If you’re a skier, the White Mountains are heavenly in the winter time. With incredible spots to ski and snowboard, like Loon, Cannon, Waterville and Bretton Woods, the mountains may be the biggest draw but there’s plenty more to do if you’re not interested in hitting the slopes. For those who think racing down a mountain or huffing through the woods on cross country skis seems like torture, we’ve put together a list of enjoyable activities you can find less than an hour from the Woodstock Inn Brewery in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
If you are a skier or snowboarder and you stay with us you’ll have access to discount* lift tickets for Loon ($89 midweek & weekend) Cannon ($38 midweek & $51 weekend) Bretton Woods ($58 midweek & $68 weekend) and Waterville ($38 midweek & $63 weekend)
*Rates are subject to change.
Alpine Adventures opened the Zipline Canopy Touring 2006 drew families with Tree Top Canopy Tour. Just a few years ago, Alpine expanded again with their first Treehouse, a magnificent work of art offering a welcome rest stop for many tours. If you’re looking for an unique outdoor tour, Alpine offers 6 wheel Pinzgauers, Swiss Army transport vehicles, to take guests to the top of their Zipline Tours high up Barron Mountain. The vehicles are also used for Off-Road Adventures or a lift to start the newly expanded Backcountry Snowshoe Tours.
New offerings at Alpine include the Thrillsville Aerial Challenge Course and the BigAirBag jump, located at Alpine on Main Street in Lincoln.
Driven by 4 tracks rather than wheels, the 12-passenger Mt. Washington SnowCoach transports guests up to treeline on Mt. Washington, at approximately 4,200 feet, into a sub-arctic world for a truly unforgettable adventure. Tours are always conducted “weather permitting” and advance reservations are recommended.
The tours, which last approximately 1.5 hours, stop at the treeline of Mount Washington and once it arrives, passengers have time to get out and take photos and videos of the views or to experience the weather. The SnowCoach is never more than just seconds away. Passengers do not need to leave the warmth and comfort of the SnowCoach and can enjoy the scenery from inside the vehicle as well.
If you love dogs and the outdoors, why not visit the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel. You can visit the sled dogs, or take a tour of the area via sled. The Kennel also offers an introductory dog sledding adventure open to those ages 2+, which includes a meet and greet with the sled dogs and their musher(s).
Once the doggies and sled are prepared, guests will then embark on a 5 mile/45 minute ride. Muddy Paw offers a number of other tours including a longer tour and a crash course in the art of mushing.
If you’re looking for some low key time outdoors, you can head to the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center for several activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snow tubing. Strap on some snowshoes and experience the solitude and adventure of winter at Great Glen Trails or hit the tubing hill for some family fun.
For those looking for ski lessons, Great Glen Trails offers several learn to ski programs for kids and adults and features an introduction to the equipment, practice on the snow to slide around and work on balance and diagonal striding
The Ice Castles have drawn art and nature lovers for more than seven years. Created by Brent Christensen, the installation includes a giant ice fortress set across almost an acre of space.
The Ice Casltes include more than 25 million pounds of ice and takes more than 4,000 hours to be crafted each year. Christensen crafted the first icy version in the front yard of his home to bring happiness and joy to his children. After moving from sunny California to snowy Utah, Christensen did what any father of six stir-crazy kids with cabin fever would do. He built an ice cave in his yard to get his kids out of the house. His stroke of genius worked and the installation has grown to include five different locations nationwide.
BTW – we’re offering a special while the Ice Castles are open this season.
Less than 30 minutes away from Lincoln and Loon, Littleton offers an unique set of small, locally owned shops and restaurants. From Lahouts to the Jax Jr. Cinema, Littleton may be small but its charm shines through.
At Chutters candy shop you can find sweet treats, homemade fudge, and the world’s longest candy counter along beautiful Main Street of Littleton. A local and visitor favorite, the Little Village Toy and Book Shop offers classic and modern toys and games, and carry a wide array of books for adults and children. The shop recently won the Parenting New Hampshire Magazine 2017 award for the North of Concord Favorite Children’s Local Book Store. Another shop to visit is Pentimento, a fun gift shop with candles, bath and beauty products, cards, and jewelry.
Courtesy Photo (Seven Birches Winery)
Looking for a different experience away from the bars and apres-ski lounges, head to the Seven Birches Winery to sample wines created right here in the White Mountains! Red, white, and fruit varieties for every taste are available. If you don’t know which one to buy, make sure to stay for a tasting.
Next week, the Winery is opening an all-new, expansion tasting room called the “Atrium Tasting Room” located at the Lincoln Village Shops in the center of town.