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Best of the New Hampshire White Mountains | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards

Best of the New Hampshire White Mountains | 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards
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Heading to the White Mountains of New Hampshire? We’ve got the perfect roundup of what to see, do, and eat while you’re there, plus where to stay when it’s time for bed. Read on to see our picks for the best of the White Mountains for 2014!

Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch State Park

Photo/Art by Kindra Clineff
Best State Park | Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia/Lincoln

BEST WHITE MOUNTAINS ATTRACTIONS

BEST STATE PARK:
FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK, Franconia/Lincoln

This park is home to state treasures such as the Flume Gorge, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and the Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza and Historic Site. Route 93. 603-745-8391; nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/franconia-notch-state-park.aspx

BEST ART GALLERY:
LEAGUE OF NH CRAFTSMEN LITTLETON RETAIL GALLERY, Littleton

Everything here (jewelry, baskets, pottery, fiber arts, glass, and more) is made by hand by New Hampshire artists. Inspired? Sign up for a class taught by league members at the nearby Littleton Studio School. 81 Main St. (at The Village Book Store). 603-444-1099; nhcrafts.org/localsites/littleton

BEST ADRENALINE-RUSH TRAIN RIDE:
MOUNT WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY, Bretton Woods

When it comes to memorable, you can’t beat traveling by steam engine up the steepest railroad track in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. 3168 Base Station Road. 603-278-5404; thecog.com

BEST WHITE MOUNTAINS LODGING

BEST FAMILY INN:
CHRISTMAS FARM INN & SPA, Jackson

Near Storyland and Santa’s Village, this inn offers a playground, swimming pool, and nightly movies for the kids, plus Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and a spa for you. Two-night minimum. Rates: from $99. 3 Blitzen Way. 603-383-4313; christmasfarminn.com

1875 Inn

Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
Best View From an Inn | 1875 Inn, North Conway

BEST VIEW FROM AN INN:
1785 INN, North Conway

With a footprint spanning six prime mountain acres, it’s no wonder this inn has some of the best views of the Presidential Range. Soak in the vista from poolside, surrounded by a garden of tall, spikey pink-and-white cleomes, or from the dining room’s bay window while sampling cuisine that has garnered a host of culinary awards. Rates: from $69. 3582 White Mountain Highway. 603-356-9025; the1785inn.com

BEST WHITE MOUNTAINS DINING

BEST TRAIN DINING:
CAFÉ LAFAYETTE DINNER TRAIN, North Woodstock

It takes only 20 miles to travel back to a more gracious era aboard the three vintage Pullman cars of the Café Lafayette Dinner Train. Diners enjoy a five-course meal with a side of stunning river, mountain, and forest views. Blazing fall foliage is a seasonal bonus. Adults: from $80. Route 112. 603-745-3500; nhdinnertrain.com

BEST BREWPUB:
MOAT MOUNTAIN SMOKE HOUSE & BREWING CO., North Conway

This venue’s two essential products—beer and barbecue—are made on the premises, and both are among the best of their kind. Beers lean toward light and crisp (wheat, pale ale, pilsner, even blueberry ale) while the barbecue is big on smoke and sugar (the salmon is almost candied!). Entrées: from $12. 3378 White Mountain Highway (Route 16). 603-356-6381; moatmountain.com

BEST WINE CELLAR DINING:
MOUNTAIN VIEW GRAND RESORT & SPA, Whitefield

The candlelit tables surrounded by bins holding 6,500 bottles are undeniably romantic. Food such as lobster–scallop stew and roasted locally farmed venison fit the elegant setting. Gentlemen will want a jacket and ladies will like a wrap, as the wine cellar stays cool all year round. Entrées: from $31. 101 Mountain View Road. 855-837-2100; mountainviewgrand.com

BEST NEW MENU:
SNOWVILLAGE INN, Eaton Center

The inn’s new chef, Brian Anderson, pulls from local farms for his flavorful cuisine. Fan favorites include lobster corn chowder with pea shoots and cedar-plank salmon with blueberry port glacé. Rates: from $149. 136 Stewart Road. 603-447-2818; snowvillageinn-whitemountains.com

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One Response to Best of the New Hampshire White Mountains | 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards

  1. Judy Morley June 2, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    If you are travelling with young children Storyland in Glen, NH and Santa’s Village in Jefferson, NH are two nice places for small children. I have a photo on my desk right now of my 2 year old son at Heidi’s grandfather’s house in Storyland. The man had a wonderful tame chipmunk and my son is feeding the chipmunk out of his hand. It is a sweet loving photo. My son has photo’s of his children and grand children at some of the same photo ops at these sites!! He enjoyed it and took his own family back there to visit!!

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