15 New Hampshire Spots You Need to Visit This Winter | NECN

15 New Hampshire Spots You Need to Visit This Winter

From ski mountains to craft stores, necn has you covered

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    We take a look at some the places you have to hit if you're vacationing in New Hampshire this winter. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016)

    1. Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville ValleyNeed a peaceful getaway? Waterville Valley offers affordable skiing and snowboarding in the White Mountain National Forest. There are miles of trails for cross-country skiing as well.
    2. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Store, North ConwayHandmade, fine crafts line the shelves of this retail gallery that represents 250 artisans from all over New Hampshire and its close surroundings. It offers tourists and locals a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with its mix of contemporary and traditional craftsmanship.
    3. White Mountain Winery, North ConwayTucked away down a snowy alley you will find this cozy winery that offers its visitors 50 different varieties of wines. From the signature "Sweet Willie" - a dry red with a smooth finish - to fruit flavored wines, to dry whites, you are sure to find the perfect wine for you. Did we mention the wines are made on the property?
    4. White Mountain Cider Company, BartlettUsing New England core ingredients, Chef Teresa Stearns creates "souped up" comfort foods. Located in a restored farmhouse, the exposed beams and fire pit provide a welcoming atmosphere. Popular dishes include crispy crab cakes paired with apple fennel salad and the pan roasted duck breast served with wild rice and squash cake. And you can pair these delicious plates with local beers, craft cocktails or a selection from the dozens of wines offered. Make your dinner reservation today!
    5. Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, WhitefieldOne of the oldest hotels in New Hampshire, this grand hotel has undergone several transformations under the years. With gorgeous views, intimate dining options such as the "1865 Wine Cellar," and a hot tub that offers a 360 degree view of the White Mountains, there is no doubt this hotel fulfills your desire of a lavish weekend getaway.
    6. Polly’s Pancake Parlor, Sugar HillPolly’s Pancakes Parlor is appropriately located on Sugar Hill, where you are sure to please your sweet tooth. If you like anything maple, you might want to stop by the store, where you can find maple syrup, maple spread, maple sugar and many other homemade maple products. You can pair the homemade maple syrup with a traditional pancake or be adventurous and pick from the other six batters. If you aren’t hungry yet, stop by the store and maybe the maple smell will entice you.
    7. The Frost Place, Franconia: This house was once inhabited by the famous poet Robert Frost. Continuing in his legacy, it is now a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts. While the house may be closed for tours in the winter, you are welcome to sit on the porch and admire the view. You might also want to venture off to the poetry trail with Frost’s poetic words taking you on a thought-provoking walk.
    8. Franconia Inn, Franconia: For a place that caters both to relaxing and staying active, consider Franconia Inn. The grounds offer everything from reading by the fire inside to mountain biking, horseback riding and sleigh rides outside. It fits your family's every need.
    9. Downtown Littleton: As the sixth best small town in America, Littleton offers quaint storefronts and historic buildings. Littleton’s famous natives include Eleanor H. Porter, author of the famous children’s book, Pollyanna. To honor her, there is a statue of Pollyanna welcoming the tourists.
    10. Chutters Candy Store, Littleton: If you’ve ever dreamed of being inside of Candyland, Chutters Candy Store brings you as close as you can get. Gummies, gumballs and candy Legos are just some of the items you can find on the 112-foot candy counter. For chocolate lovers, you can find a variety of fudge, as well as truffles that can cure any sweet tooth.
    11. Schilling Beer Company, Littleton: Two floors with a bar on each floor, its no wonder Schilling Beer Company is the place to be in Littleton. It has a beer menu offering 10 to 15 taps that include German-style beers as well as experimental brews. So whether you are looking to have dinner or grab some drinks, stop by Schilling’s and enjoy the company of dedicated locals and adventurous tourists.
    12. Lahout’s Ski Shop, Lincoln: Take a step into history and visit America’s oldest ski shop, Lahout’s Ski Shop. Three generations later, this family business has become a historic attraction. Whether you need new gear or just want to see who has stopped by and left their mark, stop by Lahout’s.
    13. Downtown Lincoln: Nestled among rivers, mountains and forests you will find Lincoln. This town is home to New England’s longest logging railroad. So if you want to get away to a small town for a little bit of history mixed with modern day shops and restaurants, Lincoln might be just what you need.
    14. SledVentures, Lincoln: If adventure runs in your blood then you might want to rent a snowmobile to explore the landscape. From novice to experienced, they cater to everyone. All you need to do is show up and the rest SledVentures provides.
    15. Loon Mountain, Lincoln: Loon Mountain offers 61 trails, 3 peaks and a 2,100-foot vertical drop for all your skiing needs. If beautiful views and skiing are your thing, this might be the spot for you. If you prefer the indoors, you can enjoy Caribbean food by the fire pit while watching your friends and family ski at the Summit Café.

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