Photographer Jeffrey Dachowski first picked up a camera in high school, and from his credits and credentials, you might think he’d never put it down since. His photos have landed on the pages of Rolling Stone and Woman's World, and his trophy case is lined with nine Kodak Gallery awards and two Fuji Masterpiece awards. Eventually, Jeffrey and his wife, Carolle, planted their own studio on the banks of the Merrimack River, where they teach photography classes in addition to working for commercial, portraiture, and wedding clients. Indoor courses teach Photoshop at beginning and intermediate levels, and the day-long Portrait Safari brings pupils outdoors, where they can capture scenes of majestic puppies in the wild.
Sugar Hill lies about 80 miles north of Concord in an area home to seven mountain ranges and 40 separate peaks. Sugar Hill sits in the heart of the Franconia Notch, a state park inhabited by deer, moose, and black bears. Many of these animals can be spotted in the forest and meadows around the Sunset Hill House Inn. You can hike to Flume Gorge to look at waterfalls and covered bridges, or pack a picnic to enjoy at the Pine Island recreation area. Dips in the Swiftwater swimming hole and rounds of golf at Sunset Hill's own course are also popular outdoor activities. Sunset Hill's course is suitable for all levels, and golfers can enjoy nine holes in a setting virtually unchanged since 1887 which is still preserved through a state heritage grant. To bring home a taste of the Granite State, simply head down to one of the quaint country stores for maple syrup, cheeses, and homemade jams. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The UNH Wildcats, celebrating the 11th annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup, clash with the Dartmouth Big Green in a showdown for state supremacy. As the only Division I college hockey teams in New Hampshire, the territorial rivals have jousted for RiverStone Cup glory for the past decade, with the Wildcats clawing their way to an impressive 6-3-1 advantage thus far. Helmed by six-time Head Coach of the Year Dick Umile, UNH seeks to continue its run of 10 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament behind point-scoring tandem Stevie Moses and Nick Sorkin. The puck-punishing duo maintains their team's cold tyranny with swift passes, speed-of-sound shots, and gentle camaraderie composed of deep, meaningful silence and smoldering eye contact.
Surrounded by nearly 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Ski Resort enlivens winter-weary visitors with miles of powdery slopes and myriad winter activities. Flee cityscapes marred by mud-splattered snow banks and chain-smoking snowmen and find frosty refuge on Waterville's 4,000-foot mountain. Twelve lifts serve more than 50 adrenaline-tingling trails, with varied terrain suitable for all styles and skill levels—from first-time bunny slopers to half-pipe acrobats and ski-savvy mogul-tamers. The Town Square Condominiums, located in the center of Waterville's self-contained mountain village, provide tuckered snow surfers with a cozy place to warm their mittens and reminisce about the day’s most distinctive snowflakes. Each one-bedroom condo is outfitted with a queen bed, full bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen.
A licensed aesthetician and nail technician, owner Cris-Anne works alongside stylists and a massage therapist to attend to all of clients' indulgence needs. Certified in sugaring techniques, Cris-Anne uproots unwanted strands with an all-natural sugar paste devoid of the harsh chemicals, resins, and bumblebee dander that's found in many waxes. Stylists evict dead ends and dull colors in the salon; in the spa section, aestheticians cleanse and exfoliate faces, and expert kneaders force chronic pains to leave the body.
Ruby's chefs pluck specialty pizzas and quesadillas hot from an authentic brick oven, in addition to slathering barbecue dishes with house sauce and grilling up steak and seafood entrees. Guests burst out of the barbecue gate with an appetizer of Ruby's smoked ribs, a hickory-smoked heap of pork crafted St. Louis style, piled into a delicately balanced arch. The Odyssey pizza rallies wine, artichokes, and greek olives on a field of mozzarella and feta for an epic journey to waiting mouths, and The Philly covers its sandwich-inspired disk with shaved steak, american cheese, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Diners can summon an 8-ounce salmon fillet in a grilled, blackened, jerk, or citrus model perched across from two sides. For a more portable meat parcel, the pulled-pork sandwich stuffs its bun with saucy strips that have been smoked for 12 hours and trained to defend themselves from beef patties in martial combat.