Recreation abounds in every season with lake activities taking center stage each summer. Dinner cruises on Lake Sunapee, water skiing, canoeing and swimming at area state beaches. A brisk hike through well marked nature trails or up Mt. Kearsarge to the look-out tower will fill an afternoon nicely. Mountain and road biking, downhill and cross country skiing, tennis and championship golf courses - we have everything to do or nothing to do - if that's your pleasure. For a taste of life in a simpler time and place, take a step back and visit Bradford, the Gateway to the Lake Sunapee Region
The Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, Demonstrations of domestic and military life are held daily,
Colby Sawyer College, New London, Colby-Sawyer College offers a wide range of cultural and educational events throughout the year, which are open to the general public. http://www.colby-sawyer.edu
The new Verizon Arena in Manchester is nearby for great concerts with big-name artists and sporting events.
A local stable offering trail rides, foliage rides, sleigh and hay rides.
Many of the local towns have "Concerts on the Green" and there are plenty of local restaurants that invite small bands and singers to perform in their establishments.
There are many small artisan studios in the area and we can quickly direct you to crafters of many different varieties.
Spring / Summer
New London Barn Playhouse The Barn Playhouse features talent from all over the country in traditional summer stock fashion. http://www.nlbarn.com Box office 603-526-4631 Tickets can be waiting at the box office while you enjoy some of the fine local dining available in the area.
Kearsarge Arts Theatre (KAT) Company, New London, 603-526-4906 Box Office 927-4899 (opens late June)
State Parks and Outdoors
Winslow State Park Route 11, Wilmot, NH 03287, Phone: 603-526-6168
Winslow State Park is located on the northwest slope of Mt. Kearsarge in Wilmot, New Hampshire. The picnic area is on an 1,820-foot plateau with outstanding views of the White Mountains to the north and the taller of the southern and central Vermont peaks. Mt. Sunapee, Ragged Mountain, and Pleasant Lake dominate the closer landscape. A one-mile foot trail leads from the picnic area to the summit of Mt.Kearsarge. A 1- 3/4 mile trail offers a loop possibility. The Park is open weekends from mid-April to mid-June, and daily from mid-June to early November. Admission to the Park is $3.00; children 11 and under are admitted free of charge.
Rollins State Park, Route 103, Warner, NH 03278, Phone: 603-456-3808
Located in the town of Warner, Rollins State Park is situated on the south slope of Mt. Kearsarge. A 3-1/2 mile long scenic auto road rises from the park entrance through woodlands to the parking and picnic areas. The picnic area, located in a natural wooded glen beneath granite ledges, is historically referred to as the "Garden." It affords views that stretch from Mt. Monadnock to the hills of New Hampshire's coastal plain. The summits of Pack Monadnock, Crotched and Uncanoonuc Mountains, the hills of central Massachusetts, and the Boston skyline are visible on the horizon, while the Mink Hills and Merrimack River Valley can be seen nearby. A one-half mile trail to the summit of Mt.Kearsarge leaves from the picnic area.
The Park is open daily from mid-June to late October, and weekends only from late October to November 11.
Sunapee State Beach and State Park, Route 103, Newbury, NH 03255 Phone: 603-763-5561
This major recreation area in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region offers year-round activities. In the winter, alpine skiing is available at Mt. Sunapee Resort, owned by the state of New Hampshire and managed by the Okemo Mountain Resort. Enjoy hiking, swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing and swimming in the summer/fall months. The campground now offers 5 lean-to sites for family camping. Sunapee State Beach is situated about a mile from the campground and offers many amenities. Sunapee State Park is open daily from mid-June to Labor Day. The 4,085 acre lake at Sunapee State Beach is an ideal spot for family and group outings - enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking. The Beach has a store, canoe and kayak rentals, a playground, and a new bathhouse. A boat launch is available with some restrictions. Pets are not allowed on the beach.
Wadleigh State Park, Route 114, Sutton, NH 03260, Phone: 603-927-4724
Wadleigh State Beach offers swimming on beautiful Kezar Lake. Tall pine trees shade the picnic sites located adjacent to the beach, making it an ideal location for families and group outings. Amenities in the park include a bathhouse, picnic tables, and playing fields. The park is open weekends only from mid-May to mid-June, and daily from mid-June to Labor Day. The admission fee is $3.00, children 11 and under are admitted free.
Road bikers will love the challenges of our local terrain. Mountain bikers are able to enjoy most of the hiking trails. All will delight in the beautiful scenery. Rentals are available at Village Sports,Main Street, New London, 603-526-4948.
Boating-Canoeing-Kayaking & Jet Skiing
Fall / Winter
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding, Within a few miles you can enjoy premier New Hampshire ski areas.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, The area hosts beautifully groomed courses at:
Snowshoe rentals are available at Village Sports, 603-526-4948.
Skating Guests may also skate on the rink at the New London Town Green on Main Street.
Skate rentals are available at Village Sports, 603-526-4948. and on the Newport Town Green
Chambers of Commerce
Escape for a Golfing Weekend!
NH Outdoors Golf Course List Link
Beaver Meadow Golf Course, 1 Beaver Meadow Dr., Concord, 18 holes, par 72, public Link
Canterbury Woods Country Club, 15 West Rd, Canterbury, 18 holes, public, on 260 acres of land
Claremont Country Club, Maple Ave., Claremont, 9 holes, semi-private 603-542-9550
Country Club of New Hampshire, Kearsarge Valley Rd, No Sutton, 18 holes, public 603-927-4246
Countryside Golf Club, 20 Country Club Lane, Dunbarton, 9 holes, public 603-774-5031
Dustons Country Club, 40 Country Club Rd, Hopkinton, 9 holes, semi-private, Tee times are suggested on weekends, 603-746-4234
Ragged Mountain Golf Club, Ragged Mtn Rd, Danbury Link
Restaurants and Eating Establishments.
Bradford Junction, Rte 114, Great food in classic atmosphere! 603-938-2424
Dunkin Donuts, Main St.
Millie's Cafe and Bakery, 63 Rush Rd. 603-428-8031
Bubba's Bar & Grille, 976 Route 103, 603-763-3290
Double Diamond Restaurant, Rte 103, Restaurant & Lounge, 603-763-3113
Dunkin Donuts, Main St. 603-526-4644
La Meridiana, Route 11, 603-526-2033
MacKenna's Restaurant & TCBY Treats,New London Shopping Center , 603-526-9511
Foothills Restaurant, Main St, Great breakfast & lunch! 603-456-2140
Charlie Mac's Pizza, Main St., 603-456-2828
Antiques and Shopping
Shops in the Area
Area Used Book Shops Link
Barns of Bradford, Rte 114, Bradford (Furnishings) 603-938-2618
Artisan's Workshop, New London 603-526-4227
Serendipity Boutique, New London Shopping Center New London 603-526-4475
Tatewell Gallery, 207 Main St. 603-526-2910
Brickstone Gift and Florist Shop, Newport 603-863-6760
Country Cobwebs, 42 Kearsarge Mtn Rd, Warner 603-456-3033
Yankee Farmer's Market, Route 103 Link
Artist Studios in the Area
Spirit of New England, Bradford http://www.spiritne.com Handcrafted gold and silver jewelry with precious and semi-precious gemstones. A member of the League of NH Craftsman. By appointment only.
Vinyards and Breweries
Stone Coast Brewery, 546 Main St, 603-528-4188
Franconia Notch Brewing Company, Inc., 260 Dells Rd, 603-444-6258
Stark Mill Brewing, 500 N Commercial St, 603-622-0000
Pennichuck Brewing Co Inc, 127 Elm St # C, 603-672-2750
Seven Barrel Brewery, NH Route 12A, Plainfield Road, 603-298-5566
Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast
5 Greenhouse Lane, Bradford, NH (New Hampshire) 03221
603-938-5571 Toll Free ~ 888-812-5571