Scenic Route


Explore our Local Farmer’s Markets

Nothing beats the smell of homemade soap, or the crunch of a sunwarmed apple picked right from the tree. Even so, crafts and produce aren’t the only reason why we love our local farmer’s markets…

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Amazing April Hikes

Some people stay away from the trails due to mud season and leftover ice, which can both make hiking less fun and more treacherous. However, my perspective is that every month is a bad time to stay inside all day. Here are a few adventures I’ve taken this April.

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Shanware Pottery

I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the whirling gray blob beneath the potter’s fingers. As his wheel spun furiously, he pressed gentle hands around the clay and all at once – he held a mug…

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Explore the Walter-Newton Natural Area

The Walter-Newton Natural area is tucked on the tail of a dirt road outside downtown Plymouth. I couldn’t wait to explore it, especially when I heard it housed a waterfall, Rainbow Falls, only 0.6 miles down the Walter trail.

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Ragged Mountain vs. Worst Ski Day of the Year

The staff at Ragged Mountain Resort in Danbury, NH realize that snowsports are just supposed to be fun, so they decided to change the way the ski industry functions and make an average day less stressful. This season, they implemented a new program called Mission Affordable….

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Active Animals at Squam Lakes

We humans can only see animals’ true personalities when we watch them thriving in their natural habitat. Sadly, when I visit most animal exhibits, it’s clear that the occupants are not thriving. This could be because my last few zoo visits have been…

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Spike’s Mad Syrup Skills

Every breath was warm brown sugar. Steam floated off the shiny pot of sap, quietly boiling on the counter. The sun filtered through vials of syrup on the windowsill and made the gradient of mahogany, amber and honey yellow glow with light. I was charmed by the whole place, but I still had to play devil’s advocate. “So, you don’t make any money doing this,” I said. “Why do it?”

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Volunteer with the Trailhead Stewardship Program

Bill Tarkulich didn’t know that his hike in Mahoosuc Notch would end in a search and rescue. After he boosted himself up about ten feet to reach the top of an incline, he lost his footing and tumbled onto the rocks below. Bill’s fall caused immediate bleeding from his brain and he couldn’t stop vomiting. […]

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Humans of Central NH: Jack Roberts – Hiking Photographer

  Everyone wants to take the trail less traveled, but it’s difficult to know where to start in the White Mountains. There are countless hikes, spots to watch the sunrise, and new perspectives from every summit. Before I even moved to New Hampshire, I was clicking around on social media, looking for information on beautiful […]

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The Stay Connected Project

  Since I moved to Central New Hampshire in January, I’ve been struck by the close connections between people in this area. Sure, you are characterized by Yankee bluntness compared to my Midwestern culture, but there are no pretentious attitudes in the way you relate. You work alongside each other through every season. You remember […]

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Powder Days

While living in Waterville Valley this year, I’ve realized that snow is a drug. Not every kind of snow has addictive properties. Not that heavy, wet sludge that takes three times longer to shovel, or those miniscule icy grains that blow away with the slightest breeze. No, this stuff is called “powder…”

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Ice Harvesting on Big Squam

There’s something magical about ice harvest, a pioneer practice used for refrigeration. In an era where many jobs are intangible, the camaraderie of working toward the same physical goal in uncomfortable conditions creates a warm glow on Big Squam Lake…

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Touring with the GSAs

I lifted my salt-crusted boots gingerly across the custom-weave carpet in the Mount Washington Hotel lobby, scanning the grand room for a familiar face. It didn’t take long to spot who I was searching for – a large group in forest green shirts and khaki pants clustered in front of the hotel fireplace, savoring the […]

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Hiking Log: Sandwich Mountain Trail

One thing I love about Central NH is that people regularly sacrifice life’s comforts to experience winter. I officially joined that club when at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, I smacked my alarm and crawled out of bed, ready to begin the hike I’d been anticipating all week.

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Nordic Skiing At Smarts Brook

People call Nordic skiing boring for the same reasons I enjoy it so much. It builds endurance, it’s somewhat mindless, and is a rhythmic yet physical way NH: to enjoy winter’s simple beauty. Maybe it’s my Norwegian heritage or my Minnesota roots, but while rocketing down a mountain on Alpine skis is exhilarating, I truly […]

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Humans of Central NH: Dan Egan

“I don’t teach technique,” Dan Egan said. “Really?” I took a sip of coffee and leaned forward over my notes, puzzled to receive this response from a pro skier, the founder of SkiClinics.com, and a pioneer of extreme sports currently awaiting his induction into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Newspapers and blog […]

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