The "Upper Valley" of Vermont and New Hampshire | When You Go
Heading the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire? Here are our picks for the best things to do, places to stay, places to eat, and more!
For pricing and schedules, visit the venue Web sites listed below. (Venues are listed alphabetically.) For additional suggestion, check out: ctrivertravel.com, crjc.org, uppervalleychamber.com, and cohase.org
ATTRACTIONS IN THE UPPER VALLEY
American Precision Museum, Windsor, VT. 802-674-5781; americanprecision.org
Artisans Park, Windsor, VT. artisanspark.net
Boland Balloon, Post Mills Airport, West Fairlee, VT. 802-333-9254; ballooninn vermont.com, myairship.com/database/boland.html
Bunten Farm, Orford, NH. 603-353-9066; buntenfarm.com
Connecticut River National Scenic Byway ctriverbyway.org
Dartmouth Green, Hanover, NH. dartmouth.edu/life-community/explore-green
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH. 603-646-2808; hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, NH. 603-646-2422; hop.dartmouth.edu
Lake Runnemede, Windsor, VT. 802-674-6786; windsorvt.org/paradise-park-commission
Lyme Congregational Church, Lyme, NH. lymecongregationalchurch.org
Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT. 802-649-2200; montshire.org
Mount Ascutney State Park, Windsor, VT. 802-674-2060; vtstateparks.com
North Star Livery, Cornish, NH. 603-542-6929; kayak-canoe.com
Old Constitution House, Windsor, VT. historicvermont.org
Open Acre Ranch, West Fairlee, VT. 802-333-9196; openacreranch.com
Robie Farm, Piermont, NH. 603- 272-4872; robiefarm.com
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH. 603-675-2175; nps.gov/saga
LODGING IN THE UPPER VALLEY
Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH. 603-643-4300; hanoverinn.com
Lyme Inn, Lyme, NH. 603-795-4824; thelymeinn.com
Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT. 802-649-1143; norwichinn.com
DINING IN THE UPPER VALLEY
Ariana’s Restaurant, Orford, NH. 603-353-4405; arianasrestaurant.com
Fairlee Diner, Fairlee, VT. 802-333-3569
Morano Gelato, Hanover, NH. 603-643-4233; moranogelatohanover.com
Peyton Place, Orford, NH. 603-353-9100; peytonplacerestaurant.com
Stella’s Italian Kitchen & Market, Lyme, NH. 603-795-4302; stellaslyme.com
Whistle Stop Cafe, Fairlee, VT. 802-331-1000
SHOPPING IN THE UPPER VALLEY
Artisans Park, Windsor, VT. artisanspark.net
Chapman’s Country Store, Fairlee, VT. 802-333-9709; chapmansstore.com
Dan & Whit’s, Norwich, VT. 802-649-1602; danandwhits.com
Farm-Way, Bradford, VT. 800-222-9316; vermontgear.com
King Arthur Flour, Norwich, VT. 800-827-6836; kingarthurflour.com
Long River Studios, Lyme, NH. 603-795-4909; longriverstudios.net
PLUS, DON’T MISS THESE ADDITIONAL SITES…
Breakfast-on-the-Connecticut, Lyme, NH. 888-353-4440; breakfastonthect.com. B&B on a leafy knoll above the river, offering kayaks and canoes for guests; North Star Livery inn-to-inn kayak and canoe trips available.
Butternut Lane B&B, Norwich, VT. 802-649-1549; butternutlanebnb.com. Farmhouse set high above Route 5, with river views, still in the family who built it in 1821.
Cider Hill Gardens & Art Gallery, Windsor, VT. 802-674-6825; ciderhillgardens.com. Sarah Milek’s garden is a splendid setting for Gary Milek’s studio, displaying his spare Vermont landscapes in egg tempera and his colorful botanicals (available as cards and prints).
Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction, VT. 800-622-1124; hotelcoolidge.com. Historic railroad hotel offering 30 comfortable rooms with private baths. One wing serves as a Hostelling International facility, with access to a self-service kitchen and laundry.
Isabell’s Cafe, East Thetford, VT. 802-785-4300; isabellscafe.blogspot.com. This cheery, family-owned and family-friendly eatery is as good as it looks.
Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Norwich, VT. 802-649-1143; norwichinn.com/norwich-restaurants.php. A respected brewpub at the Norwich Inn.
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. 800-423-1211; lakemoreyresort.com. The 18-hole golf course is a big draw at this family-owned resort; also offers an indoor pool, fitness center, spa, tennis.
Loch Lyme Lodge, Lyme, CT. 603-795-2141; lochlymelodge.com. Open late June-Labor Day. The big attraction here is a large lawn and small beach Post Pond, across Rt. 10 from the clapboard “lodge” in which breakfast and dinner are served. Most of the 20 brown shingled cabins are ranged along a hillside behind the lodge, ten available as weekly rentals and ten as B&B cabins . A four-course prix fix dinner is available by reservation. This is a great place for families, many of whom have been coming for generations.
Piermont Inn, Piermont, NH. 603-272-4820; piermontinn.com. 1790s stagecoach stop, now a B&B. Longtime owners tune guests in to the quiet upper end of the valley.
Pine, Hanover, NH. 603-643-4300; hanoverinn.com/dining.aspx. Fine farm-to-table dining at the Hanover Inn.
SnapDragon Inn, Windsor, VT. 802-227-0008; snapdragoninn.com. Nine tastefully furnished rooms and a spacious library stocked with books by Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, all edited by Maxwell Perkins, former owner of this 1815 mansion.