The Hippo


Jul 19, 2019








Sunset over Lake Winnipesaukee. Julia Freeman-Woolpert photo. Courtesy of NH Division of Travel & Tourism.

 Top 10 Romantic Spots in NH

Voted by New Hampshire Tourism’s Facebook fans
1. Woodstock
2. Lake Winnipesaukee
3. Odiorne Point
4. Diana’s Baths
5. Sabbaday Falls
6. Inn at Thorn Hill
7. Cathedral Ledge
8. North Conway Grand Hotel
9. Sculptured Rocks, Groton
10. Christmas Farm Inn

Planning your you time
How to honeymoon local


 The flowers, the invitations, the cake and the venue are all of utmost importance when it comes to planning a wedding, but when all is said and done, it’s the honeymoon that matters. It’s when you get to do what you want, when you want, without worrying about your guests.

To put it simply, the honeymoon is all about you.
But you don’t have to go away for this bliss; if you’re going to honeymoon local, New Hampshire is the place to do it, said Tai Freligh, communications manager at the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. 
“We have so much variety within such a small state,” he said. 
Cold escape
Where to go: White Mountains, Lakes Region, North Woods
The White Mountains are the obvious choice for a local winter getaway, especially for skiers, but there are lots of people who live in New Hampshire who don’t ski. 
Fear not — there’s still plenty to do.
Take dogsledding, for example. The Muddy Paw Dog Sled Kennel ( offers year-round dogsled rides that range in length from 2 to 50 miles. You can take classes and learn how to be a musher, or you can just “bundle up and be pulled by these dogs,” Freligh said. If there’s no snow on the ground, the dogs pull “rolling” sleds, too. For those not heading that far north, Valley Snow Dogz ( is an option in the Lakes Region.
You can take an old-fashioned sleigh ride in areas all around the state, including at the Mount Washington Resort, Waterville Valley Resort, Nestlenook Farm in Jackson and Heritage Farm Pancake House in Sanbornton.
Or go snowshoeing (find out where at or snowmobiling ( and stay in an inn or hotel to package the deal.
Hot honeymoon 
Where to go: Seacoast, Lakes Region, White Mountains
Summer is by far the most popular month for tourists, and while there are no definite numbers, Freligh suspects it’s the same with honeymooners.
“Downtown Portsmouth is very walkable. There are a lot of shops and restaurants, arts and culture there,” Freligh said. “Then there’s The Music Hall and its new Loft — they perform more intimate musical sessions and films, that sort of thing.” 
Not to mention the free outdoor shows at Prescott Park and the many area theater companies. There are plenty of quaint bed-and-breakfasts, like the Ale House Inn, which has top ranks on 
For a bit of liveliness, Hampton Beach is also a popular area in the summertime, with its concerts at the Casino, the street vendors, the surfing, the swimming and the renovated oceanfront pavilion. All year long it’s bustling with summer activities, fireworks, outdoor movies and events.
There’s plenty to do in the Lakes Region too. Gunstock offers ziplines, Segway trails, horseback riding and scenic places for mountain biking. Not too far away is Mount Major, a moderate hike with amazing views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the remains of a stone hiking shelter at the top.
During the summertime in the White Mountains, you could try white water rafting in Gorham ( Many other New Hampshire ski resorts, like Sunapee in Newbury, Cranmore in North Conway and Bretton Woods (the longest in New England), also offer canopy tours.
Spring & Fall
Where to go: Anywhere
“Spring is the low season for tourism, but there are still plenty of things going on,” Freligh said. “Forty percent of our tourism happens in the summer season. If you’re looking for quieter time, fewer people come in the spring,” he said.
Franconia Notch, for instance, houses the Fields of Lupine Festival during the first two or three full weeks of June, an annual event sponsored by the Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce. It’s a celebration of the plentiful purple Lupines in the area and, in addition to great scenery, it includes special events, concerts, walking tours, an open-air market and “Lupine trails” that you can enjoy on foot or horse-drawn wagon.
If you are honeymooning in the early spring, you can hit up everything that’s good about maple season in March. Freligh said there are at least 100 sugar shacks that offer tours and tastings through There are special packages, too, that allow you to stay at an inn or bed-and-breakfast afterward.
The fall is heavy with film, food, fairs and foliage, and is a more popular time for tourists, so Freligh advises honeymooners to plan ahead.
“If you’re going to Lincoln or Woodstock during the fall season, there will be a lot of people driving on the Kancamagus Highway looking at foliage, so take that into consideration. Book ahead; if you’re trying to get into a bed-and-breakfast, there are lots of properties that have just 10, 15 rooms,” he said.   
As seen in the January 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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