New Hampshire in Winter: A Guide to Outdoor Activities and Delicious Cuisine

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New Hampshire is a beautiful state to explore any time of year, but taking a road trip through it during the winter can be particularly special. With snow-covered mountains, frozen lakes, and picturesque small towns, the landscape takes on a whole new character when the temperatures drop. From skiing and snowboarding to ice fishing and snowmobiling, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Imagine savoring a warm bowl of hearty soup made with locally sourced ingredients or trying a craft beer brewed by the cold weather. And of course, no winter road trip through New Hampshire would be complete without a stop at a cozy cabin or inn to warm up by the fire. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, a winter road trip through New Hampshire is a delicious adventure that will leave your taste buds delighted.

Where to stay in New Hampshire?

When it comes to lodging, there are quite a lot of options in the Granite State. Whether you’re looking for a traditional New England inn, or perhaps a more modern accommodation, New Hampshire has it all. Here are a few options where I stayed on my last trip to this area.

A very welcoming stay at the 1785 Inn in North Conway

Nestled right in the middle of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, this classic country inn is the perfect setup to relax with your loved ones after a full day of skiing in the many ski resorts around. The typical Yankee hospitality will you make you feel right at home. I really loved having breakfast in the dining room that has an impressive scenic view on the White Mountains. For more information, check the 1785 Inn.

Authentic New England charm at Martin Hill Inn in Portsmouth

If you plan on staying in Portsmouth and want the traditional experience, take a look at Martin Hill Inn. From there, you’ll be a 10-minute walk away from the bustling and hip downtown of Portsmouth. All of the rooms are unique and very, very cute! Check out Martin Hill Inn in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The Mountain Club on Loon

Located in the northern part of New Hampshire — in Lincoln — the Mountain Club on Loon is the perfect plan if you plan on bringing your entire family or a couple of friends on your trip. While it’s more on the modern side, it’s quite amazing to look at the ski slopes from your room balcony. I really liked the outdoor heated pool as well as the sauna inside!

Where to eat in New Hampshire?

According to the locals and what I read online, New Hampshire has grown into a foodie destination in the past few years. In fact, Portsmouth is now a destination for all the gourmet people out there on the East Coast. Loving food like I do, I was very excited to discover the food scene of this area and I wasn’t disappointed at all!

Authentic New England Chowder at River House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

First stop of your foodie journey in New Hampshire has to be River House, right at the center of Portsmouth. Perfect place to enjoy a nice lunch with a view on the Old Harbour. I got the seafood chowder along with the River House lobster roll which were both very delectable.

Oysters feast at Row 34 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The East Coast of the United States — especially the New England part — is well known for its amazing seafood. Row 34 originated in Boston, Massachusetts and was so popular that they had to open a second hip and sleek location. They opened in Portsmouth and it has been a huge success since the opening.

What’s on the menu at Row 34

The menu at Row 34 is quite simple, yet very appetizing. The first part of the menu consists of the raw bar selection which include the popular Island Creek oyster as well as the Row 34 variety, both from the Duxbury Oyster Company. You’ll also find smoked fishes and ceviche too. When you’re done with your oyster order, check the dinner menu which is as scrumptious as the raw bar menu! P.S.: The clam chowder is to die for!

Tamworth Lyceum in Tamworth, New Hampshire

This is definitely the kind of place you’re looking for if you’re a modern traveler — the type of place you would find in a larger city, with the undeniable charm of the small American town. At the Tamworth Lyceum, you can eat, have a coffee, enjoy a lecture or even a music show! The space also serve as a gift shop where you’ll find carefully curated items that embrace the outdoorsy vibes. I highly recommend having one of their amazing sandwiches or if you’re there on weekend, enjoy a nice breakfast!

Fine dining at The Wentworth Inn in Jackson, New Hampshire

If you want to experience a dinner in an elegant country inn after a long day on the slopes, check out The Wentworth Inn. They offer a unique farm to table dining experience right in Jackson, New Hampshire.

What to do and see in New Hampshire?

Most people will know New Hampshire for the all year round very popular Mount Washington. New Hampshire is also home to plenty of activities as diverse as visiting ice castles, shopping at the outlets & going up a snowy mountain. The Kancamagus Scenic Highway is also highly recommended and worth the detour!

Hop aboard the Mount Washington Snowcoach

From Mount Washington Auto Road website: Powered by a 4-track, all-wheel-powered drive-train, the 12-passenger (we typically seat only 7-9 persons) Mt. Washington SnowCoach transports guests (weather permitting) up to treeline on Mt. Washington (at approximately 4,200 feet) into a sub-arctic world for a truly unforgettable adventure.

Experience Ice Castles in North Woodstock, New Hampshire

Ice Castles in North Woodstock, New Hampshire is a winter wonderland that features a series of towering ice structures and sculptures. The ice castles are built by hand using icicles and are illuminated at night by colorful LED lights, creating a magical and enchanting atmosphere. Visitors can explore the castles, slide down ice slides, and enjoy ice-carving demonstrations. The attraction is open from late December to late March, depending on weather conditions. It’s a great way to experience the beauty of winter and enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends.

Visit an authentic General Store in Lincoln, New Hampshire

Cruising down the Kancamagus Scenic Highway

Driving down the Kancamagus Scenic Highway in New Hampshire during winter time is a unique and beautiful experience. The road is lined with snow-covered trees and the mountains in the distance are also blanketed in snow. The winding road can be challenging during winter as it can be icy and snowy, so it’s important to take extra care and drive slowly. During a heavy snowfall, the road might be closed for safety reasons. The winter scenery along the route is breathtaking, with snow-covered trees and frozen rivers. The White Mountain National Forest is especially beautiful during the winter, with the snow-covered trees creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The road also offers several opportunities for winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. It’s definitely a great way to experience the natural beauty of New Hampshire during the winter and it’s a must-see for anyone visiting the area during this time.

Enjoy a gin tasting at Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile

A spirit tasting at Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile in New Hampshire is an exciting and unique experience. The distillery is known for its hand-crafted, small-batch spirits made from locally sourced ingredients. During the tasting, you’ll be able to sample a variety of their spirits, each with its unique flavors and aromas. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and will guide you through the tasting, explaining the different botanicals and the distillation process. The distillery is located in a beautiful setting, with a great view of the surrounding countryside. A spirit tasting at Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile is an excellent way to learn about the art of spirit-making, and to discover new and delicious spirits you may not have tried before.

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