Riding the Rails Through the Fall Foliage

Riding the Rails Through the Fall Foliage

There is no better way to experience the annual fall foliage season than a rail vacation through the fall colors in New England.
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Hobo Railroad Harvest Time Express

A classic New England foliage ride, The Hobo Railroad leaves for its 80-minute excursions from Lincoln (just down the road from Woodwards) daily between September 17 and October 15, 2017.  Each year, life-sized scarecrows created by the world famous Annalee Doll Co. are a favorite attraction with a new theme. 2017 is the year of the “Scarecrows of Sports”! Trains depart daily from Lincoln at 11 am & 1 pm.

Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Marshfield Station

The allure of Mt. Washington is extraordinary in autumn, and the Cog Railway is an ideal way for the entire family to enjoy the mountain and foliage. This historic railway carries passengers via biodiesel engine or vintage steam engine with replica coaches up a three-mile-long trestle to the 6,288-foot summit. On the ride up some of the steepest railroad tracks in North America, the landscape and foliage change with the elevation. From the summit, you’ll take in panoramas of the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire to Vermont and, on clear days, as far as Maine and Canada.

Conway Scenic Railroad

On the Crawford Notch train, you’ll travel on tracks that were laid in the 1870s and enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East … past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, and panoramic mountain vistas. Live commentary onboard includes history and folklore of the railroad and area, as well as points of interest. The Notch train will run September 5-7, September 9-15, October 15-20, and October 24, 26, 28.

Café Lafayette Dinner Train

For a more elegant experience, indulge in a ride in a beautifully restored rail car complete with an elegant, 5-course dinner. The Café Lafayette Dinner Train takes a leisurely 2-hour ride on the Boston & Maine track along the Pemigewasset River that allows you to admire the scenery while enjoying a distinctive culinary experience. For a panoramic view, reserve a spot in the 24-seat observation dome, the top level of the three-tiered 1952 Pullman Planetarium car. One of five built by the Missouri-Pacific Railroad, it’s the last in operation in the United States.

Mt Washington Cog Railway
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Conway Scenic Railroad
Café Lafayette Dinner Train

Summer Craft Festival

Summer Craft Festival

https-%2f%2fcdn-evbuc-com%2fimages%2f19139568%2f153483083190%2f1%2foriginalThe Village Shops and Town Green along Main Street in Lincoln, NH will burst into color and flavor for the 25th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival on Saturday August 12 and Sunday August 13, 2017.
Over 100 Juried Artisans will display and sell their traditional American made works; including Fine Jewelry, Pottery, Scarves, Puzzles, Calligraphy, Beaded Jewelry, Cutting Boards, Soy Candles, Sports Team Apparel, Children’s Clothing, Fused Glass, Adirondack Style Furniture, Ornaments, Sheepskin Accessories, Leather, Floral Arrangements, Doll Clothes, Wreaths, Toys, Nature Photography, Wooden Signs, Aroma-therapy, Fleece, Paper Crafts, Photo Art, Pet Accessories, Decorative Painting, Engraving, Turned Wood, Folk Art, Baskets, Fine art, Glass Jewelry, Painted Stemware, Magnetic Jewelry, Original Painting and much more.
Come sample Specialty Foods such as Gourmet Oils, Fudge, Lemonade, BBQ sauces, Kettle Corn, Pastries, Salsas, Herbal Dips, Finishing Sauces, Maple Syrup, Pickles, Relish, Candies, Chocolate and more.
The Lincoln Summer Craft Festival is free admission and held rain or shine. Friendly pets on leash are welcome.
Make it a “Girls Getaway! Our “Shop, Dine, and Stay Package” is an exciting 2-night getaway for two that includes daily breakfast, dinner in The Grille at Woodwards on the night or your choice, suite-style accommodations at the Inn with 2 double beds, a Jacuzzi bathroom, and gas fireplace, and fantastic shopping at the annual craft festival just down the road.
Stay either Friday and Saturday nights or Saturday and Sunday nights for $249 (plus taxes) per person based on double occupancy. Availability is limited. Reservations are available by calling Woodwards Inn + Suites.
Do Go Chasing Waterfalls in Lincoln!

Do Go Chasing Waterfalls in Lincoln!

nh-watervillecascades-pic1The White Mountains boasts more than 100 waterfalls, some visible from the road, and others that may require a hike. There are many in Lincoln, and we think the best in the state include Franconia Falls, Georgian Falls, and Avalanche Falls!

Franconia Falls is located at the end of one of the flattest long-distance strolls in the White Mountains. The lack of elevation gain makes the Franconia Falls hike a favorite for families. Not to mention that it has two natural waterslides when the brook is running low enough. The falls can be easily accessed year-round, either by foot, mountain bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski. Franconia Falls has sunny slabs of rock, swimming pools that widely vary in size, depth and current, and the possibilities of roving around the falls for hours of refreshing pleasure.

Many visitors that go to Georgiana Falls only reach the lower half of this waterfall. The lower falls consist of a 30-foot high set of cascades spread across a 20-foot wide ledge. At the base of this waterfall is a deep, dark pool. At the falls there is a very spacious ledge for sunbathing and picnicking. Although this waterfall is regularly visited, you can still find a spot to claim as your own at this highly photogenic, delightful spot.

Avalanche Falls is the crown jewel of Flume Gorge. The location pretty much can’t be beaten. After making your way up the walkway in Flume Gorge, you will pass by the base of this waterfall. The base of the falls is no more than 10 feet away when you walk past.

What are you waiting for? Go explore these breathtaking waterfalls.. and don’t forget your camera!

Waterfalls in Lincoln

New Hampshire’s Back Roads and Scenic Byways

Whether you’re coming up north for Bike Week or summer vacation, we urge you to explore the back roads and scenic byways in search of New Hampshire’s history and beauty. Explore on your own, or stop at the White Mountains Visitor’s Center in North Woodstock (just down the road from Woodwards) and pick up their excellent map of a 100-mile round-trip exploration of the region called The White Mountain Trail. The beautiful route will take you past classic attractions like Clark’s Trading Post and The Flume Gorge where you’ll discover waterfalls, covered bridges, scenic pools and glacial boulders…all before you even get to The Notch (Franconia Notch State Park), Cannon Mountain, and the Old Man in the Mountain Museum.
 
Following the trail further will lead you to many additional favorite spots including Santa’s Village, the Mt Washington Cog Railway and Auto Road, and Story Land. If it’s all too much for a single trip, we recommend narrowing your excursion to a single focus (a different focus each time you visit): Follow the Covered Bridge Trail to explore this integral part of both the history and landscape of the White Mountains. Waterfalls are another great focus of exploration. The White Mountains boasts more than 100 waterfalls, some visible from the road, others that may require a hike.
 
If history is your thing, there’s a trail for you too. In just the region closest to Woodwards, you’ll discover “The Frost Place,” a museum and poetry center located at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia. While your there, check out the 200-year-old blast furnace that still stands from of the day of Franconia Iron Works and the Sugar Hill Historical Museum which is currently featuring a historical hat exhibit.

The White Mountains has adventures sure to please all appetites. Come on up and create your experience in the mountains this summer.

March is Maple Month!

March is Maple Month!

mapleCome on up! Experience the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring and taste why pure New Hampshire maple syrup is the enduring harbinger of spring during Maple Sugaring Month, hosted by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association.

Between March 11 and April 2, 2017, you can participate in this New England tradition at one of several sugar houses in the vicinity of Woodwards Resort & Inn!

Just down the road in North Woodstock, the authentic and old fashioned Fadden General Store has been family-owned since 1896 and turning out some of New Hampshire’s best syrup! In fact, their on-site maple sugar house is a 5-time winner of “Best Maple Syrup in New Hampshire.” Tour the maple shack or the maple museum or just explore the store for fun and yummy souvenirs to take home.

If you choose to be a part of the NH Maple Experience at the historic Rocks Estate, you’ll take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the property and see up close the workings of a modern-day (pipeline collecting) system and visit an operating sugarhouse. Visitors will also learn how to drill and tap a maple tree. The day’s program will finish with maple syrup and fresh donuts. The family-geared program is educational “but a lot of fun, too,” says director Niel Manley. “People really enjoy the experience of tapping a tree themselves.”

Benton’s Sugar Shack in nearby Thornton will be open weekends until April 2  and will offer maple making tours from “trees to jug”, maple cotton candy, and live music on Sundays.

On Maple weekend (March 25-26), Bridgewater Mountain Maple will be offering coffee and doughnuts as well as free samples of fresh maple syrup, maple candy, maple popcorn, maple cotton candy, and their favorite sugar on snow! A “crew” will be available at the sugar house to guide guests through our process of making Maple Syrup.

Check out Woodwards’ special rates for March rates (below) and plan your maple-sugaring March get-away. There will be lots of free samples of fresh syrup, maple candies and confections, coffee, and doughnuts.
Make Some Memories this Winter

Make Some Memories this Winter

In the msnowglobeovie Citizen Kane, the snow-globe falling from Kane’s dying fingers and shattering on the stairs sets up cinema’s greatest metaphor for life unlived. It also reminds us of the power — and importance — of making memories!

Winter in the White Mountains is in full swing, so the time for making memories is now!

While the skiing is terrific this winter, we realize that not every winter-weather lover can be a pro on powder. Non-skiers in search of wintry pursuits will happily find a whole lot to love in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The state turns into an all-out snow-white wonderland with snowmobiles crisscrossing trails from Vermont to Maine. Plan your own snowmobile adventure using the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation Trails Bureau, or make it easy with a Woodwards/SledVentures package (SledVentures is located directly across the street from Woodwards.)

Loon Mountain offers snow tubing for those who want the thrill of a downhill descent — sans the skis or snowboard. And, at Loon, you can do your tube runs under the moonlight.

Skis and tubes, however, aren’t necessary for a near-peak experience on New Hampshire’s highest mountain, Mount Washington.  In fact, you need not even get cold. The Mount SnowCoach offers a comfortable winter tour to the sub-arctic world at treeline on Mount Washington. Upon reaching the top of the tour, passengers are invited to exit the SnowCoach for a few minutes to take photos of the breathtaking views overlooking the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential mountain range.

If you want to add a bit more adventure to this trip, plan to snowshoe down the mountain rather than take the SnowCoach back down.

Don’t wait. Plan your memory-making trip to Woodwards Resort & Inn and the White Mountains…before it’s too late 😉

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S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y NIGHT! That's right, New Year's Eve 2017 is a Saturday Night !

S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y NIGHT! That’s right, New Year’s Eve 2017 is a Saturday Night !

What could be better than New Year’s Eve falling on a Saturday night, right? The annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Woodwards is always a great time but this year is going to be even better. You can relax and enjoy a fun-filled weekend with us without worry. This years’ inclusive package includes one night lodging, breakfast and dinner for two and a beverage. You’ll have your own, reserved, table for the evening with live entertainment beginning at 9 pm featuring live entertainment with the acoustic sounds–from 60’s classics to current hits–of New Hampshire’s own Jimmy and Marcelle!

There will be party favors and door prizes and lots of fun for the whole family. So, don’t wait too long to book your package.

  • Upgrade to a suite for only $50 more per night, plus tax

Keep it safe and stay at Woodwards Resorts, then spend New Years day swimming, skating on the pond (if it’s cold enough), or snuggling in the pub by the fire. . . or skiing, if you’re up to it!

 

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Ahh, Autumn! Fall Foliage Train Rides

Ahh, Autumn! Fall Foliage Train Rides

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Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Marshfield Station

This popular and historic railway carries passengers via biodiesel engine or vintage steam engine with replica coaches up a three-mile-long trestle to the 6,288-foot summit. Here you’ll see the surrounding national forest’s brilliant hues from some of the steepest railroad tracks in North America (37 percent grade in one stretch).  On the ride up, the landscape and foliage change with the elevation. From the summit, you can take in panoramas of the mountains and valleys from New Hampshire to Vermont and, on clear days, as far as Maine and Canada.

Hobo Railroad Harvest Time Express

The Hobo Railroad is celebrating election season with a cornstalk exhibit called “Scarecrows of the Oval Office.”  This is the Railroad’s third year showcasing the critters, which are on display every day until 3 p.m. at no charge.Some of the Oval Office scarecrows are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and family, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Both major party presidential candidates are also on display with the pseudonyms Celery Clinton and Donald Stump. Trains depart daily from Lincoln at 11am & 1pm.

Conway Scenic Railroad

On the notch train, you’ll travel on tracks that were laid in the 1870s and enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, and panoramic mountain vistas. Live commentary onboard includes history and folklore of the railroad and area, as well as points of interest.

Mt Washington Cog Railway

Hobo Railroad

Conway Scenic Railroad

Fall is a Fantastic Time to Hike

Leaf peepers will soon fill New Hampshire’s roads as they flock to witness the turning of the leaves, but we know an even better way to experience this beautiful season than through the windshield of your car. The cool, crisp air of autumn is ideal weather for hiking and the riot of color offered by the fall foliage is the perfect backdrop. Lace up your boots, get outside and find some of the best views in New England with a hike in the White Mountains that promises big foliage payoffs.

If you prefer to start off slowly, the Lincoln Woods Trail is convenient and an easy hike (visitor center at the trailhead at SR 112 Kancamagus Highway) that runs for 2.6 miles along the east branch of the Pemigewasset River. For more of a challenge, you can combine the trail with other trails that run through the forest in the White Mountains, just northeast of Lincoln, including the Black Pond Trail and the Franconia Brook Trail.
Together, the trails offer scenic mountain views, a beautiful waterfall and woodland adventure.

The New Hampshire Appalachian Mountain Club offers some great events for various ages and families, including guided hikes that are an excellent way for new hikers to give it a try.

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Exploring Awesome Local Swimming Spots

Exploring Awesome Local Swimming Spots

In addition to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools at Woodwards Resort, the Lincoln area boasts several local swimming spots that locals and visitors love on hot summer days.

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Weather.com rates Echo Lake the Number One Swimming Spot in New Hampshire

A great spot to gently float down the river on inner tubes, The Lady’s Bathtub is a natural swimming area in the east branch of the  Pemigewassett River. There are shallow and deep areas for a swim and a small sandy beach.  Large river rocks are fun to climb on, or to sit and relax on as the river gently flows by. The closest river swimming area to the Village of Lincoln, enjoying The Lady’s Bathtub, is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

Another family and kid favorite, the Crystal Cascade in North Woodstock offers a  slideable, or tubeable,  chute that goes over several  small rapids and feeds into a  small pool. The water is fairly warm by  afternoon, but we recommend that you wear something a bit sturdier than a typical swimming suite (like cut-off jeans) if you’ll be “riding the rapids.”

Echo  Lake  Beach  visitors  can enjoy  the  beauty  of  a  28-acre  Lake with an excellent view.  The  slopes of  Cannon  Mountain ski area drop right to the  edge of the  lake,  and the view highlights  where the Franconia Range and Kinsman Range meet, creating the notch.  The beach is open  from  10  am to  5:30  pm daily from June 15th to Labor Day and  canoe  and  kayak rentals are available.

Mirror Lake is a natural spring-fed lake just outside the town of Whitefield in western New Hampshire. The lake straddles two of New Hampshire’s tourism regions: The White Mountains and Great North Woods. It has an average depth of eight feet and a maximum depth of 23 feet. It is a great lake to explore by canoe or kayak, windsurf, or simply enjoy the sandy beach for swimming and sunbathing.

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