Since it first opened its doors in 1956, the Town and Country Inn has been a key stopover during New Hampshire's presidential primaries. In fact, every president since Richard Nixon has stayed at the inn. Located in the heart of the White Mountains, about a three-hour drive north of Boston, the Town and Country Inn is a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding wilderness or descend a staircase that once bested Gerald Ford.
Located beneath a vaulted wooden ceiling and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, the indoor heated pool and jacuzzi allow guests to swim year round. In the hotel’s dining room, chefs prepare daily breakfast dishes such as omelets ($6.95) and belgian waffles ($4.95), and dinner entrees including roast prime rib of beef ($19.95) and fresh Maine lobster (market price). To burn off a big meal, head to the health club or try out one of the nearby hiking and biking trails that lead into the White Mountains and Great North Woods. There are also four nearby golf courses, including Androscoggin Valley Country Club just across the street.
Northeast Snowmobile Rentals has locations in Gorham, New Hampshire, and Fryeburg, Maine; that puts them right next to the vast system of snowmobiling trails near the White Mountain National Forest and surrounding areas. Head to one of their facilities and you can choose from a herd of brand new Arctic Cat snowmobiles, as well as single- and double-sleds.
The team has mapped out a well-marked system of trails where you can take self-guided snowmobiling tours. Beforehand, a team member will equip you with a helmet and a map of the area so you won’t have to ask a local moose for directions. Northeast Snowmobile Rentals can also equip riders with boots, gloves, bibs, overalls, and jackets for each journey.
Mountain Equipment Co-op gears its customers up for adventure in the great outdoors. The shop stocks hiking, biking, and climbing equipment and accessories, along with all the clothing and footwear you need for excursions in the snow or out on tropical waters. Whether you're searching for a pair of running shoes for a jog around your neighbourhood, or the tools to equip yourself for a weeklong journey through the Alaskan wilderness, Mountain Equipment Co-op is your one-stop shop.
Since 1982, AquaSport has equipped competitive and recreational swimmers with suits, accessories, and training equipment. Five brick-and-mortar boutiques carry thousands of trendy trunks, two-pieces, and Victorian-era swimming jackets from more than 100 brands including Nike, Speedo, TYR, and Arena. A large athletic section holds specialty apparel and equipment for watersports such as water polo, triathlons, and professional cat bathing.
The Running Room is proudly a family owned company, which originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. He opened a small one room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room."
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Château Outlet's original storefront. He intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Château Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew heaps of success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Château Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.