itinerary help - White mountains, Lake region

Old Aug 8th, 2006, 12:22 PM
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itinerary help - White mountains, Lake region

We rent a cottage on Winninsquam Lake for a week this August:
So far we plan to do following:
1) Take a cruise on Mt. Washington
2) Kayak on Saco river
3) Hike Mt. Washington
I appreciate all itinerary suggestion
Could you recommend some challenging, but not very long (half day) hikes in White Mountain?
Is Saco river kayak good or there is better place for kayak trip?
Any other outdoor activities?
Nice place to eat in the area Laconia West Coast of Lake Winnipesauke?
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Old Aug 8th, 2006, 03:44 PM
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You are going at a perfect time, the weather should be just about perfect. That area of NH is so beautiful and there is lots to see. YOu might want so the The Flume and Old Man of the Mountain and Indian Head which will be a little north of you.

Laconia has some good shopping and a few cute restaurants so you shouldn't have a problem finding a spot whereever you are.

If you head up toward Meredith, you might stop at The Weirs and on up to Meredith stop at Harts Turkey Farm for lunch or dinner. Also the Annalee Doll Factory is there and you will see Annalee dolls all over the area.

Have to ask what cruise is up on Mt. Washington, you mean a cruise around Lake Winepausauke? On top of Mt. Washington, there might be snow already.

Have a fun time.
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Our favorite "nice" place to eat in that area is The Homestead in Bristol (it's not too far from rt 93/exit 23 for Meredith). Fratello's in Laconia is good. If you like Thai food, head south on Rt 3 to Franklin. Asian Delight is right on Main St, small with hardly any customers. The food is great. I've checked with friends who go there and we can't figure out why it's not packed with people on a Sat night. There are free concerts Sunday evenings on a little island park in Tilton right on Main St (Rt 3). Bring a picnic supper and lawn chairs. We stopped going to the Tamarack near the Weirs and changed to the Red Hill Dari in Center Harbor for The Best Lobster Roll and Onion rings.
The trail to Arethusa Falls is supposed to be ok for children. I only went as far as the falls and my teenage son and his friends continued to the views and said the trail got much more challenging. You might want to take the tram up Cannon Mtn. The weather is very cool this week, make sure you are adequately prepared from a Mt Washington hike. This is perfect weather for a fire in the fireplace if your cottage is so equipped.
Check out a list of events for the week you are visiting. The NH Sunday News and Concord Monitor list events in the Thurs and Sunday editions. If you are traveling Rt 93 to exit 20, be aware that there's an outlet mall, WalMart, shopping plazas and a lot of traffic congestion in that general vicinity. It will thin out but traffic can be heavy all the way to Weirs Beach and Meredith. It's fun the first time to see everything but you might want to get a good map to find the way to avoid the Weirs Beach/Lake Winnipesaukee traffic. Pirate's Cove is a great mini golf course near where you are staying. If you get a rainy day and want to go to the movies, head to Smitty's on Rt 3 at the Tilton/Franklin town line. The food is pretty bad but you are seated around tables and can opt to have dinner there as well as a movie. Seats are moveable and very comfy.
If you want a driving adventure, find the Sandwich Creamery where they make their own ice cream. Center Sandwich is one of the most beautiful towns in NH and you might see a black bear. It's NW of Lake Winnipesaukee. This is the area where sled dogs were trained for polar exploration.
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For hiking information, pick up a copy of the Delorme Trail map of the White Mountains. This is a very handy, inexpensive fold out map with hundreds of hiking trails and brief writeups. This map can be found at nearly any store in the lakes/White Mountain area.
Realize that hiking up Mt. Washington is a very long ordeal, and the weather can be very tricky on Mt. Washington. If you are not an experienced hiker, you may want to take the auto road to the top (choose a clear, mild day). There are dozens of interesting 1/2 half day hikes throughout the White Mountains and lakes area. Another fun activity is driving the Kangamangus Highway, and taking some of the short hikes along it.
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The "Old Man Of the Mountain" is gone.It fell off during a spring thaw a few years ago.If you are in that area there is a good down hill bike path to cruise on and a hike or tram ride up Cannon Mountain.
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