First in the United States Presidential Primary Voting

History in the Making in Northern New Hampshire

The historic Ballot Room at the Balsams Resort
The historic Ballot Room at the Balsams Resort

New Hampshire may be small in size, but every four years it plays a huge and important role in the U. S. Presidential Primary Elections as the first-in-the-nation votes are cast and tallied in the far northern reaches of the state. An event of this magnitude draws media attention from around the world — from as close as Boston and New York to as far away as Tokyo and London.

At midnight on February 9, 2016, the handful of registered voters in the tiny town of Dixville will gather to cast their ballots — the first votes in the nation. And this year, too, to ensure that the northern New Hampshire first-vote tradition continues, voters in the neighboring town of Millsfield will also cast their votes at midnight.

Historically, Dixville’s voting has taken place in the famed Ballot Room in the Dix House at The Balsams Resort, located in beautiful Dixville Notch within Coös County. The resort, which recently closed its doors (and has plans to reopen in the near future), has confirmed that the tradition will continue, but since the resort is undergoing major renovations the vote will take place at the Hale House next door.

Log Haven Restaurant and Lounge
Log Haven Restaurant and Lounge

Although only roughly 20 residents call Millsfield home, voters there will gather at the Log Haven Restaurant and Lounge, which will serve as the host for this historic event. The building, constructed in 1989 amidst the region’s tall timbers, features beautiful, authentic wooden beams that reflect the rugged personality of the area and her citizens. Those looking to visit the soon-to-be historic location can access it by car via Route 26, or by snowmobile or the Ride the Wilds ATV trails (weather permitting), which lead right to the door.

Anyone who is planning to visit the region and wants to learn more about lodging, dining and recreation in New Hampshire’s Grand North can visit NHgrand.com. The website showcases everything that makes northern New Hampshire so special, including activities like skiing, snowmobiling, white water rafting, hiking the White Mountains, and world-class ATV’ing; family attractions like Santa’s Village; and historic attractions such as the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Cog Railway, Omni Mt. Washington Hotel, and the Mountain View Grand Hotel — and so much more!

The stories below will give you a closer look at the region, the residents and the towns of Dixville and Millsfield, and a taste of what to expect at midnight on Presidential Primary Voting Day in New Hampshire’s Grand North:

Wall Street Journal – Tiny Millsfield, N.H., Becomes a Big Deal in 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary

Washington Post – The biggest little fight: Two New Hampshire ‘towns’ battle for the midnight vote

Splendid Views & Colorful Foliage Are A Winning Combination in Northern NH

Contact:  Karl Stone
NH Grand Marketing Manager
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 603.788.2700, ext. 2143
Facebook:  New Hampshire Grand
Twitter:  NHGrand

Splendid Views & Colorful Foliage Are A Winning Combination

Mid-September Through Early October Offer the Best Foliage Viewing in Northern New Hampshire

LANCASTER, NH SEPTEMBER 2016 — Fall is that magical time of year when the leaves begin to change color and Mother Nature has her final fling before the cold and snows of winter. In northern New Hampshire, drive along any road, hike any trail or ride your OHRV on the Ride the Wilds 1,000-plus mile trail system from mid-September through early October for a visual treat much like opening a brand new box of crayons on the first day of school!

“Visitors come from all over the world to view the fall foliage in northern New Hampshire,” says Karl Stone, Marketing Manager for New Hampshire Grand. “Our heavily forested region, with its mixture of hardwoods, and contrasting evergreens is one of the first to erupt in vibrant autumn colors thanks to our northern location.”

If planning a foliage visit to northern NH, you’ll find dining and lodging options, along with dozens of suggested activities and itineraries at nhgrand.com.

With an abundance of driving and scenic options, a few routes offer a particularly rewarding experience:

Pittsburg & The Connecticut Lakes: Leaves begin changing color around the middle of September in New Hampshire’s northernmost town. Beginning in Pittsburg Village, head north on Route 3 toward Lake Francis and the three Connecticut Lakes. In every direction, the colorful maple trees contrast beautifully with towering evergreens.

Pack a lunch or pick one up at Young’s General Store on Main Street and savor the waning days of summer over your rustic meal at one of the picnic tables at First or Second Lakes. If you’re lucky, you may see a moose, as fall is mating season and bulls are roaming in search of cows.

Pittsburg’s border with Canada gives you a unique opportunity to make your foliage jaunt an international adventure. Bring along your passport, drive across the border and take a gander at the foliage on the Canadian side.

Leaf-peep up close and personal from an OHRV. Bear Rock Adventures on Beach Road will outfit you with the perfect machine that will have you zooming along the Ride the Wilds ATV trail system.

Pittsburg boasts a number of accommodation and dining options for anyone wanting to spend several days scoping out the region. Favorites include Tall Timber Lodge and the Rainbow Grille & Tavern, the Cabins at Lopstick and Partridge Cabins

Northern Leaf-peeping Loop: Plan to spend an amazing day (or more!) leaf peeping on this spectacular loop. Follow Route 110 east from Groveton to Stark village, with its pretty New England tableau of the white clapboard church and the historic and picturesque covered bridge over the Upper Ammonoosuc River. From Stark, the road winds through the colorful countryside and into the city of Berlin. Pick up Route 16 along the Androscoggin River, which once powered Berlin’s paper mills. The highway meanders through beautiful 13 Mile Woods (a prime moose habitat!). When you reach Errol, stretch your legs at L.L. Cote Sports Center in the center of town and say hello to the white moose inside.

From Errol, head west on Route 26 through starkly beautiful Dixville Notch. Stop for a couple of minutes to take in the beautiful scenery of Lake Gloriette and The Balsams Grand Hotel (currently closed for renovations). Continue your drive through pretty farmland and into Colebrook, with restaurants and inviting shops worth taking some time to visit. Le Rendez Vous French Bakery & Café on Main Street is a must-stop for authentic French pastries and other treats. Want to spend the night in this lively and bustling northern community? The Colebrook Country Club & Hotel offers comfortable lodging — and a nine-hole golf course.

The last leg of the journey, south on Route 3, follows the beautiful Connecticut River and brings you back to where you started in Groveton. Don’t miss Potato Barn Antiques, just south of downtown Groveton on Route 3. The 7,500-square foot former potato storage barn houses an amazing collection of authentic, local antiques.

Majestic Mountains Tour

The magnificent White Mountain peaks towering over the autumn landscape are awe inspiring, and this fall jaunt offers some of the best foliage viewing around, along with exciting attractions.

Located on route 302, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center in Crawford Notch is your headquarters for hiking in the White Mountains and staff there can help you select the best hikes (and the most dramatic scenery) for your interests and ability. Just down the road, the white-clad, red-roofed Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods sits in the shadow of Mt. Washington, where early snows often dust its flanks in autumn, contrasting beautifully with the colorful foliage.

For a change of form of transportation, board the Mt. Washington Cog Railroad for a spectacular ride and panoramic foliage views as the train climbs to the summit of 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak.

From Lancaster, pick up Route 2 east to Gorham. The highway winds through some of the region’s most beautiful scenery, with sweeping vistas of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, with peaks named after presidents, including Washington, Adams, Madison, and Jefferson. The Water Wheel Restaurant in Jefferson makes a great stop for breakfast or lunch.

In Gorham, you can elect to take a side trip to the top of Mount Washington via the Mt. Washington Auto Road, with jaw-dropping foliage views.

Gorham’s delightful Main Street is dotted with interesting shops, so if you are looking for unique mementos to bring home, plan some time to shop, dine and explore. If you need to spend the night head to the Town & Country Inn & Resort, where the Labnon family has been hosting generations of families since 1956.

About New Hampshire Grand

“Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North” is the brand of New Hampshire’s North Country marketing initiative – also known as NH Grand — and is the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains. For more information on NH Grand, visit www.nhgrand.com, New Hampshire Grand on Facebook, and NH Grand on Twitter. To sign up for the monthly e-newsletters, visit www.nhgrand.com.

Ride the Wilds ATV Trail Network to Open May 23 for 2016 Riding Season

CONTACT
Karl Stone
NH Grand Marketing Manager
[email protected]
603-788-2700 Ext. 2143
Facebook:  New Hampshire Grand
Twitter:  NHGrand

May 17, 2016

Northern NH Set to Ride the Wilds: 1,000-plus Miles of Interconnected OHRV Trails Open May 23

Largest trail system in the northeast offers extraordinary opportunities for OHRV enthusiasts and novices alike to explore northern NH’s scenic, natural beauty

LANCASTER, NH – Northern New Hampshire’s Ride the Wilds trail network—1,000-plus miles of interconnected OHRV trails— will officially open for the 2016 season Monday, May 23, weather permitting. One of the largest OHRV trail networks in the country, spanning the entirety of New Hampshire’s Coos County, Ride the Wilds is America’s premier destination for experienced OHRV enthusiasts and those wishing to learn in the eastern United States.

“The Ride the Wilds trail network offers more than 1,000 miles of interconnected riding in stunningly beautiful New Hampshire settings,” said Stephen Clorite, President of the North Country OHRV Coalition, the organization that facilitates the Ride the Wilds initiative. “Beyond the sheer size and breathtaking scenery, what makes this trail network a national destination for OHRV riders is that it affords easy and convenient access to restaurants, local shops, gas stations and other northern New Hampshire destinations by allowing riders to drive on many local roads.”

The Ride the Wilds network, which provides three seasons of riding, offers an endless array of options for starting and stopping points, from Berlin, Gorham, Milan and Errol on the eastern side of the county, through Millsfield and Dixville in the middle, to the Connecticut River towns of Pittsburg, Stewartstown, Colebrook, Stratford, Groveton and Lancaster to the north and west. All towns within the Ride the Wilds trail system allow OHRVs on specified roads to access services like food, gas and lodging, or to connect with other sections of trail. Riders should look for “OHRV Permitted” signs on open sections of highway. The connectivity allows riders to explore the trail network, without trailering, on multi-day excursions through New Hampshire’s mountains, pastures, and dense forest.

The new Ride the Wilds website, RideTheWilds.org, which launched earlier this year, offers information on the trail system itself, locations  to park and access trails, detailed trail maps, information on registering your OHRV in New Hampshire, where to find food and fuel along the trails, shops for renting an OHRV, or taking a guided tour and much more.

“With Ride the Wilds, the options are endless and that is what makes this trail network so special,” said Karl Stone, Marketing Manager for New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains. “Ride the Wilds has become a marquee attraction for New Hampshire’s Grand North, drawing travelers from all over the northeast and the eastern part of the country. Riders can explore the unmatched scenic beauty of northern New Hampshire, and easily connect with the Grand North’s array of attractions, lodging, dining and shopping opportunities—without ever needing to trailer their OHRV.”

Some highlights of the Ride the Wilds trail system include:

  • More than 120 miles of trails in the 8,000-acre Perry Stream Land and Timber Company holdings maintained by the Great North Woods ATV Club in Pittsburg
  • More than 120 miles of trails maintained by the Metallak ATV Club in Stewartstown, Colebrook, Columbia and Dixville
  • More than 130 miles of trails in Millsfield maintained by the Millsfield ATV Club
  • 50 miles of trails in Success and Milan maintained by the Sunset ATV Club
  • 80 miles of trails in the 7,500-acre Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin maintained by the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club
  • More than 120 miles of trails across 30,000 acres in Stratford maintained by North Country ATV.

The Ride the Wilds trail network was developed by 11 non-profit OHRV clubs, which perform all maintenance for this economic initiative—with no tax dollars. There is no fee for utilizing the Ride the Wilds trail system. Visit www.nhstateparks.org/experience/atving/trail-information.aspx for a complete list of trail openings.

Ride the Wilds is not just for those who own OHRVs. Several businesses along the Ride the Wilds trail network offer OHRV rentals, all necessary safety equipment, and guided tours, including Bear Rock Adventures in Pittsburg, and White Mt. ATV in Gorham.

For information on the Ride the Wilds trail network, where to rent an OHRV, or to enjoy a guided tour, please visit RideTheWilds.org.

About New Hampshire Grand

“Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North” is the brand of New Hampshire’s North Country marketing initiative — also known as NH Grand — and is the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains. New Hampshire Grand is an initiative of the Northern Community Investment Corporation to promote Coos County to potential visitors. This outreach effort includes introducing visitors to the diverse range of lodging, dining, events, and outdoor activities available in Northern New Hampshire.

For more information on NH Grand, visit www.nhgrand.com, New Hampshire Grand on Facebook, and NH Grand on Twitter. To sign up for the monthly e-newsletters, visit https://www.nhgrand.com/newsletter-sign-up/default.aspx.