Unhurried, quiet and gentle are the most appropriate adjectives to describe the quaint town of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.
This scenic hamlet on the Western edge of the White Mountains was originally part of the town of Lisbon, and only in 1962 was it incorporated.
Perched along a ridge overlooking Franconia, you can observe the Canon and Lafayette mountains to the east, and within bird's eye view you also notice the Presidential ranges of the White Mountains.
Today, Sugar Hill consists of not much more than a town hall, post office, and general store, lodging facilities, private homes and a population well under one thousand. In retrospect, very little has changed over the past century.
Can you fathom how difficult life must have been when the first settlers dared to venture here by ox cart, and began building their farm homes within this beautiful serene setting? No railroads or other agencies existed at the time....read more>>
Featured Destination - Jackson Village, New Hampshire
Folks driving through the old covered bridge into Jackson Village, New Hampshire don't soon forget it. Surrounded by the majestic White Mountains this mountain-side rural community can boast of being one of the nation's earliest year-round destination resorts.
The history of Jackson can be traced back to 1771 through 1774 when the land that is now Jackson was granted to several men for service in the French and Indian Wars by Governor John Wentworth in the name of King George III.
Its first recorded settlement can be traced to around 1775 when Benjamin Copp and his family from southern New Hampshire arrived on the scene and built a log shelter. By 1790 five other families originating from Madbury, New Hampshire followed the Copps and they initially called their new settlement New Madbury. In 1800, with the addition of several more families, the town was incorporated and was re-named Adams in honor of President John Adams. Only in 1829 did it adopt the name of Jackson.
Jackson during the mid 1800s was quite an artist enclave and attracted many of the best-known names of the 19th century White Mountain School of Art, including Benjamin Champney, John Joseph Enneking, Samuel Lancaster Gerry, Sylvester Phelps Hodgdon and Aaron Draper Shattuck, among others. Even today, many artists are still seduced by the beauty of the area and continue to paint, both as permanent and temporary residents.
In the mid-1800s, Jackson became a very popular summer vacation venue for writers, artists, politicians, and others who were inspired by the paintings of the gorgeous scenery of the White Mountains. As a result, the tourist industry began to take shape as more farmhouses began to take in boarders. And to accommodate the increasing number of transient visitors, lodges, inns and hotels began to be built such as The Jackson Falls House, which was the earliest significant lodging establishment welcoming their first guests in the summer of 1858. This was followed by several more prestigious inns and lodges as Iron Mountain House, Thorn Mountain House, which was the forerunner of Wentworth Hall, Gray's Inn, Eagle Mountain House, and Hawthorne Inn.
With the advent of the railroad in the early 1870s the popularity of the area really took off, as many of the town's visitors were transported from the Glen train station in nearby Bartlett. In fact, as noted in the History of Carroll County, the resort business was the mainstay of the village economy with ten inns and hotels, as well as several boarding houses.
Although most of the grand hotels and lodges that were built during the latter part of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century are no longer around, the area still maintains a hold on precious commodities-challenging ski slopes, pure alpine air, an array of activities, and countless opportunities for year-round recreation.
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Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest and one of the deepest lakes in New Hampshire. Centered in the popular vacation area known as the Lakes Region it provides 4-season pleasure for millions every year.
The lake is surrounded by the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, which provides stunning backdrops to this jewel of a New Hampshire lake, and magnificent views for those prepared to hike a few miles to the summit of surrounding peaks.
The lake is spring fed and clean, and many homes on the lake take their water supply directly without any filtering.
But the native people have known this lake and its beauty for 10,000 years. They gave Lake Winnipesaukee the Indian name meaning “Smile of the Great Spirit.”
These days people still fish and canoe on the lake but it’s shared with modern day jet skis and motorboats. But essentially Lake Winnipesaukee is an area to take your time exploring, and let the hours tick slowly by....read more>>
An odd mixture of industrial and rural landscape, the mostly landlocked state boasts a ten-mile stretch of coastline featuring the carnival atmosphere, in the summer anyway, of Hampton Beach, and other more quiet beaches like Rye. Further inland, Manchester features a mixture of old brick factory buildings and more modern architecture, with spectacular mall shopping opportunities as well as more cultural offerings ranging from galleries to nightclubs and including the Verizon Wireless Arena, site of sports competition and other events, including bands on tour nationally. The city also boasts its own international airport, a sensible alternative to congested Logan in Boston. Nearby Nashua, the birthplace of the PC (personal computer), has Massachusetts-style residential and commercial sprawl, also with lots of places to shop, and an ever-growing housing market.
To the west, the Monadnock Region operates at a slower pace than the industrial center, but has its own thriving tourist trade, with plenty of bed-and-breakfasts, lakes for swimming and boating, covered bridges, and cultural events, from summer theatre to concerts on town commons. This area of New Hampshire has traditionally been a favorite for people with the means to “summer” in the region – the “summer people”, the vernacular calls them, or more recently, “flatlanders”.....read more >>