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About White Mountains

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The White Mountains cover about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine and are considered the most rugged mountains in New England. This rugged terrain is home to many popular ski resorts, vacation rental homes and condos. Most of the White Mountain area is public land, including the White Mountain National Forest. Its most famous peak is Mount Washington, which at 6,288 feet is the highest mountain in the Northeastern U.S. and boasts of having the worst weather in the world.

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Accommodations

The White Mountains offer a nature oriented outdoors getaway with a variety of cabins, vacation homes, hotels, and resorts. Choose an accommodation near any of White Mountains's local attractions that offers comfort while making the most of the beautiful mountains and attractions at affordably priced rates.

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Activities

Board the Conway Scenic Railroad where you can choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, experiencing the excitement of rail travel in the comfort of open or enclosed restored passenger cars. Mount Washington draws many visitors each year and offers the Auto Road or the Cog Railroad up its slopes. With the ever-changing weather conditions on New England's highest peak, no two trips are the same. Since 1853, thousands of guests have marveled at the beauty and tranquility of Lost River Gorge near North Woodstock. Lit by lanterns and guided by wooden walkways through the challenge of caves like the Lemon Squeeze, pan for fossils and gemstones, and view the Judgement Hall of Pluto with its spectacular inside waterfall. Story Land is a children's theme park where fantasy lives! Ride in a pumpkin coach to Cinderella's Castle, spin through a giant cuckoo clock, and make memories to last a lifetime with 21 wonderfully themed rides, lively shows, unique playgrounds, and friendly storybook characters.

Events

Held each year in Laconia in February, the World Championship Sled Dog Derby is an exciting event for the entire family.  This world class ISDRA sanctioned event pits competing race teams for three days on a rigorous eighteen mile course over the lakes and through the woods. The Jefferson Annual Christmas Festival brings a line up of activities including a bon fire, craft fair, horse and wagon rides, petting zoo, dog sledding demonstration, open houses, treasure hunt, story hour, and yes, Santa Claus. The Stratham Fair is one of the oldest Country Fairs in New England, over 250 years of tradition. This year features the Horse Pulls and Lobster Festival that started it all plus the Miss Stratham Fair Pageant, a pie eating contest, Pig Scramble, lasagna supper, chicken Bar-B-Q, fireworks, and, of course, what is a fair without carnival rides and midway!

Mountain Activities

The White Mountains in New Hampshire are known for the world class ski resorts, but they do not have to be covered in snow to enjoy. While well known for the skiing and snowboarding, in the summer and fall they offer spectacular backgrounds for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, and fishing.

Golfing

The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire is a wonderful destination for your golf vacation. This region features some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the state and also is home to many great golf courses. The historic Bethlehem golf courses are located here, as is the North Conway Country Club, White Mountain Golf Course, Owl's Nest, Eagle Mountain House and others.

History

Martin Pring from Bristol, England, was the first recorded European to lead an expedition to present-day New Hampshire. In 1603, his ship anchored in a bay, and he charted some of the Piscataqua River. In 1614, John Smith passed by along the coast during a mapping expedition and recorded the area as very heavily wooded with great mountains to the west, and he reported very favorably on what he saw. In 1622, the king granted Captain John Mason ownership of much of the land in present-day New Hampshire. In honor of his homeland Hampshire, he gave the name "New Hampshire" to his large tracts of land. In 1622, he and Sir Ferdinando Gorges founded the Company of Laconia to support colonization and development of Mason's holdings

With the widespread advent of railroads after the Civil War, competition from midwest farmers reduced the demand for produce from New Hampshire. In spite of agricultural reverses, however, New Hampshire's rural areas were not without options. In the late 1800s, New Hampshire turned to commercial logging. Logging railroads were built into once-inaccessible forests. Meanwhile, urban areas around Boston and Portland needed daily shipments of perishable foods. By 1870, New Hampshire's railroad network was largely complete, and farmers near the various rail depots found a ready market for dairy and poultry products, as well as fresh fruit. The same railroads that brought produce to Boston and Portland also brought tourists from those urban centers. New Hampshire's natural splendors attracted artists, poets and writers, scientists, and a host of curious sightseers throughout the 1800s. Tourists came from all over the United States and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
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