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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, November 9, 2007
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!

Greetings Getaway Lover,

We're Off to White Mountains, New Hampshire.....

Sailors approaching East Coast harbors frequently mis-
take the pale peaks of the White Mountains -- the high-
est range in the northeastern United States -- for 
clouds. It was 1642 when explorer Darby Field could no 
longer contain his curiosity about one mountain in 
particular. He set off from his Exeter homestead and 
became the first man to climb what would eventually be 
called Mt. Washington. The 6,288-ft peak must have 
presented Field with formidable obstacles -- its peak 
claims the highest wind velocity ever recorded and it 
can see snow every month of the year. 

More than 350 years after Field's climb, curiosity about 
the mountains has not abated. Today, an auto road and a 
railway lead to the top of Mt. Washington, and people 
come here by the tens of thousands to hike and climb, to 
photograph the vistas, and to ski. The White Mountain 
National Forest consists of roughly 770,000 acres and 
includes the Presidential Range, whose peaks -- like Mt.
Washington -- are all named after early presidents. Among 
the forest's scenic notches (deep mountain passes) are 
Pinkham, Franconia, and Crawford.

Happy Trails,

Jan

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--DESTINATION: White Mountains, New Hampshire

This tour begins in Waterville Valley, off I-93, and 
continues to North Woodstock. It then follows portions 
of the White Mountains Trail, a 100-mi loop designated 
as a National Scenic & Cultural Byway. 

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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Dixville Notch State Park 
Park, Dixville Notch 
 
Located in the northernmost notch in the White Mountains, 
this state park has picnic areas, a waterfall, and many 
hiking trails. 

Address: Rte. 26, Dixville Notch, NH, USA
Phone: 603/823-9959
 

Frost Place 
Museum/Gallery, Franconia 
 
At Frost Place, Robert Frost's home from 1915 to 1920, 
the poet wrote one of his most-remembered works, 
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Two rooms host
occasional readings and contain memorabilia and signed 
editions of his books. Outside, you can follow short 
trails marked with lines from Frost's poetry. 
www.frostplace.com. COST: $3. OPEN: Late May-June, 
weekends 1-5; July-early Oct., Wed.-Mon. 1-5. 

Address: Ridge Rd. off Rte. 116, Franconia, NH, USA
Phone: 603/823-5510


Littleton Grist Mill 
Industrial Site, Littleton 
 
Just off Main Street of bustling Littleton, stop by 
the restored 1798 Littleton Grist Mill, on the 
Ammonoosuc River. It contains a shop selling New 
England-made pottery, kitchenware, home accessories, 
and stone-ground flour products. You'll also find 
original mill equipment on display. There's a café 
on the second floor. www.littletongristmill.com. 

Address: 18 Mill St., Littleton, NH, USA
Phone: 603/444-7478 or 888/284-7478
  
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Other Places of Interest:

Mt. Washington Cog Railway 
Transportation Site, Bretton Woods 
 
In 1858 Sylvester Marsh petitioned the state legislature 
for permission to build a steam railway up Mt. Washington. 
A politico retorted that he'd have better luck building 
a railroad to the moon. Just 11 years later, the Mt. 
Washington Cog Railway chugged up to the summit, and so 
it remains one of the state's most beloved attractions -- 
a thrill in either direction. Allow three hours round-
trip; call for schedule information. www.thecog.com. COST: 
$49. OPEN: Early May-late May, weekends; late May-Nov., 
daily. 

Address: U.S. 302, 6 mi northeast of Bretton Woods, 
Bretton Woods, NH, USA
Phone: 603/278-5404 or 800/922-8825
 

The New England Ski Museum 
Museum/Gallery, Franconia 
 
North of Cannon Mountain at the foot of the tramway, 
the museum has photographs and old trophies, skis and 
bindings, boots, and ski apparel dating from the late 
1800s. A gift shop stocks ski-related books, posters, 
videos, and gift items. COST: Free. OPEN: Dec.-Mar., 
Thurs.-Tues. noon-5; Memorial Day-Columbus Day, daily 
noon-5. 

Address: Franconia Notch Pkwy., Exit 2, Franconia, NH, 
USA   Phone: 603/823-7177
 

Story Land  
Amusement Park, Glen 
 
That cluster of fluorescent buildings on Route 16 is 
Story Land, a theme park with life-size storybook and 
nursery-rhyme characters. The 20 rides and five shows 
include a flume ride, a Victorian-theme river-raft ride,
a farm tractor-inspired kiddie ride, swan boats, a 
pumpkin coach, and a farm-family variety show (presented 
in a new theater, which was opened in fall 2004). In 
early spring, when only parts of the park are open, 
admission is reduced to $16. www.storylandnh.com. COST: 
$21. OPEN: Mid-June-Labor Day, daily 9-6; Memorial 
Day-mid-June and Labor Day-Columbus Day, weekends 10-5. 

Address: Rte. 16, Glen, NH, USA
Phone: 603/383-4186
 
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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

Adair 
$170 to Over $220, Littleton 
 
In 1927 attorney Frank Hogan built this three-story 
Georgian Revival home as a wedding present for his 
daughter, Dorothy Adair. Today it's a luxurious 
country inn, with walking paths that wind through 
gardens on 200 acres. Rooms, which have garden or 
mountain views, are furnished with period antiques 
and reproductions; many have fireplaces. One suite 
has a large two-person hot tub, a fireplace, a 
balcony, and a king-size sleigh bed. Thoughtful 
touches include turndown service with Lindt choco-
lates, hair dryers and magnifying mirrors, and in-
room CD players. A generous afternoon tea is served 
in the elegant living room. www.adairinn.com. 7 rooms, 
2 suites, 1 cottage. In-room: no phone, no TV. In-hotel: 
restaurant, tennis court, no kids under 12, no-smoking 
rooms. AE, D, MC, V. Full breakfast. 

Address: 80 Guider La., Littleton, NH 03574, USA
Phone: 603/444-2600 or 888/444-2600 


Beal House Inn 
$120 to $170, Littleton 
 
Pencil-post beds, marble nightstands, and fluffy up-
holstered chairs set a low-key, refined tone at this 
white 1833 Federal-style house. You can rent the two-
bedroom suite -- -with a claw-foot tub, TV/VCR, 
kitchenette, and fireplace -- by the night or the week.
The cozy restaurant ($$-$$$$; closed Monday and Tuesday, 
no lunch) has an eclectic menu. From the wood-grilled 
duck breast appetizer, you might move on to snapper 
sautéed with mango, bananas, grapes, and dark rum; or 
Black Angus tenderloin au poivre (in a Gorgonzola, 
chipotle-butter, and mushroom brandy sauce). Chef-owners 
José Luis and Catherine Pawelek prepare everything from 
scratch, including a lavish three-course breakfast. You 
can also relax in the Martini Bar, which has an astonish-
ing 250-plus different kinds of martini.
www.bealhouseinn.com. 3 rooms, 5 suites. In-room: kitchen 
(some), refrigerator (some), VCR (some). In-hotel: 
restaurant, bar, no-smoking rooms. MC, V. Full breakfast. 

Address: 2 W. Main St., Littleton, NH, USA
Phone: 603/444-2661 or 888/616-2325
Fax: 603/444-6224
 

Buttonwood Inn 
$120 to $220, North Conway 
 
A tranquil 17-acre oasis in this busy resort area, 
the Buttonwood is on Mt. Surprise, 2 mi northeast of 
North Conway Village. Rooms in the 1820s farmhouse are 
furnished in Shaker style. Wide pine floors, quilts, 
and period stenciling add warmth. Two rooms have gas 
fireplaces. Innkeepers Peter and Claudia Needham supply 
many thoughtful extras, such as backpacks and picnic 
baskets. Mailing address: Box 1817, North Conway, NH, 
03860, USA. www.buttonwoodinn.com. 8 rooms, 2 suites. 
In-room: no a/c, no TV. In-hotel: pool, no kids under 
12, no-smoking rooms. AE, D, MC, V. Full breakfast. 

Address: Mt. Surprise Rd., North Conway, NH, USA
Phone: 603/356-2625 or 800/258-2625
Fax: 603/356-3140
 
--WHERE TO DINE:

 Chile Peppers 
Mexican, $8 to $20, Waterville Valley 
 
Southwest-inspired Chile Peppers caters to skiers, 
with fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, and other Tex-Mex 
staples. The food here may not be authentic Mexican, 
but it's well priced and filling. If you're solely 
into Tex, the lineup includes ribs, steak, seafood, 
and chicken. AE, DC, MC, V. 

Address: Town Sq., Waterville Valley, NH, USA
Phone: 603/236-4646

 
Delaney's Hole in the Wall 
American, Under $8 to $20, North Conway 
 
This casual restaurant has eclectic memorabilia that 
includes autographed baseballs and an early photo of 
skiing at Tuckerman Ravine hanging over the fireplace. 
Entrées range from fish-and-chips to fajitas to mussels 
and scallops sautéed with spiced sausage and Louisiana 
seasonings. There's live music most nights. D, MC, V. 

Address: Rte. 16, ¼ mi north of North Conway, North 
Conway, NH, USA
Phone: 603/356-7776

 
 Margarita Grill 
Southwestern, Under $8 to $20, Glen 

Après-ski and hiking types congregate here -- in the 
dining room in cold weather and on the covered patio 
when it's warm -- for homemade salsas, wood-fired 
steaks, ribs, burgers, and a smattering of Tex-Mex 
and Cajun specialties. Unwind at the tequila bar after 
a day on the mountains. AE, D, MC, V. No lunch. 

Address: U.S. 302, Glen, NH, USA
Phone: 603/383-6556


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