Dave's Guidebook

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Dave's Guidebook

Food Scene

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 Rd
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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 Sugar Hill Rd
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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.
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 St
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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.
Fantastic gem of a vegan/vegetarian coffee shop with great ties to the local area. Large menu of sandwiches, drinks, and baked goods. Be prepared to wait as the staff is small, the items made to order and the location extremely popular, especially mid-morning on the weekends.
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The Maia Papaya
2161 Main St
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Fantastic gem of a vegan/vegetarian coffee shop with great ties to the local area. Large menu of sandwiches, drinks, and baked goods. Be prepared to wait as the staff is small, the items made to order and the location extremely popular, especially mid-morning on the weekends.

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
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...
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Bridalveil Falls
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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).
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Bald Mountain
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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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Artist's Bluff Loop
2750 Profile Rd
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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.

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 St
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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.
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The Frost Place
158 Ridge Rd
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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 St
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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 St
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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.

Local Grocery Stores

With a top-notch natural food store, a self-serve farm stand, and a convenient town market stocking local foods and products all within easy reach, there's no need to bring groceries from home.
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 Rd
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Great natural food store with a great array of organic produce and local products. Recently expanded.
This local grocery is just 10 minutes from the house. It stocks excellent local products like cheese, produce and maple syrup in addition to all the household necessities. Also a great stop before a day of hiking, skiing, riding or exploring.
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Franconia Market and Deli
347 Main St
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This local grocery is just 10 minutes from the house. It stocks excellent local products like cheese, produce and maple syrup in addition to all the household necessities. Also a great stop before a day of hiking, skiing, riding or exploring.
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Shaw's
625 Meadow St
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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 station
260 Tramway Dr
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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 Rd
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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.
A great and thrilling ride to the top of Mount Washington if you don't want to make the day long climb by foot. A much more adventurous outing than the auto road on the distant northern side of the range, this Railroad also boasts an incredible history.
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Cog Railroad
3168 Base Station Rd
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A great and thrilling ride to the top of Mount Washington if you don't want to make the day long climb by foot. A much more adventurous outing than the auto road on the distant northern side of the range, this Railroad also boasts an incredible history.