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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.
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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

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by Joy Moore, Angela Spencer, and Nikki Barrett littleton, nhLittleton, NH is a bustling North Country town situated just north of Franconia Notch. The area attracts a lot of tourism here in the Western White Mountains.

Community Events and Activities

Littleton proactively pursues tourists and there are a number of great events sponsored by a number of civic groups and the Chamber of Commerce. Littleton events include an annual art show, a classic car show, a pie festival every fall, a Halloween celebration that lights up the Ammonusuc River with Jack O'Lanterns, and a children's Halloween party and a zombie walk along Main Street. In the spring and summer, residents flock to the Easter Egg hunt sponsored by Littleton Parks and Recreation and community events like book fairs and Fourth of July fireworks. Boasting a variety of winter activities, Littleton even has a snow machine trail through the heart of town that offers a "pull off"  for the Little Grille Restaurant at the former Littleton railroad station. The Littleton Bike Shop offers a weekly community bike ride through Littleton and neighboring towns. Tucked in below Main Street sits Littleton Art Studio School. The school offers classes for all ages in pottery, jewelry making, metal art, mixed media, basket weaving, and private classes and parties.

Shopping and Restaurant Options

Among the eclectic shops on and near Main Street is Chutter's General Store. This locally owned shop hosts the longest candy counter in the world and is in the Guinness Book of World Records. They have great homemade fudge and other chocolate delights. The Riverwalk sits just behind Main Street and along the Ammonusuc River. Tourists and locals can stroll through the covered bridge and down the walking path with the river running alongside. [caption id="attachment_2927" align="alignright" width="300"]littleton, nh Schilling Beer Co[/caption] There are many dining options in Littleton. There are chain restaurants like the 99 and Applebee's but also a collection of locally owned options such as Brazilian BBQ at the Little Grille, the Martini Bar of Bailiwicks, wood-fired pizza and a microbrewery at Schillings, authentic Thai food at Chang Thai, and the lovely soups, sandwiches, and to-die-for desserts of The French Sisters. Mexican from Alburrito's, fine dining at the Beal House Inn, The Littleton Diner, and Porfido's Deli that offers a great selection of meats.

Thriving Recreational and Business Areas

Aside from downtown Littleton, there are a number of other Littleton attractions. These include, but are not limited to, six public boat launches into the Connecticut River. The Moore Dam Reservoir that covered another town called Pattenville in the 1950s giving the Littleton area this marvelous recreation area today. The body of water allows sailing, swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, even some parachute ice skating in winter. Each summer the reservoir is host to a fishing derby where trout, perch, salmon, northern pike, and bass can be caught for prizes. It also was a host of an international boating regatta in years past. Remich Park with tall pines and period gazebo, features walking paths, baseball and field hockey/soccer fields, basketball court, ice rink & town swimming pool. They were even named as one of the best sledding hills in NH.  You can rent tubes and slides for just dollars and skates for .50.  They have a summer program for kids that hosts weekly field trips to fun places like Whale's Tale, Story Land, Squam Lakes Science Center, the Montshire Museum and other great attractions. The Littleton Industrial Development Committee exists in order to bring new business to the area.  They were key in the development of the present industrial park which hosts Tender Corp (makers of AfterBite, Ben's 100, Adventure Medical Kits), Littleton Coin Company, Fedex, Schwan's Sales Inc., Burndy, Rotobec, Genfoot America (makers of Kamik boots), Secured Network Systems, Harrison Publishing Co., and more. [caption id="attachment_2929" align="alignleft" width="300"]littleton Littleton Historical Society[/caption]

A Flourishing Arts Scene

The renovated Littleton Opera House stands centrally in Littleton and acts as a meeting place for residents, host for traveling plays and musicians as well as wrestling events or craft fairs, you can even rent it for your own private event like birthday parties, (Bette Davis did) and is a stop along the way for most national political candidates. Downstairs in the Opera House is the Littleton Historical Center, which is run by volunteers who are always willing to answer questions or chat for a bit. It's well worth a visit. [caption id="attachment_2930" align="alignright" width="300"]littleton nh Thayers Inn[/caption] Littleton features the oldest motel in the country with the Littleton Motel, to the famous Thayers Inn that has hosted presidents and of course Bette Davis. And the Hampton Inn that has direct snowmobile access is a favorite for visitors Each year the area businesses sponsor seasonally breathtaking flowering baskets that by the end of the season cascade down to the sidewalk to beautiful mums and tasteful wreaths.  They also sponsor the local art displays of colorful umbrellas about town. Then there is the really wonderful Piano and Guitar project with about six pianos that are set up right on the main street for anyone to play as they pass by.  It's wonderful to see small children to adults playing in varying degrees of skill. The pianos are all uniquely hand painted in colorful eye catching designs.

A Central Location

Littleton is within 20 to 40 minutes of Weathervane Theater in Whitefield, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Rialto Theatre in Lancaster, Colonial Theater in Bethlehem, The Flying Monkey in Plymouth, and Jeans Playhouse in Lincoln. And Littleton is the home of the Jax Jr Theater that hosted a Hollywood premier of the Bette Davis-starring film "The Great Lie" on her birthday on April 4, 1941. This modern theatre has a state of the art sound and projection system, and is a great spot to catch a current movie with matinees and more. [caption id="attachment_2931" align="alignright" width="300"]littleton nh Cannon Mountain Ski Area[/caption] Littleton is ideally located for those who love outdoor activities. Q Burke Mountain is 40 minutes away and has year-long fun with mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. You can take your bike up the mountain on the chair lift and ride for miles and miles on the Kingdom Trail system. Other area ski areas within 40 minutes include Mt Eustis, Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Attitash Mountain, Bretton Woods ResortLyndon Outing Club, Sunday River and more. Within 40 minutes there are  golf courses including Bethlehem Country club that offers a free summer golf program for area kids, Maplewood Country Club, Mt. Washington Resort Golf Courses, Wambek Golf Course, Kirby Country Club, St. Johnsbury Country Club (an old Scottish design sought out by golf enthusiasts, you'll want a cart), Blackmount Country Club, and the Mountain View Grand golf course. Littleton has been voted in the top 10 for best small town main streets, best towns to retire, best small towns for families and we're sure more accolades will follow! For more information about the wonderful town of Littleton, NH, contact a real estate agent at Peabody & Smith Realty. Meet Our Littleton Agents
[caption id="attachment_4990" align="alignnone" width="150"] Joy Moore[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4991" align="alignnone" width="150"] Angela Spencer[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4992" align="alignnone" width="150"] Nikki Barrett[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4993" align="alignnone" width="150"] Carol Kerivan[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4994" align="alignnone" width="150"] Tom Carstens[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4995" align="alignnone" width="150"] Tiffany Howard[/caption]

chrissy smithThis week we thought we'd ask a few probing questions of a staff member. This one is with Chrissy Smith, who works out of our Littleton office. Our roving reporter Elspeth asked the questions:

  I am currently reading? I just finished reading Peyton Place by Grace Metalious. I thought that since it was set in NH, and the term "Peyton Place" is sometimes said in our small towns, I would read the book that made the phrase. What is your favorite restaurant in the area? I have a few – Bailliwick's in Littleton, the Lisbon Village Pizza shop, and Topic of the Town in Littleton has the best French Toast. I love hot chocolate, so for the best hot chocolate I enjoy going to these places: Café Monte Alto in Plymouth, The Squam Lake Marketplace in Holderness, M-Zo Tea & Company in Littleton and Maia Papaya in Bethlehem – they all have great hot chocolate! The people that influenced you the most? My Mom and my Dad. And a lot of great bosses along the way! Your favorite song? Almost anything by Bruce Springsteen. I'm listening to EStreetRadio now! Favorite family tradition? Cutting down our Christmas Tree at a local tree farm. That is usually the easy part, the tradition part is when we bring it into the house – when my husband was younger this part sometimes involved the use of a chain saw. What is your favorite winter activity? Sledding with the kids, skiing, shoveling, snowmobiling. I spend more time outside in the winter than I do in summer! What do you like to do in your spare time? Reading, cooking, entertaining, spending time with friends and family. What is your pet peeve? Those who work and live with me know that I have many. They include: food on my plate that touches, traveling north to go south, buying a newspaper and having it read before I read it (I know, the content doesn't change but…), and TV Anchorpeople who refer to law enforcement as "cop" in a serious story. Do you have a nickname? What is it and how did you get it? My nickname is Chrissy. My real name is Chrisara. My mother invented my name…she thought if she had a girl she liked the name Sara, my father liked the name of Chris for a boy. So my mother combined the two names. But a few years later, when I went to Kindergarten it is reported that I told my teacher my name is "Chrissy" and it stuck. Do you like coffee or tea? Both Do you prefer the Ocean or the Mountains? I love the mountains, but feel the need to see the ocean once a year. What is your ski mountain of choice? I love Bretton Woods Ski Area  & Cannon Mountain. For a more serious bio on Chrissy, click here!

[caption id="attachment_3197" align="alignright" width="254"]end of summer activities in littleton nh Downtown Littleton[/caption] Littleton NH is a wonderful small town in the White Mountains that has produced writers, painters, and other artists who help provide color and flavor to this community. If you've visited the beauty of the White Mountains and New England to see the wildlife, to hike, or perhaps to ski, you will have realized how great it would be to move to a place that has a slower and friendlier lifestyle. Even without the world-renowned skiing and snowmobiling, there is plenty to do in Littleton in the late summer and early fall months. There is always time to be a tourist in Littleton. Each season offers its own beauty, and every time a guest comes to visit, they won't regret viewing a sunrise or sunset from this area. With wildlife, mountains, rivers, and too many other beautiful aspects of nature to mention, the Littleton area has something for everyone. Take advantage of these wonderful activities available in the late summer months:

The 46th Annual Littleton Art Festival

Every year the town of Littleton puts on an annual Art Festival. The festival features regional art on Main St. with live music, family-friendly activities, and the Littleton Lions Annual Antique Car Parade. For more information, click here.

The Littleton Opera House

The Littleton Opera House is a gorgeous historic building in town that offers a plethora of events and activities. Visit their website to learn more.

The Littleton Farmer's Market

The Littleton Farmer's Market is a staple of the community and will continue to run through the fall season. The market is held from 10am - 1pm on Sundays on River Glen Lane off of Main St.


Any season is a good time for candy! Visit the world's longest candy counter at Chutters on Main St. in Littleton.

Littleton NH is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. We would love to show you Littleton NH real estate at your convenience. Contact Peabody & Smith Realty to learn more about the area. 

nikki barrettWe thought we'd ask a few probing questions each week of our agents. This one is with Nikki Barrett, who works out of our Littleton office. Our roving reporter Elspeth asked the questions:

  I am currently reading? Gone Girl … need to read the book before you watch the movie! What is your favorite restaurant in the area? There are too many to pick just one … Bailiwick's in Littleton (Filets are fantastic and you have to try the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (hold the egg!) and the fried pickles and Rosa Flamingo's in Bethlehem (awesome pizza, calzones and my all-time favorite is the Tortellini Carbonara). Schilling Beer Company has great home brews and you must order the daily hummus special! Looking for a great burger…hit up Topic of the Town and breakfast hits the spot at the Coffee Pot! Go to The Little Grille for the Chicken Brazilian Burger … I wrinkled my nose for over a year, now it's a favorite! (Can you tell I love to eat?!) Favorite board game? I like most games – Monopoly would be a good one for a rainy day and I love Cribbage and another card game my mom taught me called Aggravation. The person that influenced you the most? My mom and my oldest sister Your favorite song? Depends on my mood, but I'm a huge Dave Matthews Band fan What are you most proud of? My unexpected career in real estate! What is your favorite thing to cook? I love to cook! A few of my favorites are corn chowdah and lasagna, but I will try to cook anything at least once! Favorite family tradition? As we've all grown older, we decided to do away with traditional Christmas festivities. No gift exchanges and "Christmas Lists" and no traveling on Christmas morning. Instead, we celebrate by getting together for dinner either out at a restaurant or at one of our homes. We eat, drink and laugh with no stress of finding that perfect gift, rather just enjoying each other. What is your favorite winter activity? Booking a trip to the beach for the spring! What do you like to do in your spare time? As Siri often says, "I'm sorry, I do not understand your request"! What is your pet peeve? I've got a few…pour grammer and speling would be one (F7 on your keyboard, people – use it!) Do you have pets at home? What are they? What are their names? No "pets", just my "son" Luke – he's a 14.5 year old yellow lab who is my right-hand man and sidekick! Real Estate memory? "I could not believe the time that ______________________ happened". – SERIOUSLY?? Just ONE "You'll never believe what happened!" – This is a daily comment which is why I love my job so much! One of my earlier memories was showing a house on 18+ acres in Sugar Hill to 2 couples. As I'm walking through the field heading towards the apple orchard, I stopped and pointed a Momma Bear and her 3 cubs several hundred yards away. The ladies ran as fast as they could back to the house and the rest of us just watched as the mother escorted her little ones into the woods. Do you have a nickname? What is it and how did you get it? Technically, Nikki is a nickname (my birth certificate and all other legal documents say Nicole, but nobody with the exception of 1 cousin calls me that…occasionally my husband will call me Nicole when he needs to get my attention!) My brother calls me runt and always has – I'm the youngest of 4 … it's fitting! Do you like coffee or tea? Coffee … if you haven't been, you've got to go to Maia Papaya in Bethlehem and order up the Milky Way Espresso – YUM! Do you prefer the Ocean or the Mountains? Born and raised in the mountains, they never cease to amaze me, but I do love the ocean and wish we had one closer! For a more serious bio on Nikki, click here!