Looking for adventure in New Hampshire this winter? Try touring castles of ice formations. Or shopping for craft art. Or a snowcat ride to the top of Mount Washington?? See more:
Ice Castles in North Woodstock
The photos you will take from deep inside Ice Castles in North Woodstock will be almost as amazing as the attraction itself. Made of solid ice, the walls 10 feet thick, the castles have enchanted visitors with their intricate designs, featuring towers that look like they are right out of “Lord of the Rings,” tunnels, caves, sculptures, fountains – and slides! Thousands of icicles are harvested and planted every day to keep the castles beautiful. And the effect is heightened at night, when LED lights frozen into the ice turn different colors, synchronized to music. You don’t have to be a fan of “Frozen” to find the whole experience magical. Remember to dress warmly, but in case that’s not enough there’s an on-site concession stand serving up hot chocolate and apple cider! Tickets are guaranteed to sell out each weekend. 888-407-4054
Four Centuries of Daily Life at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth
This is a community composed of restored and furnished houses, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens, and costumed role players. Together, these elements bring to life the daily activities of New England people from European settlement in the 17th century to the mid-20th century. Bring your ice skates and skate at the Puddle Dock pond, then warm up with lunch or cocoa. 603-433-1100.
Dinner by the Hearth at Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth
A visit her is a fun and illuminating look into 19th-century farm life in New Hampshire. It also can be a lips-smacking experience for guests at hearthside dinners hearthside dinners offered once a month, January through March 2019, where costumed interpreters cook dinner at the hearth with guests in attendance. Menus sound ravishing, and include homemade biscuits, breads, and cobblers, roast pork and chicken, farm-grown vegetables and preserves of all kinds, apple ciders, and old-fashioned desserts and drinks. 603-323-7591.
Beautiful Lakes; Beautiful Shopping
The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is a place of great natural beauty year-round. For people who want to or need to shop , the interior sights are grand, also. Visitors find excellent (and sales-tax-free) shopping at places like Tanger Outlets in Tilton, with 50 designer outlet stores, and, at the other end of the spectrum, antique shops in almost every town. A vast quilting store is Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, with its adjacent knitting supply store, Patternworks. Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith, right at hand, has 14 shops (including a candy store, clothing stores, and a bookstore) in a historic mill. The Kellerhaus in Weirs Beach, is one of the few candy makers still making ribbon candy and candy canes onsite. Drop in to taste the homemade ice cream and make-your-own sundae.
Follow the Beasts of New Hampshire
It can be hard to see wildlife – like moose, raptors and other birds – because they know how to hide in their habitat better than you know how to find them. Good news: New Hampshire publishes an excellent New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing and Birding Trails guide that takes you to magnificent public-access properties where you can see and photograph animals at home. The guide ranges from remote places near in the Great North Woods near the Canadian border to easily accessible state parks in every part of the Granite State. The guide includes a great map and many viewing tips.
Wild, Windy, & Super Frosty: Try It!
Guests can visit the Mount Washington Observatory’s museum exhibit Extreme Mount Washington in Gorham to get a taste of the wild weather at the summit of New England’s highest peak, known as the location of the most cold, windy, and dramatic weather in the world. The Observatory’s interactive exhibits will offer visitors a real taste of how it feels to stand on Mount Washington in the most extreme climate conditions! You can take a day trip to the summit, traveling by snow cat.
Unique Beer & Mead Tastings Just Off the Highway
The towns of Derry and Londonderry off I-93 in southern New Hampshire are home to no fewer than four craft breweries and an internationally recognized meadery. Travelers driving between the state’s beautiful lakes region and White Mountains can take a short hop off the highway for a tour or tasting at these small places of large expertise. Rack cards describing the Beer and Mead Tour at nearby welcome centers give locations and more details.