Sometimes, it's hard to tell where Waterville Valley Resort ends and the untamed wilderness begins. Built in 1966, the 500-acre resort is a comfortable, civilized outpost in within the surrounding White Mountain Natural Forest. The resort calls to mind the rustic charms of a traditional New England mountain town, with clapboard buildings and green-gabled roofs peeking out from between the trees.
The resort sits at the foot of Mt. Tecumseh, a 4,000-foot peak that sports 50 trails and 220 acres of space for skiiers and snowboarders alike. Eleven lifts ferry guests up to each run, and snowmaking machines ensure complete coverage even when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. The resort also features four terrain parks for snowboarding, as well as a handful of on-mountain dining spots with stunning views. Its been voted #1 in NH for Kids-Activities, Off-Hill Activities, Terrain Parks, and Dining by SKI Magazine.
For nine years running, New England Brewfest has assembled a coterie of craft breweries to get more than 100 taps flowing with their unique creations. This year, the event includes 30 breweries, and each of them will treat every guest through the gates with complimentary samples of small-batch beverages and reasonably priced high-fives. Exhibitors range from Magic Hat and Peak Organic Brewing Company to Angry Orchard Hard Cider and Twisted Tea. You can also take in brewing demonstrations and learn about the creation of items such as beer-infused jelly.
Organizers require that guests present ID at the entrance, and recommend bringing a folding chair and comfortable dancing shoes. These items come in handy when absorbing the sweet rhythms of live music acts such as the Rustic Overtones and Air Traffic Controller.
Sculpted into tree-studded mountain slopes, Ragged Mountain Golf Club's 18-hole course plots a winding path over dramatic elevation changes. When played from the double black diamond tees—the club borrows skiing terminology in an homage to the winter activities hosted at the same site—club pros compare the layout to a U.S. Open course and advise only scratch golfers or those with remote-controlled golf balls to brave the tips. Along with tight tree lines and rolling terrain up and down the mountain, the course runs over streams that come into play on 14 holes.
With onsite lodging and golf-and-stay packages, Ragged Mountain invites golfers to set aside a weekend amid the mountain air. In the winter, Ragged Mountain activates a high-speed, six-person chairlift, from which skiers, snowboarders, and snow-angel enthusiasts gain access to two mountains with 50 trails, including 11 glades and three terrain parks.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Course rating of 74.9 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 149 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill has a large section of craft cocktails and craft beers, making it a local favorite.
Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill serves anything but a low-fat menu.
Follow the game or the news from the TVs in the bar.
Large groups will appreciate Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill for its ability to seat them quickly.
Wifi access is totally free at Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Dance the night away to Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill's live music.
Heading over after work? Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since crowds tend to pack Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill on weeknights.
Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
You can also grab your food to go.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the bar.
You won't break the bank at Lucky Dog Tavern and Grill, with a meal typically hovering below the $15 mark.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Patrick's Pub and Eatery.
Come prepared to feast at Patrick's Pub and Eatery — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment.
The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game.
Patrick's Pub and Eatery is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Sit outside at Patrick's Pub and Eatery and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Free wifi is available as well.
At Patrick's Pub and Eatery, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Weekends are when crowds really head to Patrick's Pub and Eatery, so plan accordingly.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Patrick's Pub and Eatery cater for you.
For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go.
Patrick's Pub and Eatery's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Patrick's Pub and Eatery is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Panther Pub and Grille.
Diet schmiet! Catch a break from low-fat fare at Panther Pub and Grille, where low-fat options aren t an option.
Cheer on your favorite team at Panther Pub and Grille, a local restaurant with TVs.
With its kid-friendly vibe, Panther Pub and Grille is a great spot for families to chow down.
Panther Pub and Grille is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Prepare to face the crowds at Panther Pub and Grille during the week — weekends tend to be slower.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Panther Pub and Grille.
An average meal at Panther Pub and Grille will set you back about $30.