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Great Dining, relaxing and family friendly game options are available in the downstairs Lounge, with outdoor seating in the summer and roaring fireplace in the fall and winter. The upstairs Dining Room provides an upscale menu in a rustic country inn atmosphere during the week. A dedicated "TV" room by the lounge offers a great place to catch major sporting events.
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Franconia Inn
1172 Easton Road
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Great Dining, relaxing and family friendly game options are available in the downstairs Lounge, with outdoor seating in the summer and roaring fireplace in the fall and winter. The upstairs Dining Room provides an upscale menu in a rustic country inn atmosphere during the week. A dedicated "TV" room by the lounge offers a great place to catch major sporting events.
One of New Hampshire's most popular breakfast and brunch spots, recently expanded and now open year round. Go on a clear day to take in one of the White Mountain's most iconic views. Call ahead to add your name to the seating list -- waits can be up to 3 hours during the peak seasons.
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Polly's Pancake Parlor
672 New Hampshire 117
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One of New Hampshire's most popular breakfast and brunch spots, recently expanded and now open year round. Go on a clear day to take in one of the White Mountain's most iconic views. Call ahead to add your name to the seating list -- waits can be up to 3 hours during the peak seasons.
Another great dining option in Franconia for those seeking carefully prepared food and a beautifully curated country inn atmosphere. Dinner Hours are very limited so be sure to drive by to check the schedule and make a reservation.
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Horse & Hound Inn
205 Wells Road
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Another great dining option in Franconia for those seeking carefully prepared food and a beautifully curated country inn atmosphere. Dinner Hours are very limited so be sure to drive by to check the schedule and make a reservation.
Perhaps the best restaurant in the White Mountains region. Especially good for a romantic meal after a day in the mountains. The small and and rustic dining room is staffed by the owners who prepare the food themselves. Be sure to call for a reservation.
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Tim-Bir Alley
7 Main St
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Perhaps the best restaurant in the White Mountains region. Especially good for a romantic meal after a day in the mountains. The small and and rustic dining room is staffed by the owners who prepare the food themselves. Be sure to call for a reservation.
Great restaurant for the family -- extensive menu, festive atmosphere and a wide range of indoor and outdoor seating. For a great weekend evening night out, try an early meal here followed by a film or concert at the Colonial Theater.
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Rosa Flamingos
2312 Main Street
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Great restaurant for the family -- extensive menu, festive atmosphere and a wide range of indoor and outdoor seating. For a great weekend evening night out, try an early meal here followed by a film or concert at the Colonial Theater.
Parks & Nature
Many of the highlights are mentioned in the guidebook, but an enjoyable daytime activity is to ride, run, or stroll the paved bike path that runs through the notch. The path runs for close to ten miles, and offers access to all the major sights and trailheads in the park.
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Franconia Notch State Park
Daniel Webster Hwy
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Many of the highlights are mentioned in the guidebook, but an enjoyable daytime activity is to ride, run, or stroll the paved bike path that runs through the notch. The path runs for close to ten miles, and offers access to all the major sights and trailheads in the park.
A beautiful and relaxing beach with incredible views of Eagle Cliffs and Franconia Ridge.
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Echo Lake
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A beautiful and relaxing beach with incredible views of Eagle Cliffs and Franconia Ridge.
One of the greatest hiking trails in the White Mountains. Very crowded on the weekends, though -- best to plan an early start.
Falling Waters Trail
One of the greatest hiking trails in the White Mountains. Very crowded on the weekends, though -- best to plan an early start.
A great moderate 4 mile hike (round trip) to impressive falls with many swimming holes along the way. Join the trail by walking down Parkview Drive, taking a left on Beechwood, following the road to its end at a cul-de-sac and entering a small trail that joins the main Bridal Veil Falls trail after about 50 yards. See the "Betty Davis" plaque by walking down to the brook when you see a wide ski trail lead up a slope on the left. Google "Betty Davis" and "Franconia" to find out the fascinating back story...
Bridalveil Falls
A great moderate 4 mile hike (round trip) to impressive falls with many swimming holes along the way. Join the trail by walking down Parkview Drive, taking a left on Beechwood, following the road to its end at a cul-de-sac and entering a small trail that joins the main Bridal Veil Falls trail after about 50 yards. See the "Betty Davis" plaque by walking down to the brook when you see a wide ski trail lead up a slope on the left. Google "Betty Davis" and "Franconia" to find out the fascinating back story...
A fantastic trail for kids who want a short adventure but are not ready for a long hike. A ten minute walk up a wide hiking trail ends with a fun scramble up granite slabs to a breathtaking summit and view. Trail head is at the back of the Cannon Mountain Ski area parking lot opposite the mountain (the main base lodge, not the Tram).
Bald Mountain
A fantastic trail for kids who want a short adventure but are not ready for a long hike. A ten minute walk up a wide hiking trail ends with a fun scramble up granite slabs to a breathtaking summit and view. Trail head is at the back of the Cannon Mountain Ski area parking lot opposite the mountain (the main base lodge, not the Tram).
Another great short hike for the whole family. Located across from the Echo lake parking lot by the interstate overpass. A five minute walk leads to steep rock steps along the Artists Bluff cliff face and ends with a dramatic entry onto the top of the cliff. The view is so impressive it was long ago captured by painters from the Albert Bierstadt/Hudson River Group.
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Artists Bluff
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Another great short hike for the whole family. Located across from the Echo lake parking lot by the interstate overpass. A five minute walk leads to steep rock steps along the Artists Bluff cliff face and ends with a dramatic entry onto the top of the cliff. The view is so impressive it was long ago captured by painters from the Albert Bierstadt/Hudson River Group.
Although the main draw of "The Basin" is the short loop around the dramatic granite pools, you can park in the lot and follow the Basin Cascade Trail up the ridge from the loop. As you climb, you will find one pristine water fall after another, each one with an idyllic swimming hole and resting spot. A great place to swim, relax, and meander upwards on a hot day.
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The Basin
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Although the main draw of "The Basin" is the short loop around the dramatic granite pools, you can park in the lot and follow the Basin Cascade Trail up the ridge from the loop. As you climb, you will find one pristine water fall after another, each one with an idyllic swimming hole and resting spot. A great place to swim, relax, and meander upwards on a hot day.
Fun adventure for kids of all ages
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Polar Caves Park
705 New Hampshire 25
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Fun adventure for kids of all ages
Arts & Culture
A great film series and great bands that are on tour in Northeast. The summer calendar is available on the coffee table.
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The Colonial Theatre
2050 Main Street
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A great film series and great bands that are on tour in Northeast. The summer calendar is available on the coffee table.
Robert Frost lived and worked in Franconia for the early part of his career and his house has been converted to a museum. A poet in residence lives there throughout the summer and provides tours. Occasional readings performed by visiting writers also take place. The home is worth visiting for its view and the perspective on Frost's life and work it provides.
The Frost Place
158 Ridge Road
Robert Frost lived and worked in Franconia for the early part of his career and his house has been converted to a museum. A poet in residence lives there throughout the summer and provides tours. Occasional readings performed by visiting writers also take place. The home is worth visiting for its view and the perspective on Frost's life and work it provides.
Shopping
Famous clothing line that started in Franconia. A small factory outlet is located next to the headquarters.
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Garnet Hill Outlet Store
231 Main Street
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Famous clothing line that started in Franconia. A small factory outlet is located next to the headquarters.
Drinks & Nightlife
Newly opened -- the owner ran a cult business out of a shed behind his house before finally opening this incredible place -- a necessary stop for any Beer connoisseur.
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Rek-Lis Brewing Company
2085 Main St
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Newly opened -- the owner ran a cult business out of a shed behind his house before finally opening this incredible place -- a necessary stop for any Beer connoisseur.
Opened in September 2018, this Brewery is definitely worth checking out -- and only a short drive from the house.
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Iron Furnace Brewing
115 Main St
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Opened in September 2018, this Brewery is definitely worth checking out -- and only a short drive from the house.
If you enjoy Belgian style micro-brews, this is your place. Great atmosphere and impressive location by the river near downtown Littleton.
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Schilling Beer Co.
18 Mill Street
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If you enjoy Belgian style micro-brews, this is your place. Great atmosphere and impressive location by the river near downtown Littleton.
Fraconia Market and Deli
Formerly Mac's Grocery Store, this is a recently redesigned and re-opened grocery store in downtown Franconia, located just off of Exit 38 on I-93 and a 10 minute drive from the house. Small selection of produce including some great local items as well as all cooking essentials including Beer/Wine and Deli sandwiches.
A self-serve farm stand that stocks pasture-raised Beef as well as fresh greens, herbs, and seasonal vegetables. A great stop before an evening of grilling.
Pinestead Farm Lodge
2059 Easton Rd
A self-serve farm stand that stocks pasture-raised Beef as well as fresh greens, herbs, and seasonal vegetables. A great stop before an evening of grilling.
Great natural food store with a great array of organic produce and local products. Recently expanded.
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Littleton Food Co-op
43 Bethlehem Road
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Great natural food store with a great array of organic produce and local products. Recently expanded.
Sightseeing
Beautiful if crowded walk through an impressive gorge. Family friendly.
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The Flume
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Beautiful if crowded walk through an impressive gorge. Family friendly.
Riding the Tram to the top of Cannon Mountain in the summer is a great sightseeing option for those interested in amazing views but not interested in a long hike. Another option is riding the tram in one direction only and hiking either the high Cannon Trail or the Kinsman Ridge trail to or from Franconia Notch.
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Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
260 Tramway Drive
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Riding the Tram to the top of Cannon Mountain in the summer is a great sightseeing option for those interested in amazing views but not interested in a long hike. Another option is riding the tram in one direction only and hiking either the high Cannon Trail or the Kinsman Ridge trail to or from Franconia Notch.
Chosen for the site of the world economic forum following World War II, this still-thriving hotel and resort is quite a spectacle on a clear day. A great place to go for a drink in the evening, if only to read more about the history, take in the grand main hall and see the alpenglow on Mt. Washington from the expansive back porch. If you are headed to the cog railway or to the trails of Crawford Notch, you will be in close proximity.
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Omni Mount Washington Resort
310 Mount Washington Hotel Road
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Chosen for the site of the world economic forum following World War II, this still-thriving hotel and resort is quite a spectacle on a clear day. A great place to go for a drink in the evening, if only to read more about the history, take in the grand main hall and see the alpenglow on Mt. Washington from the expansive back porch. If you are headed to the cog railway or to the trails of Crawford Notch, you will be in close proximity.