Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods New Hampshire has many a spectacle to be seen and explored. Not only do they offer excellent skiing and snowboarding accommodations but they also offer lodging with spectacular views, and many a swimming hole to be explored. The Mount Washington Hotel nestled at the base of the world famous Mount Washington has housed many a person wishing to experience the spectacular views and all of the fun to be explored.

Although it is a time of year dreaded by many it’s getting to be about that time when snow starts to fall and tourists from all over New England venture into NH for the wonderful skiing and snowboarding conditions that we have to offer here. Bretton Woods resort is one of many located in the state that people tend to flock to. They are located in a beautiful area in a relatively close vicinity to everything that could be needed by someone while on vacation.

Being a local to the resort I have spent many a snow day on this mountain enjoying the amazing conditions. During school vacations good luck finding a parking spot and getting on the lifts in less than twenty minutes though. Tourists find this area absolutely stunning and take full advantage of their time off.

At the top of the mountain you will find a restaurant with fantastic views of the Mount Washington Hotel and the mountain itself. Also there is a candy shop located at the top for all of those with a sweet tooth while on the slopes.

Bretton is one place I suggest you check out before this winter is over. Although I find them to be a little pricy other than on Sunday’s for local residents (reasons being a local has it’s perks) it is well worth the money. They have a bunch of trails for people of all levels and they maintain the trails well. Definitely a place you should check out if you haven’t already.

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(Personal image from the chair lift)

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The Flume Gorge

Franconia Notch is filled with nooks and crannies that allow for people of all hiking and exploring abilities to enjoy themselves. Located among these wonderful sites and scenes is the Flume Gorge. Waterfalls and snaking streams carved into the rocks of a mountain from a glacier long since passed. Everything about this place is simply magical.

From the beginning of the hike all the way to the very end all of the sights and scenes are absolutely breathtaking. And the best part about all of it is that adults and children alike can comfortably hike this trail.

Wooden walkways allow for easy views of the water rushing down beside you. Also, the waterfalls are spectacular sights even though they are small in size. The Flume does cost a nominal fee to enter but it is well worth the price.

The Kancamagus

I know that in previous posts I have talked about the drive from Plymouth to Northern NH and how beautiful the scenery is but nothing that I have seen thus far compares to that of a drive down the Kancamagus Highway. The views that you stumble upon driving through the twists and turns of this winding highway are simply breathtaking.

The road has several places where you can pull off to sit and enjoy the beauty of the mountains that surround you. Trees that are changing with the seasons line the perimeter of the road surrounding you with pure and intense beauty. It’s almost as though this road was laid straight through the mountain knowingly with this beauty in mind. Every mile is something new.

Although most may see the trees as all the same and the drive as mundane because the scenery never changes from leaves and trees I feel very differently. I feel as though scenery of this sort is always something new. Everything is always changing whether or not you realize it or not. The leaves are something that are never the same. They are constantly changing with the seasons and we all know that the weather up here is never a constant thing.

This drive is something that needs to be done especially at this time or year. The sights and views are simply breathtaking and people need to see all of the wonders that this drive has to offer.

Starry Nights

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and fall is now upon us. The days are growing shorter as the nights grow longer and colder. As the day fades into darkness the sky comes alive with the glistening of stars. Spread out among the abyss of black the stars shine bright illuminating the night sky for all.

The sky here in the north is unlike the sky anywhere else. There always seems to be mysterious lights flashing, stars illuminating and falling, and there is just simply a better view of the night. Being away from the city lights makes for a clearer image of what’s happening in the sky above. Constellations are easy to spot and the northern star shines brighter than all the rest.

I have spent many a night on the rooftop, laying in the grass, or simply just gazing up at the beauty of the night. Millions and millions of miles away the stars have always captured my attention. The thought of possible life in places other than here on earth blows my mind. Astrology has to be one of the coolest concepts but also one of the hardest to wrap your head around.

Cool, clear, starry nights are what I live for in the fall. Other than the changing of the leaves and the vibrant colors people come from hundreds of miles away to see the stars just seem so much brighter. Maybe it’s because they come out earlier and stay just a little bit longer or maybe I’m just obsessed but a clear fall night staring at the constellations is by far the best way to spend a night in my book.