Travel New England This Summer with Our Unique Guide: If you’re still trying to make summer vacation plans, or just want to visit someplace new, we’ve got great getaway ideas for families and couples in all six New England states.
Gondola rides and glacial cave exploration at Loon Mountain Lincoln, N.H.
A fast-moving gondola will lift you up to fresh mountain air and incredible views atop Loon Mountain. At the summit, hike the nature trails, climb a four-story observation tower for a crow’s view of the area, and explore naturally formed glacial caves. (Top photo: Glacial Cave Exploration at Loon Mountain, by Hinkley Photo)
Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel Jefferson, N.H.
A summer sled dog ride is sure to be a new experience for the family. At Muddy Paw, many of the animals are rescue dogs and second-chance sled dogs, still eager to do their job. Meet the dogs, climb aboard a rolling sled and take in the country views.
Charter a Sailboat out of Rye Rye, N.H.
Sail out of Rye and head for the Isles of Shoals in a private sailboat. Fish off the back of the boat, jump into the Atlantic to cool off, and then take a tour around the islands while learning about their legacy of pirates and buried treasure.
Castle in the Clouds Moultonborough, N.H.
This mountaintop estate is an unusual example of Arts and Crafts-style architecture in New England. Visitors get a beautiful view of the White Mountains. The mansion is open to the public, and lunch and dinner are served daily. Take a trolley to the carriage house and be sure to explore the gardens.
The Inn at East Hill Farm Troy, N.H.
Spend a getaway weekend here on a farm the whole family can enjoy. You’ll eat wholesome, home-cooked meals each day; children are invited to help collect the breakfast eggs. Swim, fish, boat or ride horses. Special activities are available for kids, such as campfires, crafts, helping to feed the animals or milking a cow.
Seven Maples Campground Hancock, N.H.
Here, you can get that family camping experience without too much work. It’s close to Mount Monadnock for a hiking day trip, and offers kayak rentals and a stocked fishing pond. It also has a large heated pool with sprinklers and a waterslide for the kids.
For our complete Summer Travel Guide, pick up the July/Aug issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine on newsstands now.