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The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism, Statewide: The 2018 Group Activity Guide is now available online at www.visitnh.gov/group. This comprehensive planning resource includes annual events, suggested itineraries, and a directory of group-friendly activities throughout the state.

Culinary

110 Grill, Manchester and West Lebanon: Two new group friendly locations will open in Manchester and West Lebanon this year. The 110 Grill provides locally sourced menu items in a casual-upscale dining environment complete with open kitchens, large horseshoe-shaped bars, and outdoor seating with fire pits. Contact: Bernie Lontine, [email protected] P: (978) 496-1867 Web: www.110grill.com

603 Brewery, Londonderry: 603 Brewery has expanded tap-room offerings to include food and pints. Private tours are available upon request, and large groups are welcome during off hours. Contact Morgan Kyle, [email protected]  P: (603) 630-7745 Web: www.603brewery.com

Backyard Brewery and Kitchen, Manchester: One of Southern New Hampshire’s newest restaurants and breweries. Enjoy a variety of rotating beers brewed onsite and carefully crafted to pair with food from their made from scratch kitchen. Private function rooms are available for groups and can accommodate 25 to 125 guests. Contact: Denise McAfee, [email protected] P: (603) 623-3545 Web: www.backyardbrewerynh.com

Clark’s Trading Post, Lincoln: Clark’s Trading Post will be celebrating their 90th anniversary in 2018. A family-owned attraction in the mountains that has been attracting guests for generations with trained black bears, an aerial trapeze show, steam train, off-road Segway riding, museums, and many more activities. Contact: Anne Englert E: [email protected] Web: www.clarkstradingpost.com

Copper Door, Salem: Great New Hampshire Restaurants has opened a second Copper Door location in Salem. The upscale dining establishment offers a combination of New England seafood, stone oven creations, hand-cut premium steaks, unique salads, and locally sourced menu items. Groups of up to 40 can be accommodated in their private dining room. Contact: Sandy Rozek, [email protected] P: (603) 458-2033 Web: www.copperdoorrestaurant.com

Murphy’s Taproom, Bedford: Murphy’s Taproom has opened a second location in Southern New Hampshire. The Irish pub and event space serves contemporary Irish and American gastro-pub fare in an upscale setting. Groups up to 50 can be accommodated in their private dining room. Contact: Jocelyn Sykes, [email protected]
P: (603) 488-5975 Web: www.murphystaproom.com

Nibblesworth Wood Fire Grill, Portsmouth: Located on 'The Hill' in Portsmouth's North End, this new restaurant can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 70 in a semi-private dining area. Order from a set menu or fully customize your dining experience. Contact: Jennifer Nelson, [email protected] P: (603) 427-8022 Web: www.nibblesworth.com

Schilling Beer Company, Littleton:  Schilling's Scandinavian farmhouse-inspired expansion will open to groups this spring. Enjoy European and American inspired artisan beers, wood-fired pizzas and other craft delicacies at this award winning brewpub. Cans and bottles can be purchased in the new tasting room. Outdoor seating overlooking the river is available. Contact: Amy Nadeau, [email protected] P: (603) 444-4800 Web: www.schillingbeer.com

The Carriage House, Rye: This historic seacoast restaurant is undergoing renovations and will reopen this spring under new ownership. Updates include a new menu, dinner seven nights a week, Sunday brunch, and lunch served seven days a week in the summer. Their banquet room accommodates up to 40 for a seated meal and up to 50 for a cocktail reception. Contact: James Woodhouse, [email protected] P: (603) 964-8251 Web: www.carriagehouserye.com

Attractions

Bretton Woods Gondola, Bretton Woods: This popular ski resort plans to add a 6,000-foot base-to-summit gondola with access to a new mountaintop restaurant opening summer 2019. The proposed 1,300 vertical-foot gondola would run during multiple seasons and allow visitors to experience views of surrounding Mount Washington and the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Contact: Craig Clemmer, [email protected] P: (603) 278-3304 Web: www.brettonwoods.com

Candia Springs, Candia: Candia Springs will begin offering zipline tours in summer 2018. The adventure park has a variety of other attractions including a waterpark, adventure course, and off-road tours. Contact: Mick O’Gara, [email protected]
P: (603) 587-2093 Web: www.candiasprings.com

Canobie Lake Park, Salem: Canobie Lake Park’s Castaway Island is expanding with a waterpark that will include a tidal river, sixty foot tower with three water slides, children’s pool, twelve private cabanas, tiki bar and restaurant. The family friendly amusement park has been attracting visitors for over 100 years and offers a variety of rides, games, live entertainment, and tax-free shopping. Contact: Chris Nicoli, [email protected] P: (603) 893-3506 Web: www.canobie.com

Living Shores Aquarium, Glen: A new year round attraction in the White Mountains will offer visitors hands-on experiences including a tidal pool exhibit and interactive aviary area. Contact: Ben Russell, [email protected]
P: (603) 383-4293 Web: www.storylandnh.com

Mount Washington Cruises, Weirs Beach: The M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee will offer new "Swing to The Oldies" cruises. The three hour cruise includes a full dinner buffet and live music from the good old days. The boat departs Weirs Beach at 6 PM Monday evenings during peak season, and on Friday nights beginning in September until the season ends. Contact: Chris Secord, [email protected] P: (603) 366-5531 www.cruisenh.com

New England Ski Museum Eastern Slope Branch, North Conway: New England Ski Museum has expanded to downtown North Conway. The 4,400 square foot building includes dedicated exhibit space, a museum store, and group meeting areas. The museum is open daily with free admission. Contact Jeff Leich, [email protected] P: (603) 730-5044
Web: www.newenglandskimuseum.org

Opera North at Blow-Me-Down Farm, Cornish: This summer, Opera North will transform this National Historic Landmark farm into a campus for the performing visual arts. Blow-Me-Down Farm was once the home of Charles C. Beaman, a lawyer responsible for bringing famous artists to New Hampshire, including sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Opera North will also host Summerfest 2018, a summer long festival featuring the circus themed show Singers & Swingers. Contact: Maria Laskaris, [email protected] P: (603) 448-4141 Web: www.operanorth.org

Tenney Mountain, Plymouth: The 1,400 vertical foot ski area has reopened after eight years. Approximately 48 trails and a tubing park will be operational for the 2018/2019 winter season with plans to add a year round dining facility. Contact: Kimberlee Tretola-Bouchard, [email protected] P: (603) 966-7074 Web: www.skitenney.com

The Barn on the Pemi, Plymouth: The Barn on the Pemi is a barn from 1855 that was disassembled by The Common Man family, restored and relocated to Plymouth to preserve its nearly two-century history. Catered meals in the 10,000 square foot event space are available. Contact: Jennifer Tower, [email protected]
P: (603) 238-280 Web: www.thebarnonthepemi.com

Events and Celebrations
 
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway 80th Anniversary, Franconia: The first passenger aerial tramway in North America began operation on this site in 1938. Take a scenic eight minute ride in one of two enclosed cable cars to the 4,080 foot summit of Cannon Mountain. On a clear day, visitors will enjoy views of the mountains of New Hampshire and into Maine, Vermont, New York and Canada. Contact: Julianne Boissonneault, [email protected] P: (603) 823-7722

Clark’s Trading Post 90th Anniversary, Lincoln: Clark’s Trading Post has been owned and operated by the Clark family since 1928. Attractions include the trained black bear show, steam train ride through an authentic covered bridge into Wolfman’s territory, world-class Chinese acrobat performances, five museums, Segway rides and blaster boats. Contact: Anne Clark Englert, [email protected] P: (603) 745-8913 Ext. 19 Web: www.clarkstradingpost.com

Cranmore Mountain 80th Anniversary, North Conway: Located in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley, the mountain recently began a $50 million base area redevelopment plan. In addition to skiing and riding for all abilities, Cranmore has an award winning snow tubing park, family-friendly events, and attractions throughout the year. Contact: Paul Dufree, [email protected] P: (603) 356-5543 Web: www.cranmore.com

Town of Meredith 250th Anniversary, Meredith: This popular tourist destination is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Nestled on Lake Winnipesaukee in the heart of the Lakes Region, Meredith has grown into one of New Hampshire’s most frequented areas. Today, visitors can enjoy water activities, unique dining, boutique shopping, scenic train rides, live theater, sculpture walks on the water and more. Contact: Kim Sperry, [email protected] P: (603) 286-8008
Web: www.lakesregion.org

Mount Washington Cog Railway 150th Anniversary, Mount Washington: The Mount Washington Cog Railway will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. The old base bridge over the Ammonoosuc River was recently replaced and the seventh bio-diesel locomotive is being built. The Cog will open for the 2018 season on April 21, a month earlier than originally planned. Highlights for the 2018 season include the New Hampshire Made Handcrafted Festival held July 14-15 and the third annual Steampunk Festival taking place August 18.Contact:Elise Thompson, [email protected] P: (603) 278-2256 Web:www.thecog.com The New Hampshire State House 200th Anniversary, Concord: In 2019, the oldest state house to still hold legislative sessions in its original chambers will celebrate their bicentennial anniversary with a week-long festival. Tours of the historic Concord granite building are available. Contact: Virginia Drew, [email protected] P: (603) 271-2154 Web: www.gencourt.state.nh.us

White Mountain National Forest 100th Anniversary, White Mountains: Established in 1918 under the Weeks Act, the White Mountain National Forest celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Contact: Colleen Eliason, [email protected] P: (603) 745-8720 Web: www.visitwhitemountains.com

Wildcat Mountain 60th Anniversary, Jackson: Views of Mt. Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and the Presidential Range. Explore the natural surroundings of the White Mountains on the Wildcat Express Gondola Skyride, or for the more adventurous, soar over rivers and ski trails at speeds up to 45 mph on the New Hampshire ZipRider. Contact: Kerry O’Leary, [email protected] P: (603) 466-3326 Web: www.skiwildcat.com

Lodging

AC Hotel by Marriott, Portsmouth: Groundbreaking has begun on a modern 143-room-hotel scheduled to open in summer, 2019. The AC Hotel by Marriott will provide guests easy access to downtown Portsmouth’s many restaurants, shops, art galleries, and historical sites. Hotel contact information will be released at a future date. For a current list of nearby accommodations contact The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth. Contact: Katti Mowers, [email protected] P: 603-610-5526 Web: www.goportsmouthnh.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Merrimack: Construction of a new 124-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and 5,000-square-foot-conference-center is scheduled to begin in fall 2018. The hotel and conference center are part of a $100 million development near the entrance of the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott contact information will be released at a future date. For a current list of nearby accommodations Contact the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Contact: Aylin Felch, [email protected] P: (603) 424.-6287 x 5 Web: www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/merrimack

Hilton Garden Inn, Lebanon: A new hotel off I-89 on the Vermont border is opening in May, 2018. The Hilton Garden Inn will feature free WI-Fi, a complimentary fitness center, and a full-service restaurant on site. The property is located four miles from downtown Hanover and offers close accommodations to Dartmouth College, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Lebanon Opera House, Blow-Me-Down Farm and Lake Sunapee Cruises. Contact: Fred Dole, [email protected]
P: (603) 448-3300 Web: www.hanoverlebanon.hgi.com

Indian Head Resort, Lincoln: The hotel recently welcomed a new chef and has an updated restaurant menu. In addition, select rooms will be undergoing renovations. Contact: Bonnie Fowler, [email protected] P: (800) 343-8000
Web: www.indianheadresort.com

Mill Falls at the Lake, Meredith: The Inn at Bay Point, one of four lodging properties owned by Mill Falls at the Lake is undergoing renovations. Upgrades to the lakefront property will include new furniture, bedding, carpets and décor. The hotel is perched on Lake Winnipesaukee, with most rooms offering private balconies overlooking the water. Contact: Joe Ouellette, [email protected] P: (603) 677-8774 Web: www.millfalls.com

Silver Fox Inn, Waterville Valley: Waterville Valley Resort acquired ownership of the Silver Fox Inn, formerly Best Western Silver Fox. The property has 32 rooms and is in close proximity to Waterville Valley Resort, numerous specialty shops and restaurants, an indoor ice skating arena, and mountain bike rentals. Contact: Abby Guinan, [email protected] P: (603) 236- 8311 Ext. 3502 Web: www.silverfoxinn.com