Story Land – Glen, NH – 1 mile
www.storylandnh.com

Story Land is the children’s theme park where fantasy lives! There’s a smile and adventure around every corner: ride in a pumpkin coach to Cinderella’s Castle, spin through a giant cuckoo clock, tour a farm on a child-sized tractor, and enjoy so many more new—and longtime—favorites. Make memories to last a lifetime with 21 wonderfully themed rides, lively shows, unique playgrounds, friendly storybook characters, and your family. A favorite of parents, grandparents and especially children for over 50 years!

Santa’s Village – Jefferson, NH – 40 miles
www.santasvillage.com

Welcome to a magical land where reindeer talk, snowmen are tall as trees, and you can ride the Reindeer Coaster and splash down the Yule Log Flume! You’ll visit with Santa, his Helpers and reindeer, and long remember this fun-filled day!

Story Land Character Visit Nordic Village

If you are visiting Santa’s Village this is an added bonus especially for your children. Story Land characters visit us here at the beautiful Nordic Village. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Conway Scenic Railroad – North Conway, NH – 7 miles
www.conwayscenic.com
The “Valley Train” offers departures to Conway and Bartlett, while the “Notch Train” carries passengers through spectacular Crawford Notch and past the finest natural scenery in the entire Northeast. On the “Valley Train” choose Coach, First Class or experience the fun of railroad dining aboard the Dining Car “Chocorua” (reservations suggested). The “Notch Train” offers Coach, First-Class and Dome seating (reservations suggested).

Attitash – King of the Valley – Bartlet, NH – 5 miles
www.Attitash.com
Attitash excels in providing you the opportunity to ride, slide, climb, jump, pedal, and grind. Ride down the resort’s mile-long Alpine Slides, flip on the Eurobungy Trampoline, conquer the 23′ climbing wall, or explore NH’s most extensive on- and off-slope mountain biking trails. For a more leisurely adventure take a horseback ride along the Saco River, cool off on the waterslides or in Buddy Bear’s Playpool, or relax on the Scenic Sky Ride to the summit of Attitash. Oktoberfest celebration Columbus Day weekend featuring King Ludwig Bavarian Brass Band, games, contests, a wide selection of German cuisine and an Oktoberfest Beer Garden.

Sometimes vacation means slowing down and taking in the world around. At Nordic Village Resort, the world around includes the White Mountain National Forest and the moose, deer, coyotes, foxes, birds, trout and even black bear that live there. For the locations of well-stocked ponds and rivers to the best places for moose sightings,

visit the White Mountain National Forest website

And please remember, these are wild animals and should be treated as such, even if they seem tame or passive. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact the Nordic Village staff.
Spring

Somewhere a black bear has just risen from sleep
and is staring down the mountain.
All night in the brisk and shallow restlessness of early spring
I think of her, her four black fists flicking the gravel,
her tongue like a red fire touching the grass, the cold water.
There is only one question: how to love this world.
I think of her rising like a black and leafy ledge
to sharpen her claws against the silence of the trees.
Whatever else my life is with its poems and its music and its cities,
It is also this dazzling darkness coming down the mountain,
Breathing and tasting; all day I think of her –
her white teeth, her wordlessness, her perfect love.

~ Mary Oliver ~

New Hampshire is famous for its covered bridges and Jackson’s own Covered Bridge is less than a mile from Nordic Village Resort. The historic Honeymoon Bridge is located in the town of Jackson in Jackson Village. It carries Village Road over the Ellis River. The bridge was built in 1876 by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank. The covered portion of the bridge is 121′-1″ long and the clear span of 103′-0″ between abutments. The bridge width is 26′-5″, the roadway width is 16′-0″. The vertical clearance is 12′-3″. The truss is a Paddleford with added Arches.

According to town records, the sidewalk was added in 1930. Originally, the trusses were more exposed than they are today. In 1965 the approach from N.H. Route 16 was rebuilt to improve visibility and to provide parking.

This covered bridge was built by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank. Charles Broughton lived on the Broughton dairy farm on the east side of the Saco River. During the Civil War he was a sergeant in the 18th Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteers, Company E. He was a finish carpenter, an avid fiddler, and a skillful bear hunter. For ten years he was an agent for the Swift River Lumber Company in Albany, New Hampshire.

http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p97.html

Enjoy a link to our past by traveling over New Hampshire’s famous covered bridges! Visit the following links where you can learn more about this important part of our past.

http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges
http://www.pbase.com/ejohnw/covered_bridges
http://www.pbase.com/abh/nhcoveredbridges
http://www.coveredbridgesite.com/nh/nh_home.html
http://www.newhampshire.com/covered-bridges/white-mountain-region.aspx

Here are a few covered bridges that are only a short drive from Nordic Village Resort.

ALBANY BRIDGE
Albany, New Hampshire
http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p93.html
Location: Just north of the Kancamagus Highway, six miles west of N.H. Route 16 on Dugway Road in Albany spanning the Swift River.

http://www.coveredbridgesite.com/nh/albany.html
http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p93.html

BARTLETT BRIDGE
Bartlett, New Hampshire
http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p95.html
Location: West of U.S. Route 302, four and one-half miles east of Bartlett Village over the Saco River.

SACO RIVER BRIDGE
Conway, New Hampshire
http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p91.html
Location: One-quarter mile north of N.H. Route 16 on N.H. Route 153 in Conway Village. The bridge spans the Saco River.

SWIFT RIVER BRIDGE
Conway, New Hampshire
http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p89.html
Location: One-half mile north of N.H. Route 16 at Conway Village over the Swift River.

WHITTIER BRIDGE – (This one is a bit further away, 40 miles)
Ossipee, New Hampshire
http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p89.html
Location: West of N.H. Route 16 at West Ossipee Village on old N.H. Route 125 over the Bearcamp River.

Cog Railway – Bretton Woods, NH – 26 miles
www.thecog.com
Ride to the top of Mt. Washington on the world’s first mountain-climbing railway! This round-trip journey is New England’s most unique vacation experience. Step aboard an authentic coal-fired steam train as it climbs the Northeast’s highest peak! Enjoy the view and watch the trains from Marshfield Base Station featuring a museum, restaurant & gift shop.

There are over 100 waterfalls in the White Mountains, and more in the nearby Lakes Region. Some like Silver and Flume Cascades are easily seen from the road, while others require a hike.

Here are several waterfalls that are near Nordic Village Resort:

Jackson Falls

Beside Carter Notch Road, off Rt. 16A near the center of Jackson Village. Very accessible, these roadside falls are popular for swimming, picnics, sunbathing – even weddings. The falls are created by the rushing waters of the Wildcat River, the first federally designated “Wild and Scenic River” in New Hampshire.

Diana’s Bath

.5 mile from the turnoff to Cathedral Ledge on West Side Road, Bartlett. 200 yards of granite terraces. An easy .5 mile walk in takes you to cascading falls, waterspouts and granite basins along Lucy Brook.

Glen Ellis Falls

Turn off .7 mile south of Pinkham Notch on Rt. 16; use the parking area for the Glen Boulder and Wildcat Ridge trails A pedestrian tunnel take you to the other side of the highway where you turn right and walk .2 mile to the falls. 65 ft. high, for the most dramatic view, follow the footpath down steep stone steps.

Silver & Flume Cascades; Beecher & Peal Cascades; Gibb Falls

North of Rt. 302 in Crawford Notch.

Flume and Silver Cascades can be seen from your car window, but to really appreciate them, take a closer look. Two large lots provide ample parking.

To reach Beecher and Pearl Cascades, park behind the Crawford Depot (further west on Rt. 302) and make the easy .4 mile hike in beginning on the Avalon Trail, then follow signs.

If you’d like to see Gibb falls, head up the Crawford Path to 35 ft. Gibb Falls, which begins across Rt. 302 from the Crawford Depot for a .4 mile hike.

Thompson’s Falls & Emerald Pool

A series of falls along Thompson Brook at Wildcat Ski Area, Rt. 16 Pinkham Notch.

To reach the falls, take the Way of the Wildcat Nature Trail from the ski area’s parking lot; at the far end of the trail’s loop, you’ll find the path to the falls. Stay on the east side of the brook when you cross the service road which leads to parking lot C. It’s an easy .7 mile trek to the falls. If you follow the path to the right on the first waterfall, across the ledges to the north side of the brook and continue on to a high ledge, you’ll discover fabulous views of Mt. Washington.

Here are a couple of links to help you start exploring:

Winter means skiing in New Hampshire. Nordic Village Resort in Jackson, NH is the perfect base from which to experience all that New Hampshire skiing has to offer. We are a short drive away from some of the best alpine and Nordic skiing in the country. When seeking lodging for your skiing trip, give us a call at Nordic Village Resort in Jackson, NH.

CROSS COUNTRY NORDIC SKI AREAS:

Jackson XC

www.JacksonXC.org

153 Main St., Jackson, NH 03846 Phone:603-383-9355

Trails: 156 km (96 km tracked/groomed; 80 km skate groomed; 61 km backcountry)

Bear Notch Ski Touring Center

www.BearNotchSki.com

Rt. 302, Bartlett, NH 03812-0002 Phone:603-374-2277

Trails: 70+km (60km tracked/skate groomed with access to local lodging/restaurants

Great Glen Trails

www.greatglentrails.com

Rt. 16, Pinkham Notch, NH Phone: 603-466-2333

Trails: 40 km (14km tracked; 20km skate groomed; 20km backcountry

DOWNHILL SKI AREAS:

Black Mountain

www.blackmt.com

Black Mountain Road

Jackson, NH 03846

Phone: 603-383-4490

With a 1,100 vertical Black’s peak rises to 3,303 ft. with views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. The mountain has 40 trails and glens evenly divided among novice, intermediate and expert. There are four lifts.

Attitash

http://www.attitash.com

Route 302

Bartlett, NH 03812

Phone: 603-374-2368

Located in the Mount Washington Valley’s Attitash has 70 trails and glades on a 1,750 vertical drop, and terrain park and pipe. There are 12 lifts.

Cranmore Mountain Resort

http://www.cranmore.com

1 Skimobile Road

North Conway, NH 03860

Phone: 603-356-5543

With 39 trails and glades, ten lifts, and a 1200 vertical drop Cranmore has skiing, snowboarding and ….plenty of “snowtoys” for rent including skibikes, skiboards, snowscoots, and skifoxes. There is also snow tubing in the eight-lane Grand Prix Tubing Center.

Wildcat Mountain Ski Area

www.skiwildcat.com

Route 16, Pinkham Notch

Jackson, NH 03846

Phone: 603-466-3326

Fax: 603-466-5813

Great views of Mount Washington from the 47 trails. Four lifts run up the 2,112 foot vertical.

Shawnee Peak

www.shawneepeak.com

Route 302, 119 Mountain Road

Bridgton, Maine 04009

Phone: 207-647-8444

Shawnee Peak offers more than 40 trails and glades, 5 lifts and 1350′ of vertical. Perfect for all ability levels, Shawnee Peak’s terrain varies from gentle beginner trails to the steeps of the East side. Only 18 miles from North Conway.

Bretton Woods

www.mountwashingtonresort.com/winter_sports/alpine/overview

Route 302,

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire 03575

Phone: 603-278-3320 Snow phone: 603-278-3333

New Hampshire’s largest ski area with 434 acres of ski and snowboard terrain, 101 trails and glades, as well as four terrain parks! Nine lifts, including four high-speed quads, make your ride up the mountain almost as fun as the ride down.

 

Snowmobiling

Northern Extreme

www.northernextremessnowmobiling.com

Route 302,

Bartlett, New Hampshire 03812

Phone: 603-374-6000

We have a Northern Extreme Package giving you discounted lodging and discounted snowmobile rentals or tours.

Lil’ Man Snowmobile Rental

http://www.lilmansnowmobilerentals.com/

1445 Route 302

Bartlett, New Hampshire 03812

Phone: 603-374-9257 Toll Free: 1-888-440-6441

The Largest snowmobile rental fleet in North Conway area and
Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Whether your travels take you along the White Mountains Trail National Scenic Byway, the Northern Loop, or the Southern Loop, you’re in for a treat. Along the way, you’ll discover spectacular scenery, beautiful foliage, covered bridges, historic sites, picturesque towns and villages, and friendly people.

The White Mountains have long been known for natural splendor, cultural richness, historical charm and stimulating recreation—as well as some of the most beautiful scenery and fall foliage in the eastern United States. The White Mountains Trail, designated a National Scenic Byway, encompasses all these aspects over the course of its 100-mile route. The Trail is a loop tour that winds through sections of the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest and past many of the region’s most popular attractions. It can be driven in a day or can be the object of an entire vacation’s worth of relaxation, exploration, and discovery. The Northern and Southern Loops are fascinating routes to explore, affording a unique look at life in and around the White Mountains.

Parts of the Trail have been used by travelers for centuries. In the early 19th century, the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and landscape painter Thomas Cole, among others, drew attention to the White Mountains. In short order, visitors in search of wilderness adventure and glorious scenery began to arrive in significant numbers. Many vistas we admire today along—and near—the White Mountains Trail are little changed since then. Since many visitors enter the region on I-93, we’ll begin this tour a bit south of where the Trail actually begins. The route boasts some spectacular mountain vistas, which are just a hint of things to come.

Nordic Village Resorts in Jackson, NH is the perfect base for your adventures along the White Mountains Trail National Scenic Byway, the Northern Loop, or the Southern Loop.

Here are three tours we think you’ll enjoy: