Alpine Adventures provides some of the best and the funniest outdoor activities in the area. Not only they had the first zip-line canopy tour in New England, but they continue to offer the best zip-line tours in the region. In addition, Alpine Adventures offers off-road tours and a host of activities at the Thrillsville Aerial Park, like a climbing tower, rope ladders and the "BigAirBag Stuntzone".
Loon Mountain is a pretty, snow-capped mountain located in Lincoln's White Mountain National Forest. It is also known to be a favorite spot for skiers and snowboarders in the local area. The resort offers all-season recreational activities, so you can have fun during any time of the year.
This park is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. The mountain pass is traversed by a parkway that extends for 8 miles starting from Flume Gorge to Echo Lake. Franconia Notch is an excellent place to get some fresh natural air and some grand earthy scenery.
Skiing has been around for longer than you think. In fact, this skill was a useful one for the prehistoric man, as he hunted and traversed the snowy New England terrain. The New England ski museum collects information and artifacts to preserve and study this monumental development of mankind.
This winding railroad tour takes you along the Pemigewasset River and through a picturesque wooded setting. Enjoy the beautiful views from your seat in a restored vintage train coach. The kids will enjoy the entertainment provided by "Hobo Buddy" on the train and at the station.
Whale's Tale Water Park has been named best in its class by Aquatics International magazine in the past, and it's no wonder. For a low admission price, you have unlimited access to all of the attractions in New Hampshire's largest water park, including 11 water slides, a 360-foot tube ride along with other course tubes, a quarter-mile lazy river, wave pool, and a kids' activity area.
Lost River Gorge is a testament to the power and wonder of nature. It was formed over hundreds of years before recorded time by natural forces and winds along the Lost River, which comes in and out of your view as you explore the magnificent gorges and boulder caves along boardwalks lit by lanterns.
It has always been in mankind's nature to explore his surroundings and, even though he has traded walking through treacherous terrain for a ride on the open road, that spirit remains strong. The Kancamagus Highway, or "The Kanc", is a 34.5 mile stretch of scenic highway along State Route 112 from Lincoln to Conway that takes you through White Mountain National Forest.
Going nearly 40 years strong, the Highland Games is the largest festival celebrating Scottish cultural heritage in the Northeast United States. Over 60 clans gather to compete in the games, with competitions ranging for titles in such areas as dancing, music, and athletics. There are also crafts, storytelling, demonstrations, and other activities for children to enjoy.
The Black Mountain Burger Co serves a menu which encompasses a variety of dishes, from light salads, sandwiches and soups to tasty burgers (for example of quality Angus beef) along with excellent sweet potatoes, and hearty steaks. All in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The Gypsy Cafe is today one of the most popular eateries in Lincoln, NH. You will enjoy a menu of salads, appetizers, entrees and great burgers, as well as its casual, unique atmosphere. What may seem like an eclectic menu of a mishmash of foreign flavors comes together seamlessly: the international cuisines represented here includes French, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, and so much more.
A truly unique dining experience awaits you on board this fine dining dinner train. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the woods surrounding the Pemigewasset River and top-quality food and cocktails, as you traverse the historic Boston and Main Railroad in a beautifully renovated dining car.
The second of 18 locations of the Common Man family of restaurants opened in the historic Pollard Family home in 1985. The Common Man restaurant celebrates the simple things in life, those also celebrated by the common man. However, its chefs have created a menu of traditional American favorites and made them anything but common.
Enzo's Pizzeria & Restaurant serves New York Style, thin crust pizza, Sicilian pizza, appetizers, deli sandwiches and much more. The owners have more than 65 years of experience in the restaurant business and always strive for quality to satisfy at best their clients.
Brittany's serves a delectable selection of homemade selections like mac and cheese, pizza, pasta, and more from their location in the Kancamagus Lodge, where guests are made to feel right at home whether they dine in the dining room or outside on the patio. Otherwise, you can join a more festive atmosphere at the CJ's Penalty Box Sports Bar downstairs, particularly appreciated for its tasty sandwiches and "Taco Tuesdays".
Considered one of the best spots for breakfast in the area, the Cider House Cafe is located at the Windy Ridge Orchard, a place where you can pick your own apples and blueberries in season, have fun looking at the animals around the farm and, when you are finished, head to the cafe to taste some treats made with fruit picked directly from the farm, such as cider donuts and blueberry pancakes.
Polly's Pancake Parlor celebrates the food for which New Hampshire has become known. After you try some fresh pancakes or waffles covered with their delicious New Hampshire maple syrup, you can purchase a variety of pancake mixes, maple syrup and other maple products to take with you.
Woodstock Station, at the Woodstock Inn, has been in operation for more than 30 years and features live music every weekend, in addition to hosting weekly karaoke nights. Lunch and dinner are both served at The Station, which also offers award-winning beers crafted onsite since 1995.
Open since 1978, Truant's opens each day for lunch and continue serving food until evening. It also hosts many live music shows and other cool events, such as happy hours with draft beers at a special price and "all-you-can-eat". When the restaurant closes, head upstairs where the sports bar is still open and you can enjoy good live music. A large outside patio is also available outside the tavern.
It's worth the 45-minute drive to Laconia if you are in the market for a raucous night out. The Paradise Beach Club is the hottest nightclub in the Lakes Region and its calendar is always packed with the best rock bands in New England, selected by the owner who also is a musician. You can also come by early and enjoy dinner before the show gets underway.
If you are looking for some authentic New Hampshire maple syrup, Fadden's makes its award-winning maple syrup in their on-site sugar house. Visit this old-fashioned general store to purchase this syrup, named "Best Maple Syrup in New Hampshire" five times. Tour the sugar house and museum, which chronicles the history of New Hampshire syrup production.
Come and get into the holiday spirit in this year-round Christmas shop, in operation since 1980. It sells everything that has to do with Christmas, from Christmas lights, to ornaments, clothing and every kind of home decor. The Christmas Loft currently has two locations, in North Woodstock and North Conway: the latter features a gorgeous animated New England Christmas Village.
Lahout's, the oldest ski shop in America, has six locations throughout New Hampshire that sell a large variety of ski and snowboard apparel and accessories from all of the top brands: Woolrich, Salomon, Vans, Tecnica, Ugg, Patagonia, Birkenstock, Stance, The North Face and much more. They additionally offer both ski and snowboard rentals.
Wine and cheese lovers, you have just found your happy place. Abbey Cellars II is a gourmet boutique selling a wide selection of wines, cigars, cheeses, local and international beers and other gifts. Shoot a message to the owners to get to know when the upcoming wine, beer and cheese tastings are taking place.
Peaked Moon Farms is a year-round market located in South Main Street which, in addition to producing, is a purveyor of an array of vegetables and herbs, fresh meats, artisan breads and cheeses, baked goods, New Hampshire maple syrup and many other quality, local products.
Mountain Wanderer is an essential shopping destination for the true explorer of the White Mountains. The shop offers maps, books and guidebooks that encompass the White Mountains in addition to all of New England and Eastern New York. If you prefer, search for guides by particular activities, such as fishing, hiking, or biking.
Anything you could need or want for your skiing or snowboarding adventures in the White Mountains, you can find at Sport Thoma. They sell equipment and apparel from all of the top brands and, if you are just trying these sports for the first time, they rent skis, snowboards, and other equipment.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
In New England, all four seasons are very distinct and, as a result, it is quite difficult to say which is the absolute best one for a trip to Lincoln and in New Hampshire in general. If you are a ski-lover and can't stand high temperatures, then winter is definitely your season: Loon Mountain Resort opens its slopes and is a great place for skiing and snowboarding. Also in winter, don't forget to pay a visit to the iconic Christmas Loft, a truly magical Christmas village with lots of surprises for the whole family. While in winter you can ski, in the warmer seasons of the year you can explore the beautiful New Hampshire nature and go hiking on its beautiful mountain trails. Summers are usually hot and sunny, but springtime is particularly interesting, as the tree saps are transformed into a New Hampshire speciality: maple syrup. Last but not least, fall: its beautiful, bright colors make it the favorite time to visit for most tourists, who can also assist and take part in apple and pumpkin picking. As for the main events, Lincoln hosts three big annual festivals: the NH Highland Games & Festival (www.nhscot.org) takes place in September and promotes the Scottish culture with traditional games, shows and parades; the White Mountain Oktoberfest (www.loonmtn.com/experience/events/white-mountain-oktoberfest#.WuHHIIhuaUn), which takes place during the fall foliage season (in October), takes you straight to the Bavarian Alps and lets you enjoy amazing German beer, food and music along with gorgeous views of the White Mountains; and the New England Brewfest (www.nebrewfest.com) is an unmissable annual beer festival held in June.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, located in the heart of New England (less than 50 miles north of Boston and only 2 hours from the White Mountains), is the primary airport serving the entire state of New Hampshire and is convenient to all of New Hampshire's vacation hot spots. Once landed at the airport, you can reach Lincoln (NH) by taking a bus (www.flymanchester.com/ground-transportation/bus-schedules), or a taxi (www.flymanchester.com/ground-transportation?type=taxi). It is also possible to rent a car (www.flymanchester.com/car-rentals) from one of the several companies operating at the airport, such as Alamo (www.alamo.com), Avis (www.avis.com) and Hertz (www.hertz.com).
Hiring a taxi is the most efficient way to get around Lincoln, as there are no local buses or trains. The Shuttle Connection is the main taxi company which operates in the Lincoln (NH) area and also connects the city with the close ones, such as Woodstock, providing an excellent shuttle service at a very reasonable price.