Day 1 You'll See:
- Northern Mount Washington Valley
- Raven Interpretive Program
- Jackson Covered Bridge
- Echo Lake State Park
Day 2 You'll See:
Day 3 You'll See:
Mountainside adventure and luxurious relaxation opportunities await you in New Hampshire, as you and your group embark on a three-day New England vacation worthy of a king! Enjoy the many mountain resorts, ski slopes, and spas throughout central New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as local landmarks, farms, and factories! Your group will absolutely love the chance to immerse themselves into the local scenery, scents, and even science!
Northern Mount Washington Valley - The mountain adventures have just begun, as you and your group get comfortable with some relaxation and recreation in the beautiful natural setting of Mount Washington Valley. Known fondly as the highest peak in New England, this 6,288 foot peak and its surrounding village offers a little bit of something for everyone in your group, from sleigh rides in the falling snow to scenic fall drives and a sultry summer nightlife. Your group may choose to take a scenic train tour, unwind with a spa day, shop till they drop, learn a bit at a local museum, blow off some steam with adventurous recreation, or set sail on a sightseeing cruise! The options are almost endless here, making it easy to see why Mount Washington Valley was named best Easter Destination Village, one of National Geographic's top 25 ski destinations in the world, and even one of the most affordable skiing vacations in the U.S.!
Raven Interpretive Program - The Raven Interpretive Program is the program in Chatham, New Hampshire, that provides historical and ecological insights into diverse environs of northern New England, Canada, and the Canyonlands of the Western United States, particularly focused upon the ecology of ravens. With over 26 years of experience, this interpretive program is centered in the scenic Mount Washington Valley, offering participants a new awareness of natural beauty of their environment. Here your group can do everything from tracking a predator in the snowy wilderness to discovering the uniqueness of a local alpine flower.Tours at the Raven Interpretive Program are highly informative and extensively customized, the local ones mainly based off of seasonal themes. The programs will sharpen the observation skills of the participants and allow them to leave with a greater understanding of the science of local ecology!
Jackson Covered Bridge - Jackson Covered Bridge, more commonly known by locals and tourists alike as Honeymoon Bridge, is a local landmark located in Jackson, New Hampshire. This Paddleford Truss bridge (1 of 20 total) was first constructed in 1876, a bridge of 121 by 26 foot built by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank. The building of this bridge helped trade, traffic, and overall morale with its convenient and simple beauty. Its name evolved to what it is today, Honeymoon Bridge, around the mid 1950s after a wide standing tradition of young lovers kissing under it for luck. This stop is purely for your groups viewing pleasures, so be sure to bring a camera with plenty of film to capture it in all of its historic glory. You may just want to try to sneak a smooch on your crush while here as well, it is good luck after all!
Echo Lake State Park - End your day at a local natural treasure, the alluring and highly beloved Echo Lake State Park. This 118 acre park is located in North Conway, a piece of land situated around Echo Lake, known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the United States. The park contains a scenic trail of about a mile that circles the lake, the entire grounds offering many recreational opportunities, most popularly being swimming and picnicking. Not only will your group have plenty of options for cool, relaxing, evening outdoor recreation and viewing opportunities, but you will also get to see the most amazing and unimpeded views of the sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge towering over the lake. Across the surrounding Saco River Valley to the White Mountains your group will be able to see also the White Horse Ledge, another highly popular rock and ice climbing wall as well as vista viewing opportunity!
Cabot Cheese Factory - With all this cheese you’d think we were in Wisconsin, but the New England area can definitely hold their own when it comes to cheese making! Here at the Cabot Cheese Factory Visitor Center, located on Main Street of the city of Cabot across the Vermont border, your group will find some of the area’s finest cheeses and cheese products! Established in 1919, the Cabot Cheese Factory receives help from over 1200 dairy farm families throughout the New York/New England region, hosting four different plants within five different states. Once here your group will have the delicious opportunity to nibble the many different varieties of cheese, including the World’s Best Cheddar (voted in World Cheese Championship 2013) and Best Flavored Cheddar. During your taste taste/sample-palooza you can try alpine cheddar, hot habanero, garlic and herb, Adirondack cheddar, smoky bacon, tomato basil, or horseradish! Cheese lovers may never want to leave!
Morse Farm - Welcome to Morse Farm, the eight generation family-owned and operated Vermont Sugar making farm that provides the New England region with some of the absolute best syrup, sugar, candy, and gifts! Get the perfect Morse Farm introduction in the Morse Woodshed Theatre, a unique structure made with walls of sugar wood that provides guests a humorous and educational video about the Morse Farm Maple Process. Learn about the history of Harry Morse Sr.'s business, as well as the specific process in which 40 gallons of maple sap are collected to make a gallon of pure maple syrup. Here four trees from 40-200 years of age will create a gallon of pure syrup! Before you go you will have to check out the Morse Farm store in which your group will find everything from maple cotton candy and kettle corn to maple themed cookbooks and spices. Shop all the greatest local cheeses, sausages, and other local farm products, as well as the best gills and jars for your maple syrup!
Cold Hollow Cider Mill - Welcome to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, the top New England producer of fresh cider as well as one of Vermont’s most popular tourist attractions! Today you will find this mill at Old Gibbs Farm in Waterbury Center, sticking true to not only their original site, but also to the old-fashioned ways of making cider! Watch as the masters make pure cider with traditional racks and cloth presses from the 1920s, a year-round venture that guests can watch daily at the mill before or after they explore the vintage site! While here at the mill your group can sample jellies, mustard, and ciders from the shop, or explore the shelves of fine Vermont specialty foods and products. You may choose to simply watch the bees make honey or perhaps sample the legendary Cold Hollow Cider Donuts, one of the top four donuts in the United States according to Gourmet Magazine, that goes absolutely fantastically with hot cider or coffee!
Squam Lake - Start your third day in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, just South of the White Mountains at Squam Lake. Established in 1763, Squam lake is 10.65 square miles and straddles the borders of Grafton, Carroll, and Belknap counties, the two largest cities being Holderness and Sandwich. This lake is the second largest in New Hampshire and was actually originally called Asquam, meaning water. Your group can take advantage of Squam Lake's Natural Science Center tour boat service, catching all 30 named islands and many more unnamed islets along the way. This lake is a great site to see loons, heavy with breeding plumage during the summer, as well as bald eagles and great blue herons. Enjoy cold and warm water fishing here as well, the lake stocked with rainbow and lake trout, salmon, white chard, bass, pout, and perch. Before you go make sure you scope out all the sites used in the popular 1981 film On Golden Pond!
Franconia Notch - Next your group will get the chance to have some truly extraordinary outdoor adventures at Franconia Notch, the mountain pass in between the majestic Kinsman and Franconia Mountain Ranges. This park is the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the Great Stone Face made famous by both Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. At the gorgeous Franconia Notch your group will be able to swim, ski, hike, canoe, and even learn local and ecological history of the surrounding area! Take advantage of the on-site Flume Visitor Center, in which a tour is offered that allows you and your group to walk through the narrow and awe-inspiring Flume Gorge. You can also ride the exciting aerial Cannon Tramway, visit the New England Ski Museum, or perhaps just watch the hawks and falcons of the Cannon Cliffs. Seasonally you may enjoy the Echo Lake beach with a swim, net a trout at Profile Lake, or if you have younger children take part in Discover the Power of Parks summer interactive nature-based program!
Bretton Woods - Number one in the east for Snow and Grooming for the past three years your group will find your next stop at Bretton Woods. Part of the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods is the premiere place to find 464 acres of stunning snow, including 62 award-winning ski trails, 35 glades, and three different terrain parks. Get ready to enjoy crisp winter air, expansive and awe-inspiring mountain vistas, and some of the best alpine trails in the region! Take a canopy tour in which you will descend over 1,000 feet over three hours, zip-lining across the ancient hemlocks, or perhaps try your hand at dog sledding with Alaskan Huskies. You can enjoy a wintry sleigh ride, tube down the tubing hill, try to snowshoe, snowmobile, golf, horseback ride, play tennis, or even enjoy a day away at the spa! There is so much to do here, be sure to save time for some truly fabulous dining before you go as well (hint: Latitude 44’s views are unbeatable!).
Crawford Notch - Welcome to Crawford Notch State Park, the 5,775 acre park that was discovered by local hunter Timothy Nash in 1771. Here you will find numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing opportunities, wildlife viewing, and spectacular mountain views - be sure to bring your camera! Be sure to catch the views of the notch from the 2,804 foot Mount Willard, an open summit near the center of the notch. When it comes to hiking Pond Loop Trail provides a half mile path, Sam Willey Trail provides a historic one mile, and Rippley Falls Trail will take you to a 100 foot cascade where Avalanche Brook flowers over the surrounding moss-covered granite. A little beyond this you will find the gorgeous Arethusa Falls, over 200 feet of cascading water that make up the tallest waterfall in the state. Before you go you must also be sure to check out the Renovated Queen Anne-style Victorian-era Crawford Notch Maine Central Train Depot, now a celebrated bookstore!