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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 this year? Along with classics like driving the Kanc and taking the kids to Story Land or Santa’s Village, we’ve got the perfect roundup of what to see, do, and eat while you explore the Whites, 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, then let us know your favorites!

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

MORE WHITE MOUNTAINS FUN

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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3 Responses 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!!

  2. Sarah Z. March 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Having traveled there on a budget many times we have found fun, FREE things to do. Some favorites are: Glen Ellis Falls, Rt. 16, beautiful falls along a short hike (there are a lot of stairs but not all together), nice and cool on a hot day; Bretton Woods: take a lift ride in the summer time – it is free – (beware, the restaurant at the top is pricey, but you don’t have to eat there to ride), Willey House site on 302 east of Crawford Notch – feed the ducks, take a walk or a hike on the trails nearby – they have maps you can check out the trails on, enjoy an inexpensive ice cream cone (about $8 for 3!); hike Middle Sugarloaf – a fairly easy hike to a rock top for maximum view factor! Find Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge – but please keep it a refuge!! Visit Weeks State Park in Lancaster off Rt. 3 – Fieldstone summit tower (closed in winter) with excellent view; as well as outlooks along the entry road. Height: 2077 feet. There is also a museum but there is a fee for that. Pack a picnic! Cathedral Ledge off West Side Road in North Conway. Diana’s Baths, also along West Side Rd., parking fee charged. Pack a picnic here too!

    • Aimee Seavey March 25, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      Great White Mountains tips, Sarah! Thanks for sharing!

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