New Hampshire: What’s New for Travelers
The Longest Zip Line in the Continental U.S. Comes to NH
See What’s New in the Granite State for visitors
by Dan Peltier
New Hampshire is known for its luxurious ski resorts, abundance of ice fishing, and unforgiving blizzards that give snow-lovers something to live for.
But did you know that 40 percent of the state’s tourism revenue actually comes from the summer season, while only 19 percent comes from the winter? according to Tai Freligh, communications manager for the New Hampshire division of travel and tourism development.
“Most people don’t know that, they always think about our ski resorts, but remember in the summer we have places like Lake Winnipesaukee that draws huge crowds and there’s even more to do in New Hampshire in the summer,” said Freligh.
Attitash Mountain Resort
The White Mountains are one of those places where there’s just as many things for the family to do when there’s snow on the ground as there is when sunscreen is in hand. This year, the Attitash Mountain Resort is going for the recordbooks with the longest single span zipline in the continental United States.
“We haven’t gotten it officially certified yet as the longest one, but we expect that to happen by the summer,” said Freligh. “A lot of ski resorts have added more attractions in recent years so that they become a year-round destination.”
Many of the new things do to in New Hampshire this year are additions to places that have been around for what seems like forever. So why make a trip up north this year? Freligh says this is the year to take a vacation or day trip to northern New England if you haven’t done so recently.
“We offer a lot of diverse things to do in the spring and summer, especially in the White Mountains region,” he said. “We’re the only tax-free New England state and offer 18 miles of Atlantic coastline, which doesn’t include all the milelage of lake shorelines we have.”
New Hampshire’s natural beauty doesn’t disappoint. A hike anywhere in the state will leave you with the hair on the back of your neck standing up, and a boat ride at sunset on one of the nearly 1000 lakes can only be described with the help of your camera.
A Complex State
“It’s such a complex state,” said Freligh. “New Hampshire is one of those places where you can be hiking in the morning and then going down to the lake in the afternoon to cool off, its very special.”
Here’s a list of the top 10 new attractions and events to check out this summer in the Granite State to help make family memories:
1) Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett, NH – New ZipTour attraction for Summer 2014 will include two parallel cable spans from the summit of Bear Peak to the base of Attitash Mountain reaching heights of over 400 feet. The longer of the two cable spans currently planned, at just under 5,000 feet in length, is set to be the longest, single span zipline in the continental United States.
2) Alpine Adventures, Lincoln, NH – Alpine Adventures is teaming up for the 2014 season with Whales Tale Water Park to offer “Zip & Dip” discount packages including Zipline Tours & Waterpark tickets and other Adventure packages that include Off-Road Tours, Waterpark Tickets, Aerial Park Adventures and more.
3) Monkey Trunks, Chocorua & Weirs Beach, NH – New Kids’ Courses have opened at locations in Chocorua and Weirs Beach. The Kid’s Course is on a smaller scale with platforms approximately six feet off the ground with six to eight challenges and a thrilling 80 foot zip line at the finish!
4) Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, NH – New exhibit of fine art in the Contemporary Art Gallery called “Giona Sezhoa G’dakinna: We Paint Our Land”. Abenaki artist Liz Charlebois is guest curator. The exhibit is open May 1 – July 13, 2014. Also new in May is an archaeology exhibit “Along the River” and a newly renovated southwest basket gallery.
5) Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH – New exhibit: “Finding Home: Stories from a Neighborhood of Newcomer.” Showcasing the families from Canada, France, Ukraine, Italy, Greece and England who arrived in Portsmouth in the first wave of settlement in 1623 and on through the next 300 years.
6) The Hotel Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH – Located in the building formerly known as the Sise Inn, the Hotel Portsmouth is currently undergoing a $1 million plus renovation.
Having just opened in mid-April, the hotel features 32 newly renovated guestrooms, meeting rooms, a Victorian parlor, library and lounge, all housed in a historic Victorian mansion. Located in historic Haymarket Square, the Hotel Portsmouth is downtown Portsmouth’s only independently owned and operated boutique hotel.
7) Unbridled Chocolates, Marlborough, NH – Winner of many NH Chocolate Awards has opened a restaurant which serves weekend brunch from 9a.m. until 1p.m. using many local ingredients. Chocolate kitchen tours are available for groups and buses.
8) Herb, Food and Beer Tour, Mt. Washington Valley, NH – Guests visiting the Country Inns in the White Mountains on June 7-8, 2014 will have the opportunity to taste basil, brews and bittersweet during the first annual Herb, Food and Beer Tour.
This celebration of local flavors, combines tastings and tours at ten White Mountain inns with cooking demonstrations, a plant-to-plate “herb-inspired” dinner and overnight stays at a choice of Mt Washington Valley, NH inns.
9) Heritage Festival, Portsmouth, NH – New festival on Strawbery Banke Museum grounds on August 2, 2014. The festival celebrates the ethnic heritage of the immigrant neighborhoods around the seacoast, with food, music and authentic crafts.
10) Hermit Woods Winery, Meredith/Sanbornton, NH – Hermit Woods Winery has expanded and moved to a new location this year. They are now producing and selling wine out of the newly renovated downtown location at 72 Main Street, Meredith NH.
This new location has allowed them to triple their production of wine and increase tasting room space by four fold. Tours and wine tasting available.