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The "Upper Valley" of Vermont and New Hampshire | When You Go

The “Upper Valley” of Vermont and New Hampshire | When You Go
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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:, and

An illustrated map of the "Upper Valley. Credit: Nate Padavick
An illustrated map of the “Upper Valley. Credit: Nate Padavick



American Precision Museum, Windsor, VT. 802-674-5781;

Artisans Park, Windsor, VT.

Boland Balloon, Post Mills Airport, West Fairlee, VT. 802-333-9254; ballooninn,

Bunten Farm, Orford, NH. 603-353-9066;

Connecticut River National Scenic Byway

Cornish-Windsor Bridge, NH.Gov/nhdhr/bridges/p39.html,

Dartmouth Green, Hanover, NH.

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH. 603-646-2808;

Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, NH. 603-646-2422;

Lake Runnemede, Windsor, VT. 802-674-6786;

Lyme Congregational Church, Lyme, NH.

Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT. 802-649-2200;

Mount Ascutney State Park, Windsor, VT. 802-674-2060;

North Star Livery, Cornish, NH. 603-542-6929;

Old Constitution House, Windsor, VT.

Open Acre Ranch, West Fairlee, VT. 802-333-9196;

Robie Farm, Piermont, NH. 603- 272-4872;

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH. 603-675-2175;



Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH. 603-643-4300;

Lyme Inn, Lyme, NH. 603-795-4824;

Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT. 802-649-1143;



Ariana’s Restaurant, Orford, NH. 603-353-4405;

Fairlee Diner, Fairlee, VT. 802-333-3569

Morano Gelato, Hanover, NH. 603-643-4233;

Peyton Place, Orford, NH. 603-353-9100;

Stella’s Italian Kitchen & Market, Lyme, NH. 603-795-4302;

Whistle Stop Cafe, Fairlee, VT. 802-331-1000



Artisans Park, Windsor, VT.

Chapman’s Country Store, Fairlee, VT. 802-333-9709;

Dan & Whit’s, Norwich, VT. 802-649-1602;

Farm-Way, Bradford, VT. 800-222-9316;

King Arthur Flour, Norwich, VT. 800-827-6836;

Long River Studios, Lyme, NH. 603-795-4909;



Breakfast-on-the-Connecticut, Lyme, NH. 888-353-4440; 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; 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; 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; 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; This cheery, family-owned and family-friendly eatery is as good as it looks.

Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Norwich, VT. 802-649-1143; A respected brewpub at the Norwich Inn.

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. 800-423-1211; 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; 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; 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; Fine farm-to-table dining at the Hanover Inn.

Silver Maple Lodge, Fairlee, VT. 800-666-1946, 802-333-4326;, Farmhouse B&B and cottages; Boland Balloon packages available.

SnapDragon Inn, Windsor, VT. 802-227-0008; 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.

Updated Monday, August 4th, 2014

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