The postcard-pretty town of New London serves as the market town for the Mount Sunapee / Mt. Kearsarge area. Featuring a variety of fine lodging and dining options, there is an excellent mix of shops, services and entertainment as well.
The first-time visitor might do well to stroll or drive through the town's pleasant Main Street, lined with charming shops, casual eateries, farm stand, attractive homes and interesting historic buildings. The Village Green is just across the street, a lovely place to sit and take in the view of the classic New London Inn, Old Colby Academy building, charming gazebo, and traditional Town Hall. Sitting serenely on the opposite corner, across Seamans Road, is the quintessential New England-style First Baptist Church, pure white and topped with a graceful steeple. Colby-Sawyer College and its classic, maple-lined campus lie just beyond, at the end of the business district.
Visitors will find plenty of activity in New London with always something fun going on, especially in summer, band concerts on the Green, popular musicals at the Barn Playhouse, festivals, fairs, and parades.
A town with a pleasantly relaxed ambience, Andover is home to Proctor Academy, a coed, four-year, residential, college preparatory school. The Academy's attractive grounds and buildings form the town's centerpiece. Andover is snuggled between Ragged Mountain and Mt. Kearsarge, and dotted with many small lakes and ponds. Its scenic location makes it a favorite spot for photographers and boasts two covered bridges and a picturesque train station (at Potter Place) that serves as the Andover Historical Society's museum. Andover is just a short drive from New London, the Lakes Region and attractions. Several bed & breakfasts provide comfortable and attractive lodging options.
Situated between mountains and lakes, Bradford is located at the intersection of Route 103 and scenic Route 114. Its many lakeside beaches and proximity to three state parks and ski areas make Bradford a year-round vacation community. Several inns and bed & breakfast establishments accommodate visitors in true country style.
Bradford's history and charm combine to offer guests a warm and entertaining visit. In the Historic Bradford Center, visitors can stop by the town's Historic Society for background information to enrich their stay. Historic preservation is a hallmark of this picturesque town
Walk, bike or drive through Bement Covered Bridge, spanning the west branch of the Warner River, to experience a disappearing piece of New England history.
Wrapped around the Western and Southern shores of Lake Sunapee, the adjoining towns of Newbury and Mount Sunapee claim some of the area's most outstanding attractions and scenic beauty.
To begin with, there's the Lake itself. In addition to the handsome pier, waterfront gazebo and picnic area in the center of Newbury, Sunapee State Beach is just up the road, off the Mount Sunapee traffic circle. The latter, the only public beach on Lake Sunapee, features wide beaches, a refreshment stand, changing and rest rooms, boat rentals, and a public boat launch. There is ample parking and a lifeguard is on duty.
Mount Sunapee Resort, the premier alpine ski area of Southern New Hampshire, is also off the Mount Sunapee traffic circle. In August, Mount Sunapee Resort hosts the annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair, a nine-day juried event with at least a dozen huge tents filled with extraordinary exhibits by hundreds of the state's top craftsmen.
The John Hay National Wildlife Refuge is another jewel in Newbury's crown. Spread along three miles of frontage on the Western shore of Lake Sunapee, the property is famous for its superb gardens, woodland hiking trails and beautiful vistas from the old homestead.
Originally settled in the mid-1700's, Newbury was incorporated in 1778. The growth of the town has been closely linked to Lake Sunapee and the imposing Mount Sunapee range. In the 1830's, the town meeting house was built in Newbury Harbor. It was joined over time by other public buildings, still here today. South Newbury has several historic buildings, including a 19th century town hall, a church dating back to 1831, Sherman Hall, home of the Newbury Historical Society, and the Sunapee Lake Grange, more than 100 years old.
Founded in 1781, Sunapee is a quiet resort community that is a favorite with many visitors and second-homeowners.
Sunapee Harbor and the Sugar River have played a major role in the town's history and development. Although Sunapee's earliest occupation was agriculture, manufacturing sprang up along the Sugar River falls to harness the water's power. Today, the newly created Riverwalk offers an interesting and scenic stroll. Beginning at the Harbor, a natural path passes the old Town Hall, which dates back to the 19th century, and follows the rushing falls downhill to Coffin Park, next to the new Town Hall.
Sunapee Harbor is a pleasant place to be on a summer's day. Once the site of a steamboat landing, it is now features a lively collection of shops, a deli that serves bountiful breakfasts, and a popular waterfront restaurant. Live music is regularly scheduled on weekends. The MV Mount Sunapee docks to take on passengers for delightful narrated cruises around the lake. There is also the MV Kearsarge, which offers nightly dinner cruises. There is another public boat launch facility in the village of Georges Mills, a part of Sunapee. For lodging, there are numerous waterfront cottages, as well as some charming inns and bed & breakfasts.
Historic, rural Sutton provides a scenic, central location from which to enjoy many of the area's outdoor amenities. The most visible landmark is the 2,937-ft. peak of Mt Kearsarge. A scenic auto road off Route 103 ascends the Southern slope of Mt. Kearsarge to Rollins State Park. The park offers spectacular views, a picnic area and parking. It is the departure point for the half-mile hike to the mountain's bare granite summit. Wadleigh State Beach, on the Southeast shore of Kezar Lake in North Sutton, is ideal for family summer outings.
Warner is a pretty, mostly rural community. Main Street with its distinctive buildings is the town's center and the hub of its business and cultural activity. There are shops and some popular restaurants interspersed with typical New England style homes. The attractive Pillsbury Free Memorial Library is nearby, too.
One of the most interesting attractions in the region is located in Warner-the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. The cornucopia of Indian lore and artifacts, primarily from the Abnaki tribe, will delight children and adults alike. There is also a nature trail with guided walks in the summer.
Wilmot is a small village, just a few minutes from New London. It is pleasant to park your car and stroll through the streets to the village center, admiring the attractive homes and historic buildings. The village boasts some lovely inns and bed & breakfasts. It is the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to New London, but prefer the charm of a small, quiet place. For a great picnic spot, visit the Gardener Memorial Wayside Area, on Route 4A, 4 miles North of Wilmot Center. Enjoy the scenic brook and stone foundations of an 1880's mill.
Newport, New Hampshire is a small, friendly, industrious town nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains. Nick-named the ""Sunshine Town"" by vaudevillian Billy B. Van, it is located in the scenic upper Connecticut River Valley.
Newport's citizens are employed in a variety of manufacturing, professional, and commercial businesses within a 30-mile radius of the town. Newport is conveniently located between interstates 89 and 91, making access easy.
Recreation opportunities are abundant. Newport is close to several skiing areas with Mount Sunapee Resort, six miles to the east. Lake Sunapee also provides opportunities to enjoy water-related activities during the summer. Several parks in the area accommodate hiking, picnicking, and swimming, in addition to the extremely popular NH Rails-to-Trails paths that meander through our woods and along our rivers. Newport's town common, one of the largest in the state, provides space for year round activities and events. Each Sunday evening during the summer months, the common fills with concert-goers.