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Articles Tagged "white mountains adventures"

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
8

Waterfalls - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyNew Hampshire is home to more than 100 waterfalls, enough to keep even the most avid nature lover busy for many years. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite waterfall hikes in the White Mountains!

Many of New Hampshire's most beautiful waterfalls are easily accessible, mere footsteps away from the highway. Others require some serious trekking. You'll find examples of both on this list, but rest assured that all the waterfalls listed below are accessible to most hikers. 

  • Rainbow Falls - 47 Cummings Hill Rd., Plymouth, NH 03264
    Rainbow Falls is the centerpiece of Walter-Newton Natural Area, a picturesque nature preserve in Plymouth. A charming multi-tiered cascade on Glove Hollow Brook, Rainbow Falls has a 25-foot total drop surrounded by serene woodlands. Rainbow Falls is easy to reach via a 1.2-mile out-and-back hike from the trailhead on Cummings Road, just a few minutes from these Plymouth homes for sale.

  • Arethusa Falls - Arethusa Falls Rd., Hart's Location, NH 03812
    Bemis Brook tumbles over a rugged granite rock face to form the 140-foot Arethusa Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire. Located within Crawford Notch State Park, the falls can be reached via the Arethusa Falls Trail, which departs from a trailhead on U.S. Route 302. It's a 2.8-mile out-and-back hike over moderate terrain, a short drive from many Hart's Location homes for sale. There are also many other great hiking trails in this 5,000-plus-acre park. 

  • Gem Pool - Base Station Rd., Jefferson, NH 03583
    The hike to Gem Pool via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail gives you great bang for your buck in terms of scenery. Not only do you get to see the Gem Pool itself—a cascading stream that tumbles down a craggy rock face into a crystal-clear pool—but also two additional unnamed falls on the Ammonoosuc River. The falls are accessible via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead within White Mountain National Forest. Located near these Jefferson homes for sale, this is a spectacular hike but also a bit more strenuous than the other falls on our list. The trail is a 4.4-mile out-and-back that gains about 1,600 feet in elevation.

  • Georgiana Falls - 9-3 Georgiana Falls Rd., Lincoln, NH 03251
    One of New Hampshire's lesser-known waterfalls, Georgiana Falls is accessible from a barely-marked trailhead on Georgiana Falls Road, a stone's throw from these Lincoln homes for sale. This moderate waterfall hike is popular among locals and is two falls in one. Lower Georgiana Falls is easier to reach, requiring just a 1.6-mile out-and-back hike. But Upper Georgiana Falls (also known as Harvard Falls) is the more impressive of the two and adds just one extra mile to the trek. 

  • Glen Ellis Falls - White Mountain Road, Jackson, NH 03846
    Located within the Glen Ellis Scenic Area in White Mountain National Forest, Glen Ellis is the easiest to reach of all the waterfalls on our list. The pathway to this beautiful 70-foot cascade is just 600 feet from the roadside and just minutes from many Jackson homes for sale. Of course, you have options if you're interested in a longer hike. The trailhead to Glen Ellis Falls also serves as an entrance point to the Appalachian Trail, extending all the way from Georgia to Maine!

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Hampshire, and be sure to ask our real estate agents how we can help you find your dream home in the White Mountains!

May
10

Looking for exciting family-friendly outdoor adventures in the beautiful state of New Hampshire? There are no shortage of great options to choose from. Take a look at these amazing outdoor adventures. If you're looking for White Mountains real estate, they're a perfect way to discover the spirited side of the mountains.

Zip Through a White Mountains Forest in Lincoln

If you love the majesty of the White Mountains forest, then you will have a blast with the many adventure packages available at Alpine Adventures in Lincoln. Zoom through the air over rugged mountain terrain on a zip line and experience this breathtaking landscape in the most exciting way. Alpine Adventures offers a number of other activities and packages including adventure park activities and aquatic excursions. If you like a hefty dose of thrills with your outdoors experience, Alpine Adventures is the place for you.

Take an Equestrian Trail Ride in Bretton Woods

Open to the public and guests at Mount Washington Resort, trail rides offer a unique way to enjoy the White Mountain views at Bretton Woods. One-hour trail rides are available from mid-May to mid-October, conditions permitting. Another idea for both public and resort guests is the Barn Buddies program at the Mount Washington Resort Stables. This kids program begins with a hands-on course in the care and feeding of the horses and ends with a pony ride around stables corral.

Experience the Rush of River Rafting in Gorham

Feel the splash of cold mountain water on your face as you paddle down a rushing white-water stream in a glorious mountain setting with a custom adventure tour at Raft NH. They offer five different river rafting tours of varying intensity. Experience all the wild scenery the way the original explorers did on an amazing summer family adventure.

Explore a River Gorge in North Woodstock

Hike through an ancient river gorge and cave system at Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in North Woodstock. This family-friendly adventure destination is ready to make your caving expedition the highlight of your summer vacation.  

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