Monday, May 7, 2007, 12:59 PM - New HampshireA small town in northern New Hampshire, North Woodstock is the kind of destination that allows you to get away from it all while remaining a stone's throw from a top-notch ski resort. North Woodstock, NH, is the place to stay if you want to enjoy the best of the White Mountains.
It's almost impossible not to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery amid which North Woodstock is set. Almost the whole town is in the White Mountain National Forest, which means the area is thick with trees that blanket the hills and mountains. The trees are interrupted by rivers, ponds and brooks, and even a few roads - the most notable of which is state route 112, the scenic Kancamangus Highway.
The Kancamangus Highway is best driven in spring, summer and fall, especially if you are just visiting the area. Driving this scenic route in the winter can be difficult, though beautiful, depending on the weather. But in summer and fall, you're bound to see deer and moose, sometimes feeding beside the road and sometimes crossing the road so drive carefully. Touring this scenic state highway will give you a real view of wilderness and why people love northern New Hampshire so much.
The area is easy to reach from Boston on Interstate 93. And once you've arrived you may want to leave your car parked in favor of hiking or mountain biking amid the lush scenery. All but the more adventurous will want to leave the hiking behind in the winter, however. Downhill and cross-country skiing at Loon Mountain Resort might be a little less subject to the whims of Mother Nature.
Loon Mountain Ski Resort accommodates skiers of all levels, with a ski and snowboard school, children's ski camps and trails intended for the whole range of skiers, from beginner to experts. Enjoy the breathtaking views on Loon's North Peak and Highlands trails, challenge yourself on the expert trails of Loon's East Basin, or meet up at the lodge and restaurants at the Crossings. With 5 top-rated terrain parks and 2 pipes, Loon is a welcoming destination for snowboarders, too. The activities and amenities of Loon can be the key to a great winter vacation, whether you are traveling as a family or group of friends.
A visit to Lost River Reservation and Gorge in Kinsman Notch will show you the power and mystery of nature as you tread on, under and around boulders that are thousands of years old as they lie haphazardly along the Lost River. The Lost River itself travels among the boulders, creating waterfalls and at times disappearing into crevasses and caves that can be explored via a narrow trail that follows the river. The Lost River Reservation is not open in winter, so you'll have to enjoy it during a summer vacation or fall foliage weekend in the White Mountains.
North Woodstock's history goes back to the 18th century, when it was first chartered by the governor of New Hampshire. The remains of the original settlement can be found along old trails in the woods reachable by local back roads. The business district, conveniently located on Route 3, will attract you not only for its quaintness but also for the tax-free shopping.
When you are visiting North Woodstock, you will have a variety of lodging options, from quaint inns and bed and breakfasts to motels and vacation homes and condos for rent. Typically located in town or near the highways, the inns and motels offer convenience for getting in and out of town. North Woodstock vacation homes, condos and townhomes offer privacy, comfort, space and the conveniences of home. Start planning your North Woodstock vacation now!
By: Jeff Smith
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Jeff Smith has enjoyed many trips to northern New Hampshire. He recommends renting a townhouse condo in North Woodstock if decide to visit there as well.
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