• Over 100 Things in the Upper Valley TO GO, SEE, AND DO

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    Hiking

    Quechee Gorge
    Quechee, VT
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Some 13,000 years ago, as the glacier receded from the ocean waters, the melting waters slowly and steadily cut away the bedrock ridge that has become Vermont’s most spectacular natural wonder, Quechee Gorge. Enjoy beautiful vistas 168 feet above the Ottaquechee River, have a picnic overlooking the waterfalls or get something to eat at the snack bar. Enjoy hiking or walking the trails along the mile-long chasm.

    Link: https://vermonttourismnetwork.com/quechee-gorge-vermonts-little-grand-canyon/

    Storrs Pond Recreation Area
    Hanover, NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: The Storrs Pond Recreation Area is operated by the Hanover Improvement Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Storrs Pond is located only minutes from the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire and Dartmouth College. The Area features scenic woodlands, a man-made 13-acre pond and two sandy swimming beaches, a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court and picnic areas.

    Link: http://www.storrspond.org/

    Holt’s Ledge
    Hanover, NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    EASY Dayhike: 2.2 miles (2 hours) — 13 miles from Hanover -  Holt’s Ledge is a precipitous cliff with fine views to the east. The cliff edge is fenced off not only to protect unaware hikers on foggy days, but also to protect the peregrine falcons who nest on the cliff. Before being protected by the Endangered Species Act, peregrines were driven out of New England by the ravages of DDT, which thinned their egg shells and caused the eggs to break before the chicks were mature enough to survive. Holt’s Ledge was one of the first sites in New Hampshire where peregrines were successfully reintroduced. The gentler northern slope of Holt’s Ledge is home to the Dartmouth Skiway, and also the route of this day hike.

    Link: http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/hiking/hikes/holtsledge.html

    Wright’s Mountain in Bradford
    Bradford, VT
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Wrights Mountain Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bradford, Vermont that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

    Link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/wrights-mountain-trail

    Mt. Cardigan in Orange
    Canaan, NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Cardigan Mountain State Park spans 5,655 acres and is an excellent area for hiking. A mountain road leads to trails on the west slope of Mount Cardigan as well as a trail to the summit. Mount Cardigan's 3,121-foot treeless granite summit affords outstanding views of west central New Hampshire, with a panorama that includes Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains, Camel's Hump in Vermont, and Pleasant Mountain in Maine

    Link: http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/hiking/hikes/cardigan.html
     

    Balch Hill Natural Area
    Hanover, NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description:  The Balch Hill Natural Area has been a favorite of Hanover residents for its great views, picnicking, walking, and bird watching.  Ten trails provide easy to moderate routes to the 937-foot summit.  Its diverse communities include a former pasture and apple orchard at the summit, and forests of pine, hardwoods, and hemlock on the slopes. Owned by the Hanover Conservancy, the oldest local land trust in New Hampshire, Balch Hill is one of many trails and natural areas open to public hiking. 

    Link: www.hanoverconservancy.org/

    Mount Kearsarge
    Warner, NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: On paper (aka the map) Mt. Kearsarge in Winslow State Park appears to be an easy, breezy hike perfect for families with young kids. You drive more than halfway up the mountain to reach the trailheads, after all, and there’s a playground adjacent to the parking lot.

    https://www.northeasthikes.com/mt-kearsarge-hike-winslow-trail-barlow-trail-loop-winslow-state-park-nh/

    Sculptured Rocks Natural Area
    Groton NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Sculptured Rocks Natural Area spans 272 acres. Popular activities include exploring the sculpted canyons, picnicking, and hiking. 

    https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/sculptured-rocks-natural-area.aspx

    Moose Mountain Trail
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: The north peak of Moose Mountain, at 2,300 feet, is the highest point within Hanover’s town boundaries. Where cleared pastures once bordered the summit of this long ridge, now the forest has grown back and returned Moose to its wilder past. For those whose picture of Hanover is limited to the busy intersection of Main and Wheelock Streets, this hike is an opportunity to see another side of town and to experience the rural landscape of the Upper Valley.

    Link: http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/hiking/hikes/moosemountain.html

    Gile Fire Tower
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Gile Mountain Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Norwich, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

    Link: http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/hiking/hikes/gile.html

    Vershare Snow-Shoe-A-Thon
    Vershire VT
    Festivals & Events, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: A two-mile snowshoe hike for all ages.

    Link: http://vershare.org/snowshoe.htm

    Valley Quest Books
    Local Flavor, Activity
    Outdoor Activity

    Description: The Upper Valley is full of adventures, and the Upper Valley Quest Book is the ultimate guide.

    Link: http://vitalcommunities.org/valleyquest/questing-book/

    True’s Ledges 
    Lebanon NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Rocky gorge (between upstream and downstream parcel boundaries, True’s Brook drops some 50 ft. in elevation along 700 linear feet of shoreline with 3 dramatic overlooks); long-popular local swimming hole; varied plants and animals (aquatic, riparian, and upland species share relatively small area). In 1998, local efforts succeeded in City’s acquisition of this parcel; now permanently conserved by easement to Upper Valley Land Trust.

    Link: http://www.uvlt.org/docs/trails/Trues_Ledges_trail_map_from_lebcity.pdf

    Boston Lot Lake and Wilder Dam Ledges
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Boston Lot is a forested upland area. The Boston Lot Reservoir, (elevation 638 feet) is ringed by ridges. Several small streams flow into the reservoir, and one stream flows from the dam spillway to the Connecticut River.

    Link: https://lebanonnh.gov/448/Boston-Lot-Conservation-Area

    Eshqua Bog

    Hartland, VT
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Eshqua Bog is a botanical wonderland of cold-climate holdovers--small pockets of bog plant species and a two acre fen--from the post-glacial era 10,000 years ago. This preserve contains a diverse array of bog and fen plants: labrador tea, cotton grass, pitcher plants, showy lady's slippers, larches and buckbean.

    https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/vermont/places-preserves/eshqua-bog-natural-area.xml

    Carriage roads (trails)
    Woodstock VT
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: In the park boundaries there are over 20 miles of trails (download List of Hikes) available for visitors to explore. The trails crisscross the property through peaceful forests, to spectacular overlooks and historic scenery. The trails can be accessed from the park entrance on Vt. 12 or from the parking lot on Prosper Road.

    Link: https://www.nps.gov/mabi/planyourvisit/outdooractivities.htm 

    Appalachian National Scenic Trail

    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.

    Link: https://www.nps.gov/appa/index.htm

    BOATING

    Sunapee Harbor
    Sunapee, NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Sunapee Harbor has been a mainstay for vacationers since the 1800’s when the sweltering heat of the cities sent vacationers fleeing north by train to enjoy the cool waters of Lake Sunapee. Nestled along the shores of Lake Sunapee in the heart of the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire, Sunapee Harbor offers boating, kayaking, shopping, waterfront dining, picnicking, fishing, free music, narrated boat tours, ice cream and much more.

    White river canoeing

    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: White River is fairly shallow although rocky with some deep smooth areas with MANY small rapids and ledges along the way. It is rated between Class 1 and 3 according to the Appalachion Canoe and Kayak NH/VT guide.

    Link: https://paddling.com/paddle/trips/white-river-vermont-1/?lat=43.7195&lng=-72.3981&zoom=11

    Link: http://www.sunapeeharborriverway.com

    Ledyard Canoe Club- rent canoe or kayak

    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Rent a boat from

    Link: http://www.ledyardcanoeclub.org/

    WINTER SPORTS

    Skiing at Dartmouth Skiway

    Dartmouth Skiway offers big-mountain challenges in a family-friendly setting with more than 100 ski-able acres spread over two mountains and enough terrain variety to thrill any ski or snowboarding enthusiast. The Skiway has something fun for everyone: a 968-foot vertical drop, full-service day lodge, superb grooming, and exciting terrain features. A special ticket price also means a family can enjoy a weekend of skiing and riding at the Skiway for one great price.

    skiway.dartmouth.edu

    Skating on Occom Pond
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Festivals & Events

    Description: Delightful year-round, but known for ice skating and the Winter Carnival in February (weather dependent – the ice has to freeze solid).

     

    http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/natural_areas/occom_pond.html

    Skyline Ski Trail
    Pomfret VT
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: The Skyline Trail travels a scenic route through rural central Vermont, crossing numerous farms and pasture lands. The official Skyline Trail begins in East Barnard with a two-mile climb which most skiers avoid. Details are available in the Skyline Trail pamphlet, from the Woodstock Touring Center.

     

    Link: http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/backcountryskiing/trips/skyline.html

    Lake Morey 
    Fairlee VT
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: longest ice skating trail in the US (Fairlee), plus, summetime activity: Treasure Island, canoeing, rowboats, fishing, etc.

     

    Link: http://lakemoreyresort.com/

    RECREATION

    Cornish-Windsor Bridge
    Cornish, NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Historical

    Description: The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in the United States and the longest two-span, covered bridge in the world. It is also a classic example of wooden bridge-building in 19th-century America. With copious supplies of timber at hand and a generous reserve of carpentry skills available, bridge builders in early America quickly discarded the masonry arches prevalent in the Old World. Instead, they opted for a revival of timber-truss designs dating from 14th century Europe.

    Link: http://www.asce.org/project/cornish-windsor-covered-bridge/

    VINS
    Quechee, VT
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.

    Link: http://www.vinsweb.org/

    Saint-Gaudens
    Cornish, NH
    Arts & Culture, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Saint Gauden’s Sunday afternoon concerts (2 – 4 p.m.) https://www.nps.gov/saga/planyourvisit/summer-concerts.htm

    Step into the world of one of America’s greatest artists

    Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. See over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Enjoy summer concerts, explore nature trails, or indulge your hidden talents during a sculpture class.

    https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm

     

     

    Concerts in the Park or on the Green
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Colburn Park music in the summer in Lebanon https://lebanonnh.gov/367/Front-Porch-Concert-Series, Lyme Town Band on summer Tuesdays: http://fairleevt.org/event/concert-on-the-common-lyme-town-band/
    (Check your local towns)

    Pick-Your-Own Farms
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Local Flavor

    Description: Seasonal pick-your-own farms offer everything from pumpkins, to apples, to flowers (Spring Ledge Farm), to strawberries and blueberries

    Link: http://www.pickyourown.org/NH.htm, http://www.pickyourown.org/VT.htm

    Fore U Minigolf & Ice Cream
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: West Lebanon's mini golf court. Come play the course and enjoy the best ice cream in town.

    Link: http://foreugolf.com/icecream.html

    Light Shrine at LaSalette Shrine
    Enfield NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: The spectacular LaSalette light festival has been a local tradition since 1954.

    http://www.nhmagazine.com/December-2015/Visit-the-La-Salette-Shrine-Light-Display/ and Joseph Smith Memorial in South Royalton https://www.lds.org/locations/joseph-smith-birthplace-memorial?lang=eng&_r=1

    Alyson's Apple Festival
    Outdoor Recreations
    Walpole, NH

    Annual apple festival. Pick your own. Apple pie contest. Fun for the entire family.

    http://alysonsorchard.com/upcoming-events/

    Arts and Culture

     

    Circus Smirkus in July

    ​Description: Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization operating in Greensboro, Vermont. Our mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.

    Link: http://www.smirkus.org/

    Summer Revels
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: Revels North educates the community through theatrical, dance, and musical experiences that bring the world’s cultural traditions and celebrations to life.

    Link: http://revelsnorth.org/summer-revels/

     

    Montshire Museum of Science
    Norwich, VT
    Arts & Culture, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum located in Norwich, Vermont, with more than 140 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the Museum's outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience.

    Link: https://www.montshire.org/

    Enfield Shaker Museum
    Enfield, NH
    Arts & Culture

    Description: Nestled in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, in Enfield, New Hampshire, the Enfield Shaker site has been cherished for over 200 years. At its peak in the mid 19th century, the community was home to three “Families” of Shakers. They practiced equality of the sexes and races, celibacy, pacifism and communal ownership of property. Shakers farmed over 3,000 acres of land, educated children in model schools and worshipped in the “Shaker Way.”

    https://www.shakermuseum.org/

    Saint-Gaudens
    Cornish, NH
    Arts & Culture, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Saint Gauden’s Sunday afternoon concerts (2 – 4 p.m.) https://www.nps.gov/saga/planyourvisit/summer-concerts.htm

    Step into the world of one of America’s greatest artists

    Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. See over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Enjoy summer concerts, explore nature trails, or indulge your hidden talents during a sculpture class.
    Link:
    https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm

    American Precision Museum
    Windsor, VT
    Arts & Culture, Historical

    Description: The Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work on our everyday lives. The American Precision Museum, housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, now holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.

    Link: https://www.americanprecision.org/

    Hopkins Center (The HOP)
    Hanover, NH
    Arts & Culture

    Description: The Hopkins Center’s mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for the arts within Dartmouth and its greater community and to provide the core educational environment for the study, creation and presentation of the arts.

    https://hop.dartmouth.edu/Online/default.asp

    League of NH Craftsmen
    Hanover, NH
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: The mission of the League is to encourage, nurture, and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.

    https://www.nhcrafts.org/

    Nugget Theater
    Hanover, NH
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: The Nugget Theaters is a movie theater with 4 screens showing first run movies ….

    http://www.nugget-theaters.com/

    King Arthur Flour
    Wilder, VT
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: We're an employee-owned company, every one of us bakers at heart. Our mission is to inspire connections and community by spreading the joy of baking.

    https://www.kingarthurflour.com/

    Hood Museum of Art
    Hanover, NH
    Arts & Culture

    Description: As a teaching museum, the Hood Museum of Art is committed to helping all visitors develop visual literacy skills—the ability to construct meaning from what we see. 

    Link: http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/

    Simon Pearce
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor
    3 Locations: Hanover NH, Quechee, VT and Windsor, VT

    Description: Handmade in the USA

    We believe simplicity, quality and artisanship are tenets of a better way of life. From our hand-thrown pottery to our lead-free glassware, each piece carries a story that lends meaning, authenticity and grace to every use.

    https://www.simonpearce.com/

    Northern Stage
    White River Jct, VT
    Arts & Culture
    Description: Northern Stage is a regional non-profit Actors’ Equity LORT-D professional theater in White River Junction, Vermont. Northern Stage’s mission is to change lives one story at a time
    https://northernstage.org/

    Main Street Museum
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor
    White River Jct. VT

    Description: The Main Street Museum is an eclectic display space for material culture and a civic organization in White River Junction, Vermont.

    Link: https://www.mainstreetmuseum.org/

    Lebanon Opera House
    Lebanon, NH
    Arts & Culture

    Description: Lebanon Opera House is the only community-based theater of its size in west-central New Hampshire and the cultural focal point of the greater Lebanon community.

    https://lebanonoperahouse.org/

    Vermont Toy Museum
    Quechee, VT
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: Be a kid again and share your childhood memories with family and friends at The Vermont Toy Museum located inside Quechee Gorge Village shopping complex on the second floor above Cabot cheese.  Explore each decade of toys from the 1800's to the present from cast iron, tin, actions figures, Star Wars, Cracker Jack and many of your childhood heroes.  Click on the "play" button in the upper left hand corner of Star Trek to view our slideshow.

    http://vermonttoymuseum.com/index.html

    AVA Gallery
    Hanover, NH
    Arts & Culture

    Description: AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Arts) is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that nurture, support and challenge New England artists, and to providing art classes for children, teens and adults of all levels and abilities.  AVA’s programs—including special events that foster interaction among artists, patrons of the arts and the community, and which emphasize sustainability—are dedicated to recognizing the ways in which art enriches our lives.

    https://avagallery.org/

    Billings Farm
    Woodstock VT
    Art & Cultural
    Description: Numerous events and festivals year-round: Quilting, Harvest Festival, Antique Truck Show – check out the events page:
    Link: https://billingsfarm.org/
    http://billingsfarm.org/event/

    Orozco Murals in Baker Library at Dartmouth
    Arts & Culture, Historical
    Hanover NH

    Description: The monumental mural cycle The Epic of American Civilization was painted by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934 in Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College. This national historic landmark is considered one of the finest examples of mural painting in this country by one of the greatest twentieth-century practitioners of public art.

    Link: http://www.dartmouth.edu/digitalorozco/

    New London Barn Playhouse
    New London NH
    Arts & Culture

    Description: The Playhouse presents many musicals and plays each year. In addition, it offers classes and workshops for actors of all ages.

    Link: https://nlbarn.org/

    Eclipse Grange
    Thetford VT
    Arts & Culture

    Description: A nonprofit theater group that presents both classic plays and works by local artists.

    Link: http://www.parishplayers.org/eclipse.shtml

    New London Historical Society
    Historical, Arts & Culture

    Description: See history brought to life through fun events such as reenactments, feasts, and fiddle contests.

    Link: http://www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org/

    Local Flavor

    Artisans Park
    Local Flavor, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation
    Windsor, VT

    Description: We are a collection of 8 unique Vermont businesses all located in the same park. We are home to the Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce, SILO Distillery, Path of Life Sculpture Garden, Great River Outfitters, Oh! Veggies, Blake Hill Preserves, and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company Market.
    http://www.artisanspark.net/

    The Co-Op Food Stores
    Local Flavor
    Hanover, Lebanon, White River Junction

    Description: 
    Begun in 1936,the Co-Op Food Stores are the oldest food cooperative in the nation. They carry roughly 4,000 products grown, baked, nurtured and delivered from over 300 farmers and food producers from within a 100-mile radius of the Upper Valley. For more than 80 years, the Co-op has maintained a stated commitment to buying locally produced food. With locations in New Hampshire and Vermont, this cooperative generates sales of more than $70 million annually from its three grocery stores, community market and auto service center.

    http://coopfoodstore.coop

    League of NH Craftsmen
    Hanover, NH
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: The mission of the League is to encourage, nurture, and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
    https://www.nhcrafts.org/

    Nugget Theater
    Hanover, NH
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: The Nugget Theaters is a movie theater with 4 screens showing first run movies ….

    http://www.nugget-theaters.com/

    King Arthur Flour
    Wilder, VT
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: We're an employee-owned company, every one of us bakers at heart. Our mission is to inspire connections and community by spreading the joy of baking.

    https://www.kingarthurflour.com/

    Dan and Whits
    Norwich, VT
    Local Flavor

    Description: A Vermont Country Store

    Welcome to Dan & Whit's online. We're a true Vermont General Store located on Main Street in Norwich, Vermont. Our goal has always been to provide the daily necessities of our customers here in the Upper Valley area; as well as stocking those items that are requests of our customers.

    http://www.danandwhitsonline.com/

    Simon Pearce
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor
    3 Locations: Hanover NH, Quechee VT & Windsor, VT

    Description: Handmade in the USA

    We believe simplicity, quality and artisanship are tenets of a better way of life. From our hand-thrown pottery to our lead-free glassware, each piece carries a story that lends meaning, authenticity and grace to every use.

    https://www.simonpearce.com/

    Artisans Park
    Local Flavor, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation
    Windsor, VT

    Description: We are a collection of 8 unique Vermont businesses all located in the same park. We are home to the Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce, SILO Distillery, Path of Life Sculpture Garden, Great River Outfitters, Oh! Veggies, Blake Hill Preserves, and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company Market.

    http://www.artisanspark.net/

    Main Street Museum
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor
    White River JCt. VT

    Description: The Main Street Museum is an eclectic display space for material culture and a civic organization in White River Junction, Vermont.

    Link: https://www.mainstreetmuseum.org/

    Vermont Toy Museum
    Quechee, VT
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: Be a kid again and share your childhood memories with family and friends at The Vermont Toy Museum located inside Quechee Gorge Village shopping complex on the second floor above Cabot cheese.  Explore each decade of toys from the 1800's to the present from cast iron, tin, actions figures, Star Wars, Cracker Jack and many of your childhood heroes.  Click on the "play" button in the upper left hand corner of Star Trek to view our slideshow.

    http://vermonttoymuseum.com/index.html

    Maple Open House Weekend – NH & VT
    Festival & Events, Local Flavor

    Description: Maple sugar house open house weekend March 23-24 2018. Keep an eye out for each years dates.

    Link: https://vermontmaple.org/mohw
    Link: https://nhmapleproducers.com/directory/categories/maple-weekend

    Fairlee Diner
    Fairlee VT
    Arts & Culture, Local Flavor

    Description: A classic New England diner for all your breakfast needs.

    Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g57262-d603946-Reviews-Fairlee_Diner-Fairlee_Vermont.html

    Christmas Revels at Hopkins Center
    Hanover NH
    Festival & Events

    Description: The Christmas Revels, a beloved Upper Valley tradition for the whole family, is presented annually by Revels North at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. We celebrate the holiday season and the turning of the year with singing, dancing, and traditions that span the centuries and the globe. 

    http://revelsnorth.org/christmas-revels/
     

    P&H Truck Stop
    Wells River VT
    Local Flavor

    Description: A cozy diner that features a mini mart for travelers.

    Link: http://www.pandhtruckstop.com/

    Vershare Snow-Shoe-A-Thon
    Vershire VT
    Festivals & Events, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: A two-mile snowshoe hike for all ages.

    Link: http://vershare.org/snowshoe.html

    Valley Quest Books
    Local Flavor, Activity

    Description: The Upper Valley is full of adventures, and the Upper Valley Quest Book is the ultimate guide.

    Link: http://vitalcommunities.org/valleyquest/questing-book/

    McNamara Farm Mondays and Thursdays milk bottling
    Plainfield NH
    Local Flavor

    Description: Come enjoy fresh milk and fun events hosted by the local McNamara farm family.

    Link: https://karinamcnamara.wordpress.com/

    Pick-Your-Own Farms
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Local Flavor

    Description: Seasonal pick-your-own farms offer everything from pumpkins, to apples, to flowers (Spring Ledge Farm), to strawberries and blueberries

    Link: http://www.pickyourown.org/NH.htm, http://www.pickyourown.org/VT.htm

    Light Shrine at LaSalette Shrine
    Enfield NH
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: The spectacular LaSalette light festival has been a local tradition since 1954.

    http://www.nhmagazine.com/December-2015/Visit-the-La-Salette-Shrine-Light-Display/ and Joseph Smith Memorial in South Royalton https://www.lds.org/locations/joseph-smith-birthplace-memorial?lang=eng&_r=1

    Old Home Days in any upper valley town
    Local, Historical

    Description: Enjoy various vendors, live music, food, petting zoo, demonstrations, contests, games and exhibits!

    Link: http://hudsonoldhomedays.blogspot.com/

    Local farmer’s markets
    Local, Activity

    Description: Farmers markets featuring local produce and other delectables.

    Link:  
    http://www.hanoverchamber.org/hanover-area-farmers-market   
    http://www.norwichfarmersmarket.org/

     

    Flea Market in Lyme, late June
    Local

    Description: Come enjoy local goods, antiques, and handmade items sold by local vendors.

    Link: http://cclyme.org/events/lyme-flea-market/2017-08-26/


    Festivals and Events

    Maple Open House Weekend – NH & VT
    Festival & Events, Local Flavor

    Description: Maple sugar house open house weekend March 23-24 2018. Keep an eye out for each years dates.
    Link: https://vermontmaple.org/mohw
    Link: https://nhmapleproducers.com/directory/categories/maple-weekend

    Dartmouth Pow Wow

    Festivals & Events - May

    The Dartmouth Powwow serves as an opportunity for members of both the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities to observe, participate, and learn from a broad representation of Native American Dances, music, and arts and crafts.

    Canaan Fair Speedway
    Canaan, NH
    Event

    Description: Come watch exciting races, featuring both local competitors and national stars.

    Link: http://www.racingin.com/track/details.aspx?s=NH&Address_ID=1063

    Tunbridge World’s Fair
    Tunbridge, VT
    Festivals & Events

    Description: Come enjoy a wide array of rides and attractions after Labor Day at the fair.

    Link: http://www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com/schedules/fair/

    Cornish Fair- August
    Cornish NH
    Festivals & Events

    Description: The Cornish Fair features live entertainment, rides, fresh food, and other attractions.

    Link: http://www.cornishfair.org/

    Circus Smirkus in July
    ​Description: Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization operating in Greensboro, Vermont. Our mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.

    Link: http://www.smirkus.org/

    Summer Revels
    Arts & Culture, Festivals & Events - June

    Description: Revels North educates the community through theatrical, dance, and musical experiences that bring the world’s cultural traditions and celebrations to life.

    Link: http://revelsnorth.org/summer-revels/

    Christmas Revels at Hopkins Center
    Festival & Events, December

    Description: The Christmas Revels, a beloved Upper Valley tradition for the whole family, is presented annually by Revels North at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. We celebrate the holiday season and the turning of the year with singing, dancing, and traditions that span the centuries and the globe. 

    http://revelsnorth.org/christmas-revels/

    Vershare Snow-Shoe-A-Thon
    Vershire VT
    Festivals & Events, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: A two-mile snowshoe hike for all ages.

    Link: http://vershare.org/snowshoe.htm

    Prouty in the summer for NCCC
    Festivals & Events

    Description: The Prouty is a sponsored athletic event that raises funds for cancer research.

    Link: http://theprouty.org/

    Glory Days of the Railroad festival
    White River Jct VT
    Festival & Events

    Description: Come relive the high point of the northern railroads.

    Link: http://vtglorydaysfestival.com/

     

    Norwich Fair
    Norwich VT
    Festivals & Events
    Description: Rides and attractions in Norwich for patrons of all ages.

    Link: http://www.norwichlionsclub.org/norwich-fair

    Skating on Occom Pond
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Festivals & Events

    Description: Delightful year-round, but known for ice skating and the Winter Carnival in February (weather dependent – the ice has to freeze solid).

    http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/natural_areas/occom_pond.html

    Alyson's Apple Festival
    Walpole NH
    Outdoor Recreations

    Annual apple festival. Pick your own. Apple pie contest. Fun for the entire family.

    http://alysonsorchard.com/upcoming-events/

    Historical

    Saint-Gaudens
    Cornish, NH
    Arts & Culture, Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Historical

    Description: Saint Gauden’s Sunday afternoon concerts (2 – 4 p.m.) https://www.nps.gov/saga/planyourvisit/summer-concerts.htm

    Step into the world of one of America’s greatest artists

    Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. See over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Enjoy summer concerts, explore nature trails, or indulge your hidden talents during a sculpture class.

    https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm

    American Precision Museum
    Windsor, VT
    Arts & Culture, Historical

    Description: The Museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work on our everyday lives. The American Precision Museum, housed in the original Robbins & Lawrence Armory, now holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.

    Link: https://www.americanprecision.org/

    Fort at No. 4 Open Air Museum
    Charlestown, NH
    Historical

    Description: The Fort at No. 4 was once the Northernmost of the Western British colonies. Now, reenactors host tours and events at the settlement.

    Link: http://www.fortat4.org/

    Orozco Murals in Baker Library at Dartmouth
    Arts & Culture, Historical
    Hanover NH

    Description: The monumental mural cycle The Epic of American Civilization was painted by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934 in Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth College. This national historic landmark is considered one of the finest examples of mural painting in this country by one of the greatest twentieth-century practitioners of public art.

    Link: http://www.dartmouth.edu/digitalorozco/

    New London Historical Society
    Historical, Arts & Culture

    Description: See history brought to life through fun events such as reenactments, feasts, and fiddle contests.

    Link: http://www.newlondonhistoricalsociety.org/

    Old Home Days in any upper valley town
    Local, Historical

    Description: Enjoy various vendors, live music, food, petting zoo, demonstrations, contests, games and exhibits!

    Link: http://hudsonoldhomedays.blogspot.com/

    Activities

    Upper Valley Aquatic Center
    Activity- White River Jct. VT

    Description: The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver a diverse range of high quality fitness and aquatic programs accessible to all members of the Upper Valley community.

    https://uvacswim.org/

    Valley Quest Books
    Local Flavor, Activity

    Description: The Upper Valley is full of adventures, and the Upper Valley Quest Book is the ultimate guide.

    Link: http://vitalcommunities.org/valleyquest/questing-book/

    Fore U Minigolf & Ice Cream
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation
    West Lebanon, NH

    Description: West Lebanon's mini golf court. Come play the course and enjoy the best ice cream in town.

    Link: http://foreugolf.com/icecream.html

    Local farmer’s markets
    Local, Activity

    Description: Farmers markets featuring local produce and other delectables. 

    Link:
    http://www.hanoverchamber.org/hanover-area-farmers-market  
    http://www.norwichfarmersmarket.org/

    Flea Market in Lyme, late June
    Local

    Description: Come enjoy local goods, antiques, and handmade items sold by local vendors.

    Link: http://cclyme.org/events/lyme-flea-market/2017-08-26/

    Ledyard Canoe Club- rent canoe or kayak
    Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation

    Description: Rent a boat from the Ledyard Canoe Club.

    Link: http://www.ledyardcanoeclub.org/

    Suggested Excursions

    For Foodies:
    Pay a visit to world-renowned Simon Pearce Factory in Quechee, Vermont, to watch their master glass blowers create beautiful and useful glassware. Glass blowing happens daily between 10 AM to 9 PM. Stroll through the Quechee Mill and have lunch at the Simon Pearce Restaurant, voted one of “America’s Most Romantic Restaurants” by Travel and Leisure and recipient of the Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence.”
    http://www.simonpearce.com

    Book a cooking class at King Arthur Flour located in Norwich, Vermont. Founded in 1790, King Arthur Flour is the oldest flour company in the United States and their Norwich campus includes
    a café, factory store, production and world class baking school.
    http://www.kingarthurflour.com

    Do a craft beer tasting at the Norwich Inn’s Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse & Brewery www.norwichinn.com or one of SILO Distillery’s liquors. 
    http://www.silodistillery.com

    If looking to learn to cook a new entrée, book a cooking class at the Hanover Consumer Co-Op Culinary Learning Center located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Using locally sourced ingredients from surrounding farms, learn to cook seasonal specialties from local chefs.
    http://coopfoodstore.coop

    Finish your day with a Chef’s Showcase Dinner at PINE Restaurant located at the Hanover Inn in Hanover, New Hampshire. Executive Chef Justin Dain will now showcase his creativity with a weekly three-course, wine paired menu in PINE Restaurant. Offered alongside our popular daily menu offerings, experience this elevated dining experience.
    http://www.pineathanoverinn.com

    For Art Lovers:

    Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, hosts The Epic of American Civilization, an extensive mural cycle created by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934. One of Orozco’s finest creations and one of Dartmouth’s most treasured works, it was designated a national historic landmark in 2013. Housed in Baker Library at the center of Dartmouth’s campus, visitors may view the murals whenever the Orozco Room is open.
    http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/explore/news/jose-clemente-orozco-epic-american-civilization

    Continue your tour of Dartmouth College’s extensive art collections by touring Hood Museum, located at 6 East Wheelock Street, Hanover and 53 South Main Street, Hanover, the Hood Museum has works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella, as well as extensive Native American holdings—nearly 7,000 objects—ranging from archaeological materials to 19th century beadwork to hundreds of items created by contemporary Native American artists.

    Continue your tour in Hanover with a visit to the League of New Hampshire Gallery Store. The League Gallery store sells inspiring work by over 250 local, juried craftspeople in ceramics, jewelry, wearable art and home décor. Want to create your own art? Book a class at the League and learn to create your own masterpiece in a variety of media from jewelry making to fiber art, clay, metal or wood.

    AVA Gallery in nearby Lebanon, New Hampshire, has an edgy loft vibe in a downtown setting. The main building was built in 1890 and houses the main galleries as well as classrooms. Visitors can tour the galleries and view works by local artists. Check AVA’s schedule online for their periodic talks with the artist as well as a class schedule. Classes range from painting and fine arts, to sculpture, stone carving and wood working.

    For Theater Lovers:

    Lebanon Opera House, a historic 800-seat performing arts center, is the largest proscenium theater in the Upper Valley. Located in downtown Lebanon, performances range from small theater productions, opera, ballet, comedy nights to concerts by well-known artists.
    http://lebanonoperahouse.org

    Northern Stage is a regional non-profit Actors’ Equity LORT-D professional theater in White River Junction, Vermont. Northern Stage is a regional non-profit Actors’ Equity LORT-D professional theater in White River Junction, Vermont. The company offers 6 full productions from September to May. Operating under a LORT-D contract with Actors’ Equity, Northern Stage draws talent from the region and across the country, including many with Broadway, Regional Theater, and National Tour credits. Seasons include comedies, dramas, musicals from the classic cannon, new shows fresh from Broadway and London’s West End, and world premiere productions.
    http://northernstage.org

    The Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts at Dartmouth College include the 900-seat Spaulding Auditorium, the 480-seat Moore Theater, the Warner Bentley Theater, a flexible “black box” space with up to 180 seats. The Hop, as it is affectionately known by the locals, has over 100 or more live performances in virtually all genres of music, theater and dance, plus well over 200 film screenings and other events. In September, the Hop hosts “Telluride at Dartmouth” Film Festival, bringing films from the world famous Telluride Film Festival.
    http://hop.dartmouth.edu

    The Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vermont, is a small intimate theater that produces small scale productions and musical venues. Audiences have an opportunity to be in close proximity to the performers. In February, the BOH hosts JAGFest, a Festival of African American Playwrights . http://briggsoperahouse.com

    Opera North is the premier professional summer music festival of the Upper Valley. Founded in 1982 and based in Lebanon, NH, it is the only full-time professional opera company serving the tri-state region of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Throughout its history, Opera North has focused on bringing classic musical theatre – in a myriad of styles – to the region, working with noted international artists, designers and directors.
    http://www.operanorth.org

    For Adventurers

    The Upper Valley is a mecca for outdoor adventures in every season. From sunset cruises on Lake Sunapee to kayaking on the Connecticut River or in the many lakes and many other outdoor activities.

    Try something new and exciting by taking a tour on a Segway with Quechee Segway Tours. Young and old can Segway! Tours start in Quechee Gorge Village, an artisan village and shopping destination, and follow the trails along the famous Quechee Gorge, an 165 foot waterfall and natural feature.
    http://www.quecheesegway.com

    Experience the fun of a scenic daytime cruise on Lake Sunapee aboard the MV MT Sunapee II or enjoy an evening dinner cruise aboard the MV Kearsarge Restaurant Ship. Come aboard, relax, enjoy the wonderful New Hampshire scenery. Settle into your deck chair or ease back at your table and listen as the Captain narrates the history, lore and points of interest of this beautiful pristine mountain lake.
    http://www.sunapeecruises.com

    Book an adventure at the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Center in Lebanon. Learn to kayak, fish, stand up paddle board, outdoor skills, archery and many more outdoor sports. 
    http://www.llbean.com

    Hike one of the beautiful and scenic trails that abound in the Upper Valley. From Mt. Cardigan in Orange, NH to the numerous trails of the Hanover Conservancy and Upper Valley Land Trust, there are trails for every skill level.