With lakes, mountains, farms, and forests, New London has all the makings of an idyllic New Hampshire town. Whether you are in the mood for an outdoor excursion or perhaps a comforting meal by a crackling fire, New London is the place for you. Each season seems to bring new life and celebration to this beautiful town. Come and experience it all for yourself!
Where to Eat & Drink: A Few Favorites
Oak & Grain – Nestled in the quaint Inn at Pleasant Lake, this restaurant pulls out all stops for dinner service. You begin the night with a relaxing cocktail hour. You can take this time to sit in front of their roaring fireplace or in their lush outdoor gardens. Following the chef’s nightly presentation, prepare yourself for a five-course meal that is one to remember.
Tucker’s – This is THE place to grab breakfast or lunch in town. I especially love the fact that many of the ingredients are locally sourced from surrounding farms. Go where the locals frequent, and give Tucker’s a try for yourself.
Sweet Beet Market – The crew behind Sweet Beet Market has been working hard to make a positive impact in the community. While in the midst of growing their own vegetables, Sweet Beet Market also houses over 30 local farmers and makers in their newly furnished farm stand. Here, they offer seasonal produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, crafts, and more. Sweet Beet also has made-to-order breakfast sandwiches every Saturday morning in the summer! You can visit their market Wednesdays through Sundays. Hours shift with the seasons, so check their site for up-to-date information.
Sanctuary Dairy Farm – Creamy and sweet, this farm’s ice cream is the product of an age-old secret family recipe. The cream comes from the family’s 750-acre working dairy farm. Additional flavors also support local farmers, including blueberries from Bartlett’s Farm and strawberries from Peachblow Farm. I love enjoying my cone with a view of the farm’s goats in the adjacent pasture.
Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille – You may already know Flying Goose for their craft beer, made from the very hops they grow outside their dining room. The solar panels beside the building also provide much of the energy needed in their brewing process. In addition to their impressive view of Mount Kearsarge, Flying Goose also serves up some delicious pub food and a plethora of beers to taste.
Things to Do: Explore New London
Spring Ledge Farm – New London’s premiere garden center and farm stand provides locals with the freshest produce and seasonal plant varieties. Their many pick-your-own activities make Spring Ledge the ideal place for families as well. Whether it be freshly cut flowers, autumnal gourds, or large plump christmas trees, wandering their grounds is a pleasant experience in every season.
Mount Kearsarge – Looking for a little mountainous excursion while visiting New London? Located in Winslow State Park, Mount Kearsarge has inclined trails that lead up to an impressive 360 degree view summit. I also love winter hiking on this mountain with either snowshoes or crampons.
Andrew Brook Trail – The ideal nature fix with beautiful Lake Solitude as your ultimate destination. Take the pup or a partner and frolic along this 3.7-mile trail. Watch out for the crossing sap lines at the beginning of your route.
New London Barn Playhouse – Step inside this authentic barn theater and take a seat beneath its hand-hewn beams. A seasonal group of truly talented actors make use of the New London Barn Playhouse to put on entertaining shows throughout the summer! You can grab a meal in town and jaunt on over to the playhouse for a guaranteed fun-filled evening.
Mount Sunapee – Perhaps the main attraction of the area, Mount Sunapee is a wonderful spot for summer hikes and winter skiing. The option of kid-friendly runs makes this mountain the ideal spot for family adventure. Another highlight on Mount Sunapee includes its summer annual Craftsmen’s Fair, where artisans from all over the area gather to sell their beautiful wares!
Kelby Cushman is a writer and photographer in mountainous New Hampshire. As the original contributor for The Jackson House Inn’s blog in Woodstock VT, she found passion in telling the stories of farmers, chefs, and makers through words and images. Follow her adventures and photography on her website.