What's New

Hotels

Brand NEW 66 guestroom Garrison Hotel by Choice Hotels Opening June 2017, Dover. This new relaxed inn as part of the Port Hospitality Group with the local flavor of New Hampshire’s oldest settlement rich in shipbuilding and mercantilism history, is conveniently located near the region’s breweries, top restaurant, and seacoast attractions. Contact: Katherine Bouzianis, [email protected] P: 603-498-7852 www.thegarrisonhotel.com

Ground-breaking for NEW Glen House Hotel, Pinkham Notch. Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the 68-room hotel open by May 2018. Contact: Crispin Battles, [email protected] P: 603-466-3988 x 141 www.greatglentrails.com

Attractions & Activities

Mount Washington Cog Railway opens FREE Base Station experience: the NEW Cog Railway Museum and Peppersass Pond live fish, Bretton Woods. The world’s first mountain-climbing railway opens a brand new FREE museum at their base station. Exhibits include their Emmy-award winning documentary, an interactive cog wheel and rack, and a bio-diesel train simulator. The railway also plans to stock the Peppersass Pond with trout for educational purposes where guests are welcome to feed them and watch them jump. Contact: Becky Metcalf, [email protected] P: 603-278-2255 www.thecog.com

Polar Caves Park New Climbing Adventures, Rumney. Offering the 172-foot Polar Ascent and the all-natural granite Polar Wall. The Polar Ascent is a fully-guided, safe and fun way to experience climbing. Challenge yourself to their 172-foot Via Ferrata or “Iron Road” and then repel back to base camp. The Polar Wall is a natural granite wall with five designate climbing routes using both natural and manmade foot and hand holds. Contact: Rob Arey, [email protected] P: 603-536-1888
www.polarcaves.com

Umbagog Wildlife Tour now offered by ELC Outdoors, Errol. This North woods outfitter and adventure center now offers tours on Lake Umbagog with calm waters, incredible scenery, and abundant NH wildlife, all from the comfort of a 24-foot pontoon boat. This trip is very informative and allows great photo opportunities and lots of fun for the whole family. Guests routinely see moose, deer, bald eagles, osprey, loons and even the odd black bear. Approximately 4.5 hours round trip. Contact: Jim Cochran, [email protected] P: 603-733-7721 www.elcoutdoors.com

The Famous Winnipesaukee Pier sold for $2 million, Laconia Weirs Beach. New owners East Coast Flight Craft purchased the Pier and announced immediate plans to add parking and picnic areas. Space will be leased to new vendors including a smoke house serving BBQ as well as other eateries. Their 5 year plans include reconfiguring the pier to a more upscale recreational and dining destination and plans to invest up to $4 million. Contact: Lakes Region Tourism Association Amy Landers, [email protected] P: 603-286-8008 www.lakesregion.org

Culinary

Schilling Beer Co Announces Plans for Expansion, Littleton. Plans to expand their historic grist mill building to dramatically increase their brewing space, add a space dedicated to tastings, and a retail area. This brewery and restaurant also plans to host an expanded Annual Oktoberfest on September 23, 2017 with live music. Contact: Amy Nadeau, [email protected] P: 603-444-4800 www.schillingbeer.com

NEW Seven Birches Winery & Tasting Room, Lincoln. Take a “Meet the Winemakers” tour and sample red wine aging in one of our oak barrels, chat with the winemaker and taste some delicious NH wines. Located in the new RiverWalk Resort. Contact: Mark LaClair, [email protected] P: 603-745-7550 www.sevenbirches.com

Smuttynose Brewing Company recognized among the Best Breweries in the World for the 11th year, North Hampton. This local craft brew, founded in 1994, has once again been recognized on RateBeer’s list of 100 Best Breweries in the World. Visitors can sip their creations while being surrounded by 270 barrel fermenting tanks, after playing a round of disc golf or eating at one of their two restaurants. They are one of the first breweries in the country to achieve LEED certification. Contact: Doug Horner, [email protected] P: 606-601-8214 www.smuttynose.com

Events

NEW Annual Events at the Mount Washington Cog Railway: Handcrafts and Steampunk, Bretton Woods. This iconic attraction how hosts major events annual including The Steampunk Festival: Railway to the Moon on August 19, 2017 in which Victorian era meets the Wild West through arts, exhibits, and more. Also announced is an Annual Handcrafted Festival, July 16-17, 2017, featuring New Hampshire’s finest handmade craft and products. Admission is free. Contact: Becky Metcalf, [email protected] P: 603-278-2255 www.thecog.com

NEW Outdoor Pavilion and Event Space – Mohawk Falls Pavilion, Colebrook. Named after the waterfall on the property, construction was completed on this covered outdoor event space for up to 200 guests from mid-May to October. Chair and table rentals available. Contact: Britni White, [email protected] P: 603-237-1898 www.mohawkfalls.com

100th Anniversary of Portsmouth Historic Society - Announcing 2017 Special Exhibitions, Portsmouth. “Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth” kicks off the 2017 spring season (April 7-June 18) with 50 fascinating works from the colonial and federal periods. This classic exhibition will demonstrate why the fine craftsmanship of Portsmouth artisans is universally respected and sought after. “Seacoast Sculpture, from Material to Masterwork,” (July 7-October 1) will focus on works by three renowned locals in three different media--ceramics by Jane Kaufmann, metal sculpture by Sumner Winebaum, and woodworks by Michael Stasiuk. This flexible rentable space then hosts a free Star Island exhibit (October 19-November 19) sponsored by the Star Island Corporation. The 2017 series wraps up with “Quilts of the Season” (November 21 - December 23) by fabric artist Pam Weeks. Contact: Kathleen Soldati, [email protected] P: 603-436-8433 www.portsmouthhistory.org

Other

NH Grand Launches FREE Downloadable Recipe Book. New Hampshire’s northern-most DMO representing a region that is known for its untouched, natural beauty has produced a compilation of 22 recipes called Savor the Flavors of New Hampshire’s Grand North. It includes an assortment of hearty breakfasts, maple infused ideas, and tasty moose desserts. Contact: Katelyn White, [email protected] P: 603-788-7200 www.nhgrand.com