half of what I did. Alicia pays attention to every detail & it shows! Her communication was great and our stay was stress free. I have to ask her what mattresses she has, down to the pull out couch, as they all were so comfortable!! We are hoping to rent again next summer. A++

Katie B.
Stayed July 2018

Perfect family retreat at the lake!

Our family was thrilled with this cottage last week! Alicia anticipated all of our needs and emailed us details prior to our stay. Upon arrival, the house was clean, cabinets were stocked with kitchen necessities, bathroom had plenty of towels & toiletries.... and the view was priceless. Our kids spent hours playing on the private dock, swimming in the wonderfully shallow water and using the numerous water toys from the shed. The multi-tiered patio was awesome for outdoor meals and our neighbors even provided a personal fireworks show on July 4th 😉 Alicia was incredibly helpful with requests & recommendations. We loved the "little blue cottage" and hope to return next summer. Thanks Alicia!

Yoni
Stayed May 2018

Very Nice and Scenic Place!

My family and I wanted a nice scenic place around the New London area for the weekend. We were all excited to go to Alicia’s lake house. When we reached there, it was all beyond our expectations. We all fell in love with the place and area, and regardless I recommend this spot above anything else! The place is really clean, the amenities are all present, and the host is incredible. My family and I would like to thank Alicia for accommodating us in such a manner. We are already looking forward to our next trip in the same spot!

Nathalie
Stayed December 2017

Amazing Mountain Views

What a find!! The location is wonderful. It’s only a few minutes to the ski mountain and is direct waterfront with amazing mountain views. We loved how it was very close to Newbury Harbor (with restaurant and a convenience store). Alica was a great host and her hospitality exceeded our expectations. Everything was well thought out – from her sticky notes to point things out, welcome package and toiletry box with extras items. Not only did we find our go-to Ski House but a perfect summer spot too. We'll definitely come back this summer to take advantage of the waterfront and location!

Meralis
Stayed December 2017

Literally a Home Away From Home

Alicia’s place is amazing, cozy, clean, comfortable I mean I can go on and on about how great this place is. My family and I absolutely enjoyed our stay here. The place is cozy and fit my family of 6 extremely comfortably. The kitchen is well equipped with all of your cooking needs. Alicia has really thought of everything one could need, her place is literally a home away from home. Their is nearby supermarkets, gas stations and anything you pretty much need. During our stay here in winter we enjoyed skiing, tubing and a horse drawn sleigh ride. We also took a drive up to Vermont for the day. You can’t go wrong with this location.

Jordan
Stayed January 2018

very cozy and comfortable

Alicia’s place was very cozy and comfortable. We couldn’t have asked for a better place! Everything was extremely clean and Alicia went the extra mile to make sure we had everything we needed. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to make a meal. She even helped us get tickets to ski at Mt. Sunapee. Would highly recommend this place to anyone who want a quiet comfy place to stay. I’m sure the lake is great in the summer too!

Andres
Stayed March 2018

Location Can’t Be Beaten.

Alicia is an amazing host that will make you feel at home. She has taken care of every detail in her place, from toiletries to little snacks, to detailed instructions on how to run a pellet stove. Her house is clean, neat and very functional. The location can't be beaten. Looking forward to repeat soon!

Derek D.
Stayed January 2018

Great Place, Great Location

We rented for MLK weekend and the place was great. Fabulous location less than 10 minutes from the slopes, right on the lake, and close to town. The place has evertything you need, including the most stocked up rental kitchen I have ever seen. Owner Alicia was responsive to any questions, and extremely accommodating.

Daniel
Stayed January 2018

Lovely Location!

One of the rare occasions that the space lived up to the beautiful photos! Lovely location on the water minutes to Mt Sunapee. Looking forward to returning next winter!

Sarah C.
Stayed February 2018

Great experience!

My friends and I all loved the house. It was a very clean place right on a beautiful lake and only about a ten minute drive to the slopes. Will definitely be a returning customer. Highly recommended to everyone!

Molly D.
Stayed May 2018

Beautiful and Peaceful Lake Front Home

Alicia the owner was welcoming and responsive. The property was clean, well equipped and as pictured. Spent the weekend with family and visited some local wineries. Definitely would recommend staying here.

Isabel
Stayed March 2018

Perfect Weekend Escape!

Alicia's place was the perfect place to escape for the weekend! It was so cozy and clean. We especially enjoyed the pellet stove and the games that were available at the house. Alicia was very quick to respond to questions and even got us discounted lift tickets! We loved that skiing was so close - Mount Sunapee was 5 minutes and we went cross-country skiing at Dexter Inn which was about 14 minutes away. I highly recommend this place and hope to return again in the summer!

Jody M.
Stayed April 2018

Very Clean and Cozy

My two adult daughters and I had a very relaxing off-season stay at Alicia's cozy cottage. She had many amenities and thought of every detail ( baskets of toiletries, supplies, snacks, even a sound machine in the bedroom!). We particularly appreciated the information binder on the Sunapee area. All the furnishings were new and updated and very comfortable. We cooked several meals and found the kitchen well-equipped. It was very chilly the first day we were there and found our favorite spot was on the sun porch with a nice electric heater. The large TV was great as well as the extensive board game selection. The very best part however, was the beautiful view overlooking the lake! If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, this cottage is the place to go!

Erik Z.
Stayed February 2018

Quiet & Cozy

There's nothing better than feeling welcome and comfortable the moment you enter a home and that's what Alicia and her Sunapee cottage did for me and my family. As others have mentioned, there's no shortage of supplies at the ready (fresh towels, bottled water, hand soaps, etc.) - the little things that are too often overlooked when guests arrive - are thoughtfully available or noted where you'd expect to find them. The layout with two bed in a shared room upstairs made for great nights' sleep for our boys as did the very quiet neighborhood - only the sound of the wind blowing through the trees was ever present when we left for the day(s). Having spent five winter nights at Alicia's lovely cottage, I can assure you that the forced hot air is more than up for any challenge. And, to that midwinter end, the location is prime for getting to the mountain on-time for ski lessons and lifts opening. In short, it is the perfect size for a young family of four & we look forward to returning!

Caoimhe
Stayed March 2018

Gorgeous Home and Location

Gorgeous home and location, and awesome host! Alicia was beyond helpful and thoughtful - she reached out about events going on during our stay, placed notes and tips around the home, provided snacks and toiletries, and always got back super quick. 100% recommend.

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Guest access
We have a keypad lock on the front door and we’ll send you the code to enter before you arrive. It’ easy to lock-up before heading home and you don’t have to worry about losing any keys.

Guest Interaction
I am always available on my cell phone. You can feel free to text me, call or message me on the AirBnB or HomeAway/VRBO app. It’s my goal to make sure you want to come back again, and again, and again!

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Learn More About Lake Sunapee

Lake Sunapee is a 4100-acre glacial lake located in central New Hampshire. The glistening waters stretch over 10 miles from Georges Mills Harbor to Newbury Harbor. Early conservation efforts have resulted in generous stretches of shoreline forever protected from development. The forward-thinking Lake Sunapee Protective Association has been encouraging stewardship of the Class A waters since 1898.

Local treasures include The Fells- a historic estate and gardens offering a wide-range of cultural and environmental programs for all ages on Lake Sunapee’s eastern shore.  Mt. Sunapee rises 2700′ and offers over 230 skiable acres on the south shore.

In summer antique Chris-Craft boats ply the waters. Sunapee Harbor is a favorite gathering spot for a kale salad, a game of checkers on the green or a possible Steven Tyler sighting.

In the autumn plan to hike some of the 75 miles of interconnected greenbelt trails – or take a yoga class on top of Mt. Sunapee.

Winter brings kite sailers and skaters and bonfires at the State Beach. In springtime, the Eagles soar low and the loons arrive.

If you ever tire of the lake – the New London village is a 5-minute drive offering great shopping and summer theater. Dartmouth College is 20 minutes north. Manchester/Boston Airport is 45 minutes south. Lake Sunapee is a 90-minute easy drive to Downtown Boston.

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Fun Facts About Lake Sunapee

Lake Sunapee is the 5th largest lake in the State of New Hampshire. The lake is approximately 10 miles long and 2.5 miles wide and covers an area of 6.5 square miles or 4136 acres. Depths reach 140’. There are eight islands and several peninsulas and lake fingers which yield to a total shoreline of some 70 miles There are seven sandy beach areas, some with restricted town and public access.

There are six boat ramps to access the lake at Sunapee Harbor, Georges Mills, Newbury and Mt. Sunapee State Park, Burkehaven Marina and a private marina. The lake contains three lighthouses on the National Register. The driving distance around the lake is 25 miles. There are approximately 1100 homes on the lakeshore and eight communities that offer shared access to private shoreline.

Lake Sunapee History

Lake Sunapee was formed around 11,000 years ago when glaciers left huge rocks all around the wooded areas once the ice melted. The Native Americans have been said to have named the lake calling it Soo-Nipi because of the geese that fly overhead when they are migrating south. In addition, Lake Sunapee is also shaped like a goose flying.

After the B&M Railroad extended into Newbury, Lake Sunapee became a common vacation spot prior to cars being manufactured. To handle the crowd of new people, there was a steamboat built for the lake. The ships would bring people from the southern part of the lake to the area where the cottages and hotels were.

MV Kearsarge was manufactured in 1897 at 70 feet long and was able to carry 250 passengers. It would set sail every day in the summer. Later, in 1965, the MV Mount Sunapee was launched. It was 50 feet long and does passenger cruises in the summer.

Mount Sunapee History

In 1909, summer resident Herbert Welsh asked area residents to help save Mount Sunapee from lumbering operations. Through his efforts and the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests, 656 acres were acquired. This included the summit, Lake Solitude and almost the entire north side. By 1934, the Society has acquired 1,185 acres on the mountain, which was turned over to the State of New Hampshire for a state park in 1948. On December 26, 1948 Mount Sunapee opened with the 3,300 foot North Peak single chair, three trails, two rope tows and the North Peak Lodge.

Today, Mount Sunapee Resort has three lodges, the Spruce Lodge, the Base Lodge and the Summit Lodge, 66 trails spread over 230 acres of skiable terrain. 26% of the trails are rated as easy, 49% are rated as intermediate, and 25% are rated as advanced. There are three terrain parks, and 97% of the terrain has snowmaking installed on it. Sunapee has ten lifts—two detachable quads, one fixed-grip quad, two triples, a double, and four surface lifts.

New England Travel Journal Stay & Review

The New England Travel Journal and team had the opportunity to stay at the Lake Sunapee House for the weekend late in October. We have eagerly been waiting our stay at LSH because it was the perfect opportunity to visit a part of New Hampshire that we’ve never been to before. This and the fact that we were able to chase the New England foliage before the winter’s cold left all the trees bare. Our first impression was that the area is beautiful.

Newbury is located on the southern most portion of Lake Sunapee and is guarded by Mount Sunapee on the west which cuts out cell reception. This makes it difficult for posting to social media and getting directions. The trade-off is that it’s perfect if you’re trying to absorb as much of the beauty around you as you drive to Lake Sunapee House. Don’t fret though, there’s complementary WIFI at the house so you can still make your followers jealous for not being with you.

The House

The house itself is a very charming and modern lake cottage full of creature comforts to make any party comfortable during their stay. You walk in through the main entrance of the house and are immediately greeted with natural light pouring into the open floor plan of the first floor.

The kitchen is straight ahead and overlooks the all-season room and also opens to the dining area and living room to the left. In the kitchen there is a tall bar-style counter to enjoy a quick snack or a meal for two. Right next to that is a comfortable dining table that seats six and faces the slider doors to the patio.

The living room is the perfect setup to enjoy a fun game night next to the burning pellet stove. Get bored of games easy?  The room is topped off with a massive TV where anyone can enjoy watching their favorite movies or sports. The master bedroom is located just off of the living room and the spacious full bath is by the entrance. Head up the stairs from the kitchen you end up in a large loft which has two more beds and two skylights which are perfect for looking out to the lake.

The Outside

Step outside through the sliding glass doors in the dining area and you end up on a patio big enough to entertain your family, the neighbors and the neighbor’s family. Two tables can sit everyone from Cheaper by the Dozen and the four beach chairs add even more spots to lay and gaze over the clear water of the lake.

Take a walk down the stone steps and walk across the dock to find two Adirondack chairs waiting for you at the very edge. From those seats you are far enough over the water that you have an unobstructed view of the lake and the mountain directly across. The houses are so far behind you that if you sit there long enough you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of the lake. Obviously, the back yard and the dock were our favorite spots of the house and this is where we enjoyed the majority of our time.

Good Food

When it comes to food there are a handful of places near the house to go to for either a sit-down meal, take out or delivery. Within a 7-minute drive there is a deli, a bar and grill and a pizza restaurant. On the day we arrived we picked up a few toasted paninis from Marzelli Deli for a quick lunch before heading on our hike. Then, later that night we picked up a steamy hot pizza and deliciously spicy wings from Ziggy’s. We opened up a couple of bottles of wine, poured our local brews and cozied up next to the warm pellet stove for some fun board games in the living room.

Adventure

For fun nearby Lake Sunapee House, Mount Sunapee, is only a 5-minute drive away. During the spring, summer and fall there are a variety of activities to participate in. These include an adventure course, zip-line, an archery area, climbing wall, a disc-golf course and a mini golf course. Our visit after Columbus Day meant that the activities and ski-lifts were closed.

This did not deter us however, because we love any chance we get to hike so it wasn’t an issue for us. We started our trek late in the afternoon, but were able to conquer the three-mile trail. Once on the summit we were rewarded with breathtaking views of Lake Sunapee and of the foliage that covered New Hampshire. Luckily we had clear skies and cool weather which made our hike that much more comfortable and our views that much more impressive. After enjoying the summit for about an hour as we tried to find all the best spots for pictures. Our recommendation is to head down Bonanza, turn right onto Old Goat and head straight until you come to Skyway Ledge. As the name suggests this is the best spot on the mountain to get views for miles.

With the sun setting we decided to hike down the slopes for a faster return to our car. Our mission was to catch the sun setting behind the mountain while sitting on the dock at Lake Sunapee House. I am happy to report we were successful and were rewarded with a lovely spot to catch the sunset.

Other attractions in the area include the Sunapee Harbor where you can find restaurants and Sunapee Cruises, The Fells offering gorgeous gardens to explore. Within an hours drive you can find yourself at King Arthur Flour and if you want to drive a bit further you can find yourself in Franconia Notch and the White Mountains.

Final Thoughts

We definitely plan on going back in the summer to enjoy time in the lake and take advantage of the paddle boarding and kayaking that is available as well as the boating and tubing. The house really thrives in the months when you can spend as much time outside on the patio and in the water. In the winter, it becomes a cozy getaway perfect for a family who wants to stay warm by the pellet stove and enjoy the views of the snow-covered lake. Then when it’s time to stretch those legs, Mount Sunapee is a short drive for shredding the slopes whether you enjoy skiing or snowboarding. Simply put Lake Sunapee House is a great stay for all seasons with enough to do to keep everyone happy.

For additional information, questions or concerns reach out to:

Alicia Morse | Alicialmorse@gmail.com | (603) 721 – 2702

Lake Sunapee House| License Number: 063121

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Lake Sunapee Activities

Here’s a compilation of fun activities and a variety of things you might uncover if you were to search ‘Lake Sunapee things to do?’and poke around for a few hours. We decided to make it easy by putting it all in one place for you 🙂

Mount Sunapee Resort

Mount Sunapee is the perfect 4 season mountain. It has a great balance of easy, intermediate and expert runs, and those just learning to ski will really appreciate the separate South Peak learning area. The mountain has 66 trails spread out over 233 acres of skiable terrain and 2,700 foot summit elevation. The terrain park is awesome including a 300-foot half pipe, quarter pipe, 5 boxes, 2 rails, and 6 jumps. 

Tubing

Pats Peak Mountain (20 minutes away) offers skiing and snow tubing. Reservations are recommended as tubing sessions often sell out. The price is $20 for a Two-Hour Session and $22 for an Four-Hour Session. 

Okemo Mountain is owned by the same management of Mount Sunapee and is just over an hour away so can be a day trip. They offer skiing, tubing and other activities.

Ice Skating

Town of Sunapee: Ice Skating Rink is located in the parking lot of the Ben Mere Park (above the gazebo in Sunapee Harbor). 

Town of Newport: Ice Skating Rink & skate rentals are located at the Newport Town Common in Newport.

Town of New London: Bob Andrews Memorial Ice Rink. Hours of operations is daily from 9am-9pm. Rentals are available just across the street at Village Sports in New London.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobile Rentals in Vermont – Killington•Okemo Backcountry Tour | Plymouth, Vermont

Snow-Country is located on the Vast Main Corridor Trail Route 12

  • Half Day 8am – 12 pm or 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm | $145.00
  • Full Day – 8am – 4pm | $235.00

Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club: Club trails can be found in Bradford, Grantham, Newbury, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton and Washington; spanning over 85 miles, all the way to Canada!

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cross country skis, snowshoes and ice skate rentals are available at Village Sports in New London, NH.

Trails available at Pine Hill Ski Club (20K of trails), Dexter’s Inn (30K of trails), and

Eastman Cross Country Center (36K of trails), both offer day passes. 

Eastman Cross Country Center: 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, NH

603-863-4500

Dexter’s Inn Trails (Sunapee)
Dexter’s cross-country ski & snowshoe trails wind their way through forests & fields with minimal road crossings. There are approximately 20 km of trails that are groomed and open to both inn guests and the public. Cost: $10 trail fee. Equipment rentals $15.

Pine Hill Ski Club (New London)
Located off Sandpit Rd, New London. 20 km of trails. Rentals available at Village Sports in New London. Parking is located at Mt. Road in New London. Moonlight cross-country skiing 7pm every Saturday night. Cost: Day pass $10. Season pass $85.

New London Recreation Department
The Spring Ledge Ski and Snowshoe Trail is located at the New London Middle SChool. 10 km of trails. Parking is at the Middle School. Cost: FREE! 

Mount Sunapee Adventure Park
With ziplines up to 1,000 feet long and high ropes courses 40 feet in the air, plus, downhill mountain biking, 18-hole disc golf, several climbing walls and gravity jumps there is something for every excitement level at the Adventure Park.

Mount Sunapee Aerial Sky Rides
Enjoy the beautiful summer scenery from the summit of Mount Sunapee! The quad chair lift runs on most weekends in the summer.

Mount Sunapee Yoga

Take a yoga class at the summit of Mount Sunapee between July and October. Classes are held Wednesday and Saturday mornings and are $15/class. From the summit you can also take a 1 mile hike to Lake Solitude for incredible views to the southeast.

Explore the Water

Sargent’s Marina offers boat, water skis, knee boards, wake boards, tubes, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals. Only place on the lake that offers boat rentals. 15 min. drive. 

Kayak & paddle board rentals at Village Sports in New London, NH. 

Tour the lake on Sunapee Cruises – Enjoy a 90 min. narrated tour of beautiful Lake Sunapee for $20. Family Passes are $55 for 2 adults and 2 children. They also offer dinner cruises. – Amazing way to learn the history of the Lake!

Rejuvenate at a local Spa

If the scenic views and pristine waters isn’t relaxing enough, visit one of the local spa’s for a day of relaxation. The two local spas are Sunapee Lake Massage, just minutes down the road in the plaza across from Newbury Harbor and the Spa at Mountain Edge, located at the Mountain Edge Resort & Spa before Mount Sunapee. 

Local museums and history hot spots:

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens (thefells.org) – Take a trip back in history and explore what is was like to live on Lake Sunapee in the early 1900s at the Fells. The Fells was originally the estate of John Milton Hay. It has over 83 acres of beauty and serenity and is a must see in Newbury. Explore the estate by taking a historic garden tour, tour of the Main House or a leisurely stroll on your own. 

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (indianmuseum.org). The museum has a collection of pottery, basketry, and embroidery from the Seminole, Navajo and Cherokee cultures, a full-scale tipi, feather headdresses from the Plains Indians, harpoon heads, fur-lined moccasins and stone sculptures from the tribes of the Northwest Indians and more. There is also a ceremonial room that showcases the instruments, pipes, and regalia used in ceremonies of all types. The Medicine Woods Nature Trail offers a self-guided 2 1/2 acre outdoor museum that highlights over 100 native plants that were used by native people for dyes, food, and building materials.

New London Historical Society

Visit one of Sixteen buildings that host exhibits that depict aspects of 19th century life in the New London area. Most of the structures date from the early or mid-1800s. The Meeting House, Hearse House, and Violin Shop are modern reproductions. The Transportation Building is a climate-controlled museum opened in 2001.

The New London Historical Village is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit the Transportation building or take a guided tour of the buildings. Our 10-acre property is always open to visitors from sunrise to sunset year round. Come and stroll the grounds or bring a picnic.

Bell Cove Caboose Museum

The Bell Cove Historic Caboose Museum, known locally as The Newbury Caboose, is the vintage red caboose on NH State Route 103 in the small park at the southern tip of Lake Sunapee. It’s very near the Newbury Information Booth. It’s on the site of the former Newbury Station. The Newbury Caboose is open between late May and mid-October on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It contains a good amount of memorabilia from the B&M Railroad’s Concord-Claremont line that operated from 1870’s to the 1950’s bringing big-city vacationers to the Dartmouth-Sunapee Region. Picnic tables are just outside of the caboose so it’s a great spot to enjoy lunch while overlooking the Lake. 

Arts & Culture

The Sunapee Region has a thriving arts scene, led by the Center for the Arts Lake Sunapee Region (centerfortheartsnh.org). The Center maintains a calendar of arts events around the region, including holiday celebrations, special performances and art openings. 

Liberty Arts Center (58 North Main Street, Newport, NH 03773)
Hours: Tues.-Friday: 11:00am to 4:00pm. Saturday: 10:00 am-2:00pm  

New London Barn Playhouseoffers vibrant theater and special events just 15 minutes away in New London.

Dartmouth College Hood Museum of Art – Just 45 minutes away among Dartmouth’s campus is the Hood Museum that hosts a permanent collection of more than 65,000 works of art and artifacts from all over the world, including important works by Picasso and several prints by artists like Rembrandt and Goya. Their collection of historical artifacts includes a mid-19th century Concord Coach, and a rather large assortment of scientific instruments that date back to 1769, the year the college was founded. 

Lake Sunapee Winter HikingSunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
Winter is usually a slow season for hikers, but not at SRKG. They have planned a series of hikes, some of which are along the Greenway Trail, where the goal is just to get outdoors and have fun and exercise. Check out the online Events Calendar for the hike schedule.

Golf

Country Club of New Hampshire – Sutton, NH

Twice rated one of the Top 75 public courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest, this 18 hole course offers 7,000 yards of  challenging terrain & lush greens at the foot of majestic Mt. Kearsarge.  There is a hotel and restaurant on site.

Eastman Golf Links – Grantham, NH

Located in the heart of the Eastman Community, this public course is a popular golf destination for players from both the Lake Sunapee and Upper Valley regions. The New England Golf Guide gave Eastman Golf Links a 4 star rating.  In 2015 the course was designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Twin Lake Village Golf Course – New London, NH

Open to the public – this 9 hole, par three course located on Little Lake Sunapee’s northern shore offers a gorgeous setting for a relaxing golf experience. Golfers of all ages enjoy the variety of terrain with meandering brooks, stone bridges and lake views. Popular with golfers of all ages.

Newport Golf club – Newport, NH

Newport Golf Club is an 18 hole golf course nestled in the heart of the Lake Sunapee Region. Our championship length course conditions allow average rounds to be played in 4 hours. We have been a golf club for more than 70 years. Our facilities include a snack bar, lounge and a banquet facility that can accommodate outings up to 200 people.

Lake Sunapee Country Club – New London, NH

Built in the 1920’s this legendary Donald Ross 18 hole course offers exceptional play for expert and novice alike.  The serene rural setting offers spectacular views of Mt. Kearsarge and a top notch restaurant is open year round. The Seasons condominium community nestles along fairways providing units with gorgeous views of lush and winding fairways.  Although it is a private club, there are opportunities for public play on certain dates each year.

Baker Hill – Newbury, NH

This 18 hole private course offers 260 acres and opened in 2002.  Designed by Rees Jones, the son of legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones – the course winds around gorgeous former  farmland overlooking the Lake Sunapee Broads. This private equity club is limited to 225 members – thus enabling members to simply “walk-on” with no tee times.

Tennis
Dexter’s Inn in Sunapee has three tennis courts available by reservation M-F with limited availability on weekends. Enjoy great views of Mount Sunapee from this vantage point which is surrounded by pretty gardens and manicured lawns. The Inn has 12 racquets for you to use if you forgot yours!.

Dexter’s Inn (www.dextersnh.com)
Innkeepers: Penny and John Augustine
258 Stagecoach Road, Sunapee, NH 03782 USA
Phone: 603-763-5571

Horseback Riding at Granite Rose Morgans
Lessons and Trail Rides available at the Morgan Horse Farm!

Granite Rose Morgans
Bradford, NH 03221
603-938-5505
www.graniterosemorgans.com

Go Hiking

Mount Kearsarge

The three dominate trails on Mt. Kearsarge are the Class 1-2 Wilmot Trail, Class 1 Barlow Trail, and the Class 1 (virtual walk up) Warner Trail. On a clear day, the summit has spectacular views of the White Mountains and Mt. Cardigan in the north, the Green Mountains and Mt. Sunapee in the west and the Monadnock Region and the Merrimack Valley in the south. 

South side can be accessed from Rollins State Park. North side can be accessed from Winslow State Park. Both parks allow leashed pets.

If you’re a family looking for a quick hike to stretch your legs, get some great photos, experience a nice view, or even enjoy a picnic – Mt. Kearsarge is always a great option. For an easier hike that’s only about ½ mile to the top (you read that right, you’ll be driving most of the way up) start at Rollins State Park. For a slightly harder hike (especially for little feet) take the 2.9 mile Winslow and Barlow Trail Loop. While both hikes are great family hikes, this trail – with steep sections and granite steps – is great for families with slightly longer legs and bigger feet! Great for: Families

Mount Sunapee

Hikes ranging from 2 miles to 6.5 miles with multiple opportunities to add distance by exploring various trails from the summit or by visiting Lake Solitude

Mt. Sunapee, while popularly known for winter skiing, is also a local favorite when it comes to hiking, picnicking, and nature-watching. With multiple peaks, a remote lake, babbling brooks, thousands of acres, and wildlifem galore – Mt. Sunapee offers the full New England hiking experience. Most hikes to the summit use the Summit Trail, or ski-trails. From the summit, you can reach a variety of additional trails (outlined below) as well as Lake Solitude -a true hidden gem in the Sunapee Region.

Summit trail: The main hiking trail to the summit (as the name implies), this trail is a 2 mile hike straight to the summit after being joined by the Sunapee, Ragged, Kearsarge Greenway Trail at the ¼ mile mark. To keep on towards the summit, stay left at this point.

Solitude Trail: The Solitude trail starts east of the summit, with a 1 mile hike to an overlook of Lake Solitude. From the overlook, all you have left is another .6 mile hike to the lake itself. Because the lake is an important habitat to some rare species, swimming is not permitted.

Newbury Trail: Continuing from the Solitude Trail, the Newbury trail is another 2 miles trail that takes you away from the ski area base. Its trail-head (at the bottom) is near the south end of Lake Sunapee (off Route 103) in Newbury Village. If you’re driving to this trail head, you’ll find it about 3 miles from the State Park (43.31380°N / 72.0745°W)

Eagles Nest: A short trail off of a lower section of the Newbury Trail, Eagles Nest will give you a great view of Lake Sunapee and the Harbor in the village of Newbury.

The Andrew Brook Trail: With a trailhead off of Mountain Road, south of Newbury Harbor on Route 103 – this 6.5 mile trail offers a quieter, more challenging approach to the summit.

Rim Trail: A .9 mile trail connected to the base of the Sun-Bowl Chairlift that will take you to the mid-point of the Newbury Trail.

Mount Cardigan 

Mt. Cardigan is well known for its great views due to a 3,121 foot summit that’s all granite, with hardly any tree-cover. It’s panoramic view spans west-central New Hampshire, including vistas of Monadnock, the White Mountains, and views that stretch as far as Vermont and Maine.

The West Ridge Trail
Dayhike, 3.3 Miles, 25 miles from Hanover

Use the West Ridge Trail with its log staircases and wooden bridges to snake your way up 1,200 vertical feet in 1.5 miles (Cardigans most direct route) for a classic New England hike shaded by yellow and white birch, maples, and beech trees. Adding distance to this hike can be easily done with a quick detour to the top of Firescrew Mountain via Mowgli’s trail (for an added couple miles).Great for: Families and more!

“The East Side”

Dayhike: Multiple lengths ranging from 5 miles to 7.6 miles

For more experienced hikers, the east side of Mt. Cardigan is far more challenging. On this side of the mountain, you’ll find the American Mountain Club’s 1000 acre Cardigan Reservation (home to one of their amazing AMC Lodge’s) and a multitude of loop-options for longer day-hikes and even some over-night hiking opportunities. Many hikers and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy AMC’s Cardigan lodge to wake up at the foot of the mountain and get an early start exploring the park’s many, many acres. Learn more about staying at the AMC Cardigan lodge in the New Hampshite State Park’s blog.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway

An expansive network of trails, pathways, and old roadways perfect for hiking and biking with a total distance of 75 miles, the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway (otherwise known as SRK Greenway) – as outlined by the association’s website (www.SRKG.com) is a “forever green, great circle of trail corridors and conserved lands, providing walkers with minimally developed access to the mountains, lakes, vistas, and historical sites of the region.” It is an incredible resource to the Lake Sunapee Region, offering anyone ample opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature and access to some of the best scenery in the region – from views of the lakes region to picturesque New England forests and old carriage roads.

The greenway takes hikers through forests, over mountains and down old roads long forgotten by cars and motorcycles. While overnight camping is prohibited, its network of trails can be used to put together a longer day hike or any number of quick excursions suitable for hikers of all ages and experience levels.

Take a Scenic Drive

New Hampshire has long been known for its beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers but we often forget to appreciate the scenic roads that take us to and from these landmarks.  For those of you that are new to the Lake Sunapee Region I decided to highlight a few of my favorite drives near the lake, in the surrounding towns of New London, Sunapee, Georges Mills and Newbury.  Taking a drive around Lake Sunapee itself is a great place to start.

The loop around Lake Sunapee winds through a few of the areas cute towns and the primary portion of the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway.  Roads along this Lake Sunapee loop include Route 103, 103A, 103B, and 11. I would suggest exploring all of the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway if you have time.  These additional routes include Route 11 toward the town of Wendell, King Hill Road toward Crockett Corner and 114 or “Newport Road” in New London. I promise that you won’t be disappointed in this beautiful stretch of road. If you really want to shake things up (and don’t mind a bit of mud on your car) than you should consider exploring some of these back roads around Lake Sunapee.

The roads to explore are:

  • Baker Hill Road in Newbury
  • Keyser Street in Sutton
  • Hominy Pot Road in New London
  • Penacook Road in Sutton
  • Haynes Road in Newbury
  • Morgan Hill Road in New London
  • Burkehaven Hill Loop – which is a 3.6 mile connected road leading south from Sunapee Harbor

These lovely roads should give you a good taste of New Hampshire’s rural roots!  I hope this list takes you to new places and helps you get to know the Lake Sunapee Region.  Keep in mind that access to all of this natural beauty could be right out your front door if you own real estate in the Lake Sunapee area!

LOCAL EVENTS FOR EACH TIME OF THE YEAR:

Mount Sunapee Annual Dummy Big Air Contest (March)
If you are looking for some entertainment for the whole family, come watch as dummy skiers and snowboarders are launched off a huge ramp. Even if your dummy doesn’t get an award for highest air, don’t despair, as prizes are also given for the best designed dummies and best crash. You might just be the lucky winner this year. MountSunapee.com

Springfest (April)
Keep your eyes peeled for Springfest at Mt. Sunapee. Shed some winter pounds this spring by skiing the Mt. Sunapee slopes. Then take a break from skiing and grab some food while listening to some music from some talented singers. Be sure to get your tickets for the concert ahead of time, they sell out fast!

Annual Slushcup (April)
The Mount Sunapee Annual Slushcup is an event that you don’t want to miss. It’s one of the most popular events in the Lake Sunapee area and has locals attending every year. Come and watch as 200 skiers and snowboarders try to skim across a pond – it’s either sink or skim! You better hope you skim since the pond is only a whopping 36 degrees. Brrrr. Prizes are awarded for best splash, best skim, and best costume.

Annual Cardboard Sled Race (April)
How well can you build a sled? If you are up for a challenge, then attend the annual Mount Sunapee cardboard sled race where contestants compete on original sleds made out of only cardboard, tape, paint, and wax. Awards are given to the fastest sled and best self-destruction of a sled. MountSunapee.com

Annual 5k Black Fly Blitz (May)
There is no better way to get ready for those summer beach days than participating in the Annual 5k Black Fly Blitz. Whether you decide to run or walk, you can enjoy the race in scenic Wilmot. Be sure to stay after the race for music, games, and much more. You can register at: wilmotcommunityassociation.org

Lobster and Clambake (June)
What’s a better way to kick off the summer than with fresh seafood? If you have a hankering for seafood, you will definitely get your fill at Mount Sunapee’s clambake. Featuring littleneck clams, lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, corn bread, and salad.
Also includes cocktail hour with appetizers. End the evening with a chairlift ride to the summit, and if you time it right, you might even get to watch the sunset as you ride up Mt. Sunapee. For prices and times check out: MountSunapee.com/SummitDinners

Sunapee Lions Motor Vehicle Show (June)
If you like cars and motorcycles, then you don’t want to miss this antique show. The Antique & Motor Vehicle Show features cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles. Trophies will be presented for the favorites in each class.

There are also a variety of vendors and a motorcycle keg rolling contest that will have you cheering for your favorite contestants. You also get free Aerial Skyride ticket when you pay admission for the show. For ticket costs, dates, and more details check out: SunapeeLions.com

Aerial Sky Ride (June)
If you are looking for a romantic date night or some peace to yourself, check out the aerial sky ride at Mount Sunapee most weekends thruout the summer. You can connect with nature while enjoying the idyllic summer views and drinking some wine as you ride the chairlift. For more information go to MountSunapee.com: MountSunapee.com/Skyrides

Annual Strawberry Festival (June)
Follow your sweet tooth to the Annual Strawberry Festival in New London, afestival that offers something for everyone and is great for the whole family. Check out the variety of vendors, music, art, kid’s games, and food. Don’t leave this festival without trying one of the delicious homemade strawberry desserts. Listen to the master gardener explain how to grow your own strawberries or take a horse and buggy ride. Take the kids to see the alpaca, and go to the General Store for some penny candy. For more information: LakeSunapeeNH.org/strawberry-festival/

4th Of July Celebration (July)
One of the best firework shows is at Lake Sunapee Harbor. Come join the 4th of July celebration that offers a variety of activities for the family. The Sunapee Harbor fireworks are usually a day or two before the 4th, 2018 date hasn’t been posted yet. 

Participate in the Watermelon Race at Burkehaven Field (July)

Watch fireworks and an Independence Day parade. After the parade, head over to Veteran’s Field to celebrate Firemen’s Day for a fun day of games, crafts, and food.

League of NH Craftsmen’s Annual Craftsmen’s Fair (August)
Looking for unique crafts that are made by passionate designers? Come to the oldest continuous craft fair running in the country. For nine days starting in the first week of August, over 350 craftspeople from all over the country showcase their work. Watch craft demonstrations, and participate in workshops (great for all ages) where you can make your own piece of craft in a workshop with a master craftsman.The fair is located at the Mount Sunapee Resort Adventure Park, featuring a canopy zip line, a treetop obstacle course, miniature golf and more.

Annual Lake Sunapee Sailing Day (August)
This is not your typical sailing day. Come and play your hand in the Poker Cruise. You will start at Lake Sunapee harbor, and from there, you will follow the map to four points on the lake, where you will be given playing cards at each point (from a power boat decorated with balloons). All sailboats and cruisers are welcome. The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the sport of sailboat racing on Lake Sunapee. For more information: visit www.LSCF.us

Annual Kearsarge Klassic Bike Randonnee (September)
If you love to bike, you don’t want to miss this all day bike event. The Annual Kearsarge Klassic Bike Randonnee gives bikers a chance to challenge themselves on varying levels of difficulty while enjoying the scenic routes. The race will begin and end at the New London Historical Society. Get revved up with a homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner made for all participants.

Mount Sunapee Annual Fall Festival Pig Roast and BBQ (October)
If you are visiting the Lake Sunapee area this fall, you definitely should participate in the Annual Fall Festival Pig Roast and BBQ for some comfort food and entertainment. There’s no better way to celebrate fall than with a hay wagon ride, delicious barbeque and corn bread, and live music.

The sky rides are available for individuals interested in kicking back and examining the fall foliage – a great opportunity to take pictures. Your kids won’t be bored at this fall event; there is a variety of games including: 2-person wheelbarrow race, water balloon toss, pumpkin carving contest, donut on a string, and more. This is a terrific event to share with family and friends, so don’t miss out!

Wilmot Scarecrow Festival (October)
Get your creativity on in this Annual Wilmot Scarecrow Festival. Place your decorative scarecrow in your front yard or at the WCA’s Red Barn (64 Village Road, Wilmot). Scarecrows will be judged by the Wilmot Garden Club. For more information check out: www.wilmotcommunityassociation.org

Annual Chocolate Fest Challenge (October)
If you are a chocoholic, then you will want to clear your schedule for the Annual Chocolate Fest Challenge at Mount Sunapee Resort. Here, you will step into a chocolate lover’s dream as chocolatiers and pastry chefs make divine treats for you to try so you can vote for your favorite.

The tantalizing chocolate displays will have you coming off your diets and reaching for the samples. Along with the participants, a panel of New Hampshire judges will vote and prizes will be awarded for best chocolate and best display.

There is also a silent auction and chairlift rides. So, munch on some chocolate and listen to some live music at this tasty fest that you don’t want to miss.

Annual Sunapee Turkey Trot (November)
Before the snow hits, bring your friends and family to the Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot 5k (or the 1k Chicken Run). Dress up in your best costume and hit the pavement with your fellow runners. The award ceremony takes place after the race; a prize will be given for best costume. Register at: SunapeeTurkeyTrot.com.

MORE IDEAS FOR THINGS TO DO:

Cross the Cornish-Windsor
There is no covered bridge that stops people in their tracks like the Cornish-Windsor Bridge. The 449’5″ span that crosses the Connecticut River is truly a sight to see. The bridge happens to be the longest 2-span covered bridge in the world and the longest covered bridge in the country. But there is something special about this bridge; magical even. Perhaps it’s the history that the wood breathes. Maybe it’s the sign that reads “Walk your horses or pay two dollars fine,” or the exquisite construction that has held the bridge together since 1866. Cross the bridge by car (turn your lights on), and you are deposited in Windsor, Vt., in minutes. How you get there — via this bridge; that’s where the magic is.

Swim with the Sculptures
Take a dip in the cool waters of the Cockermouth River at the Sculptured Rocks Natural Area in Groton. The area is a great swimming spot for the whole family. The kids will enjoy jumping and diving from the rocks and cliffs. The water is clear, and the exquisite natural artistry of the rocks makes this a one-of-a-kind spot.

Head for the Hill
Take a ride to the top of Mount Kearsarge. The 3½ mile scenic auto road at Rollins State Park in Warner takes you to a picnic area near the top of the 2,937-foot mountain. From there, a ½-mile hike to the summit brings you to a lookout tower where you can see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the City of Boston to the south and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the west.

Pick Fruit

Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole is possibly one of the best places in the Granite State to pick apples. They have more than 50 varieties of them, including Baldwins, Ginger Golds, McIntosh, Redcort, and many others that we’ve never heard of but can’t wait to try! The orchard, which overlooks the Connecticut River, also features pears, grapes, plums and peaches. So, there’s something for everyone.

Other great Apple Orchards to check out:

    • Riverview Farm (Plainfield, NH – 45 minutes away) – Corn Maze, berry and apple picking, cider & more!
    • Mt. Pleasant Orchard (Grafton, NH – 40 minutes away)
  • Poverty Lane Orchards & Farnum Hill Ciders (Lebanon, NH – 35 minutes away)

Blueberry Picking (August – September)

    • Riverview Farm (Plainfield, NH – 45 minutes away)
    • Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm (Newport, NH – 8 minutes away)
  • Blue Moon Berry Farm (Warner, NH – 20 minutes away)

Explore a Corn Maze

    • Riverview Farm
  • Beech Hill Farm & Ice Cream – Opens 3 corn mazes starting August 1st (Hopkinton, NH – 35 minutes away)

Check out a local Brewery! 

    • Henniker Brewing Company (Henniker,  NH – 22 minutes away)
    • River Roost Brewery (White River, VT – 40 minutes away)
  • Harpoon Brewery (Windsor, VT – 50 minutes away)

Go Prospecting
Although there is no shortage of antiques in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, there is no place like Prospect Hill Antiques in Georges Mills. You will be amazed at the sheer size of this place, which is tucked away in an enormous horse barn atop a hill. The horse stalls are crammed full with hand-picked items from Ireland, England, France, Holland and Belgium. Prospect Hill Antiques features 12,000 square feet of antique furniture, fine quality replicas and decorative accessories. Among the accessories, you’ll find clocks, ironwork, wooden signs, baskets and Nicholas Mosse Pottery in more than 50 shapes and 30 patterns.

Saint-Gaudens’ Gardens
American Renaissance Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens had a summer home in the town of Cornish, where he founded the “Cornish Colony.” His home is a National Historic Site and features a spectacular setting of expansive gardens with various features such as a cutting garden, “birch allee,” pagodas, perennial beds, a sweeping great lawn, water features and several of his incredible sculptures. More than 100 of his prestigious sculptures can be seen here too. The man was a legend, becoming a part of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans after his death. He even had a sylish signature. What’s not to love? Visit his gardens and take in the bountiful views of the surrounding area from his lofty perch.

Wade into Wadleigh
Wadleigh State Park, located in the small town of Sutton, is a superb day trip destination for families. Swim, canoe or kayak in the clear blue waters of Kezar Lake or have a picnic beneath the tall pines at this peaceful state park. The park is also part of the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway, which links four state parks: Sunapee, Winslow, Wadleigh and Rollins as well as three state forests: Gile, Kearsarge and Shadow Hill, and one Wildlife Management Area, Bog Mountain. The trail, which flows through ten towns, is popular with hikers and offers sweeping view of lakes, mountains and historical sites.

Sugar Shack Attack
Visit New Hampshire’s “King of Maple Syrup” on Route 103 in Newbury. Sweet Maples Sugarhouse offers tours on weekends during March and April when they are boiling the sweet stuff. Come see how it’s made, then pour it over vanilla ice-cream, taste some maple cotton candy (really), and try/buy all sorts of oh-you-can’t-imagine how tasty maple treats. It’s a great learning experience for the kids. Just watch out — too much maple madness and you’ll find a new meaning to the term “sugar high” on the drive home. Find other sugar shacks sprinkled throughout the region at the New Hampshire Maple Producers website and be sure to call ahead to make sure they are boiling sap since the season may differ slightly from year to year.

Go Flower Picking
Spring Ledge Farm in New London is one of the few places around where you can pick your own fresh flowers from their gardens. How cool is that? They have over 1/3 of an acre of flower beds with 248 varieties of flowers, including ten types of sunflowers! Get lost in their not-so-secret gardens. In season you can also pick your own strawberries, grab a bakers dozen of corn and other fresh fruits and veggies from their farm stand.

Drive through Washington
Take a ride through the rural town of Washington. It has one of the most picturesque town commons in the state thanks to a historic Town Hall that was built in 1787 and a small but notable cluster of traditional white New England style civic buildings. The town has two small villages; East Washington which sits along a brook scattered with old mill sites, and Washington Center, where you’ll find the Town Common. While you are there, spend some time at Pillsbury State Park and do some warm-water fishing in its pristine waters.

Hike Mount Monadnock
This mountain, located in Jaffrey, is considered one of the most climbed mountain peaks in the world. Join the 125,000+ people per year that climb this mountain, and take in the panoramic site of all six New England states on a clear day.

See the Clydesdales
Anheuser Busch’s Clydesdales have long been a symbol of the beer plant. Get to their Merrimack facility, and see them in person. On some weekends, you can have your photo taken with these beautiful horses. While you are there, take a free tour of the plant.