Pittsburg’s Wizard of Oz Poker Run

Snowmobilers will want to suit up for the Pittsburg Ridge Rider’s Wizard of Oz Poker Run on Saturday, February 29. Registration at Young’s Store is from 8 to 11 a.m., and all cards must be returned by 3 p.m. at the Pittsburg Ridge Runners Club.

The Poker Run is an approximate 50-mile loop. $5 per hand. The winner will be announced at the annual Steak Feed Dinner that evening; the dinner runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Independence Day Festivities in Pittsburg

Pittsburg’s festivities take place at Murphy Dam ball park beginning at 11 a.m. Events include crafters, a flea market, antique car show, vintage old tractor display, chicken BBQ, and kids’ fishing derby. Fireworks will be set off at dusk.

Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge

In February of 2014 the North Country Mushers hosted the first Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge in Colebrook, NH. Our inaugural race was a great success and in 2015 the race increased to a three day, multi-location stage race.

Stage racing, a long-time popular concept in the west, is a series of shorter races that are hosted by a different community each day. Teams and mushers rest overnight between stages in the hosting towns, bringing lucrative business to local eateries, pubs, shops and lodging establishments. The cumulative times of each stage of the race are added together to determine the final winner of the entire race.

The 2018 race includes a 10 dog class, a 6 dog class and a skijor class (1-2 dogs), all with stages between 18-30 miles.

Note: This schedule is tentative and may be changed closer to the race!

Thursday March 8:
Location TBA

6 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet* hosted by Pittsburg Ridge Runners, Pittsburg NH – Open to public!
6-8 PM – Musher Check-in & Registration Deadline
8 PM – Musher Meeting and Bib Draw*

Friday March 9: – Pittsburg NH – Stage 1:
Events to be held at Ramblewood Cabins & Campground unless otherwise noted

Friday March 9:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet – Location TBA* – Open to public!

Saturday March 10 – Dixville Notch/Colebrook NH – Stage 2:
Events to be held at The Balsams Resort unless otherwise noted

9 AM – Mushers Report to staging area for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start
11 AM – 1 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club* – Open to public!

Saturday March 10:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!

Sunday March 11:
Events to be held at
Coleman Estates at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown NH
unless otherwise noted

8:30 AM – Stage Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
9:30 AM – 1 Day Ray Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start (Stage racers will go out first, followed by a 30 minute break, then 1 Day Racers)
12 noon – 3 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
1 Hour after last racer finishes – Awards Ceremony @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!

Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge

In February of 2014 the North Country Mushers hosted the first Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge in Colebrook, NH. Our inaugural race was a great success and in 2015 the race increased to a three day, multi-location stage race.

Stage racing, a long-time popular concept in the west, is a series of shorter races that are hosted by a different community each day. Teams and mushers rest overnight between stages in the hosting towns, bringing lucrative business to local eateries, pubs, shops and lodging establishments. The cumulative times of each stage of the race are added together to determine the final winner of the entire race.

The 2018 race includes a 10 dog class, a 6 dog class and a skijor class (1-2 dogs), all with stages between 18-30 miles.

Note: This schedule is tentative and may be changed closer to the race!

Thursday March 8:
Location TBA

6 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet* hosted by Pittsburg Ridge Runners, Pittsburg NH – Open to public!
6-8 PM – Musher Check-in & Registration Deadline
8 PM – Musher Meeting and Bib Draw*

Friday March 9: – Pittsburg NH – Stage 1:
Events to be held at Ramblewood Cabins & Campground unless otherwise noted

Friday March 9:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet – Location TBA* – Open to public!

Saturday March 10 – Dixville Notch/Colebrook NH – Stage 2:
Events to be held at The Balsams Resort unless otherwise noted

9 AM – Mushers Report to staging area for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start
11 AM – 1 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club* – Open to public!

Saturday March 10:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!

Sunday March 11:
Events to be held at
Coleman Estates at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown NH
unless otherwise noted

8:30 AM – Stage Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
9:30 AM – 1 Day Ray Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start (Stage racers will go out first, followed by a 30 minute break, then 1 Day Racers)
12 noon – 3 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
1 Hour after last racer finishes – Awards Ceremony @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!

Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge

In February of 2014 the North Country Mushers hosted the first Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge in Colebrook, NH. Our inaugural race was a great success and in 2015 the race increased to a three day, multi-location stage race.

Stage racing, a long-time popular concept in the west, is a series of shorter races that are hosted by a different community each day. Teams and mushers rest overnight between stages in the hosting towns, bringing lucrative business to local eateries, pubs, shops and lodging establishments. The cumulative times of each stage of the race are added together to determine the final winner of the entire race.

The 2018 race includes a 10 dog class, a 6 dog class and a skijor class (1-2 dogs), all with stages between 18-30 miles.

Note: This schedule is tentative and may be changed closer to the race!

Thursday March 8:
Location TBA

6 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet* hosted by Pittsburg Ridge Runners, Pittsburg NH – Open to public!
6-8 PM – Musher Check-in & Registration Deadline
8 PM – Musher Meeting and Bib Draw*

Friday March 9: – Pittsburg NH – Stage 1:
Events to be held at Ramblewood Cabins & Campground unless otherwise noted

Friday March 9:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet – Location TBA* – Open to public!

Saturday March 10 – Dixville Notch/Colebrook NH – Stage 2:
Events to be held at The Balsams Resort unless otherwise noted

9 AM – Mushers Report to staging area for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start
11 AM – 1 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club* – Open to public!

Saturday March 10:
5 PM – Meet the Mushers Banquet @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!

Sunday March 11:
Events to be held at
Coleman Estates at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown NH
unless otherwise noted

8:30 AM – Stage Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
9:30 AM – 1 Day Ray Mushers Report to staging area (Coleman Estates) for pre-race meeting*
10 AM – Race Start (Stage racers will go out first, followed by a 30 minute break, then 1 Day Racers)
12 noon – 3 PM – Watch dogteams finish.
1 Hour after last racer finishes – Awards Ceremony @ Colebrook Country Club – Open to public!

Find Your Home Base in New Hampshire’s Winter Wonderland

Yes, we know it’s cold outside and you just want to snuggle in for the duration. But really, there’s no good reason to stay home this winter when you could be out exploring a region of the state defined by its gorgeous scenery, outstanding outdoor attractions, and the amazing hospitality offered by its many lodging establishments. The crisp mountain air and breathtaking snow-covered peaks will clear your mind and invigorate your spirit. Plan a weekend away for skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, fat biking, tubing, ice fishing, dog sledding or just plain relaxing in Winter Wonderland’s playground. Learn more about the region’s many winter attractions at www.nhgrand.com.

After a day outdoors, you’ll want to return to your room or cabin for some down time, and the region boasts fine accommodations, from two Grand Hotels to a couple of family owned inns and everything in between, including pet friendly options. Here are a few to consider as you make your plans for your snow season getaway. Many offer special winter packages to enhance your enjoyment.

Pittsburg

Guests have flocked to Tall Timber Lodge on the north shore of Back Lake since 1946, attracted by the comfortable accommodations and exceptional amenities. Explore the region’s many trails on your snowmobile — bring your own or rent one at the Lodge — or get out on cross-country skis or snowshoes. After a day on the trails, pull up a seat at the Lodge’s award-winning Rainbow Grille & Tavern and enjoy a cocktail and delicious meal.

The Cabins at Lopstick  makes an excellent base from which to explore Pittsburg. With 57 fully-equipped cabins overlooking First Connecticut Lake, we think you’ll agree that the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains are awe-inspiring. Park your snowmobile right outside your door, or rent one, including winter gear, onsite. Want to try your hand at ice-fishing? Lopstick is perfectly situated to take advantage of this traditional winter activity; drop your line in Lake Francis or one of the three Connecticut Lakes and (hopefully) snag a big one!

Eight comfortable cabins with names like Loon, Moose, Otters Cove and Last Frontier await guests at Partridge Cabins on First Connecticut Lake. Fully stocked kitchens, satellite TV, glassed-in porches, decks and other amenities give the Partridge Cabins a home-away-from-home feel. And the cabins are centrally located to the vast Pittsburg snowmobile trail system.

Colebrook

Snowmobilers have direct access to Corridor 18 and over 4,000 miles of groomed trails from the Colebrook Country Club & Hotel. Unload your sled in the enormous parking lot and drive it right up to your room. After a day riding the trails, head to the onsite lounge for a pre-dinner cocktail, a game of billiards or darts, or catch the latest game on the big screen TV.

Shelburne

Guests can snowmobile right from the parking lot at the Town & Country Inn and Resort. If your pleasure is skiing, snowboarding or tubing, major ski areas like Wildcat, Bretton Woods and Sunday River are a short drive away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a kids’ tubing hill are nearby at Great Glen Trails. The family-owned T&C boasts innumerable amenities, including the dining room, which serves breakfast and dinner daily, lounge, indoor heated pool, sauna, health club, Jacuzzi and more.

Milan

Looking for a pet-friendly B&B? Look no further than the Mahoosuc Inn, which welcomes dogs year-round, equestrians and their horses in summer and fall, and dog sledders during snow season. Confortable rooms and a hot tub under the stars await after your day’s outdoor adventure.

Berlin

Enjoy a unique kind of stay at the Berlin Trails Farm & Inn. Accommodations are in a five-room cabin-style suite that sleeps up to 8 people and has a kitchen stocked with local breakfast foods like farm fresh eggs and yogurt made from the farm’s goats.

Gorham

A hearty breakfast and dinner are included in most packages when you stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Accommodations include private rooms and bunk-rooms with a hall bath. Best of all, innumerable hiking trails are available right from the door, and snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and mountain biking trails are nearby. Guests will want to take advantage of the AMC’s free walk-on programs, like guided day hikes and evening talks on a variety of subjects. The property even has an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station. During the winter months, AMC presents its International Dinner and Adventure Series, including international cuisine and a program on that’s week’s featured country. Upcoming dinners are France (Feb. 28), China (March 7) and Poland (March 14).

A great home base while you explore the region’s attractions, the Mt. Madison Inn & Suites has a variety of accommodations, including rooms with double, queen and king beds and family suites. A few rooms are pet-friendly. Relax in your room after your day’s adventures or enjoy the heated outdoor pool, eight-person sauna, fire pit and pool-side gas grills.

Clean, modern rooms with all the amenities distinguish the Top Notch Inn. Book a comfortable room in the inn itself, with its lovely mountain views, pool, hot tub and a courtyard filled with colorful flowers. For those who need more space, opt for the 100-year-old Pinkham House that sleeps up to 10 guests and has a full-sized kitchen, living room and dining room, or the Mt. Moriah Cottage, a luxury vacation home with five guest bedrooms and a fully stocked kitchen.

Hub North bills itself as “Offbeat Accommodations for Individuals, Groups and Events,” and includes lodge rooms (year-round), yurts and tents (summer), and a private house (opening this winter), along with hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing right from the property and connecting with the extensive trail system in Moose Brook State Park, and offering beautiful views of the nearby mountain range.

Located on Gorham’s Main Street (Route 16), the Royalty Inn features 88 guest rooms, a 10,000 square foot fitness and health club, including indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, and plenty of parking and direct trail access for your snowmobile.

Whitefield

A New Hampshire Grand Hotel, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa has been delighting guests for more than 150 years with top-notch accommodations, impeccable hospitality and outstanding amenities like the Tower Spa, indoor pool, Health & Wellness Center, and several dining options. And a couple of minutes gazing at the amazing panoramic views of the mountain peaks from which the hotel takes its name will put you in a relaxed frame of mind in no time! Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing and sledding, and dog sled tours are available onsite, and both Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain ski areas are close by. Littleton and Bethlehem offer eclectic shopping experiences.

Bretton Woods

One of New Hampshire’s Grand Hotels and a National Historic Landmark, The Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort is known for its outstanding hospitality, exceptional accommodations, elegant public spaces, signature spa, and selection of dining experiences, with the stunning snow-capped Mount Washington and several other high peaks as its backdrop. During February and March, bundle up and step into a winter wonderland of outdoor activities, like romantic sleigh rides, ice skating and snow tubing. Cross country skiers will love the 100 km’s of groomed trails at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center that include classic and skate skiing options, along with snowshoeing. Alpine skiing and snowboarding are available at the Bretton Woods Adventure Center, just across the road. For a real adrenaline rush, give the winter Canopy Tour a try!

The Highland Center is the Appalachian Mountain Club’s outdoor education center and handsome four-season lodge at the head of Crawford Notch. Many visitor options are available, from private rooms with private baths to lodge bunkrooms with shared baths. The Highland Center serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for lodge guests, through hikers, outdoor recreationalists and members of the public. A wide variety of outdoor activities and programs for adults and children are scheduled each week, including Daily Outdoor Exploration programs, Guided Adventures, and evening programs. Cross-country ski from the lodge to the Bretton Woods Nordic Trails or drive five minutes to the Bretton Woods Ski Area for downhill skiing. Kids will enjoy climbing on the Highland Center Playscape, an outdoor mountain playground. Kick back in front of the huge fireplace in the great room to warm up after a day outdoors.

Twin Mountain

Three generations of the Carlson family have welcomed visitors to Carlson’s Lodge since it first opened more than 40 years ago, and many visitors are also third generation families who return time and time again to enjoy the lodge’s friendly hospitality and cozy atmosphere that includes comfortably furnished rooms, along with a couple of suites and rooms with efficiency kitchenettes. Breakfast is included. Snuggle up in front of the fireplace in the spacious living room, or gather friends for ping pong or pool in the game room at the end of the day. Carlson’s has direct access from its driveway to the town’s snowmobile trails, and is located in close proximity to Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, and Franconia Notch for plenty of winter activities.

The Four Seasons Motor Inn offers comfortable non-smoking rooms, with cable television, free Wi-Fi and complimentary morning coffee. Kids will like the indoor game room with board and video games. The Four Seasons is conveniently located to take advantage of the area’s many attractions like winter hiking and downhill and cross-county skiing. Snowmobiling guests have direct access to trails.

Johnson’s Motel and Cottages is pet friendly, so if you can’t bear to leave little Trixie home, bring her along. Several lodging options are available, from one- and two-bedroom cottages, to motel rooms, and a large five-bedroom house. Johnson’s welcomes skiers and snowmobilers and has direct trail access. Snowmobile rentals are available nearby.

Stay at the Twin Mountain Cottages in one of the clean and comfortable kitchenette cottages or bunk in the hostel that can sleep 12. All have beautiful views of the mountains of the Presidential Range, and snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing are right on the doorstep. Amenities include an indoor game room with pool table, ping pong table, air hockey, foosball, board games and more, along with a small gym area and a two-person sauna. Snowshoes, skis, snowboards and boots are available to rent. The property is pet friendly.

You could rent one of the seven rooms/suites at the Allegory Inn, or the entire building, making it the perfect weekend ski house for you and a group of friends. The inn, which sleeps 14 and has several comfortable family rooms and a kitchenette, is located just minutes from the Bretton Woods Ski Area and a short drive to Cannon Mountain, and also has direct access to Twin Mountain’s snowmobile trails.

Littleton

The historic Beal House Inn & Restaurant has six charmingly furnished guest rooms and its location right on West Main Street makes it an easy stroll to downtown attractions, or a short drive to nearby ski areas, and hiking and fat biking trails. The inn’s tavern is open to the public and serves classic American fare and a number of nightly specials.

Thayers Inn has been welcoming guests since 1850. Accommodations include rooms for two people, family suites for up to four people and four-person kitchenettes. The cupola atop the hotel commands great views of downtown and the surrounding mountains.

Bethlehem

You’ll be enveloped in romantic and luxurious accommodations at the Adair Country Inn and Restaurant, where the spacious rooms feature feather beds, beautifully appointed furnishings and exceptional views of the handsome grounds and surrounding mountains. New England-style cuisine is served in the intimate dining room or enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the library bar.

During its history, the Mulburn Inn has hosted notables like Thomas Edison, honeymooners Cary Grant and Barbara Hutton, Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and members of the Rockefeller family. The inn’s seven bedrooms have private baths, some with original fixtures dating to the early 20th century. Spacious lounges on the first floor will have you longing to curl up with a good book and a pot of tea, or gather round for games and fireside chats.

Situated on the banks of Ammonoosuc River, the 180-year-old Wayside Inn exudes all the charm you’d expect to find at a comfortable country B&B. The 14 rooms in the main house are traditionally furnished with country pieces and handsome quilts. The 12 annex rooms have small balconies and are pet friendly. Casual comfort food tops the menu in the river-view restaurant.

Winter is Better in New Hampshire’s Grand North!

Plenty of snow has us raring to get outdoors and enjoy all that white gold! If you like to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, snowmachine, dog sled, fat bike, ice fish, or ice skate, head for points north this winter for a wonderful day, weekend or longer visit.

We’ll start you off with a few of our favorites!

Bretton Woods Choose from a Full Roster of Winter Activities at Bretton Woods Ski Area

Mother Nature has dumped over five feet of snow on the Bretton Woods Ski Area so far this season, making for some great runs on the mountain, which boasts an incredible 62 trails, 35 glades, three terrain parks, and 10 lifts for days and days of terrific skiing and snowboarding. Try the night skiing, too!

Just across the road from the downhill ski area is the Bretton Woods Nordic Center with its 100 km of groomed trails through beautiful forested areas and open fields, providing lots of choices for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Both ski areas include knock-out views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, as well as the iconic and much photographed red-roofed Mt. Washington Hotel.

The Bretton Woods Ski Area and Omni Mt. Washington Resort pull out all the stops when it comes to winter activities. In addition to skiing or snowshoeing, bundle up for a fun time dog sledding, take a sleigh ride, go snowmobiling, twirl around on your ice skates, tube down a slick hill, fat bike some trails, let the kids zoom around in their own snowmobile park, try an ascent on the slopeside climbing wall, and be sure to leave some time for the resort’s amazing canopy tour!

Winter Ski Specials:

  • 2-4-1 Wednesdays, when two adults ski or ride for the price of one, during non-holiday periods.
  • $25 Powder & Pasta. Ski or ride from 4-8 p.m. and fuel up with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights through March, including these holidays — January 14 and February 18-22.
  • $55 Next-Day Upgrade. Available for Monday-Friday next day, non-holiday tickets.
  • MLK Monday Madness. On January 15, celebrate with $60 tickets (must be purchased in advance).
  • Ski NH Weekend. On January 28, first time Alpine ($39) and Nordic ($19) skiers can take advantage of these learn-to-ski packages. Bonus: On January 27 & 28, come to Bretton Woods with lift tickets or season passes for three or more NH ski areas, including Bretton Woods, to be entered into a raffle for a 2017-18 season pass to Bretton Woods to be drawn at the end of the weekend.

Check the website for additional information and more deals! www.brettonwoods.com

 

NH_Grand_attraction_Great_Glen_winter_Tubing_BoyPlan to Get Your Winter Fun On at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Bring the family to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Pinkham Notch for a day of energizing winter fun. Eager to try out those new cross-country skis? Choose from 45 km of groomed and backcountry trails that wind through the most beautiful scenery at the foot of Mt. Washington; most trails are double-tracked for both classic and skate-style skiing.

Snowshoeing is even easier than cross-country skiing, and if you’ve never strapped on a pair of snowshoes this is the place to give it a try. Bring your own or rent a pair at Great Glen.

Kids just love the tubing hill (and aren’t we all kids at heart!). This is tubing done the traditional way: tube down the hill and walk back up. Over and over, for a whole lot of fun!

Fat biking has quickly caught on as a major sport, and winter fat biking is something you should try. It’s especially exhilarating on the Great Glen trails.

Winter Specials:

  • January is Learn to Ski Month. Just $19 every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (except January 15); for first time skiers only. Includes skis, boots and pole rentals. 1.25 hour lesson.
  • Ski with a Naturalist. Ski with an Appalachian Mountain Club naturalist and learn all about the flora and fauna of Pinkham Notch. Free tour, with purchase of a trail pass. Offered January 13 & 27 and February 10 & 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Sunrise SnowCoach Tour. Board the heated coach for a ride up Mt. Washington to treeline for an amazing view of the mountain and the winter sunrise. Offered January 14, and February 18, 21 & 25. These tours fill up fast! Reservations required.
  • Ski with an Olympian. The three, one-hour lesson package ($199) will have you taking tips from Olympian Sue Weymss, the ski school director.

Great Glen Trails has an incredible number of winter programs in progress throughout the season. Check the website (((www.greatglentrails.com))) for more information.

 

MuddyPawsBizDogSledWebMush On! at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel

The frisky and friendly sled dogs at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel are born to run and love nothing better than pulling a sled of happy visitors on the beautiful, snowy fields and trails around their Jefferson kennel.

Visitors are encouraged to pet the dogs and help harness them to the sleds. You can even take a turn driving. At the end of a run, it’s traditional to walk the line petting each dog, handing out treats, thanking them for a job well done, and getting some doggie kisses in return!

Winter Tours:

This winter the dogs (and their owners) are loving the snow and have cooked up some exciting excursions.

  • Fido’s Favorite is a 1.5-hour introductory dog sledding adventure, suitable for anyone 2 or older.
  • Mini Mush is a cost-cutting option that is perfect for families and small groups. The 1.5-hour introductory course includes meeting and greeting the dogs, helping to prepare the sleds, short rides, and time at the end to properly thank the dogs.
  • 3-Hour Adventure. For those who want a longer ride time.
  • Musher for a Minute. This crash course is for anyone who has dreamed of handling a sled and team of dogs. For those 12 and older.
  • Howl at the Moon. Experience the thrill of a nighttime sled dog ride. 1.5-hours; for those 5 and older.

Get all the details at https://dogslednh.com/.

 

NH_Grand_Tall_Timber_Lodge_SnowmobilingSnowmobiling in Northern NH Means Miles & Miles of Groomed Trails

Every winter, thousands of people head to northern New Hampshire to zip along the more than 1,500 miles of excellent groomed snowmobile trails that wind through the region — from the deep woods at the Canadian border; over stark and lovely Dixville Notch and onto the shore of Lake Umbagog; to the top of Jericho Mountain in Berlin; under the shadow of Mount Washington in Bretton Woods and Twin Mountain; and along the wide open meadows of Jefferson and Lancaster.

You’ll discover a snowmobile trail for every skill and every expectation, and snowmobile trails that lead you right where you want to go. Many restaurants, hotels, motels and inns have direct access to the extensive snowmobile trail system that crisscrosses the region. Check out www.nhgrand.com for dozens of dining and lodging options to help you enjoy your stay.

Tip #1: Trail conditions are updated each week by New Hampshire State Parks. Sign up so you know about the snow before you go: http://www.nhstateparks.org/Activities/snowmobiling/trail-information.aspx

Tip #2: All snowmobilers must register their sleds in New Hampshire. The fees are considerably less expensive if you join as members of a local snowmobile club. Registration information is available from the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association.   www.NHSA.com

Deals & Details:

  • Tall Timber Lodge. Pittsburg has over 200 miles of groomed trails and you can enjoy them all with the lodge’s All Inclusive Snowmobile Rental Package that includes a daily machine rental along with top notch accommodations for two in a cabin with a fireplace and Jacuzzi, a full breakfast each morning and a nightly three-course dinner. Two options are available. Learn more here. http://www.talltimber.com/tall-timber-all-inclusive-packages/tall-timber-snowmobile-rental-package/
  • Cabins at Lopstick. All 57 comfortable cabins are on or near a snowmobile trail in the Pittsburg trail system. Bring your own sled or rent a Skidoo from Lopstick. Lopstick offers several two- and three-night Ride and Stay Snowmobile packages or can create one to suit your situation. Learn more here. https://www.lopstick.com/packages/ride-and-stay-snowmobile-experience-package/
  • Located right on Route 3 North, Mom’s in Lancaster has everything you need to enjoy your time on the trails, including new and pre-owned sleds, dozens of accessories, parts and service. You can also register your snowmobile here. https://www.momslancaster.com/
  • White Mountain ATV Rental in Gorham can help you out in a jam. Their experts can tune up your snowmobile, fix a pesky problem, and have you back on the trails in no time. http://whitemtatvrental.com
  • Ice Fishing is also popular in the Pittsburg region, and the Cabins at Lopstick (((www.lopstick.com))) can set you up with all you need to enjoy great fishing on Lake Francis (brown trout) and First, Second and Third Connecticut Lakes (cusk lake and brown trout). https://www.lopstick.com/experiences/the-winter-experience/

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.

Women’s Wellness Retreat

Join us in beautiful Pittsburg, NH for our Spring Women’s Wellness Retreat! This all inclusive weekend will feature guided hikes, Yoga, Pilates, Zentangle Art Classes, Health & Nutrition Seminar, Archery Demo and Lesson, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, all meals, room, relaxation!

Women’s Wellness Retreat

Join us in beautiful Pittsburg, NH for our Spring Women’s Wellness Retreat! This all inclusive weekend will feature guided hikes, Yoga, Pilates, Zentangle Art Classes, Health & Nutrition Seminar, Archery Demo and Lesson, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, all meals, room, relaxation!