Day 1 You'll See:
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The region’s finest country store, most beautiful lake, and most interactive mountain observatory await you as you and your group embark on a two-day "Golden Pond" Tour. See some of the most majestic mountains and vivid vistas in New Hampshire, eat some of the most delicious local food, and learn all about what makes this place so special!
Zebs Country Store - First established in 1991, with a mere 200 square feet and two employees, Zeb’s Country Store is today the best shopping experience in Mount Washington Valley! Today Zeb’s Country Store houses 6,600 square feet of nostalgia and product of yesteryear with decidedly whimsical flair, the perfect place for your group to engage in local culture and have a great time doing it! Inside you will find an old-fashioned candy counter alongside an impressively grand collection of New England Specialty foods. Find a wide range of hard-to-find items that will help you relive childhood, a total of over 5,000 impressive items. Check out the old fashioned Coca-Cola fountain, the claw foot bathtubs, and the penny candy counters, or learn about Zeb’s fundraising and charity programs. You will see the largest collection of New England specialty foods in the world in this fun two-story building, as well as many other unique items such as soaps, lotions, books, toys, pet items, art, and even photography!
Mount Washington Observatory - Welcome to the Mount Washington Observatory and Weather Discovery Center, an interactive science museum that brings the wonder of the atmosphere right to your fingertips! Here your group will get the chance to explore the science of climate and weather through many interactive and truly fun exhibits. There are hands-on exhibits and lessons for all ages and levels of knowledge at this science museum, and you will even have the chance to customize your very own one hour group tour through the center. Check out some popular exhibits like the air cannon, flow tank, or wind room, or maybe take some time to learn about the 110 solar panels installed atop the building that make it so sustainable. This museum is a part of the larger establishment called the Mount Washington Observatory, a place where you will see many more innovative scientific education programs, tours, and learning experiences each helping interpret the heritage of the region while also forecasting the future!
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!
Southern 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.!
Squam Lake - Start your second 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 Lakes 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!
Wright Museum - Start you day off with a highly educational and interesting tour of the Wright Museum of WWII. This museum in Wolfeboro is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the many contributions and enduring legacies of Americans who lived and fought during WWII. Keeping with its original mission, Wright Museum teaches a public understanding and appreciation of the extensive contributions made by soldiers with careful preservation and thoughtful display of their permanent collection of war memorabilia. Your group will find many 1939-1945 era items, the entire collection holds over 14,000 items, representing nicely both the home front and battle fields during the war. There are several educational and interesting items throughout the entire display, not to mention the fully operational military vehicles. Take part in any of the many various educational programs, school tours for all ages, or travelling exhibits. Before you go stop by the museum shop and pick up any key chains, local history books, model airplanes, or games you may want, the money goes toward the museum's education programs!