Shop Northern New Hampshire for Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Frosty air and snowy mountain peaks are all part of the magic of Christmas in northern New Hampshire, where local businesses are ready to welcome you for an amazing holiday shopping experience. Shop here for friendly storekeepers, outstanding merchandise and exceptional customer service. Parking is free in most towns, or easily accessible public parking is available. And, remember, in New Hampshire you shop tax free!

Following is a small selection of the fine shops and businesses located throughout the region. During your travels you’ll no doubt discover more!

 

Fine Craft & Art

Littleton’s colorful and eclectic League of NH Craftsmen Gallery showcases some of New Hampshire’s finest craftsmen working in jewelry, clay, glass, fibers, wood, metal, photography, baskets, printmaking and mixed media. Or give a gift certificate to the gallery’s Studio School where the recipient can choose from a hands-on workshop in pottery, jewelry making, basketry, painting, and more.

An original piece of art is a wonderful expression of love. The William Rugh Gallery in Lancaster represents abstract modern realism artist Ed Widmayer and award-winning photographer Fletcher Manley. The gallery also features a selection of handcrafted furniture, granite benches and unique fine crafts.

Visit the Local Works Marketplace in Bethlehem for wonderful handcrafted products such as jewelry, pottery, soaps, lotions, candles, textiles, baskets, photography, fine art, home décor, and gourmet foods — the work of over 300 local artists. Or stop by the Local Works store in the lobby of the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.

 

Jewelry, Home Décor & Gift Items

Greetings Jewelers in Berlin features the latest trends in jewelry and gifts, including rings, necklaces, watches and home décor. Or have the on-site jeweler create a custom piece for you. The shop also carries a complete line of Hallmark cards and Hallmark holiday collectible ornaments. 

Fiddleheads, on Colebrook’s Main Street, features American- and Canadian-made and Fair Trade products, along with a nice assortment of fine art and crafts and gift items.

Chickaroo is a delightful Littleton shop brimming with unique gift items, jewelry and home décor, as well as a variety of wines.

 

Bookstores

The bookstore at the White Mountain Café & Bookstore  in Gorham specializes in titles of local interest, maps and hiking guides. You’ll also discover best sellers, a very nice selection of children’s books and toys, greeting cards and an assortment of gift items. And, you can sip a cup of Fair Trade coffee from the Café while you browse!

Many families make it a tradition to gift books at the holidays. You’ll find just what you need at Littleton’s Little Village Toy & Book Shop,  which is stocked with a wide selection of kids’ books and inspiring and educational toys, complemented by a good variety of adult fiction, non-fiction and local reads.

 

The Great Outdoors

Drummond’s Mountain Shop, located just west of the Bretton Woods Ski Area on Route 302, carries everything you can think of to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable — from ski equipment and hiking gear, to clothing, footwear, and accessories. The full-service ski shop sells and services all major brands of Alpine and Nordic skis, as well as Redfeather and Tubbs snowshoes. 

Nordic ski equipment and accessories are the specialty at Great Glen Outfitters in Gorham, where you’ll find the most up-to-date winter clothing and equipment for every terrain. Once the Christmas gifts are opened, come back and ski the trails at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

Popular outdoor outfitter Simon the Tanner  stocks brand name clothing, shoes, outerwear and select equipment for men, women and children. Looking for an extra-good deal? Step into their Outlet Store, just a few doors down on Lancaster’s Main Street.

 

Bretton Woods features the ultimate in outdoor experiences: Alpine and Nordic skiing on beautifully groomed trails; exhilarating canopy tours; romantic sleigh rides; skating across glistening ice; slick snow tubing; exciting snowmobiling; and expertly guided backcountry adventures. Gift a loved one with a season’s pass or treat them to a day or weekend of outdoor adventure!

Can you say mush! Bundle up the family and head to Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, where you’ll receive a resounding bark of welcome and the awesome experience of a sled dog ride through field and forest. A great family gift idea.

Visit The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem to choose and cut your own tree and pick out a decorated wreath for the front door. Consider sending a fragrant tree or wreath to a friend or family member who lives far away and misses the smells of home. While at The Rocks step into The Marketplace barn where you’ll discover New England-crafted and other American-made items. The shop stocks everything from pet goods and pottery to jewelry and home goods, guaranteeing something for everyone on your holiday list.

 

Specialty Foods

There’s nothing like the taste of sweet maple syrup on your pancakes or waffles on Christmas morning! Fuller’s Sugarhouse, an award-winning, family-owned business in Lancaster, produces over 8,000 gallons of pure maple syrup each year. The store stocks syrup in a variety of sizes, along with maple candy — a great stocking stuffer — and a hand-picked selection of gift items. Have Fuller’s fill a Gift Basket for you and ship it to the lucky recipient!

Anyone with a sweet tooth (and don’t we all have one!) will love a gift from Chutters, the home of the Guinness Book of World Record’s Longest Candy Counter, where you can select from over 500 sweet treats. The store also stocks fudge and chocolates, along with gift items ranging from Christmas stockings to collectibles to specialty food products

Specialty food producer White Mountain Canning  is a Littleton-based family business producing a variety of high-quality products, everything from a mouth-watering chili mix to jams, jellies, mustards, dips, pickles, salsas and much more. All the items make great stocking stuffers!

 

Antiques & Collectibles

Once upon a time the 7,500 square foot Potato Barn Antiques in Groveton was a potato storage barn. Today, visitors can choose from an extensive collection of glassware, beautiful vintage clothing and accessories, a wide assortment of tools, quilts and textiles, books, furniture, prints and pictures, vintage lighting and much more. Holiday collectibles are always popular.

 

Theatre Tickets Make Great Stocking Stuffers

Season’s tickets to one of the North Country’s cultural icons are always a welcome find under the Christmas tree.

The Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield produces seven main-stage productions over eight weeks in an alternating repertory style. The big red barn theatre has been bringing the best of Broadway and beyond to North Country summer audiences since 1966.

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, located in a former church in Berlin, is a unique setting for an outstanding roster that includes Celtic fiddlers, retro bands, comedians, jazz bands, and Franco-American performers.

The Medallion Opera House in the historic Gorham Town Hall maintains a lively, year-round performance schedule with acts appealing to a wide range of tastes.

Colebrook’s Tillotson Center presents a full playbill of activities, year-round, with concerts and other performances staged in its 171-seat theater.

The Live! At The Colonial summer series brings world-class artists to the concert stage at The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, one of the oldest continuously operating movie theatres in the United States.

 

Recharge at Our Restaurants

We don’t want you to shop until you drop, so do yourself a favor and take some time to fuel up with a hearty breakfast, enjoy a leisurely lunch, take a tea break, or plan an intimate dining experience to cap off your day. Gift certificates for family and friends who enjoy dining out are also a great holiday gifting option.

 

Berlin

Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar  is a local favorite, with a full lunch and dinner menu, with meals served in a family-friendly, casual dining atmosphere. Famous for its raspberry pie and homemade ice cream.

 

Gorham

The White Mt. Café & Bookstore features Fair Trade coffee and fine teas, along with breakfast sandwiches, bagels, panini sandwiches, quiches and soups. All of the baked goods are homemade.

Enjoy fine dining at Libby’s Bistro  with its fresh and innovative menu using locally grown ingredients. More casual fare is available in the SAALT pub.

 

Bretton Woods

Rustic American fare and family-style service are a winning combination in the dining room at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center  at Crawford Notch. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available for lodge guests, through hikers, outdoor recreationalists and members of the public. The beautiful mountain views are free!

At the Omni Mount Washington Resort, guests have several dining options, from meals served in the elegant main dining room with sweeping views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range, to more casual fare in Stickney’s pub or the Cave, a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Or opt for a refreshing afternoon beverage in the Rosebrook Lounge or Princess Room.

 

Colebrook

Experience a taste of Paris, from the freshly baked croissants to the breads and pastries at Le Rendez Vous Bakery.

Find made-from-scratch, freshly baked muffins and cinnamon rolls at Mostly Muffins.

Excellent coffees, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, freshly prepared soups and salads, and home-baked treats earned the Moose Muck Coffee House a recommendation in the New York Times Travel Section.

After a day of shopping, unwind in the Colebrook Country Club cocktail lounge for drinks, bar snacks and a game of billiards or darts.

A well-curated menu, including a full wine list, awaits at Parsons Street, a former 1800s boarding house and Episcopal rectory, where you can choose from comfortable seating in the lounge or a more intimate setting in the dining room.

 

Pittsburg

The Rainbow Grille & Tavern on the shores of beautiful Back Lake offers gourmet fare in its dining room, and more casual choices in the Tavern. Yankee Magazine’s Travel Issue awarded it an “Editor’s Choice.”

Perfectly prepared steaks rub shoulders with dozens of other items on the menu at Murphy’s Steakhouse. Casual, comfortable atmosphere.

 

Lancaster

Warm up with a cup of coffee or tea and a delicious pastry, like a chocolate-filled brioche or sticky bun at Polish Princess Bakery . And don’t leave without a loaf of freshly baked bread. Lunch specials include quiche, spinach and feta turnovers, gourmet pizza, ham and cheese brioche and soups.

 

Jefferson

You’ll have a hard time choosing from the delicious variety of freshly prepared items on the extensive breakfast menu at the Waterwheel Breakfast & Gift House, where breakfast is served all day and the giant pancakes are a particular favorite. The restaurant also serves lunch.

 

Whitefield 

Enjoy farm-to-table fare in the Harvest Room at the historic Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner culinary experience. Book a seat in the 6,000-bottle 1865 Wine Cellar for a special treat.

Hearty portions and an extensive menu have patrons returning again and again to Grandma’s Kitchen. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with daily specials in a diner atmosphere.

 

Littleton

Enjoy Classic American tavern fare at the Beal House, which features locally raised meats and greens on its carefully curated menu. Weekly specials include craft draft beer and burger nights, along with a Fish & Chips Sunday special, and Modelo Mondays.

Quaff a small batch brew and nosh on a Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pizza at Schilling Beer Company, an 18th century gristmill on the Ammonoosuc River.

After a day of shopping, you might be ready for a cocktail. Check out Bailiwicks’ 80 martini selections, and then pair your favorite with a choice from the lunch or dinner menu.

Lunch and dinner are served bistro-style at Grille 111 at Thayer’s Hotel. Fridays and Saturdays are Prime Rib nights and the Happy Hour menu is served all day on Sundays.

Stop by the Littleton Food Co-op for great gift ideas, like cheeses and wines, or enjoy freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and soups in the new cafeteria.

Chang Thai’s amazing variety of familiar Thai dishes, prepared with fresh herbs and other ingredients, will delight any diner. Open for lunch and dinner.

Sip locally roasted Fair Trade coffees or your favorite organic loose-leaf tea at the Ink Well Coffee and Teahouse while you peruse a menu of baked goods and light fare with locally sourced ingredients. Gluten-free and vegan options available.

 

Bethlehem

Small batch beers are the specialty at Rek’-Lis Brewing Company. The owners have a great sense of humor, too, producing the “Up in Smoke Series,” beers named after hotels in town that have burned down; the “License Plate Series,” acronyms of funny real or fake New Hampshire plates; and a “Friends Series,” named, of course, for some special friends.

The classic Italian comfort food at Rosa Flamingos is creatively prepared and served nightly. Locals give high-fives to the restaurant’s pizza, wings and desserts.

The eclectic lunch and dinner menu, along with the full bar, make Cold Mountain Café a favorite North Country dining destination. Begin with the Dates Stuffed with Local Chevre, followed by the restaurant’s signature Black Bean Cake for a mouth-watering experience. Daily soup and sandwich specials, nightly specials and especially decadent desserts!

Situated on the banks of the beautiful Ammonoosuc River, the Wayside Inn restaurant is open for dinner Thursday through Monday, with a menu featuring favorites like homemade Mac ‘N Cheese, Chicken Parmesan and Fish ‘N Chips.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at The Rocks

We invite you to join us at The Rocks Estate this holiday season to select a perfect tree from our farm. The Rocks has been described as a modern day Norman Rockwell Christmas scene, complete with the jingling bells of our horse-drawn wagon rides and marshmallows roasted to golden at our fire pit.

The Rocks Estate opens November 7 and will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily through Christmas Eve. Christmas tree shoppers may select a tree from the farm’s retail lot or wander the fields to Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree beginning November 18. The Rocks will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but otherwise open daily through December 24.

Guests may shop for gifts in our marketplace or online at www.therocksgiftshop.com. Specializing in wreaths, ornaments, American made gifts. Fair Trade gifts. Gifts for pets, puzzles, mats, food, apparel and much more.

Horse drawn wagon rides are offered November 18, 24, 25, and 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, and 16 by reservation. Call (603) 444-6228 or [email protected].

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at The Rocks

We invite you to join us at The Rocks Estate this holiday season to select a perfect tree from our farm. The Rocks has been described as a modern day Norman Rockwell Christmas scene, complete with the jingling bells of our horse-drawn wagon rides and marshmallows roasted to golden at our fire pit.

The Rocks Estate opens November 7 and will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily through Christmas Eve. Christmas tree shoppers may select a tree from the farm’s retail lot or wander the fields to Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree beginning November 18. The Rocks will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but otherwise open daily through December 24.

Guests may shop for gifts in our marketplace or online at www.therocksgiftshop.com. Specializing in wreaths, ornaments, American made gifts. Fair Trade gifts. Gifts for pets, puzzles, mats, food, apparel and much more.

Horse drawn wagon rides are offered November 18, 24, 25, and 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, and 16 by reservation. Call (603) 444-6228 or [email protected]

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at The Rocks

We invite you to join us at The Rocks Estate this holiday season to select a perfect tree from our farm. The Rocks has been described as a modern day Norman Rockwell Christmas scene, complete with the jingling bells of our horse-drawn wagon rides and marshmallows roasted to golden at our fire pit.

The Rocks Estate opens November 7 and will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily through Christmas Eve. Christmas tree shoppers may select a tree from the farm’s retail lot or wander the fields to Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree beginning November 18. The Rocks will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but otherwise open daily through December 24.

Guests may shop for gifts in our marketplace or online at www.therocksgiftshop.com. Specializing in wreaths, ornaments, American made gifts. Fair Trade gifts. Gifts for pets, puzzles, mats, food, apparel and much more.

Horse drawn wagon rides are offered November 18, 24, 25, and 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, and 16 by reservation. Call (603) 444-6228 or [email protected]

Harvest Festival

A wonderful three-day event celebrates the season in downtown Littleton and Bethlehem — Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

6pm – Annual Boofest at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem featuring Circus Minimus, the one-man circus in-a-suitcase!

Noon–5pm (FRI & SAT) Pumpkins that have already been carved may be dropped off at Littleton Bike & Fitness. Candles are not necessary, we will provide them. Let’s break our record of pumpkins on the river from last year!

5pm–7pm – Time Out Timmy / Mad Cat Habitat Halloween Show at The Loading Dock

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

10am–12pm – Annual Littleton Police Department Halloween Festival at the Littleton High School for grades K–6. Pumpkin carving contest, bouncy houses, Home Depot kids build kits, face painting, donuts and cider. Participants are encouraged to bring a ready-to-carve pumpkin (scooped out); there will be a limited number of pumpkins available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Noon–3pm – Chili Cook-off at the Littleton Food Co-op.

Noon–5pm – Become a Zombie for the evening’s festivities! Stop by Aylakai, you bring your costume we will help with the makeup.

2pm–4pm – Trick-or-Treat on Main St., Mill St. and Cottage St. If you see a skull and crossbones in the window, this means the storeowner has graciously bowed out of the treat giving, so please abstain from bringing wily trick-or-treaters inside.

3pm–8pm – Refuel! Fill up with delicious food from vendors located along Riverglen Lane. Vendors include, Profile High School Arts Alliance and Alburritos!

5pm–8pm – Bake Sale – The Littleton Senior Center including donuts, whoopie pies, cookies, brownies, cider, hot chocolate, and coffee.

4pm–6pm – The Pumpkin Patch Hangout at the First Congregational Church. Warm food and kid-friendly activities available.

6pm – Zombie Walk All Zombies are encouraged to meet at Aylakai on Main St. for the ghoulish infestation of the Riverwalk Area.

6pm–8pm – Haunted Trick-or-Treat hosted by the Upstage Players; Family friendly, $3 adults, $2 children, kids 5 and under free.

6pm–9pm – Gathering of the Jack‘O’Lanterns. View hundreds of pumpkins illuminating the Ammonoosuc River. Enjoy a bonfire built and lit by the Littleton Volunteer Fire Department.

7pm – Phoenix Bazaar An eclectic troupe performing with fire and LED props. (Fire only available in VT and MA).

8pm–10pm – House of Terror Get scared! Hosted by the Upstage Players; Adults only, $5 per person.

9pm – Halloween Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Colonial Theatre. Doors at 8:00pm for cash bar, the evening’s signature cocktail (Time Warp Punch) and free Hor d’ourves (Frank. N. Furters and Meatloaf) and costume ogling. RHPS behavior of all sorts encouraged.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

9am–11am – Buffet Breakfast fundraiser at the Littleton Senior Center.

Harvest Festival

A wonderful three-day event celebrates the season in downtown Littleton and Bethlehem — Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

6pm – Annual Boofest at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem featuring Circus Minimus, the one-man circus in-a-suitcase!

Noon–5pm (FRI & SAT) Pumpkins that have already been carved may be dropped off at Littleton Bike & Fitness. Candles are not necessary, we will provide them. Let’s break our record of pumpkins on the river from last year!

5pm–7pm – Time Out Timmy / Mad Cat Habitat Halloween Show at The Loading Dock

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

10am–12pm – Annual Littleton Police Department Halloween Festival at the Littleton High School for grades K–6. Pumpkin carving contest, bouncy houses, Home Depot kids build kits, face painting, donuts and cider. Participants are encouraged to bring a ready-to-carve pumpkin (scooped out); there will be a limited number of pumpkins available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Noon–3pm – Chili Cook-off at the Littleton Food Co-op.

Noon–5pm – Become a Zombie for the evening’s festivities! Stop by Aylakai, you bring your costume we will help with the makeup.

2pm–4pm – Trick-or-Treat on Main St., Mill St. and Cottage St. If you see a skull and crossbones in the window, this means the storeowner has graciously bowed out of the treat giving, so please abstain from bringing wily trick-or-treaters inside.

3pm–8pm – Refuel! Fill up with delicious food from vendors located along Riverglen Lane. Vendors include, Profile High School Arts Alliance and Alburritos!

5pm–8pm – Bake Sale – The Littleton Senior Center including donuts, whoopie pies, cookies, brownies, cider, hot chocolate, and coffee.

4pm–6pm – The Pumpkin Patch Hangout at the First Congregational Church. Warm food and kid-friendly activities available.

6pm – Zombie Walk All Zombies are encouraged to meet at Aylakai on Main St. for the ghoulish infestation of the Riverwalk Area.

6pm–8pm – Haunted Trick-or-Treat hosted by the Upstage Players; Family friendly, $3 adults, $2 children, kids 5 and under free.

6pm–9pm – Gathering of the Jack‘O’Lanterns. View hundreds of pumpkins illuminating the Ammonoosuc River. Enjoy a bonfire built and lit by the Littleton Volunteer Fire Department.

7pm – Phoenix Bazaar An eclectic troupe performing with fire and LED props. (Fire only available in VT and MA).

8pm–10pm – House of Terror Get scared! Hosted by the Upstage Players; Adults only, $5 per person.

9pm – Halloween Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Colonial Theatre. Doors at 8:00pm for cash bar, the evening’s signature cocktail (Time Warp Punch) and free Hor d’ourves (Frank. N. Furters and Meatloaf) and costume ogling. RHPS behavior of all sorts encouraged.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

9am–11am – Buffet Breakfast fundraiser at the Littleton Senior Center.

 

August is Eat Local Month in New Hampshire

Did you know that if every New Hampshire resident spent just $5 a week on local foods an additional $358 million would be injected into the State’s economy? The North Country is home to many farm and food producers and businesses serving up local foods. Whether you are looking for good eats for your family, or to serve up to your customers, there is likely something local just around the corner — like berries, vegetables, local meats, maple syrup, or even local wines and brews.

Don’t know how to get your hands on local foods? If you are a restaurant or institutions wanting to buy fresh, local foods straight from the farm, check out the North Country Farmers Cooperative. This is a group of 30+ farms aggregating product through an online portal and delivering weekly to your door. One invoice and one delivery simplify logistics for your business.

Looking for food on a smaller scale? Check out the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture’s website for links to local Community Supported Agriculture programs, farm stands, Pick-Your-Own’s, Farmers Markets, and wine, cheese, chocolate and ice cream trails.

Many of our New Hampshire Grand partners are growing, selling or serving local foods — some even have some great deals going on this month!

Want to know the best places to visit for local foods and great dining this month? Check out our highlights below.

Purveyors of Local Foods

Chances are if you’ve shopped at the Farmer’s Market in Littleton (Sundays, 10-1) or Lancaster (Saturdays, 9-noon) this summer, you’re familiar with the wonderful vegetables and meats grown at Meadowstone Farm. Meadowstone also operates a Farm Stand year-round at its farm in Bethlehem, where you’ll find eggs, chicken, pork, goat cheese and seasonal vegetables. Additionally, during the growing season you can find the farm’s veggies and meat for sale at the Littleton Co-op and The Healthy Rhino. Headed out for a restaurant meal? Look for Meadowstone’s produce and goat cheese used in items on the menus at Libby’s Bistro in Gorham; Cold Mountain Café, Maia Papaya, and Rosa Flamingos in Bethlehem; and The Beal House, and Shillings.

The historic Rocks Estate in Bethlehem is a fave destination year round. Stroll around the property and drink in the amazing views, visit the Christmas tree farm this fall where you can cut your own, and come for the NH Maple Experience on March weekends, with tours, tastings and more. And, you’ll never run out of that sweet pancake topper because you can order their delicious New Hampshire maple syrup and other maple products directly from the online store.

Stop by the country store at family-owned Fuller’s Sugarhouse in Lancaster for your choice of pure New Hampshire maple syrup in all its forms — the different grades of syrup are packaged in beautiful glass bottles or the more traditional jugs, and their maple candy, maple cream (butter), and maple sugar are all made-on-the-premises, and oh so sweet! If you can’t make it into the store, you’ll be happy to know that Fuller’s ships its products worldwide.

At almost the tip-top of the state, the New Earth Organic Farm at the Cite Ecologique of NH Ecovillage in Colebrook benefits from its southern exposure, which gives veggies a head-start in this cold northern climate. The farm sells its eggs, herbs and vegetables at local markets and to restaurants through the North Country Farmers Co-op.

Delicious Dining Experiences

(These restaurants and cafes tap local food sources when possible. All are noted for preparing excellent food using the freshest ingredients.)

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center is an outdoor education center and four-season lodge nestled into the dramatic landscape at the head of Crawford Notch, and makes a perfect home base for hiking the many nearby trails in the White Mountains. Accommodations range from private rooms with private baths to lodge bunk rooms with shared baths. The dining hall serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for lodge guests, through hikers, outdoor recreational enthusiasts and members of the public. The kitchen sources many of its menu ingredients locally and regionally and aims to continually expand its local offerings. As many fruits and vegetables as possible during the summer months are sourced from local farmers through Vermont’s Black River Produce. Some of the local/regional products in stock year-round include: Hatchland Farm Milk (NH), Cabot Cheese and butter (VT), Stonyfield Yogurt (NH), Blue Moon Sorbet (VT), Walpole Ice Cream (NH), Gifford’s Ice Cream (ME), Little Leaf Farm lettuce (MA), Backyard Farms tomatoes (ME), Aroostook County potatoes and flour (ME) and Grandy Oats Granola & Oatmeal (ME)

Libby’s Bistro & SAaLT Pub in Gorham is located in an old bank building, but there is nothing old-fashioned about the foods that Chef Liz Jackson, her husband Steve, and dedicated staff serve in the Bistro & Pub. Liz has been a pioneer in the Farm to Table movement and sources much of her ever evolving and eclectic menu from local farms and farmers, including the North Country Farmers Coop; Meadowstone Farm in Bethlehem (seasonal veggies, goat cheese and eggs); Prospect Farm in Lunenburg, VT (grass-fed heritage breed pigs and poultry); Moriah Valley Farm in Shelburne (sumptuous tomatoes); Wood Fire Farm & Gardens in Bethlehem (wild mushrooms, fiddleheads and ramps); Boothman Sugar Orchard and Scarinza’s Sugar House, both in Randolph (small batch maple syrup); Merrily’s Homemade Joys in Gorham (local eggs); Good Vibes Coffee in North Conway (custom-blended Italian style coffee); and Middle Intervale Farm in Bethel, ME (beef, pork, potatoes, corn and winter squash).

The elegant Mt. View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield is noted for its comfortable accommodations, spectacular views, and plentiful activities. What you might not know is that the Resort has a close relationship with many local farms, and almost all of its produce, cooking ingredients — like maple syrup — and products come from nearby farms. Resort dining includes the casual Harvest Tavern where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner; fine dining in the 1865 Wine Cellar, where the menu is paired with selections from the Resort’s extensive wine cellar; the Club House where classic summer favorites hit the spot after a round of golf or other outdoor activity; and the Veranda, when your appetite calls for a refreshing drink or a cup of tea and a light snack.

Drop by the White Mountain Café & Bookstore in Gorham for a cup of Fair Trade coffee from Manchester-based Java Tree coffee roasters and a home-baked goodie, or choose from an array of sandwich specials and soups. The relaxed atmosphere features comfortable seating indoors and out, a collection of rotating artwork by local artists, and the adjacent bookstore with a nicely curated selection of books and a fun kids’ section. Check out the Good Karma board (it’s all about thankfulness and paying it forward).

The historic Omni Mount Washington Resort is a spectacular destination with 200 guest rooms and suites, a luxurious spa, 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course, zip line tours and numerous other resort activities like hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. The Resort’s dining experiences are crafted to appeal to a variety of tastes, and rely on fresh, locally and regionally sourced produce, meats and seafood — foods to delight every palate. Step into the graceful and stylish main dining room for breakfast and dinner; the Prohibition-era Cave for nightly entertainment and a full bar; Stickney’s Steak & Chop Pub for lunch or dinner; the Rosebrook Bar where servers whip up a mean afternoon cocktail and light fare; and the elegant Princess Room where staff stand ready to provide cocktails before dinner or Afternoon Tea on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

A visit to Le Rendez Vous French Bakery in Colebrook will give you a taste of an authentic Parisian café, without taking a trip overseas. The delightful bakery and café is owned and operated by certified bakers Marc Ounis and Verlaine Daeron, who came direct from Paris to open their North Country business. Enjoy authentic French pastries (croissants, Madeleines, and macaroons), hearty breads (French baguettes, whole wheat, walnut, dark rye, cinnamon raisin and many more), yummy Belgian chocolates, and other goodies with your coffee in the comfortable café and bakery, or order something to take home. Marc and Verlaine bake their breads and pastries daily using only premium baking ingredients.

The Polish Princess Bakery & Café on Lancaster’s Main Street is a great place to stop for a morning cup of coffee accompanied by one of the bakery’s sweets, or a delightful destination for lunch — try the gourmet pizza or a slice of quiche. And it’s difficult to leave without taking home a loaf of freshly baked bread. Owner Magdalena Russell uses only the best ingredients — unbleached, un-bromated flours and freshly ground whole grain flours from local mills — in her baguettes, French breads, hearty ryes, sourdoughs, and a variety of other loaves and pastries.

Enjoy intimate fireside dining and graceful accommodations at the historic and romantic Adair Country Inn and Restaurant in Bethlehem, where rooms are named for the mountains in the nearby Presidential Range of the White Mountains and the expansive gardens, designed by the Olmstead Brothers, offer year-round interest. The Adair’s carefully designed menu incorporates foods from nearby and regional producers, including eggs from Bear Mountain Farm in Littleton, bacon and sausage from North Country Smokehouse in Claremont, seasonal vegetables from Mann’s Hill Farm in Littleton, mushrooms from Wood Fire Farm & Gardens in Bethlehem (wild mushrooms, fiddleheads and ramps), along with market fresh seafood, free range poultry and choice beef.

The Moose Muck Coffee House in Colebrook derives its name from the mucky, boggy places where moose tend to congregate and munch on the vegetation. The café offers a similar socializing atmosphere, where visitors and locals can come together to eat, drink and mingle. All of the sandwiches, soups and salads are made to order using fresh ingredients, the pastries are home-baked, and the coffee is New Hampshire-roasted.

The Rainbow Grille & Tavern at Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg has earned accolades from Field & Stream as “a truly excellent restaurant,” The Boston Sunday Globe has called it “ The area’s standout dining,” and Yankee Magazine’s Travel Issue gave it an “Editor’s Choice” award. The exceptional Grille menu includes specialty game meats such as bison, elk and venison, fresh Maine seafood, organic poultry, and prime Texan Wagyu beef. Casual fare in the Tavern features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, ribs, meatloaf and hearth-baked pizzas, a great selection of micro-brewed draft beer, craft beer, wines, and specialty jumbo martinis.

For over 60 years, the Town & Country Inn & Resort in Shelburne, has been providing exceptional North Country hospitality to its guests. Amenities include 160 rooms, a dining room seating 180 guests, four banquet rooms, a lounge featuring live entertainment on weekends, an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a full health club facility. The resort serves breakfast and dinner daily and lunch on Sundays, and the dining room is open to the public. The Town & Country is famous for serving “the best prime rib ever,” and its extensive menu features favorite foods, along with delicious specials.

The family-owned Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar in Berlin has been a community destination for more than 50 years. Situated on the banks of the Androscoggin River, the restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, extensive menu, and hearty home-cooked food. All of the food is prepared daily with the freshest ingredients, with nothing pre-cooked or pre-breaded. The Northland is noted for its pies, so be sure to leave room for dessert. Try a slice of your favorite — and top it with some homemade ice cream.

A popular breakfast spot, The Waterwheel Breakfast and Gift House in Jefferson is noted for fluffy pancakes as big as your plate, smothered in pure maple syrup, crispy bacon, eggs cooked the way you like them, savory French toast, and Belgian waffles topped with fresh whipped cream. The lunch selection includes comfort foods like Philly steak and cheese subs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, hot dogs, and homemade chicken salad. Save room for the homemade fudge!