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New Group Travel Activity Guide, Statewide:
The New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development (DTTD) announces a new group travel activity guide for motorcoach groups. This guide has an annual events sampling, features suggested group friendly itineraries and categorized group friendly attractions and activities for travel planning and ideas. View the PDF version online at

NH Division of Travel & Tourism, Concord: Developed two new suggested culinary itineraries for group tour operators, “Dine & Dash Winter Brew Tour”, a culinary, brewery and winter adventure tour and “Play With Your Food Tour”, an art, culture and culinary experiences tour. Find all of DTTD’s group friendly suggested itineraries at


The Hanover Inn, Hanover: This historic hotel that completed a transformational $43 million renovation in 2012 has received the AAA Four Diamond Award for excellence. PINE restaurant located in the hotel, opened in 2013 and specializes in locally sourced ingredients and authentic New Hampshire traditions served with a creative twist. The Inn’s new 11,000 sq. ft. Minary Conference Center provides state-of-the-art meeting space. The Hopkins Performing Arts Center and Hood Museum of Art are connected to the hotel by an accessible, interior corridor. Contact: Alexandra Zullo, [email protected] P: 603-643-4300

The Hotel Portsmouth, Portsmouth: Currently undergoing a $1 million plus renovation. Opening in mid-April, the new 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. Contact: Chris Drake, [email protected] P: 603-433-1200

The Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy: Now offering customized Farm Stays for groups of all sizes and ages. Participants can milk the cow and goat, collect chicken eggs for breakfast and help with the daily chores. Customized workshop opportunities include; cheese making, sheep shearing and processing of the raw wool, bread making, hay-baling, ice cutting, apple cider processing, forest management, mycology walk, night forest walk, contra dancing along with conservation of rare breeds farm animals at East Hill Farm. Farm Stays also include lodging, three home cooked meals daily and all the cookies you can eat. East Hill Farm was voted by the Boston Parents Paper readers 2013 top winner for summer vacations and top 5 for winter vacations in the Family Favorite Contest. Contact: Sheri StLaurent, [email protected] P: 1-800-242-6495

Wentworth By the Sea Hotel & Spa, New Castle: Wentworth extends the celebration of its 10th anniversary since the historic 1874 hotel re-opened in 2003. The expanded Spa was named the #4 best hotel spa in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveler as well as being the only New Hampshire hotel on the Conde Nast Traveler lists of “Best hotels in the US”. The new restaurant SALT Kitchen + Bar is a vibrant new addition. Contact: Yvonne Frederickson, [email protected] P: 603-422-7322


Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson: Announcing the opening on its gift shop in the barn. This historic, 200-year old Inn offers affordable lunch or dinner programs at its restaurant or historic barn anno 1786. Motorcoaches can now pull up and park right beside the barn. Contact: Sandra Plourde, [email protected] P: 603-383-4313

Hermit Woods Winery, Meredith/Sanbornton: 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. They will also be offering tours and wine tasting on the deck. Contact: Bob Manley, [email protected] P: 603-253-7968

Milly’s Tavern, Manchester: Award-winning brew pub is now offering new group meal options and brew tours and tastings. Contact: Peter Telge, [email protected] P:603-625-4444

The Purple Tomato, Lincoln: The Purple Tomato is a new farmers market, whole foods style store that has opened in Lincoln, NH with a buy local focus. They offer local and organic produce, local meats, dairy & cheese, fresh seafood and organic and gluten-free groceries. There are also sandwiches, soups and other food-to-go options made with local, fresh and organic ingredients. There are hundreds of products made from local NH food artisans. Contact: Susan Champagne, [email protected] P: 603-728-8356

Revolution Cantina, Claremont: Newly opened, this restaurant features Mexican, South American and Cuban Cuisine focusing on authentic and fresh ingredients. It also features a bar and lounge offering fresh fruit infused Tequilas. Contact: Shane Bodkins, [email protected] P: 603-504-6310

Unbridled Chocolates, Marlborough: The winner of many NH Chocolate Awards, Unbridled Chocolates has opened a restaurant which serves weekend brunch from 9am until 1pm using many local ingredients. Brunch menu. Unbridled Chocolates is now completely GMO-free. Chocolate kitchen tours available. Contact: Chef Alan Crofut, [email protected] P: 603-876-4700


19TH Annual ChocolateFest Challenge, Sunapee: This annual event is changing venues and will now be hosted at Mount Sunapee Resort on October 19th. Come taste hand-made chocolate delights from all over the region and then vote on your favorite. Hosted by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. Contact: Jen Tockman, [email protected] P:603-526-6575

Heritage Festival, Portsmouth: Introducing a new annual 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. Contact: Jonathan Brown, [email protected] P: 603-433-1110

Lake-a-Thon, Sunapee: The Elkins Fish & Game is holding their 2nd Annual Lake-a-Thon event, scheduled for June 28 & 29, 2014. This event is held at Lake Sunapee Harbor and includes a marathon paddle around the lake, a cardboard boat regatta, tutorials for sculling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and cedar strip kayak building, and other fun activities. Contact: EFCG, [email protected] P:603-526-7447

ABA Top 100 Events, Statewide: Three of New Hampshire’s annual events have been included in the American Bus Association’s 2014 ABA Top 100 events in North America. These top 100 events are the best of the best continually attract group and motorcoach businesses. Events that won from NH are: Annual League of N.H. Craftsmen Fair held in August at Mount Sunapee Resort,; Hampton Beach Seafood Festival held in September in Hampton,; and Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth held in December,


Alpine Adventures, Lincoln: Alpine Adventures has recently become the newest member of the White Mountains Attractions Association and listed as one of the 18 major attractions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Also announcing there will be several combo tickets available for the 2014 season with Whales Tales Water Park. These include “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. Contact: Kathy Brennan, [email protected] P: 603-745-8810

Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett: Summer 2014 at Attitash will see the installation of a new ZipTour attraction and will include two parallel cable spans that will carry riders 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. Contact: Thomas Prindle, [email protected] P: 603-374-2605

Enriched Learning Center Outdoors, Berlin: ELC’s “Get Your Feet Off the Ground” trip has been named a Grand Adventure by the New Hampshire Grand. Combining a floatplane trip and whitewater rafting adventure, this is one of the most unique adventures in the North Country. Also starting this season are ropes course adventures and yurt accommodations. Contact: Jim Cochran, [email protected] P: 603-215-0002

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford: Announcing three new additions this year. First, their Big Air Tube Launcher- an exhilarating dry land slide that launches a rider in a snow-tube into a huge airbag cushion. Also new, the Discover Package which includes all Gunstock Activities except the Ziptour, Aerial Treetop course and Segway Tour. Finally, they have created a new event festival area that is currently being prepared at the base of the mountain to host large events in a more spacious and beautiful area. Contact: Sue Gaudette, [email protected] P: 603-737-4311

Hobo Railroad, Lincoln: Offering a Nature by Rail program for the 2nd year in conjunction with Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Now offering 5 days (July 19 & 26 and August 2, 16 & 23, 2014) of programming with three on-train performances each day at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm as well as two live animal presentations at 12:30pm and 2:30pm each day the Nature by Rail program is hosted. This program is ideal for groups of all ages. Contact: Brenda Clark, [email protected] P: 603-745-2135 x 11

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Cave, North Woodstock: Under construction and scheduled to open in early season 2014, a 750 foot forest adventure trail, bird cage overlooks, and a 60 foot suspension bridge spanning the upper gorge. Contact: Kate Wetherell, [email protected] P: 603-745-8031
Monkey Trunks, Chocorua & Weirs Beach: Monkey Trunks has opened new Kids’ Courses at their two New Hampshire locations in Chocorua and Weird Beach. The Kid’s Course is on a smaller scale for the littlest monkeys with platforms approximately 6’ off the ground with 6-8 challenges and a thrilling 80’ zipline at the finish! All Kids’ Course participants must be able to reach 4’ (48”) standing with their arms over the head to participate in a ground school safety class. Contact: Hazel Ives, [email protected] P: 603-367-4427
Tanger Outlets, Tilton: Van Heusen now provides a free gift to each motorcoach driver with the advanced reservation. Each passenger will continue to receive a free coupon book worth hundreds in additional savings. Free lunch or dinner is offered by UNO’s for the motorcoach drivers, and can also provide groups with great rates for booking for lunch and/or dinner. Call UNO’s at 603-286-4079. Contact Eric Proulx, [email protected] P:603-286-7880 X 302

Arts, Culture, Education

The American Independence Museum, Exeter: The museum will open 3 new exhibits in May 2014, medicinal practice during the Revolutionary War, chronicles of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire and an interactive exhibit the brings everyday Colonial life to children of all ages. Additional guided and self-guided tours of the standing exhibits are also available at the Ladd- Gilman House (c. 1721) and Folsom Tavern (c. 1175) complete with gift shop in downtown Exeter. Contact: Michelle Johnson, [email protected] P: 603-772-2622

Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation (BHC), Bethlehem: The historic BHC Synagogue building has been a Jewish landmark in Bethlehem since BHC was officially established in 1920 with the purchase of the first Torah. Now offering tours. Contact: President- Dave Goldstone, [email protected], VP- Martin Kessel, [email protected] or VP- Leslie Dreier, [email protected]

The Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem: The theatre recently received a 2013 Community Impact Award from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. The historic 300 seat theatre, built in 1915, presents world-class performing artists, independent and world cinema, and quality family entertainment from May- November. Contact: Mary Ellen Russell, [email protected] P: 603-869-5603

Historic Walking Tours on Saturdays this Summer, Dover: Beginning Memorial Day weekend (May 30), the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will be offering Guided Walking Tours of Historic Dover every Saturday morning at 10:30am through the end of September. Contact: Donna Rinaldi, [email protected] P:603-742-2218

Jean’s Playhouse & Papermill Theatre Co., Lincoln: Award-winning Broadway musicals, touring Children’s Theatre, and year-round acts in a new, state-of-the-art venue. Located adjacent to the Village Shops on Main Street in Lincoln, off exit 32 of I-93N. Contact: Christa Hollingsworth, [email protected] P: 603-745-6032

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner: In addition to their on going rotation of exhibits, they will open a 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. Contact: Lynn Clark, [email protected], P: 603-456-2600

Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth: Strawbery Banke Museum accents the 2014 season with a 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. The exhibit contains photographs, letters and personal items from those who made the “Puddle Dock” neighborhood that is now Strawbery Banke. Contact: Jonathan Brown, [email protected] P:603-433-1110

Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Sugar Hill: The three-building campus presents its newest exhibit, “Once Upon a Time”, which features the museum’s extensive collection of clothes, cradles, books, toys, puzzles, ephemera and childhood memories of bygone eras. Other displays include the main room of the old Cobleigh Tavern, a photograph and genealogy library, gift shop, carriages, a reproduction of a local blacksmith’s shop, a collection of public signs, a 1939 Ford fire truck, and a variety of sleighs. Admission is free. Contact: Kitty Bigelow, [email protected] P: 603-823-5275.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is opening two new exhibits for the 2014 trail season. The new Coyote Exhibit features a live adult male coyote and various interpretations and information to learn more about this amazing species. The Science Center is also opening a Wood Energy exhibit. The exhibit is a model of sustainability saving energy and dollars. It uses renewable, locally-sourced wood to heat five major buildings on the Science Center’s campus. Visitors can learn about their own energy choices. Contact: Office Manager, [email protected] P: 603-968-7194

West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts Program Expansion, Claremont: The WCCMA is currently increasing programs, including education and performing arts events. Recent additions include sculpting workshops, harp workshops, and performances featuring regional and internationally acclaimed musicians. Events are open to the public, and most by donation. Workshops available for groups. Contact: Melissa, [email protected] P: 802-738-0022


Lakes Region Tourism Association, Tilton: Tour group operators can get all their questions answered in regards to the Lakes Region while visiting the Lakes Region Tourism Association’s newly updated Video & Itineraries webpage. The website allows visitors the opportunity to search through itineraries depending on their location and duration of their trip in the Lakes Region. In addition, they can take a tour of the Lakes Region with the LRTA’s newly created tour video which can be found on the website. Contact: Amy Landers, [email protected] P: 603-286-8008

New Hampshire Tours, Nashua: Colette Crisp, owner has created a 20 minute video to help tour groups produce better photos by going over composition topics that pertain to all types of cameras and skill levels. For more photo tips and to purchase the DVD visit, Colette also provides receptive tour planning services for all types of groups and interests coming to New Hampshire and can customize photography tours by bringing in professional photographers. Contact: Colette Crisp, [email protected] P: 603-880-1420

Northeast Unlimited Tours, Keene: Northeast Unlimited Tours, headquartered in Sandwich, Massachusetts, has expanded with a second location in Keene: located in southwestern New Hampshire and a destination famous for its contribution to American art, history, and its rural landscape defined by the most hiked mount in the United States- Mount Monadnock. Northeast Unlimited Tours is the leading Receptive Tour Operator which specializes in creating unique fun-filled group tour packages throughout New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic Region, Eastern Canada and Canadian Maritimes. Contact: Michelle Pino, [email protected] P: 774-413-5251

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