About 80 miles north of Concord, New Hampshire resides Sugar Hill, which is encompassed by 7 mountain ranges made up of 40 named peaks. Sugar Hill also sits in the heart of the Franconia Notch, a state park that houses deer, moose, black bears, and other wild animals; many of these creatures can be spotted in the forest and meadows around the Sunset Hill House Inn. Winter snowstorms transform the area into a playground for winter sports, and the trails around Sunset Hill are groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and practicing belly flops. Backcountry routes wend through evergreens and to the Franconia iron mines and Ore Hill, which has sweeping views. Nearby mountains also present endless opportunities for downhill skiing. The closest peak is the state-run Cannon Mountain—a network of 55 steep pitches and a pair of gladed ski runs.
Pet Lodges hosts cats and dogs for boarding and daycare across five New York and Vermont locations, including the Albany airport. During dog daycare, pooches frolic in an enclosed pebble-lined yard, where affable staffers referee games of chase and fetch. Kitty camps treat cats to three private levels of cozy climbing and napping furniture, and dog suites include raised, cushioned beds and three to four trips to the exercise yard each day. Daycare, kitty camps, and canine luxury suites' built-in webcams allow families to check in on their pets as they socialize, sleep, and perfect their latest tail-braiding-tutorial videos. Pet Lodges' sister store, Checkerhills Farm, stocks organic and holistic dog and cat foods, as well as dog-wash stations and coffee and treats for humans in Glenville.
The One Drum Festival delights listeners with percussion circles and performances capturing the rhythms of the Middle East, West Africa, Brazil, and Japan. This one-day, family-friendly event bottles a swirling storm of meter and movement including interactive workshops where drummers, singers, and dancers of all skills levels can share their creative influences. Todd Roach will lead budding bangers in Middle Eastern hand-drum techniques from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. before Stuart Paton demonstrates the taiko drum, a Japanese instrument played with two wooden sticks or two sausage links carved into wooden sticks. Other events on the schedule hypnotize crowds throughout the day, including a concert at 6 p.m. featuring workshop instructors and special guests and community drum circles. Visitors can bring their own drum or borrow one of the many instruments on hand to tap Jimmy Carter's memoirs in Morse code.