New England provides four distinct seasons of beauty and activities to accommodate your needs whenever you visit. It is probably best-known for its incredible display of foliage in late September and early October when the countryside explodes into breathtaking color. A drive on Route 120 through Lebanon and Route 10 north through Hanover, Lyme, Orford, Piermont and North Haverhill offers one of the most beautiful scenic trips to the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire.
There are plenty of attractions for everyone here in the Lebanon area as well. Thirty minutes east in Grafton, New Hampshire, is Ruggles Mine, open for exploration by adventurous spelunkers of all ages. Or there is the quaint and fascinating Enfield Shaker Museum. Visitors learn how the Shakers lived and how an understanding of their lifestyle can enhance our lives today. The museum is nestled between beautiful Mascoma Lake and Mount Assurance, only 15 minutes east of Lebanon. Open daily year-round, the museum has eight historic structures, organic herb and vegetable gardens and 18 acres for you to explore. The Great Stone Dwelling was once the tallest building north of Boston. The Enfield Shakers produced many high-quality agricultural and industrial goods that are still prized today. The Enfield Shrine run by the LaSalette Fathers offers a museum with over 400 nativity scenes plus an awesome Christmas light display from December 1st to January 1st annually.
Forty minutes south in Warner, New Hampshire, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Education and Cultural Center is dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of American Indian traditions, philosophies and art. And 10 minutes south in Cornish is St. Gaudens National Park – an artists’ colony, and the home of American author Winston Churchill. From there it’s a short drive across the longest two-lane covered bridge in America to Windsor, the “Birthplace of Vermont,” home of the Old Constitution House, American Precision Museum, Simon Pearce Glass (also in Quechee), Harpoon Brewery and more.
The region includes hundreds of hiking trails, rivers and lakes. A favorite snowmobile, bike and footpath enjoyed by many locals is the 60-mile Northern Rail Trail that runs from Lebanon to Boscawen along a wonderfully scenic former railroad line. There are many brochures and maps for guiding you to these areas.
Quechee Gorge in Vermont, known as “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon,” is only 15 minutes west. The 165-foot-deep gorge appeared when the glaciers started receding into Lake Hitchcock, which covered lands from Connecticut to Canada.
And in the summer, old-time train enthusiasts can enjoy a scenic excursion on the White River Flyer, which operates weekends from White River Junction.
While visiting, one can rest a spell in one of the area’s hotels, motels, inns or bed and breakfasts conveniently located both in Lebanon and throughout the surrounding Upper Valley.
Dining opportunities range from fast food to fine dining. Locally owned restaurants offer steak, seafood, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, French, Mexican and traditional American cuisine.
For a complete list of hotels, motels, B&Bs and restaurants, contact the Lebanon Area Chamber, refer to the Membership Directory in the back of this book or go to the chambers website