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Fall Weekend Getaway - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyThe White Mountains attract thousands of visitors every single year. As you get close to the area and see the landscape, it's easy to understand why. But, it isn't just the landscape that makes this a wonderful weekend getaway destination. The surrounding cities and towns have dozens of restaurants and activities waiting to be enjoyed.

Let's jump in and take a look at just a few of the best weekend getaway hotspots in the area that our real estate agents adore:

  • Squam Lake Inn - 28 Shepard Hill Rd., Holderness, NH 03245
    Known to movie fans as the setting for the film On Golden Pond, Squam Lake is one of the most gorgeous places in New Hampshire. Located near many Holderness homes for sale, the Squam Lake Inn is a wonderful weekend destination. This family-owned bed and breakfast features gorgeous rooms and great food, and you can find plenty of activities outside, including hiking, fishing, boating, kayaking, shopping, and more. If you're lucky, you might even spot one of the local bald eagles or moose.

  • Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield, NH 03598
    Given its name, you've probably already figured out that the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is the most luxurious weekend getaway destination on this list. Not only is it near Whitefield homes for sale, but it's also nestled in the middle of a gorgeous landscape. You can enjoy building campfires and eating s'mores, hitting the hiking and biking trails, relaxing in the movie theater, heading out on a dog sled adventure, and more.

  • Woodstock Inn Brewery -  135 Main St., North Woodstock, NH 03262
    All you have to do is look up photos of the Woodstock Inn Brewery, and you'll know that you're in for a treat. There are a variety of room styles available, including rooms with wooden furniture that gives them a truly rustic feel. But, at the same time, this country inn is filled with modern conveniences such as high-speed wi-fi, cable access, hot tubs, and more. Even if you search through the Woodstock homes for sale and decide to move here, you might want to stay at the brewery every once in a while just for the experience.

  • Omni Mount Washington Resort - 310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods, NH 03575
    A favorite of Bostonians wanting to escape the summer heat, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is the perfect place to stay any time of the year. People travel from miles around to stay at the resort so they can enjoy activities such as Alpine and Nordic skiing, dog sledding, golfing, horseback riding, tennis, and more. Close to many Bretton Woods homes for sale, this is a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors or simply sit outside and relax while breathing the clean, crisp air.

  • Sugar Hill Inn - 116 NH-117, Sugar Hill Rd., Sugar Hill, NH 03586
    Perfect for a romantic couples' getaway or family adventure, the Sugar Hill Inn is surrounded by some gorgeous mountain views. Inside the inn, you'll discover a variety of amenities such as fireplaces, private porches, hot tub, sauna, and more. If you're in town to look at Sugar Hill homes for sale and decide to stay here, we suggest that you don't miss out on their award-winning restaurant, where you can enjoy a glass of brandy or cup of coffee next to the tavern's fire.

Are you searching for the perfect home in Central NH and the White Mountains? Contact us, and we'll help you find an amazing property.


Fall Foliage - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & SmithAutumn is here, and the leaves are changing. It's an impressive sight anywhere, but in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it's something people come to see from miles around. And if you're looking at Holderness homes for sale, then you're in a position to experience the spectacle personally. Here are five ways to see the changing leaves of the White Mountains.

  • Conway Scenic Railroad - 38 Norcross Circle, North Conway, NH 03860
    If you're looking for a relaxing journey through the foliage, Conway Scenic Railroad is the choice for you. Located near North Conway homes for sale, several different excursions are available. For fall foliage, your best option is the Rail Fan's Photo Excursion, a one-day trip in October that provides passengers with multiple opportunities to stop along the way and get pictures of the beautiful scenery.

  • Bretton Woods Canopy Tour - 99 Ski Area Rd., Bretton Woods, NH 03575
    There's no way to get closer to the foliage than this - zip lining down Mount Washington, with trees all around you. Located near Bretton homes for sale, the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour is a three-hour experience that takes you through 16 platforms in the trees. Descend 1,000 feet using nine zip lines, two sky bridges, and three rappels. The tour is open year-round, but the best views are in the fall, as the leaves are turning. It's an experience you won't soon forget.

  • Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway - 260 Tramway Dr., Franconia, NH 03580
    If zip lines are a little out of your comfort zone but soaring above the leaves still sounds fun, then Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway might be more your speed. Located near Franconia homes for sale, it takes you in a cable car to the top of Cannon Mountain—the highest lift-accessed point in New Hampshire. The views on the journey are beautiful, and the view from the summit is even more so—especially on the 360-degree observation deck. Once you reach the top, there are hiking paths, a cafe, and more. The tramway opens in late May and runs through mid-October, so there's plenty of opportunity in the fall months to see the changing leaves.

  • North Country Kayak - Dodge Hill Launch, Old Waterford Rd., Littleton, NH 03561
    If traveling by air isn't your thing, try a trip across the water. North Country Kayak is a calm journey down the river through the beautiful, changing leaves. Located near Littleton homes for sale, this is a good option for getting away from the tourists and enjoying the scenery in a more private setting. You can book a private or guided tour or simply rent a kayak and strike out on your own through Moore Reservoir.

  • DirtVentures ATV Rentals - 514 US-3, Lincoln, NH 03251
    If you're really adventurous, try renting an ATV and getting down and dirty driving through the White Mountains. Located near Lincoln homes for sale, DirtVentures rents off-road, all-terrain vehicles for a thrilling view of the foliage you won't soon forget. You can strike out on your own, but it's better to take a guided tour from their knowledgeable staff who know the area and can show you all the best views. And if you've never driven an ATV before, they're happy to teach you! This is an experience not to be missed.

The changing leaves are just the beginning of what Central New Hampshire has to offer. To learn more, or if you're ready to make New Hampshire your new home, contact us. Find your dream home with the help of our real estate agents.


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. 


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. 


jerry loveThe leaves have pretty much fallen from the maples and birches, the frost is on the pumpkin, and the smell of wood stove smoke is in the air…can it be that winter is not far behind? Wild turkeys are making their annual pilgrimage to my garden to find the leftover winter rye seeds that have not yet geminated, and the deer know it's plenty safe to stand in the garden and eat the leftover squash or clean up the "drops" from the 100 year old apple tree. I've been trying my darnedest to keep the red squirrels out of my barn, and chase the mice out of the carriage house…but this is just what you do in preparation for the winter season around here. My root cellar is full of potatoes and carrots, squash and onions, and enough home canned tomatoes and beans to last the next two years. Yesterday, I did my annual Pie Auction for a local church. This year I sold a homemade pecan pie for $300, and a mixed berry pie for $350, and both will be gracing the Thanksgiving table of some lucky family…unfortunately not mine. You know, that amounts to over $40 a slice…I think I'd be savoring every last morsel! Driving down the road to town this time of year, you don't have to go far before you pass a trailer truck loaded with Christmas trees, headed south to feed the anticipating city dwellers. Up this way, the tree farms, like Glove Hollow in Plymouth, are announcing their horse drawn sleigh rides down to the orchard to "cut your own" special tree, followed by hot chocolate, warm cider and homemade donuts up at the barn. The organizations in the area are busy setting up for their holiday craft fairs, and the churches have signs by the road inviting all to their baked bean and ham suppers. Just when you think I'm going to tell you that we "hunker down" and sit by the woodstove all winter, I have a big surprise for you! Let me tell you what happens around here when the snows flies. Let's start with the New England Sled Dog Club Race on Lake Chocorua, which is typically held in late January/early February, depending on conditions. Then there's the New England Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith from February 5-7. Teams come from across the country come to compete on rinks marked off along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. More than 200 teams are expected to compete for the coveted WinnipeHockey Cup this year. [caption id="attachment_3350" align="alignright" width="245"]winter ice fishing derby Meredith Rotary Club's Ice Fishing Derby[/caption] How about the Meredith Rotary Club's Ice Fishing Derby on February 13 and 14? Anglers throughout the area will converge on Lake Winnipesaukee to set up their bob houses and compete for a grand prize of $15,000. There's also an on-the-ice midway with concession stands selling hot chili, hot chocolate, hot fried dough and more. You can check out the multi-colored bob houses too. Some are equipped with wood stoves, televisions, sleeping bunks and a myriad of other amenities. If you're not much into sports, you can visit the enchanting village of Meredith with its four inns and Spa at Mill Falls, which are all only a short walk from the lake. Church Landing and Bay Point are right on the water and the Chase House and Mill Falls are right across the street. There's a restaurant for every occasion, including Lago, Lakehouse Grille and my favorite, the Camp. You can get pizza at Giuseppe's or comfort food like New England boiled dinner at George's Diner, piled high and steaming hot. One of the favorite activities of the locals is the Festival of Trees at the Waukewan Golf Course on December 4, 5, and 6. Just a few miles north of Meredith, in the village of Center Harbor, you can stop at Canoe and warm your innards with their famous lobster mac and cheese, or head down the road a short ways to the Moultonborough Country Store, where "if they ain't got it' you don't need it"! If you head west, you're bound to end up in the geodesic center of New Hampshire, the quaint village of Ashland, where the famous Common Man restaurant resides. You gotta try their "lobstah con chowdah"…it don't get any better than that! [caption id="attachment_3351" align="alignright" width="300"]winter squam lake Squam Lake[/caption] Now, our Holderness office is right on Squam Lake, and every morning when I come to work, I can see the mist rise off the water, and hear the loons congregating on White Oak Pond. The geese make a quick stop on the lake to rest, on their annual pilgrimage south, and the folks stopping at the General Store in the village seem to want nothing more than to talk over a cup of coffee and a fresh scone about how much snow we'll be getting this winter, and whether the snowmobile trails will be ready, or if we'll have a long ski season and "did you hear that Tenney Mountain in Plymouth will be open this year! Just so you know, Loon Mountain in Lincoln is planning to have the slopes open for Thanksgiving. On Squam Lake, Winterfest Saturday is February 13th. Free, fun and open to the public, Winterfest was started in 1997, and celebrates the beauty and wonders of winter on Squam. Bring the family for such Winter activities as ice-skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, and winter mini-golf. Play in the snow, warm up with hot cocoa by the bonfire, and retreat indoors to sample local chili from area restaurants during the Squam Lakes Association's 11th Annual Chili Contest. I've only touched the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to things to do around these parts in the winter, but suffice it to say, you won't be bored. Life is good in New Hampshire, and we lake country folk are more than willing to share it. Read more about Jerry Love here.