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December
20

Restaurants for Bacon - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtySizzling, crispy bacon is a staple of the all-American breakfast and is also known for making other food taste significantly better! You can enjoy it on its own or add it to a sandwich, soup, or salad to instantly make your dish a hit. 

December 30th is National Bacon Day, so if you need an excuse to indulge in this delicious treat, this is it! Our real estate agents always say we know how to do bacon right in our part of New Hampshire, so head on over to one of our phenomenal local diners and order a big plate of bacon this December. Here are some of our top recommendations:

  • The Main Street Station - 105 Main St., Plymouth, NH 03264
    You've never tasted bacon quite as good as the bacon served at The Main Street Station in Plymouth. This diner-style restaurant is popular among both locals and tourists. They're known for frying up a delicious breakfast and some of the area's best crispy bacon, loaded with a smokey flavor. Enjoy it as a side dish, or add it to a cheeseburger. If you're considering becoming a regular at this restaurant, one of these Plymouth homes for sale might interest you.

  • Topic Of The Town - 25 Main St., Littleton, NH 03561
    The delicious bacon at Topic Of The Town is one of the reasons it's become such a popular breakfast spot, but we also love the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Ham, Bacon, and Tomato for brunch. Portions are huge, so come hungry. The dining area is spacious and comfortable, much like these amazing Littleton homes for sale

  • Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers - 19 Barnes Rd., North Conway, NH 03860
    This craft burger joint knows how to fry up some good bacon, making for a delicious topping on their flavorful, custom-blended burgers. However, it's the bacon onion jam that's truly incredible. If the thought of the perfect bacon and beef combination makes your stomach growl, grab a bite to eat at Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers. Just be sure to visit one of these North Conway homes for sale when you're finished.

  • Banners Restaurant - 621 White Mountain Hwy., Conway, NH 03818
    This quaint home-style diner with beautiful patio seating serves some of the best bacon in the White Mountains. Order a pile of crispy bacon as a side, or add it as a topping to your favorite breakfast sandwich. Banners Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., just a few miles from some of our favorite Conway homes for sale.

  • Arnold's Wayside Diner - 90 US-3, Lincoln, NH 03251
    Breakfast (and bacon) is served all day at this classic New England diner. Order a plate of bacon as a side to accompany your favorite breakfast dish at Arnold's Wayside Diner. Enjoy your meal in the small, comfortable diner-style interior or outside on the cute patio when weather permits. After your meal, make sure to take a look at one of these Lincoln homes for sale.

Everything is better with bacon, especially when you live near the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Contact us today for all your real estate needs.

December
13

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyIf you haven't finished your holiday shopping, many local shops can help you find unique, last-minute gifts sure to please your recipients. Whether you're looking for candy, toys, interesting artisan gifts, or something unexpected, you'll find it in New Hampshire shops.
  
Our real estate agents recommend the following five places for last-minute gifts. 

  1. Zeb's General Store - 2675 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, NH 03860
    Stepping inside Zeb's General Store, located near North Conway homes for sale, will give you a nostalgic feeling as it echoes general stores of the past, complete with antique store fixtures that display the wares. Looking to fill some stockings? Visit the store's three-tier, 112-foot-long counter that holds 700 jars filled with all types of candy. You'll also find a large collection of New England-made specialty foods, a festive assortment of Christmas items, and much more. And if you're short on time, consider one or more of the shop's themed gift baskets, which make an impressive display. 

  2. Chutters - 264 Main St., Lincoln, NH 03251
    Chutters
    is best known for its huge candy counter, where you'll have every choice of candy imaginable, from the sweets of your childhood to today's treats. Mix and match sours, gummies, jellybeans, chocolates, licorice, and more. While you're at the shop, located just around the corner from Lincoln homes for sale, make sure to buy some homemade fudge or chocolates for gifts. From the traditional chocolate walnut fudge to delicious versions like raspberry cheesecake fudge, you'll have plenty of options. Customer favorite chocolates include caramel-filled pretzels and cherries dipped in white, dark, or milk chocolate.

  3. Ravenwood Curio Shoppe - 60 Main St., Jackson, NH 03845
    You'll find Ravenwood Curio Shoppe in the shadow of Mount Washington and just around the corner from Jackson homes for sale. You'll find artisans' products in the shop, including unique metal and woodworking items, so take your time to browse through the large collection of gifts. Other items for sale include home decor, garden art, art glass, wall art, pottery, jewelry, and more, so you should be able to make serious progress on your last-minute shopping.

  4. Bavarian Chocolate Haus - 2483 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, NH 03860
    Handmade chocolate would make a great gift for many people, and you'll find plenty to choose from at Bavarian Chocolate Haus—even sugar-free varieties! Mix and match chocolate treats such as truffles, clusters, barks, and more. Care and creativity are taken with each one, including the mint patties with the shop's own sweet wintergreen filling, dipped in their rich dark chocolate, and topped with a drizzle of green-tinted chocolate. For a curated selection, choose one of the gift boxes available in all milk chocolate, all dark chocolate, or an assortment.
      
  5. Little Village Toy & Book Shop - 81B Main St., Littleton, NH 03561 
    If you're shopping for kids, stop by Little Village Toy & Book Shop near Littleton homes for sale. You'll find over 20,000 toys for every age range and skill set, ranging from the classics to today's most popular items. The store places a priority on stocking unique and educational toys of top quality that also have a high fun factor. It also has a bookstore section, where you'll find books for kids and fiction, non-fiction, and local interest books for adults.

If you're looking to make New Hampshire your home, contact us. We have eight convenient offices and provide full-service real estate services and would love to help you purchase your new home. 

December
16

Holiday Cookies - Homeowners - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyNational Bake Cookies Day is a wonderful way to celebrate the impending holidays while you're looking at gorgeous Berlin homes for sale. This delightful day is right around the corner on December 18, so our real estate agents have put together a quick list of their favorite holiday cookies along with a few storage tips.

Let's start with the recipes:

  1. Basic Sugar Cookies - Sugar cookies are a simple holiday treat that come in a variety of shapes, especially if you have some cookie cutters available. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a basic sugar cookie that's tasty on its own but can easily be spruced up with frosting, sprinkles, and other favorites. Check out this base recipe to get you started on this holiday delight.

  2. No Bake Grinch Cookies - Perhaps the Grinch started a little rough, but the huge change that he went through—especially his heart that grew three sizes that day—makes him the perfect source of a Christmas cookie. Starting with Oreos, all you need to do is add a few select ingredients, such as green frosting and a heart on top to get everyone in the holiday spirit. These quickly vanish at a party, so be sure to make a second batch for yourself.

  3. Easy Oreo Balls - There are a few different ways you can make Oreo balls, but our favorite is with this four-ingredient, no-bake recipe. All you'll need are Oreos, condensed milk, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. People adore this recipe because you're not dealing with butter or cream cheese, making the batter a cinch.

  4. Sugar Cookie Trees - Sugar cookies are all fine and dandy, but why not make them extra special? The easy-to-follow recipe uses multiple sizes of sugar cookies stuck together with icing. Add a small sugary star on top, and these trees will look so great that you won't know whether to eat them or stick tiny presents under them.

  5. Skillet Cookie Sundaes - No matter what holiday you're celebrating, skillet cookie sundaes will make it much better. As you might expect, these delicious treats are made in mini-skillets that are adorable to serve at a party or to keep for yourself. You can choose a variety of layers and toppings, including graham crackers, cookie dough, strawberries, caramel, and more.

How to Keep Christmas Cookies Fresh

We understand how hard it is not to chow down on an entire cookie platter, especially on National Bake Cookies Day, but we suggest you eat a few of these favorites and store the rest. Here are a few tips to keep cookies fresh for several days:

  • Storing Crunchy Cookies - Airtight containers will trap moisture inside, which is bad news for crunchy cookies. Leave the plastic container or bag partially unsealed.

  • Storing Soft Cookies - These can be stored in a Tupperware-like container or sealed plastic bag. Pro tip: stick a slice of sandwich bread inside to keep the cookies soft but not too soft.

  • Let Them Cool Off - We know you're excited about storing your fresh cookies right away, but let them cool off first. If you don't, the heat and condensation can make them flimsy mess.

  • Freezing Soft Cookies - You can store Christmas cookies in the freezer for up to six months in a sealed container. Icing and frosting may lose their flavor, so you may want to add these toppings when you thaw them out.

The best place to make holiday cookies and other treats is in the comfort of your dream home. Contact us today, and our amazing agents can help make that dream a reality.

October
25

Coffee Shops for Pumpkin Spice Lattes - Badger Peabody & SmithThe pumpkin spice latte is the true symbol of autumn. As soon as the temperatures start to dip, you'll find our real estate agents eagerly lining up at one of the many area coffee shops in search of the perfect pumpkin spice latte.

Just imagine sipping a pumpkin spice latte while observing the beautiful fall foliage in the crisp autumn air. It's the fall dream for so many, and it's what we live every day from September through November here in the White Mountains and Central New Hampshire. Here are some local coffee shops with the best pumpkin spice lattes.

  • White Mountain Café & Bookstore - 212 Main St., Gorham, NH 03581
    Where else can you sip a pumpkin spice latte and get lost in a good book? White Mountain Café & Bookstore not only serves delicious food and drinks, but it also features a collection of books and guides on the White Mountains. Grab lunch, a latte, and a hiking guide to go for your trek through the White Mountains area. Be sure to check out these Gorham homes for sale along the way.

  • Cafe Mante Alto -  83 Main St., Plymouth, NH 03264
    Grab a latte at Cafe Mante Alto, where you'll find some of the best coffee in town. Prices are reasonable at this Main Street coffee shop, as a double latte will only run you about $3.50. The atmosphere is quaint and cozy, and while you're in the store, take a moment to admire some of the featured local art on display. If you like the area, we know some beautiful Plymouth homes for sale just down the road.

  • Frontside Coffee Roasters - 2697 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, NH 03860
    Just a few miles away from these North Conway homes for sale is a wonderful local coffee shop with some of the best lattes in the area. Frontside Coffee RoastersEnjoy a latte inside this cozy shop or outdoors on the patio. Or, if you're in a hurry, order one online and grab it to go. Coffee beans and baked goods are also available for purchase.

  • Half Baked And Fully Brewed - 187 Main St., Lincoln, NH 03251
    One local diner/coffee shop that makes a great Pumpkin Spice Latte is Half Baked and Fully Brewed in Lincoln. Sip your latte inside the cute seating area or outside on the porch. Grab some pie to take home, or indulge in a hearty breakfast. You'll need it before spending the day touring these Lincoln homes for sale

  • Franconia Coffee House - 334 Main St. Unit 4, Franconia, NH 03580
    Enjoy a latte made with locally roasted fair-trade coffee beans at Franconia Coffee House. The coffee is delicious, and there is a nice backyard area with picnic tables and umbrellas. If you're hungry, the coffee shop also has an extensive breakfast menu. Plus, it's just down the road from these Franconia homes for sale.

  • Mad River Coffee House - 18 Six Flags Rd., Campton, NH 03223
    Known for serving "the best cup of coffee north of Concord," Mad River Coffee House should be a stop on your list. Not only is the atmosphere great, but this coffee shop serves a great breakfast, so you can grab some bacon, eggs, or bagels to go with your Pumpkin Spice Latte. The muffins are also highly recommended! On your way home, take a few minutes to swing by one of these Campton homes for sale

A Pumpkin Spice Latte from your favorite New Hampshire coffee shop is the perfect way to celebrate fall. Contact us today for more local business information.

October
18

Restaurants for Soup - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyAs fall approaches, you might find yourself craving more warming, comfort foods—like soup. Making soup at home can be enjoyable but also time-consuming. Luckily, plenty of restaurants offer delicious soup around the White Mountains. Here are a few top spots our real estate agents recommend visiting for soup.

  1. Fabyan's Station Restaurant: US 302, Bretton Woods, NH 03575
    Fabyan's Station Restaurant
    is located inside an old railroad station across from the Bretton Woods Ski Area. The surroundings are cozy and welcoming—just what you want when you're in the mood for soup. The restaurant is only open Thursday-Sunday, so plan accordingly.

    The New England Clam Chowder is a favorite at Fabyan's Station. Guests also love the Brunswick Stew. If you have more of an appetite, you might want to pair your soup with a warm, soft pretzel or a Caesar salad. Make sure you stop to look at some Bretton Woods homes for sale while you're in the area.

  2. The Common Man: 10 Pollard Rd., Lincoln, NH 03251
    If you happen to be looking at Lincoln homes for sale, take a soup break at The Common Man. This cozy restaurant has been serving New Hampshire residents and travelers since 1985. They've even been featured in New Hampshire Magazine!

    The Lobster Corn Chowder is a favorite at The Common Man. It's served with their warm cornbread on the side. You may also want to try the Baked Onion Soup, served with Swiss cheese on top. If you have room for an entree, you can't go wrong with the Chicken Pot Pie or New York Sirloin.

  3. Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta: 25 S. Mountain Dr., Lincoln, NH 03251
    Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta
    is another favorite in Lincoln. They only serve dinner between 5 and 9 pm, so plan accordingly. Consider starting your meal with one of their martinis, such as the Peach Fuzz Bellini-Tini or Snow Bunny.

    Jimmy Seas is best known for its pasta, but the Spicy Sicilian Style Seafood Soup is a fan favorite, too. It's loaded with fresh shrimp, scallops, and clams in a creamy base.

  4. Black Cap Grille: 1498 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860
    Spend the day looking at North Conway homes for sale, then enjoy dinner at Black Cap Grille. This contemporary American eatery is a great place to hang out with friends. They have BYO burgers, awesome steak frites, and seared halibut, sure to please.

    The New England Clam Chowder at Black Cap Grille is a popular choice. They also have a Summer Pistou made with fresh harvest veggies, tomatoes, basil, and parmesan cheese.

  5. Table + Tonic: 3358 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH 03860
    Table + Tonic is a farm cafe in North Conaway. It's the perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner if you have a busy day and don't want to sit down to a full restaurant experience. They have several different, ready-made soups each day. Common options include chicken noodle and chili.

    If you want something with your soup, try the Red Curry Chicken Wrap. Made with red curry chicken salad, it's very satisfying. Another good soup pairing is the ham and cheddar wrap. Finish it all off with a latte or an iced cappuccino to-go.

If you're in the mood for soup, the White Mountains are a great place to be in the fall! If you're looking to buy or sell a home, feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to guide you through the process.

October
3

Fall Festivals - Grafton & Coos Counties, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyFall is a time for festivals and foliage in towns around New Hampshire, a combination that results in truly memorable experiences for the whole family. Some of the best festivals near North Conway homes for sale are around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start planning for family fun.

Events like RiverFire offer unique experiences you won't find anywhere else. Some of your favorite ski resorts will also be hosting festivals that allow you to take in the fall foliage on the mountainside, gear up for ski season, and enjoy activities for all ages. Our real estate agents have all the details for the upcoming lineup of festivals around the White Mountains and Central NH.

  • RiverFire – October 15, 2022 – 961 Main St., Berlin, NH 03570
    Held every year near Berlin homes for sale at Service Credit Union Heritage Park, RiverFire is one local event that you definitely won't want to miss. The fun starts with hayrides, bouncy houses, food vendors, live music from the LA Harley Davidson Band, and a kids' Halloween parade perfect for showing off this year's costumes. Adults will enjoy a cornhole tournament, 5k run, and beer tent serving cold refreshments. This year's event also includes a fun Zombie ATV Poker Run, where you dress up yourself and your machine for a chance to earn prizes.

    The evening is capped off with fires on the river and carved, illuminated pumpkins on the bridge. The "river" fires are actually set on old docks that were once used for logging, creating the illusion of fire on the water that gives this event its unique name. It's an enchanting sight and well worth sticking around for after sunset.

  • Fall Foliage Festival – October 8-10, 2022 – 1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley, NH 03215
    Enjoy the fall foliage and prepare for ski season when you visit the Fall Foliage Festival at Waterville Valley Resort. This local favorite near Waterville Valley homes for sale is a full weekend of foliage and fun, with live music all day in the gazebo, nature hikes, boat/bike rentals, ski & snowboard swaps, and tent sales featuring the latest gear.

    There will also be a Fall Foliage 5k with a course featuring fantastic views, a 1.6k family fun run after the main race, and fun activities for kids like the Squam Lakes Science Center Live Animal Show.

  • White Mountain Oktoberfest – October 8-9, 2022 – 60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln, NH 03251
    Enjoy a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration with a few New Hampshire twists when you visit White Mountain Oktoberfest, taking place around the corner from Lincoln homes for sale. The Oktoberfest festivities include live traditional German music, an indoor/outdoor beer garden, and wild contests like the Stein Carryin', Keg Rollin' Relay Race. The contests are highlighted by the keg toss for adults and the root beer keg toss for the kids.

    In addition to the Oktoberfest theme, this event is a great choice for anyone who loves to view fall foliage. Gondola tickets will be available throughout the festival, allowing you to enjoy the mountainside fall leaves from a truly unique perspective. Included with your gondola ticket is a one-hour mountaintop yoga session featuring awe-inspiring views from the peak of Loon Mountain.

When you're ready to find your next home in the White Mountains and Central NH, our team is here to help with all of your local real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central New Hampshire communities.

August
31

Beer Lovers Day in Central NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyGet ready to raise your glass! September 7 is National Beer Lovers Day, and we happen to think the local craft beer scene here in New Hampshire is something worth celebrating. 

In honor of what might just be our new favorite holiday, our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite local craft breweries and brewpubs in Central New Hampshire!

  • The Last Chair Restaurant & Brewery - 5 NH-25, Plymouth, NH 03264
    You'll find some of the finest craft brews in New Hampshire at The Last Chair Restaurant & Brewery. Staples like Pistol Pilsner and Sunnyside Juicy IPA are served in their cozy taproom and also available in cans to go. Their kitchen offers a wide range of elevated comfort food, including some of the best specialty pizzas in town. Lots of vegan and gluten-free options are available, and the restaurant and brewery are just minutes away from these Plymouth homes for sale

  • Woodman's Brewery - 195 Peaked Hill Rd., Bristol, NH 03222
    Nestled in the rolling forests just outside Bristol, Woodman's Brewery is a small, family-owned microbrewery that has grown to become a local favorite. Many of their beers are made using local ingredients, and their rustic, homey taproom is a great place to sit, sip, and meet new friends. Woodman's Brewery is a stone's throw from many Bristol homes for sale, and although they don't have a kitchen onsite, customers are welcome to bring in outside food.

  • One Love Brewery - 25 S. Mountain Dr., Lincoln, NH 03251
    The brews at One Love Brewery are always changing, but certain favorites, like their Czech-style pilsner and Dunkel lager, are too good to be taken out of the rotation. This spacious brewery also serves a diverse menu ranging from duck tacos to buffalo-style cauliflower and some truly next-level New England clam chowder. Located a short drive from some lovely Lincoln homes for sale, One Love Brewery also hosts live music in their dog-friendly beer garden on weekends throughout the warmer months. 

  • Woodstock Inn Brewery - 135 Main St., North Woodstock, NH 03262
    Surrounded by the picturesque peaks of the White Mountains, Woodstock Inn Brewery features not only a brewery but also a restaurant, event space, and cozy, New England-style inn. Their beer is widely available throughout the region, but visiting their flagship space near these Woodstock homes for sale offers a chance to tour the brewery, sample a flight of all your favorite beers, and spend the night in a spectacular setting. 

  • Dam Brewhouse - 1323 NH-175, Campton, NH 03223
    Campton's Dam Brewhouse is a great place to sample the full range of beers New Hampshire has to offer. From Irish stouts to New England IPAs, the lineup of new brews at Dam Brewhouse is always changing. In addition to seven rotating taps, they also offer cans to go. Their charming, log cabin-esque taproom is convenient to many Campton homes for sale, and they also serve up some tasty snacks to go with your brew, like hot pretzels and cheese-and-cracker plates. 

  • Shackett's Brewing Company - 26 Central Square, Bristol, NH 03222
    Located right in the heart of Bristol's Central Square, Shackett's Brewing Company is a small brewpub that offers a warm, friendly environment. They brew some fine suds, from the crisp Bristol Blonde to the hoppy Pisquaney Bay IPA. Their food menu features just a handful of offerings, but the BBQ spare ribs and pulled pork sliders are out of sight. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Hampshire! If you're on the search for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Central New Hampshire. 

August
16

Grafton County Restaurants for Fajitas - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyFajitas are some of the most popular dishes on a Mexican restaurant menu, and they've also found their way onto the menus of grilles and taverns. The delicious dishes are served with marinated meat, grilled onions and peppers, and wrapped in a tortilla, and are often served with additional garnishes and toppings, including guacamole and sour cream.

The Tex-Mex dish has a day devoted to its deliciousness—National Fajita Day, which falls on August 18. Our real estate agents suggest heading out to one of these Grafton County restaurants to treat yourself to a tasty fajita:

  • Phat Fish - 57 Main St., Plymouth, NH 03264
    You'll find dishes for everyone to enjoy at Phat Fish, which serves food influenced by Mexican, Asian, Cajun, and New England seafood cuisines. For a different spin on the fajita, try the Steak Fajita Sub, which has the traditional elements of a fajita, but it's served on a sub roll and topped with cheese. You'll also find traditional fajitas on the menu with veggie, shrimp, chicken, and steak options or a combination of your favorite two. Each comes with rice, cheddar cheese, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream.

  • Nachos Mexican Grille & More - 179 Main St., Lincoln, NH 03251
    Located off Exit 32 near Lincoln homes for sale, Nachos Mexican Grille & More puts a fun twist on traditional Mexican favorites. The family-run restaurant utilizes fresh, local ingredients to create tasty dishes like the Fajita Tijuana. You can tailor this dish with your choice of chicken, beef, chicken and beef together, or grilled mixed veggies. You'll then be able to add pinto or black beans and, for an extra charge, add on extras like jalapeno or avocado.

  • Cielito Mexican Restaurant - 50 S. Main St., Bristol, NH 03222 
    Cielito Mexican Restaurant
    , located just around the corner from Bristol homes for sale, has gained a loyal following by serving authentic dishes that have been freshly prepared. Even something as simple as cheese dip is elevated as it's made fresh on a skillet and brought to the table. The restaurant's fajitas are made with a combination of grilled green peppers, onion, black refried beans, and pico de gallo. You can choose from several options, including veggie, chicken or steak, or shrimp.

  • Exile Burrito - 161 Main St., Berlin, NH 03570
    Looking for a quick lunch on Fajita Day? Exile Burrito has you covered with a wide range of Mexican-inspired favorites. Order a burrito bowl with your choice of steak, chicken, ground beef, pork, or guacamole, and you can also treat yourself to a side of chips and queso. Be sure to come back for a delicious cheeseburger or pulled pork sandwich, which are also fan favorites.

  • Alburrito's Mexican Restaurant - 106 Main St., Littleton, NH 03561
    If you're looking for bold, Tex-Mex flavor, make plans to visit Alburrito's Mexican Restaurant in Littleton. In addition to traditional fajitas, this local restaurant also offers a variety of specials. Choose from the Honolulu Bowl with a half-pound of steak tips, sauteed pineapple, onions, peppers, and Spanish rice, or try the Paella Marisco featuring haddock, scallops, shrimp, grilled chicken, and chorizo.
      
  • Lucky Dog Tavern & Grill - 53 S. Main St., Plymouth, NH 03264
    Lucky Dog Tavern & Grill combines two destinations: a family-friendly restaurant upstairs and a fun tavern downstairs. Fajitas are available served with chicken, beef, or both, peppers, onion, and warm tortillas, all served on a sizzling hot skillet. You can also add sides such as guacamole and homemade salsa to your order. In addition to the traditional fajitas, the grill serves Sizzling Portabella Fajitas, a vegetarian option that replaces the meat with portabella mushrooms dipped in a Zinfandel vinaigrette and grilled.

  • Panther Pub & Grille - 21 Main St., Plymouth, NH 03264
    If you're a sports fan and love fajitas, head to Panther Pub & Grille when your favorite team is playing. The pub and grille shows Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots games on HD TVs, so you won't miss a game while you're munching away. Try the Chicken Fajita Wrap with grilled chicken, sauteed peppers and onion, all tossed in Mexican spices and topped with Colby jack cheese. 

Contact us today if you'd like to buy a house and want to see Plymouth homes for sale. Our agents are trained experts who live in the area we serve, and we'll be happy to help you find a new home. 

August
5

Charming Small Towns in Grafton County - White Mountains - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyNew Hampshire's Grafton County is filled with dozens of cities and towns with gorgeous views, delicious restaurants, outdoor activities, and more. Some of its best locations for both residents and visitors are the charming small towns that often harken back to a simpler time.

To give you an idea of what to expect, our real estate agents have put together a list of our five favorite small towns in the area:

  1. Lincoln
    Like other small towns found in New Hampshire, Lincoln is surrounded by the very best that nature has to offer. Many people who have visited the area in winter have come here for the Ice Castle attraction, consisting of hundreds of thousands of ice caves, an ice slide, and more created in the early winter by a professional ice building crew. Others search for Lincoln homes for sale because of the town's easy access to the White Mountains, some of which will end up staying at the Loon Mountain Resort during their first visit. Before winter arrives, however, you may want to hop on board the Hobo Railroad for a historical train ride that takes you into the White Mountain National Forest.

  2. Sugar Hill
    What this tiny town lacks in population—at last count, it was just above 600 residents—it makes up for in quaintness and relaxation. Sugar Hill is mostly known for its annual Lupine Festival, yet you can always enjoy the sights thanks to its historical homes, wide-open fields, gorgeous farms, and natural beauty. Although we just barely missed it, every June brings blooming lupines that burst forth in pinks, purples, and whites. But don't worry—the rustic Polly's pancake parlor is another favorite for the region and is always serving up the tastiest flapjacks around. If you love small towns, be sure to check out Sugar Hill homes for sale.

  3. Hanover
    Hanover has been on the map for a long time, thanks to Dartmouth College, the students of which make up approximately one-third of its population. What's funny, though, is that many people have no idea there's an Ivy League college near the many Hanover homes for sale. Some of the town's highlights include the lovely Nugget Theater, which offers an intimate theater experience, and the Dirt Cowboy Cafe, far from the normal Starbucks experience. If you decide to visit or live in the area, we suggest you stop by the Hood Museum of Art, which is home to works by Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, and others.

  4. Littleton
    Popular with locals and visitors because of its identification as a river town, Littleton is filled with natural beauty and fun and thriving downtown area. There are many different restaurants and shops found close to Littleton homes for sale, including Chutters, which holds the world record for the longest candy counter at 112 feet. Other hotspots include the Opera House, Little Village Toy & Bookshop, and Lahout's Ski Shop, which is now on its fourth generation of family ownership.

  5. Plymouth
    Last but certainly not least, we come to the college town of Plymouth. Although it's not an Ivy League school, Plymouth State University is a very popular college due to its incredible teachers, varied curriculum, and gorgeous White Mountains background. It simply screams "small town" thanks to its covered bridge, white-steepled church, and charming downtown area. While the town itself offers a variety of shops and cafes near many Plymouth homes for sale, residents and visitors love its proximity to outdoor activities found at hotspots like the Polar Caves, Newfound Lake, and Tenney Mountain.

Looking for your dream New Hampshire home? Contact us, and our real estate agents will get started for you today!

July
28

Ice cream Shops - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyIs there anything better than an ice cream cone on a warm summer evening? After enjoying outdoor summer activities in the White Mountains, our real estate agents love wrapping up the day with a sweet treat from one of our favorite local ice cream parlors. Whether you enjoy soft serve, milkshakes, or sundaes, our local ice cream shops have it all. So grab your friends, family, and pets and head on over to one of these awesome local ice cream shops: 

  • Trails End Ice Cream Shop (Streetside) - 1699 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, NH 03860
    Delicious soft serve and a great selection of hand-dipped ice cream await you at Trails End Ice Cream Shop. This pet-friendly ice cream shop has tasty treats, friendly service, and affordable prices. We recommend trying a trailblazer—a cup of soft-serve ice cream blended with two of your favorite toppings. If you love this ice cream shop, you'll love these nearby North Conway homes for sale.

  • Ice Cream Delights - 73 Main St., Lincoln, NH 03251
    This low-key ice cream stand has dozens of varieties of soft serve and regular ice cream. Choose from a cake, sugar, waffle, or dipped cone at Ice Cream Delights. There are plenty of outdoor tables with umbrellas, so it's easy to bring your dog along too! After enjoying your cone, be sure to drive by these Lincoln homes for sale.

  • The Northern Frosty Bar - 356 Union St., Littleton, NH 03561
    This unique family-owned and operated ice cream shop/grill serves both delicious local seafood and some amazing sweet treats. The Northern Frosty Bar is definitely one of the best places in Littleton to get ice cream. We recommend trying the banana shake! There's a huge pet-friendly patio behind the building where you can relax. While you're out, go ahead and schedule a tour of one of these Littleton homes for sale.

  • Scoggins Cool Shack - 133 Main St., Gorham, NH 03581
    This popular little ice cream shack has been serving a wide selection of  Hershey's flavors to the Gorham community since 2006. Walk on up to the window at Scoggins Cool Shack and order your favorite flavor. The Maple soft serve is a must-try! If you like this neighborhood, you'll enjoy visiting these Gorham homes for sale just down the street.

  • Scoops on Main - 176 N Main St., Lancaster, NH 03584
    Enjoy delicious ice cream, great prices, friendly service, and a phenomenal brownie sundae at Scoops on Main. Both soft serve and hand-dipped flavors are available on this menu. Pet-friendly outdoor seating is available on the patio, and don't forget to swing by one of these Lancaster homes for sale while you're in town.

  • Triangle Dairy Bar - Daniel Webster Highway, Whitefield, NH 03598
    For an excellent variety of Giffords Ice Cream, take a trip to the Triangle Dairy Bar. This window-style diner serves burgers, seafood, and of course, ice cream, making it a great one-stop-shop for both dinner and dessert. With an outdoor patio, it makes for a great summer hangout. There are also some quality Whitefield homes for sale just a couple miles away.

With plenty of outdoor fun and plenty of ice cream destinations, living in the White Mountains sure has its benefits. Contact us to explore local listings.

June
22

Fishing Destinations - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyYou have to love the outdoor activities when living in a beautiful place like New Hampshire, and fishing is one of the best ways to relax and take in the scenic beauty of our area.

Our real estate agents love to fish around the White Mountains, and thanks to the abundance of fresh water, it's actually considered one of the best places for trout fishing in the US. There are truly dozens of great fishing spots around the White Mountains. If you're looking to cast a line this summer, then go ahead and pack a cooler, grab your pole, and head out to one of our favorite locations.

  • Franconia Notch State Park - Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251
    Fresh, clean water flows right down the White Mountains and into the Pemigewasset River, which runs through Franconia Notch. Here, you'll find some of the most relaxing, peaceful fishing spots in New Hampshire. Profile Lake, the starting point of the river, is stocked annually with trout, bass, and salmon. This lake is designated for fly fishing only. If you enjoy the park, you might be interested to see some of these Franconia homes for sale just a short drive away.

  • Echo Lake State Park - 68 Echo Lake Rd., North Conway, NH 03860
    The scenery at this gorgeous lake is just breathtaking. Enjoy fishing at Echo Lake State Park. The lake is about 15.7 acres and surrounded by a hiking trail, which makes many of the best fishing spots easily accessible. After you're done for the day, be sure to schedule a tour of one of these nearby North Conway homes for sale.

  • Moore Reservoir - NH-135, Littleton, NH 0356
    Moore Reservoir is a large recreational water destination located on the Connecticut River. It's considered both a cold and warm water fishery. Cast a line and catch brook trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and more. The reservoir is conveniently located near some great Littleton homes for sale.

  • Stinson Lake - 2500 Stinson Lake Rd., Rumney, NH, 03266
    You'll find fresh, clean mountain water and plenty of fish at Stinson Lake—the largest lake in the White Mountains National Forrest. The scenery is beautiful, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout, lake trout, bass, chain pickerel, and more. There are also some great Plymouth homes for sale just down the road.

  • Squam Lake - 534 US-3, Holderness, NH 03245
    Fish for salmon, trout, bass, and pickerel at Squam Lake. Extending over 6,700 acres with 60 miles of shoreline, it's the second largest lake in New Hampshire. The lake itself actually consists of two connected lakes: one larger lake (Big Squam) and a smaller lake (Little Squam) connected by a small channel that allows boaters to travel between them. If you want this recreational destination in your backyard, there are some great Sandwich homes for sale a few miles from the lake.

Enjoying the great outdoors is easy living in the White Mountains area. To explore local home listings, contact us today.

April
16

By Guest Contributor Joe Viger

Northern New Hampshire has an amazing recreational resource that you may not know about called the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail.  The reclaimed rail line is now a multi-use trail that is about 20 miles one way between Woodsville and Littleton, NH.  The trail's surface is stone dust and gravel with occasional sections of chunkier ballast from the now removed train tracks.  It's a beautiful scenic route passing through woods, alongside fields, over multiple bridges and repeated views of the Ammonoosuc River.

There are a variety of spots to park, so you can tune the length of your trip to your ability and available time.  As an old rail road grade, the elevation change on the trail is minimal and gradual.  
Recently, I enjoyed a ride that was just under 20 miles from Woodsville to Lisbon and back.  I made this trip on a fat bike and that was great, but the trail is well suited to a mountain bike or gravel bike as well.  The highlights of this section of the trail are the two bridges over the Ammonoosuc River and the striking scene of the village of Bath, NH with its famous covered bridge and waterfall.  Biking the trail is fantastic, but it's a great place to walk as well.  The trail is open to ATVs, although I saw none the day I was there.  If you're in the area, get out and enjoy this truly great trail! 
If you're up for a bigger adventure, the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail is part of a longer trip that goes from Vermont to Maine called Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail.  The 83 mile route strings together rail trails, dirt roads, paved roads and bike paths to navigate across the state passing through Woodsville, Littleton, Whitefield, Gorham and on to Bethel, Maine.
Helpful links to start your adventure:
The Ammonoosuc River
Photo by Joe Viger
A Section of Great Trail with Route 302 Above
Photo by Joe Viger
Old Railroad Trestle Bridge in Bath
Photo by Joe Viger



Contributor Joe Viger is Peabody & Smith Realty's photography partner and you see his work featured in many of our listings and on our website. You can see more of his work at joeviger.com and be sure to follow him on Instagram and on Facebook. 
May
14

Emshika-Alberini_Jody-Oliver_Scott-Oliver Well it was a great Mother's Day on Sunday, and I got to visit the Main Street of Littleton and peruse some of my favoritestores with my family.We had the pleasure of eating at Smooch, a café & smoothie bar, which is now under new ownership and open for the upcoming summer season. Peabody & Smith Realty recently had the pleasure in assisting with the sale of Smooch. Smooch had been successfully owned and operated by Emshika Alberini. Emshika was already running a successful downtown restaurant Chang Thai, when she opened Smooch a couple of years ago – but she was ready to return the focus to her anchor restaurant, Chang Thai. Smooch is now owned by Scott & Jody Oliver of Monroe, NH and what great service we received yesterday! They had a couple of wraps on the menu, they were delicious and the ice cream – wow! Creamy, rich and great choice of flavors. Also, with a three year old in tow, I appreciated the play area in the back…so we could enjoy our ice cream while our little one played with the puzzles, games and other goodies. The Oliver's are planning to expand the menu to include more lunch items such as sandwiches, baked goods and more. We have to give some kudos to our commercial team for helping the Alberini's and the Oliver's. Our Commercial Sales Associate Kim Lavoie represented the Alberini's, and Broker Associate Mary Doherty assisted the Oliver's. Kim and Mary both love a good sandwich and baked good…and I'm sure I'll see them at Smooch soon! Also, a big congrats to Emshika for coming up with the idea of Smooch and executing it, and congrats to the Oliver's, who know how to scoop a great cone and more!!     Posted by: Chrissy Smith
October
25

276994_147144722049507_323655189_nIt's always great when there is a wonderful event in the North Country, and its especially exciting when new ones are created! It's the "Gathering of the Jack O'Lanterns" on the Ammonoosuc River coming up this Sunday evening, October 30th at 6 p.m. Our Littleton office at 11 Riverglen Lane is located near the river bank, and we are so pleased that our  neighbors at Littleton Bike & Fitness have come up with the great idea, and are working in tandem with the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce to organize and promote the event. Here's the scooop – Littleton Bike & Fitness is collecting carved Jack O'Lanterns on Saturday and Sunday (10/29 and 10/30), and onSunday evening, they are going out on to the Ammonoosuc River and placing the Jack O'Lanterns on the flat rocks in the river and lighting them! It should be a beautiful scene in the evening, in the river, and just behind the historic Main Street (as an aside, this video shows some of the Main Street and some about the Piano Project and the Weathervane Theatre.) There should be some great opportunities to take photos from the Cottage Street bridge, Riverglen Lane and the Covered Bridge that leads up to Main Street nearMiller's Fare Café & BakeryDave Harkless, the owner of Littleton Bike & Fitness, is always a thought leader – and promoter of great ideas – thanks for coming up with this Dave!. Ammonoosuc_River_Littleton_NHSome_of_the_flat_rocks_where_the_Jack_O_Lanters_will_be_placedThe_Lone_Jack_O_Lantern_waiting_for_friends So far, there is one pumpkin already on a large tree stump in the river…just waiting for his friends! For more information call Dave Harkless at 603-616-6335 or send him an email at info@littletonbike.com. We'll post more photos as we get them next week! And remember, you can drop off your pumpkin on Saturday and Sunday. Littleton Bike & Fitness is located on Cottage Street in Littleton. See you Sunday, and please feel free to park in our parking lot (11 Riverglen Lane) and take the short walk down to the river! We look forward to seeing you!  
October
11

IMG_0522Well, it's finally happened! We have our first snow of the season last evening/this morning with more in the forecast for the weekend! The seasons in New Hampshire are wonderful, and when the foliage finishes, I love the change over to winter (and I will say, by March, I'm ready for spring!) However, the first snow is one I love to see, as well as our children! I had a nine year old outside this morning creating this mini-snowman near her pumpkin. And her little sister watching from the wings, waiting to be old enough to go out too! We found our winter clothes this morning, the boots, hats, mittens and more and we're ready to go! Soon, all of us who love winter will be ready for skiing at Bretton Woods or Cannon Mtnsnowmobiling through the state of NHsnowshoeing, or perhaps staying inside your home watching the snow fall! Whatever your season or sport, enjoy it!

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