NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development Expecting All-time Highs for Visitation and Spending This Fall

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Kris Neilsen, Communications Manager
NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Phone: (603) 271-2665 Cell: (603) 545-4840
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NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development Expecting All-time Highs for Visitation and Spending This Fall

DTTD unveils new blog, fall marketing campaign and fall tourism projections during special event at Brookdale Fruit Farm

Hollis, NH – On the heels of a robust summer travel season, the Granite State is readying for what New Hampshire tourism officials expect to be a record-breaking fall season. The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) is projecting 3 million out-of-state, overnight visitors will spend $1.4 billion in New Hampshire this fall, marking a 4.5-percent increase for visitors and a 5-percent increase for spending. DTTD announced fall travel projections during a special event today at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis.

“As the second-largest travel season in New Hampshire, representing about 25-percent of New Hampshire’s total annual visitation, the fall season plays a critical economic role in driving spending that supports a variety of businesses statewide,” said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “New Hampshire’s four-percent increase in market share in Boston, and a 17-percent increase in the New York designated market area, reinforces the Granite State’s appeal as a travel destination.”

DTTD has launched a new blog on visitnh.gov featuring custom content three times a week that highlights things to see and do and the interesting people that call the state home. Examples include the beauty of the Swift River, fall-themed family activities and a 10-stop, two-day road trip.

During the event today at Brookdale Fruit Farm, DTTD unveiled its fall marketing campaign, which features fall activities, including hiking, foliage viewing, agritourism, dining, and shopping. This fall, DTTD aims to support and drive visitation though targeted digital and social media channels, as well as traditional channels, aimed at audiences throughout New England and New York, and markets in Toronto and Montreal.

“The Division is tireless in its efforts to reinforce that the Granite State is the Northeast’s premier travel destination,” said Victoria Cimino, director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. “The new blog on visitnh.gov is a perfect example of that continuous evolution, offering fresh, new content from authentic, New Hampshire insiders.”

Scenic drives and outdoor recreation are among the most popular activities during the fall season, while visiting attractions, college homecomings, fairs and festivals, shopping, and visits to friends and relatives remain favorite fall activities. The Granite State’s fall season draws the largest percentage of visitors from outside New England.

In addition to foliage viewing, New Hampshire offers an array of fall activities, events and destinations, including:

Stay connected with New Hampshire tourism on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, and be sure to follow the #livefreeNH tag to see what other people are saying about fall in New Hampshire.

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Caption: The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) announced fall travel projections during a special event today at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis. DTTD is projecting 3 million out-of-state, overnight visitors will spend $1.4 billion in New Hampshire this fall, marking a 4.5-percent increase for visitors and a 5-percent increase for spending. Pictured here, from top to bottom, Victoria Cimino, director, New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development; Shawn Jasper, commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food (left); Taylor Caswell, commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (right); and Cameron Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm.

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Caption: During a special event today kicking off the fall tourism season at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) announced it is expecting 3 million out-of-state, overnight visitors will spend $1.4 billion in New Hampshire this fall. Pictured here, Taylor Caswell, commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, addresses the crowd as Shawn Jasper, commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, looks on.

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Caption: Along with announcing its projections for the fall tourism season, the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) unveiled its fall marketing campaign and a new blog on www.visitnh.gov, featuring custom content three times a week that highlights things to see and do and the interesting people that call the state home. Pictured here, Victoria Cimino, director, New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development, addresses the crowd during a special event today at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis kicking off the fall tourism season. 

ABOUT THE DIVISION OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, www.visitnh.gov administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit www.visitnh.gov.

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Fall in Love with Northern New Hampshire This Autumn

Colorful Foliage & Outstanding Attractions Are A Winning Combination

Visitors arrive from all over the world to view New Hampshire’s brilliant fall foliage. In the northern part of the Granite State peak foliage, the point at which the color of the leaves is the brightest, generally happens between mid-September and mid-October, from north to south.

“The fall months are some of our prettiest, as the landscape changes hues right before our eyes in a kaleidoscope of reds, golds and oranges,” says Katelyn White, Marketing Manager for New Hampshire Grand. “The cooler days of autumn encourage visitors to spend time outdoors, and the crisp fall nights are perfect for snuggling up at your hotel, motel or inn under a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa near at hand. And while many fall visitors are here to see the spectacular foliage display, we have plenty of other appealing attractions that suit a variety of tastes, from the active adventurer to the couple on a romantic getaway to families travelling with children. You’ll find dining and lodging options, along with dozens of suggested activities and itineraries on our website at www.nhgrand.com. For those joining us over the next few weeks, we’ve put together some suggested ideas featuring several of our most outstanding attractions to help you see the best and brightest colors the region will be showing off.”

An invigorating fall hike along any trail in the White Mountains will put you in touch with nature and reveal ever more gorgeous views as you climb to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of a landscape overflowing with spectacular autumn color. Check in with the staff at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center in Bretton Woods for everything you need to plan a day hike or overnight trek. The knowledgeable staff can advise you on hikes for varying abilities, the types of gear needed and how the weather forecast will impact your plans. Comfortable lodging and home-cooked meals are available at the Highland Center, or plan to spend a night or more at one of the AMC’s High Huts, which are situated a day’s hike apart across the White Mountains. Several offer full service through October 21, while several others are self-service through the end of the year.

America’s Oldest Manmade Tourist Attraction — the Mount Washington Auto Road  — and the world’s first Mountain Climbing Cog Railway — the Mount Washington Cog Railway — are located on opposite sides of Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak at 6,288 feet. Expect plenty of jaw-dropping beauty during your excursion up the mountain and a panoramic view that stretches for miles and miles once you reach the mountain’s summit.

The Mount Washington Auto Road offers guided tours in comfortable vans with experienced drivers who entertain passengers with the history and lore of the mountain. Visitors may also drive their own cars or hike to the summit. The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily until late October. The Auto Road also ferries passengers to tree line during winter months aboard a specially outfitted Snow Coach.

As you board The Mount Washington Cog Railway you step back in history — the first passengers made the trip in 1869. During the spectacular climb up a three-mile-long raised track to the summit, the brakemen provide lively commentary about the many points of interest, the incredible history of the railway, and the various climate zones you travel through on your journey to the summit. Choose to ride in an old fashioned steam-powered train or one of the new, environmentally friendly bio-diesel trains.

Once you reach the summit by Auto Road or Cog Railway, check out the Mount Washington Weather Observatory’s Extreme Mount Washington exhibit with hands-on displays to help you understand why the mountain is known as the home of the “world’s worst weather.”

Open weekends this fall through October 8, and then again on October 21 and 28 for its spooky, silly Halloween extravaganza, Santa’s Village is everyone’s favorite Christmas theme park. Take a break from leaf peeping and treat the kids to a day at this outstanding park. Kids love to visit with Santa and his elves, feed the reindeer, and enjoy unlimited rides on amusements like the Skyway Sleigh monorail, Rudy’s Rapid Transit Rollercoaster, and the Reindeer Carousel. If the day is hot, cool off at the Ho, Ho, H2O Water Park. Santa’s Village is also specially decorated and open select days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The historic Mount Washington Resort has innumerable activities, plus extravagant views of the mountains and their amazing foliage display. Begin your day with an exhilarating flight through the treetops on the three-hour Bretton Woods Canopy Tour , which takes visitors across zip lines, sky bridges, and sturdy platforms for a truly amazing tree top adventure that includes incomparable views of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Or choose from one of the Bretton Woods Adventure Center’s  many other activities like the Williwaw Racing Zip, mountain biking, indoor rock climbing, disc golf, a kids’ ATV park, archery, and guided tours. The Donald Ross-designed 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, and an award-winning spa are also favorites of visitors to the resort, which offers luxury accommodations and fine and casual dining.

 

Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2017

CONTACT: Carol Fusaro, 603-228-0836, [email protected]

Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4

— Family friendly activities from carnival games and rides to rip-roaring motorized competitions; Special Grandstand Show with Country Music Supergroup Sawyer Brown on Saturday, September 2 –

LANCASTER, NH – The annual Lancaster Fair, northern New Hampshire’s largest summer event, begins Thursday, August 31 and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 4 at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.  Now in its 147th year, the Lancaster Fair marks the end of summer by celebrating the area’s agricultural heritage with a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. There’s carnival rides and games, farm animal competitions, top-notch music performances – this year’s headliner is country music supergroup Sawyer Brown – motorized competitions, food, and special activities for the kids. ATVs are welcome and parking is free. Campsites are available on site.

Here is an overview of what Fairgoers can see and do:

  • Fun rides and games – all free with admission:  From the flashing lights of the Ferris Wheel to the kiddie rides to all types of carnival games, the Fair’s large midway offers fun and thrills for all ages.
  • Fascinating Animal Shows: Farm animals and their owners compete for the blue ribbon, and the hard work of the 4-H students is on display. Each day of the Fair features oxen and horse pulls, sheepdog trials, working steer shows, and horse drills.
  • Great entertainment, including country supergroup Sawyer Brown:  The Lancaster Fair features a wide range of entertainment, including a Pig Scramble, the 8th Annual Fireman’s Muster, and the 22nd Annual Classic Car Cruise Night. On Saturday night, Sawyer Brown brings their high-energy music to the Fair grandstand. They have been making music and touring for more than 30 years. More than fifty of their singles have entered the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number one singles. On Friday night, The Hitmen will be playing a variety of 70’s classics to modern hits. Local musicians and singers will also be performing throughout the Fair.  All these performances are free with paid admission.
  • Rip-roaring, motorized competitions: It’s all about the horsepower at the Fair’s paid ($10 admission) grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine at 1 pm and a 4 x 4 Truck Pull at 6 pm on Sunday, September 3, and the popular Demolition Derby at 3:30 pm on Monday, September 4. Drivers are coming from as far north as Canada and as far south as New Jersey to participate in these high-octane, motorized competitions. Other competitions include a lawn-and-garden tractor pull on Saturday and a traditional tractor pull on Monday.
  • Special activities for the kids: Along with the midway rides, the Fair’s Kids’ Korner tent has crafts, daily ventriloquist shows, scavenger hunts, train rides, pedal tractor pulls, and other contests. Children can practice farming at special Farmer-for-a-Day stations and compete in their own power-wheel demo derby on Saturday, September 2 at 1 pm.
  • An amazing agriculture showcase: See northern New Hampshire’s finest vegetables, plants, fruits, flowers, and homemade crafts in special exhibitions, including 4-H exhibits.

Food stands will be serving pizza, grilled sausage with pepper and onions, French fries, fried dough, apple crisp, and ice cream among other offerings. One of the food vendors is Robbie Lemos of Annemarie’s Catering. “Our family has been involved in providing food at the Lancaster Fair for 52 years, and over that time we have seen the Fair grow and offer more choices for food and entertainment,” said Lemos. “We enjoy seeing our customers and the other vendors each year.”

Another Fair vendor that has a long history with the Fair is North Country Ford in Lancaster. “It started with my dad in the early 1980s, and now my brother and I bring our inventory to the auto sheds at the Fair each year,” said Keith Kopp, North Country Ford partner. “We look forward to participating each year, as it is a great opportunity for us to meet new people and connect with our existing customers.”

Dreamland Amusements, which supplies midway rides and games to country fairs in the eastern US, has been working with the Lancaster Fair since 2006. “Each year, we try to change the flavor of rides a little bit. This year, we are introducing the 93-foot-long Wacky Worm, a nice family roller coaster,” said Bob Destefano of Dreamland Amusements. “The Lancaster Fair is a great way to mark the end of summer with lots of fun activities and entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.”

Lancaster Fair Ticket Information

The Lancaster Fair is open rain or shine. General admission is $15 on Thursday, Friday, and Monday and $17 on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free for children under 36 inches (when accompanied by a paying adult). Seniors 70 and older get in free on Thursday and Monday and at a reduced admission ($10) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A season pass is available for $65. Rides are included and open at 12 pm on Thursday & Friday and 11:30 am Saturday through Monday.

There is an additional $10 charge for the following grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine on Sunday, September 3 at 1 pm, 4×4 Truck Pull on Sunday, September 3 at 6 pm, and the Demolition Derby on Monday, September 4 at 3:30 pm.

Parking is free. Camping sites available on the fairground. Call 603-237-8143 or register for a campsite at lancasterfair.com.

Fair Sponsors

The sponsors for the 2017 Lancaster Fair are: A&P Landscaping & Building, Aaron’s Repair Center, Bailey Funeral Home, Beattie Enterprises Inc., Cabot Creamery, Cameron Seal Coating,  Chappy’s Concessions, Cloutier Sand & Gravel, Crane & Bell CPAs, Dreamland Amusements, Eversource, Farm Family Insurance, Fitch Fuel Plumbing & Heating, Forbes Farm, Geo. M. Stevens & Sons Insurance, King Arthur Flour, Lancaster Eye Care, Marshall Insurance Agency, Mascoma Savings Bank, McDevitt Trucks, MOMS, Mountain View Dental, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, North Country Ford, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Poulin Grain, Senator Jeff Woodburn, Stratham Tire, Town & Country Inn and Resort, Union Bank, W.W. Berry Transportation Inc., Waystack Frizzell Trial Lawyers, and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.

For more information, call 603-788-4531, email i[email protected]terFair.com, or visit lancasterfair.com.

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2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds – Stand-Out Event at Great Glen Trails

2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds — North America’s Toughest 10K Proved To Be This Winter’s Stand-Out Event

Pinkham Notch, NH–Since the Mt. Washington Auto Road first opened in 1861, it has been a proving ground for all types of adventurers. Throughout the years, many have secured their place in the history of the Auto Road, be it with a fastest time, or a landmark ascent.

History was made again with the 2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds. Held in cold, blue-sky conditions on March 5, it marked the first time that fatbikers have joined this annual winter event. First held in 1996 as Ski to the Clouds, it quickly proved to be a new and unique challenge for Nordic skiers, and at that time was held entirely on the Auto Road. In later years it was modified to increase the race distance to 10 kilometers, utilizing the Great Glen Trails Nordic system for the first four kilometers, before beginning the steep ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The race finishes just before the halfway point of the Auto Road at about 3,800 feet.

In 2013, a separate snowshoe category was added to entice snowshoe racers to take up the challenge, and was so successful that in 2014 the event was renamed as Ski & Shoe to the Clouds. In 2016, a new fatbike category was added, which quickly became the largest group of racers, but was sadly cancelled due to lack of snow.

Mother Nature was kind to us this year, and the 2017 event was attended by 120 racers in three disciplines–18 Nordic skiers, 33 snowshoers, and 69 fatbikers. Whether on skis, snowshoes or fatbikes, the race lived up to its reputation as North America’s Toughest 10K, testing the racers as only Mount Washington can.

The fastest time was posted by veteran racer Tristan Williams, with a blazing time of just 48 minutes 37 seconds, winning the men’s Nordic division. Tristan was closely followed by fatbiker Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins, winning the men’s fatbike division with a time of 50 minutes 37 seconds–the second fastest time on course. Kudos to all the racers who battled the Mountain and finished, but particularly to the winners of each division:

  • Men’s Nordic Tristan Williams 48:37
  • Women’s Nordi Meredith Pietrow 1:01:42
  • Men’s Snowshoe Andrew Drummond 51:49
  • Women’s Snowshoe Hilary McCloy 1:05:56
  • Men’s Fatbike Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins 50:37
  • Women’s Fatbike Renee Bousquet 1:12:26

A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to all the event sponsors, who have helped make this annual event such a success. For 2017, those sponsors included Dion Snowshoes, Stan & Dan Sports, Polartec, Littleton Chevrolet, Hannaford, and the Old Village Bakery.
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The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1984, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running.

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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE GRAND LAUNCHES NEW TOURISM WEBSITES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Information: 
Karl Stone: 603-788-2700 x2143
Email: [email protected]

NEW HAMPSHIRE GRAND LAUNCHES NEW TOURISM WEBSITES:
NHGRAND.COM AND RIDETHEWILDS.ORG 

Lancaster, NH – NH Grand, the official visitor information resource for northern New Hampshire, is proud to announce the launch of two new websites to attract, assist and guide those planning visits to the region. NHgrand.com is a one-stop guide to New Hampshire’s Grand North, promoting attractions and activities, along with dining, lodging and retail properties throughout northern New Hampshire. RideTheWilds.org is dedicated to promoting the Grand North’s more than 1,000 miles of interconnected ATV trails, the only trail system of its kind in the Northeast.

NHgrand.com features interactive maps, monthly featured properties, sample itineraries produced by local residents, an ongoing section of deals, directories of lodging, dining, and shopping properties, a detailed events calendar and much more. Users will also find an in-depth look at the area’s attractions, activities and renowned features, along with fresh photography and videos allowing prospective visitors to fully educate themselves on all that is offered.


“Part of what makes our region attractive is that many people have not experienced the unique activities and scenery we offer. These websites look to familiarize them with the region in a simple, straight-forward manner,” said NH Grand Marketing Manager Karl Stone. “NH’s Grand North feels far away once here, but in reality it is close to home for most of our guests and we need to convey that. Once a guest visits, they tend to visit regularly thanks to memorable experiences. These websites were designed to be vital planning tools, enabling those website visitors to enjoy their vacations to the fullest degree.”


The websites incorporate the latest technologies in order to display optimally on computers, cellphones and tablets. As a result, guests can rely on he websites when they are at home planning their trip, or when they are in the midst of an adventurous visit to NH’s Grand North.


ATV enthusiasts, or those looking to try the sport, will find a plethora of unique features at RideTheWilds.org. There is information on the trails system itself, where to park and access trails, detailed trail maps, information on registering your ATV in NH, where to find food and fuel along the trails, renting an ATV or taking a guided tour and much more.


Grand North vacationers can expect to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, hunting, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, biking, moose viewing, golfing, skiing, camping, and much more. Those seeking more extreme adventures can zip through tree lines on a canopy tour at Bretton Woods, go white water rafting with ELC Outdoors, explore snowmobile and ATV trails, and more. Children and parents can enjoy amusement parks, including the renowned Santa’s Village, that are among the United States’ Top 25 Amusement Parks according to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. The highest peak on the east coast, Mt. Washington, offers multiple ways to reach the summit, including driving your own personal vehicle up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, ascending via historic steam locomotive on the Cog Railway or hiking by foot.


The region’s historic Grand Hotels including the Omni Mount Washington Hotel and the Mountain View Grand Resortstand tall and majestic against pristine backdrops. Other lodging options include mountain-top huts, hotels, motels, mountain lodges, cabins, camping and much more. Quaint locally-owned shops and restaurants are peppered throughout the region, with their owners ready to welcome visitors seeking a unique adventure. Dining options vary from the immaculate dining rooms of each Grand Hotel to the cozy pancake parlor down the street.


The website project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission. The program looks to address the community and economic development needs of portions of Northern New England.


To learn more and plan your visit to New Hampshire’s Grand North, be sure to visit and share NHgrand.com and 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.

LOVE IS GRAND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE’S NORTH COUNTRY: GRAND NORTH ATTRACTIONS OFFER VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND FUN AND ROMANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2016

CONTACT
Karl Stone
NH Grand Marketing Manager
[email protected]
603-788-2700 Ext. 2143
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Love is Grand in New Hampshire’s North Country: Grand North Attractions Offer Valentine’s Day Weekend Fun and Romance

Lancaster, NH – As Valentine’s Day weekend quickly approaches, attractions in Northern New Hampshire are gearing up to make the Grand North the place to visit this Valentine’s Day weekend. Northern New Hampshire is renowned for outdoor fun and adventure, but it is also the place to go for a relaxing and romantic day at the spa, a mouth-watering meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants, an outdoor adventure, or a day of shopping for local, hand-made gifts.

“Whether you choose to spend time exploring snow-covered trails, relaxing fireside at one our authentic lodging properties, or enjoying food and drinks at our local dining establishments, New Hampshire’s Grand North is the perfect place to bring your valentine over the long holiday weekend.” Said Karl Stone, NH Grand Marketing Manager.

Indulge in Exhilaration and Relaxation
The Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, located in Whitefield, provides guests with floor-to-ceiling views of the snow-covered White Mountains along with access to the resort’s Tower Spa, where couples can indulge in treatments, such as a couples massage, facials, hand and foot treatments, and hydrotherapy treatments. Appointments for treatments at the Tower Spa should be booked in advance by calling (855) 837-2100, or book your appointment online.

To make room reservations at the Mountain Grand View Resort, please visit www.mountainviewgrand.com or call (855) 837-2100.

The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods gives visitors a true resort experience. Hit the slopes at Bretton Woods’ 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding trails and terrain parks or explore the trails while snuggling close to your valentine on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Once you are done with your outdoor activities, immerse yourself in a relaxing spa treatment at the Spa Omni Mount Washington, where amenities such as customized facials, seasonal treatments and salon services are offered to melt away winter stress and promote relaxation.

To make hotel reservations for the Omni Mount Washington Resort, please visit its Online Reservation website.

If you’re looking for a more outdoorsy Valentine’s Day weekend, the Cabins at Lopstick is the perfect place to enjoy the winter wonderland of Northern New Hampshire! Located in Pittsburg, the Cabins at Lopstick sit on First Connecticut Lake and offer winter adventure packages such as snowmobile rentals and ice fishing.

Step outside your cabin door and you’re ready to access miles of freshly groomed trails. Deer and moose are commonly seen as you take in breathtaking views of the area’s mountains and lakes. Then return to your cozy and warm cabin featuring a fully-equipped kitchen, comfortable living room, satellite television and a porch with a view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

To reserve your cabin and winter adventure package, please visit the Cabins at Lopstick’s website by visiting www.cabinsatlopstick.com or call 1(800) 538-6659.

Mush Your Way to Your Valentine’s Heart with a Dogsledding Experience
Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson is a great place for couples in ‘puppy love.’ With 120 dogs, including Alaskan huskies, with a smattering of Malamutes and Siberians mixed in, you can experience the thrill of dogsledding as you make your way along a snowy trail. This is a hands-on dogsledding experience as mushers encourage visitors to pet the sled dogs and assist with harnessing the dogs to the sled. Trail rides range from 2-50 miles over varied terrain, and Muddy Paw also offers overnight dog sledding trips as well. Muddy Paw is open to all ages.

To book your dogsledding experience, please call (603) 545-4533, or visit www.dogslednh.com.

What’s Sweeter than a Box of Chocolates? Pure NH Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is not just for waffles and pancakes! Come visit Fuller’s Sugarhouse in Lancaster, where you can enjoy locally-made maple syrup, maple cream and maple candy. Fuller’s Sugarhouse treats are enjoyed all over the world and for good reason. Their syrup has been judged “Best in the World” by the North American Maple Syrup Council, and they have been awarded the Carlisle Trophy for “Best Maple Syrup in New Hampshire.” This family business, which is owned and operated by Dave and Patti Fuller, specializes in creating outstanding gift baskets. Customers can select from pre-made baskets or have a basket custom-made with products sure to delight your valentine.

Fuller’s Sugarhouse is open year-round, Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can be found by visiting www.fullerssugarhouse.com.

Decadent Dining in the Grand North
Wine and dine your valentine by enjoying the breathtaking views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Ranges as you enjoy fine dining in the Main Dining Room at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. With main dishes such as Tenderloin of Beef and Chilled Maine Lobster to Misty Knoll Statler Chicken and sugar glazed New York Sirloin, your taste buds will surely be tantalized in robust flavors while filling you up after a busy day of adventures in the Grand North.

Dinner is served from 5:00-9:00PM during Valentine’s Day weekend and reservations are strongly encouraged. To make your dinner reservations, please visit the Main Dining Room website or call (800) 258-0330.

If a more casual and rustic dining experience is what you’re looking for, the Rainbow Grille & Tavern in Pittsburg offers the finest dining in the Connecticut Lakes Region. A varying dinner menu which features Certified Angus beef, fresh seafood from the coast of Maine, poultry, pasta and game meat, will be sure to leave you and your valentine satisfied. Enjoy a libation at their full service bar which features selected wines, several by the glass, draft, craft and micro-brewed beers, premium liquors, espresso and cappuccino all while taking in their gorgeous view of Back Lake. To make your reservations, please call (603) 538-9556, or visit www.rainbowgrille.com for more information.

The Water Wheel Breakfast and Gift House in Jefferson offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items on their menu. Whether you and your valentine are looking to fuel up with a hot stack of pancakes with locally-made maple syrup or an omelet before your planned itinerary, you’ll be sure to leave the Water Wheel Breakfast and Gift House with more than just a full stomach. Be sure to visit their gift house where you can purchase homemade fudge and whoopie pies to snack on later. Learn more about the Water Wheel Breakfast and Gift house by visiting http://www.waterwheelnh.com/.

Handcrafted Gifts Make for Great Valentine’s Day Keepsakes
With dozens of local shops to browse and purchase unique and hand-crafted gifts from, you’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression on your valentine this year. Whether your valentine likes antiques or hand-knit scarves and mittens, there are plenty of businesses in the Grand North that have the perfect keepsake.

The New Hampshire League of Craftsmen, located on Main Street in Littleton, the fine craft gallery offers some of the state’s finest jewelry, clay, glass, fibers, wood, metal, photography, baskets, printmaking and mixed media that are handcrafted by local craftsmen. The fine craft gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and on Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm. More information on the NH League of Craftsmen in Littleton can be found by visiting littleton.nhcrafts.org/.

If you’re looking for a special antique for your valentine to swoon over, Potato Barn Antiques has thousands of collectables and antiques that fill a 7,500-square-foot former potato storage barn. With an extensive collection of glassware, vintage clothing and accessories, you’ll surely find that perfect gift to commemorate your Valentine’s Day weekend in Northern New Hampshire. Weather permitting, Potato Barn Antiques is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am- 4pm. More information can be found by visiting their web site or by calling (603) 636-2611.

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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.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE’S GRAND NORTH OFFERS FOUR SEASONS OF ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITITES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact Information:

Karl Stone: 603-788-2700 x 2143

Email: [email protected]

LANCASTER, NH, APRIL 2015 – Northern New Hampshire is an area of rugged mountains and untamed wilderness. Visitors revel in the fact that here, like nowhere else in the Northeast, they can explore and enjoy a large concentration of adventurous and nature-related activities in a setting of unparalleled beauty.  What really sets northern New Hampshire apart is the feeling of being far away, yet still being close to home.

Vacationers will find traditional outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, biking, moose viewing, golfing, skiing, camping, and much more. Those seeking more extreme adventures can zip through tree lines on a canopy tour, go white water rafting, explore snowmobile trails, and more. Children and parents can enjoy amusement parks that are among the United States’ Top 25 Amusement Parks according to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. The highest peak on the east coast, Mt. Washington, offers multiple ways to reach the summit including driving your own personal vehicle or ascending via historic steam locomotive.

The changing seasons create their own diverse offering of activities.  Fall annually welcomes foliage that attracts visitors from across the world to northern New Hampshire.  The quiet, winding roads and hiking trails provide a relaxing environment to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in North America.  Spring allows the maple sap to flow and maple sugar houses across the region welcome guests to learn more about how classic New Hampshire maple syrup makes it from our trees to their own kitchen.  Leading up to the December holidays it has become a tradition for families to visit the region to select, and cut their own Christmas tree at
one of our numerous Christmas tree farms.

The historic Grand Hotels, stand tall and majestic against their pristine backdrops. The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, perched on a hill overlooking the small town of Whitefield, is a destination for some of the best sunsets in the northeast. Beneath the staggering grandness of
Mount Washington rests the Omni Mount Washington Resort & Hotel, with its red roof offering a sharp contrast to the blue mountainous landscape.  The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel (currently closed and potentially being renovated/expanded in the very near future), nestled beneath the cliffs of Dixville Notch, is reflected in beautiful Lake Gloriette.

Quaint locally owned shops and restaurants are peppered throughout the region, with their owners ready to welcome visitors seeking a unique adventure. Dining options vary from the pristine dining rooms of each Grand Hotel to the cozy pancake parlor down the street. Lodging in New Hampshire’s Grand North can accommodate families looking for a campsite to cook s’mores, or a couple searching for a perfect suite for their get-a-way weekend.

More recent additions include Ride the Wilds, the Northeast’s largest interconnected ATV trail system, offering over 1,000 miles of trails across Coos County.   Trails are suited for both novice and experienced riders alike.  To accommodate riders, all the towns within the Ride the Wilds trail system allow ATVs on town roads to access services such as food, gas and lodging, or to connect with other sections of trail.

Visitors to New Hampshire’s Grand North can truly look forward to something to please all ages and audiences.

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, visithttps://www.nhgrand.com/newsletter-sign-up/default.aspx.