New Hampshire 2017 News & Announcements


spring-2017-whats-newHiker Huts and Lodges: Appalachian Mountain Club Announces Summer Deals for 2017. Deals include: one child free per adult at the Lonesome Lake High Hut, assessable only by hiking within Franconia Notch in the White Mountains; up to three children free per adult at the Cardigan Lodge; and discounted 3 and 5 night stays on any combination of AMC properties and huts. Contact: Rob Burbank, [email protected] P: 603-466-8155

Brand NEW Arlington Hotel, 5-Star Kosher Hotel and Bistro now Open, Bethlehem. This is the United States’ first ever year round strictly kosher luxury 65 suite hotel. The hotel has a 24 hour tearoom, the kosher Birch Bar & Bistro open daily, a juice and cocktail bar, an indoor pool and gym. The hotel offers special events, Shabbat Retreats, and event space. Contact: [email protected] P: 603-867-7777,

Brand NEW 66 guestroom Garrison Hotel by Choice Hotels Opening June 2017, Dover. This new relaxed inn as part of the Port Hospitality Group with the local flavor of New Hampshire’s oldest settlement rich in shipbuilding and mercantilism history, is conveniently located near the region’s breweries, top restaurant, and seacoast attractions. Contact: Katherine Bouzianis, [email protected] P: 603-498-7852

28165086312_625a140be5_zGround-breaking for NEW Glen House Hotel, Pinkham Notch. Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the 68-room hotel open by May 2018. Contact: Crispin Battles, [email protected] P: 603-466-3988 x 141

Opening of RiverWalk Luxury Condo Resort at Loon Mountain, Lincoln. New upscale lodging, dining, retail and recreation destination with one, two and three bedroom spacious suites all include full kitchens and balconies that boast sensational views of the White Mountains. Contact: Amy Forbes, [email protected] P: 603-745-7500

Renovations Underway at the Thayers Hotel, Littleton. This historic hotel, once a railroad hotel turned tavern and back to hotel again throughout its 167 year history, has nearly completed major renovations to its 35 guest room hotel, Grill One Eleven Restaurant, and function space. Contact: Gary Plourde, [email protected] P: 603-444-6469

Grand Re-Opening of the Three Chimneys Inn with total renovations and new Executive Chef, Durham. Built in 1649, announced a grand reopening this April with 23 fully renovated luxury guestrooms and farm-to-table kitchen. The inn will introduce their new Executive Chef, Jonathan Cox. Chef Cox is a Culinary Institute of America graduation whose 18 year career includes preparing a James Beard dinner and serving as the chef at luxury inns throughout New England. Contact: Adina Beaudry, [email protected] P: 603-868-7800

Brand New Lakes Region Inn to Open in 2018 – The Pickering House Inn, Wolfeboro. The building first built in the early 1800’s and threated by demolition, has been saved by a local family with experience in renovation and interior design. The inn on South Main Street will have 10 guest rooms and private meeting rooms and is minutes from the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Contact: Peter and Patty Cooke, [email protected] Web:

Attractions & Activities

Mount Washington Auto Road offering NEW 3- hour guided adventure tour of Mount Washington, Pinkham Notch. Adding to their standard 2-hour tour allowing guests to have a full hour to explore the summit on their own, the new expanded 3-hour customizable option allows for more time to explore trails and scenic areas along the Auto Road with their best mountain guides. Contact: Crispin Battles, [email protected] P: 603-466-3988 x 141

Mount Washington Cog Railway opens FREE Base Station experience: the NEW Cog Railway Museum and Peppersass Pond live fish, Bretton Woods. The world’s first mountain-climbing railway opens a brand new FREE museum at their base station. Exhibits include their Emmy-award winning documentary, an interactive cog wheel and rack, and a bio-diesel train simulator. The railway also plans to stock the Peppersass Pond with trout for educational purposes where guests are welcome to feed them and watch them jump. Contact: Becky Metcalf, [email protected] P: 603-278-2255

Mount Washington Hikers can now Purchase One-Way Tickets on the Mount Washington Cog Railway, Bretton Woods. Hikers who want to summit this legendary and challenging mountain AND want to experience this famous train can now do both in a single day. Hikers can ride one way up or down on the train for only $48 per hiker. Contact: Becky Metcalf, [email protected] P: 603-278-2255

NEW Helicopter Tour – Vertical Ventures Aviation, Whitefield. Operates a luxurious, air-conditioned R-44 Helicopter equipped with Bose headsets over the White Mountains. Contact: [email protected] P: 603-616-9246

NEW Helicopter Tour – White Mountains Helicopter, Warren. White Mountains Helicopter provides scenic helicopter rides, flight instruction and aerial photography services in the White Mountains Region of NH. See spectacular scenery of the White Mountains rom the air! Contact: [email protected] P: 603-823-3358

Polar Caves Park New Climbing Adventures, Rumney. Offering the 172-foot Polar Ascent and the all-natural granite Polar Wall. The Polar Ascent is a fully-guided, safe and fun way to experience climbing. Challenge yourself to their 172-foot Via Ferrata or “Iron Road” and then repel back to base camp. The Polar Wall is a natural granite wall with five designate climbing routes using both natural and manmade foot and hand holds. Contact: Rob Arey, [email protected] P: 603-536-1888

Umbagog Wildlife Tour now offered by ELC Outdoors, Errol. This North woods outfitter and adventure center now offers tours on Lake Umbagog with calm waters, incredible scenery, and abundant NH wildlife, all from the comfort of a 24-foot pontoon boat. This trip is very informative and allows great photo opportunities and lots of fun for the whole family. Guests routinely see moose, deer, bald eagles, osprey, loons and even the odd black bear. Approximately 4.5 hours round trip. Contact: Jim Cochran, [email protected] P: 603-733-7721

The Famous Winnipesaukee Pier sold for $2 million, Laconia Weirs Beach. New owners East Coast Flight Craft purchased the Pier and announced immediate plans to add parking and picnic areas. Space will be leased to new vendors including a smoke house serving BBQ as well as other eateries. Their 5 year plans include reconfiguring the pier to a more upscale recreational and dining destination and plans to invest up to $4 million. Contact: Lakes Region Tourism Association Amy Landers, [email protected] P: 603-286-8008


Schilling Beer Co Announces Plans for Expansion, Littleton. Plans to expand their historic grist mill building to dramatically increase their brewing space, add a space dedicated to tastings, and a retail area. This brewery and restaurant also plans to host an expanded Annual Oktoberfest on September 23, 2017 with live music. Contact: Amy Nadeau, [email protected] P: 603-444-4800

NEW Seven Birches Winery & Tasting Room, Lincoln. Take a “Meet the Winemakers” tour and sample red wine aging in one of our oak barrels, chat with the winemaker and taste some delicious NH wines. Located in the new RiverWalk Resort. Contact: Mark LaClair, [email protected] P: 603-745-7550

Smuttynose Brewing Company recognized among the Best Breweries in the World for the 11th year, Northhampton. This local craft brew, founded in 1994, has once again been recognized on RateBeer’s list of 100 Best Breweries in the World. Visitors can sip their creations while being surrounded by 270 barrel fermenting tanks, after playing a round of disc golf or eating at one of their two restaurants. They are one of the first breweries in the country to achieve LEED certification. Contact: Doug Horner, [email protected] P: 606-601-8214


NEW Annual Event – Dixville Notch Music Festival (May 27, 28, 2017), Colebrook. Featuring arts and craft vendors, live music performances, workshops, demonstrations and free admission. The main headliner will be a Gaelic Americana concert by Kyle Anne Carey, from 1-3 PM on Sunday the 28th. Contact: Britni White, [email protected] P: 603-237-1898

NEW Annual Event – The Gathering of the Jack O Lanterns, October 28, 2017, Littleton. Enjoy family-friendly Trick or Treating on Main Street, a haunted walk along the Ammonoosuc River, bonfire, and food vendors as well as hundreds of pumpkins illuminated along the river. Contact: Jessica Nellson Bunker, [email protected] P: 603-444-6561

NEW Annual Events at the Mount Washington Cog Railway: Handcrafts and Steampunk, Bretton Woods. This iconic attraction how hosts major events annual including The Steampunk Festival: Railway to the Moon on August 19, 2017 in which Victorian era meets the Wild West through arts, exhibits, and more. Also announced is an Annual Handcrafted Festival, July 16-17, 2017, featuring New Hampshire’s finest handmade craft and products. Admission is free. Contact: Becky Metcalf, [email protected] P: 603-278-2255

NEW Outdoor Pavilion and Event Space – Mohawk Falls Pavilion, Colebrook. Named after the waterfall on the property, construction was completed on this covered outdoor event space for up to 200 guests from mid-May to October. Chair and table rentals available. Contact: Britni White, [email protected] P: 603-237-1898

16106328890_8af92bc4a2_k100th Anniversary of Portsmouth Historic Society – Announcing 2017 Special Exhibitions, Portsmouth. “Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth” kicks off the 2017 spring season (April 7-June 18) with 50 fascinating works from the colonial and federal periods. This classic exhibition will demonstrate why the fine craftsmanship of Portsmouth artisans is universally respected and sought after. “Seacoast Sculpture, from Material to Masterwork,” (July 7-October 1) will focus on works by three renowned locals in three different media–ceramics by Jane Kaufmann, metal sculpture by Sumner Winebaum, and woodworks by Michael Stasiuk. This flexible rentable space then hosts a free Star Island exhibit (October 19-November 19) sponsored by the Star Island Corporation. The 2017 series wraps up with “Quilts of the Season” (November 21 – December 23) by fabric artist Pam Weeks. Contact: Kathleen Soldati, [email protected] P: 603-436-8433

TEAM O’Neil Rally Driving School Announces a NEW Annual RallyFest – August 12, 2017. This fast and educational annual event is planning rally car rides, workshops, raffles, a car show and more. General admission is $20. Contact: Karl Stone, [email protected] P: 603-444-4488


NH Grand Launches FREE Downloadable Recipe Book. New Hampshire’s northern-most DMO representing a region that is known for its untouched, natural beauty has produced a compilation of 22 recipes called Savor the Flavors of New Hampshire’s Grand North. It includes an assortment of hearty breakfasts, maple infused ideas, and tasty moose desserts. Contact: Katelyn White, [email protected] P: 603-788-7200

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