Romantic long weekend to New Hampshire?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m from the Southern Maine/Seacoast NH area and I fully support your idea to come to NH!! I HIGHLY recommend the North Conway area, there’s everything you could ever want – awesome food, scenic hikes/drives, cozy inns and great hotels, and outlet shopping! They also have zip lining/a ropes course, alpine slides (little sleds that go down the side of Attitash mountain) and skiing if you come during the winter.

Let me know if you want more info!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

Hey there 🙂  I’m a former MA resident who lives in southern NH.  I highly recommend going up to the white mountains. Do you have hiking gear or just want to do a light hike?  My hands down favorite hike was going to Arethusa Falls/Frankenstein Cliffs, but that was a long hike and we didn’t have gear and should’ve as you cross some small springs and there was a lot of mud in early June.  For an easier hike, the flume hike is great and you can also do the basin hike that is right up the road from it.  Glen Ellis falls hike is by this area too, and there are tons of streams around where you can just park your car and go in the freezing water if you dare 🙂 These hikes are all near each other and an easy way to spend the day.  I recommend going to the top of Mt. Washington…you can take a car up (but it does burn the brakes on the way down, you have to pull to the side and cool the car) or you can take a train or bus up to the top.  It’s beautiful up there, and if you want a full day hike, it’s not an easy one but doable.  Just remember it’s still cool at the top, even in the summer so bring appropriate clothing.  There are tons of blueberry fields by the base of Mt. Washington on that road…pick them and enjoy them.  I don’t recommend camping the week that you’re going, unless you’re really hardy because it stays cold at night and there is lots of wildlife (bears are around the sites).  You can stay around there, or you can stay in the North Conway area which I recommend.  North Conway has a really cute hotel if you want to splurge for a night called the Adventure Suites.  There are tons of hotels, motels and B&Bs around though.  I’m getting married in the white mountains since I love this area and can PM you the place if you’d like.  The Red Fox is a good casual restaurant that is inbetween the Mt. Washington Area and N. Conway.  I’ve also been to a lot of mom and pop places we found on Yelp that were great, and there’s a brewery nearby called Moat Mountain Smokehouse that my FH loved.  I recommend a moose tour at night if you’ve never seen them, but hopefully you’ll get lucky and see them along the road on a hot day.  There are river tubing trips you can do too right by North Conway, and I’m sure there has to be white water rafting not too far as well.  If you need more suggestions, feel free to PM. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

@EmieBee4:  I forgot to mention the outlets…good call! 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Not sure which area you are looking to go to, if you are interested in the lakes region let me know I grew up around there. They have lakes to go swimming in, outlets, a skiing resport that does also do zip lining as well, and some hiking. North Conway diffently has more of a variety of things to do, and see though.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Love NH! I’m from MA, and during the Summer we try to go up to the White Mountains to camp/hike as much as possible. North Conway, Lincoln, and Woodstock are some of our favortite areas. 

Lonesome lake which is in Franconia Lake State Park, is a great, fairly easy hike, with a beautiful view. NH also has some great spots for white water rafting if you’re feeling adventerous 🙂

Woodstock Inn Brewery is delish! I have never stayed at the inn, but we’ve eaten at the restaurant and the food is YUM! And if you guys are beer drinkers you’ll be happy 🙂 If you happen to go through Lincoln check out White Mountain Bagel. They have really great breakfast sandwiches and one of the best BLT’s on a bagel I’ve ever had!!!

Happy travels!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Portsmouth has awesome restaurants!  It’s not the lakes but it’s awesome.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ChicoryCreek:  I live in NH. We do A LOT of getaways to North Conway NH. It’s GORGEOUS and so much to do!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LeeBee88:  +1 on Woodstock Inn Brewery. We go there ANYTIME we are north hiking. DELICIOUS and amazing beer!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree with all the PP’s that said North Conway area. Look at The Wentworth Inn in Jackson, NH in particular. Love it there!!! Some of their rooms have private hottubs located on outside balconies (which is awesome in cold weather like this) or jacuzzis in the rooms. They have packages that include dinner in their restaurant which I *highly* recommend!!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@ChicoryCreek:  North Conway area, definitely! There is so much to do. I’m from NH (southern) and we have spent a ton of time in that area (my cousin has a house there) and it’s always so much fun. Last year, FI and I went up by ourselves and stayed at the Snowflake Inn in Jackson – so relaxing.

In terms of stuff to do, driving up Mt. Washington is a must (but only on a clear day), but it is a little scary. If you want to do a zipline, Wildcat has a fun, cheap option that doesn’t take up too much time (and is right on the way to Mt. Washington). I’d also drive along the Kancamangus Highway, if you have time. Lots of cool places to stop off (Woodchuck Cliffs or something like that is one that comes to mind).

North Conway has tons of hiking trails (I’m not a huge fan of hiking myself, but I climbed Mt. Chocorua with my family) and I’d recommend Upper Ammonoosuc Falls for a really fun swimming spot. 

Definitely rent a canoe or kayak and go on the Saco River – you can bring beers and just relax.

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