New Hampshire's White Mountain Ski Towns
Whether you ski, snowboard, or simply love to curl up by a roaring fire, New Hampshire’s White Mountains are filled with cozy ski towns waiting to be discovered.
New Hampshire is home to the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. Every winter this vast wilderness area transforms into a snow-covered playground. Ski resorts cascade down mountainsides. Downhill skiing and boarding, cross-country skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, and winter biking are enjoyed across the region.
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Lincoln and North Woodstock, New Hampshire
The town of Lincoln is a bustling strip of shops and restaurants. On the main drag you will find the colorful signage of ski shops, cafes, moose tours, and upscale shopping malls. Many of the locally owned shops have devoted customers that return year after year. The town has a fun, walkable, family-friendly vibe. Just south of Lincoln, the village of North Woodstock is filled with quaint one-of-a-kinds shops and taverns.
Location: Lincoln is situated directly of I-93, about 2.5 hours north of Boston. The Loon Mountain Ski Resort, and the west end of the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, are about 2 miles from town. The village of North Woodstock is about 3-miles south of Lincoln. Franconia Notch State Park and the Cannon Mountain Ski Area are north of the Lincoln/Woodstock exit.
Lodging: There is a large variety of rooms to choose from ranging from hotels to condos. A few of the larger facilities in Lincoln include the Mountain Club Resort and Spa, River Green Resort, Holiday Inn Express, and Riverwalk Resort. In Woodstock there is the Woodstock Inn and Brewery. A free shuttle service runs between Loon and many area lodgings.
Dining: Lincoln is home to several fine dining restaurants including The Common Man, Gordi’s Fish & Steak House, and La Vista Italian Cuisine as well as many breakfast, lunch, and snack shops (Flapjacks is a favorite!). In North Woodstock check out the Woodstock Brewery, Pemi Public House, Morgan’s Diner, and the Woodstock Pie and Coffee Company.
Shopping: Lincoln and Woodstock are full of craft and antique shops, country stores, sporting shops, and boutiques. The Village Shops in Lincoln treat visitors to an upscale shopping experience.
Attractions: Loon Mountain Ski Resort; Cannon Mountain Ski Resort; Alpine Adventures (ziplining, rope course, snowshoeing, and off-road tour), Kancamagus Scenic Byway, Lincoln Woods Trailhead, Franconia Village and Sugar Hill.
North Conway and Jackson, New Hampshire
The White Mountain Highway, Route 16, winds its way through the valley. Starting in Conway, visitors pass the high school, an information center, and several gift and crafts shops. A few miles up Rt. 16 the road widens, and the area becomes more commercial. North Conway is packed with shopping possibilities including the posh Settlers Green Outlet Village. There are many artisan gift, food, clothing, and specialty stores along this stretch. Further along Route 16, comes North Conway Village. This fun area has a large train station and park opposite a strip of fun shops and cafes. About 8 miles (15 minutes) up Route 16 is the village of Jackson known for its quality inns, craft stores, markets, and cross-country ski center.
Location: Conway, New Hampshire is situated in the Mount Washington Valley on the eastern end of the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, about 3-hours north of Boston. The town is comprised of the areas of Conway, North Conway, and North Conway Village. The village of Jackson is just north of Conway. Nestled at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest and the Saco River, the Conway area is surrounded by abundant natural beauty. Several ski areas including Attitash, Cranmore, Wildcat, and the Jackson Cross Country Ski Touring Center are within a ½ hour’s drive.
Lodging: There are many unique and beautiful inns found in this area. A few of the larger facilities include the North Conway Grand Hotel, Eastern Slope Inn, and the Red Jacket Resort. Chains in the North Conway area include the Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, and Home2Suites by Hilton. In Jackson village there are many boutique inns to choose from including the Christmas Farm Inn, the Wentworth, Eagle Mountain Inn, the Inn at Thorn Hill, and the Nordic Village.
Dining: The North Conway and Jackson areas are packed with fine dining. Many inns have lovely dining rooms that are open to the public. Taverns and brew pubs line Route 16. In the main shopping area there are also an abundance of chain and fast food restaurants.
Shopping: Route 16 from Conway to Jackson is lined with specialty shops, outlet malls, and shopping centers.
Attractions: Attitash Mountain, Cranmore Mountain, Wildcat Mountain, and the Jackson Cross Country Ski Touring Center, spas, covered bridges, wineries, and the Hampton Inn & Suites Indoor Water Park.
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Remember: In New Hampshire you will enjoy a tax-free shopping experience.
Having your own vehicle will make your vacation experience much more pleasant. Public transportation is spotty in northern New Hampshire (even Ubers), and locations are rural and quite spread out.
Enjoy the snow, Laura and Randy
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