by GSA Pam Magrath, Radisson Hotel Manchester Class of 2006
Tony and I had a WONDERFUL mini-vacation in the White Mountains, centered around our stay at the Indian Head Resort. Thank you Indian Head Resort!
We began our trip north with a stop in the Lakes Region. In Meredith, everything was quiet and the water undisturbed, not even a boat in sight! Hard to believe! This usually bustling intersection was so peaceful. The big lake belonged to us!
Next stop, a hike up Rattlesnake for the views of Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee. Again, spectacular views, the colors beginning to appear and the solitude— so enjoyable! The perfect spot for our picnic lunch.
Arriving in Lincoln, we checked into our room at the Indian Head Resort. We then took a tour of the lovely grounds.. They are definitely ready for the leaf-peepers!
We shared the dinner hour and evening entertainment with a few tour groups from NJ and PA. They all spoke of their lovely tours and the perfect weather.
(It is ALWAYS sunny in NH!!)
The day began with a drive across the Kancamagus Highway to North Conway. Hard to believe traveling the Kanc with not a car in sight—perfect timing! We walked around town, visiting a few shops, then headed for the Conway Scenic Railroad. We boarded the Notch Train headed for Crawford Notch. The leaf colors were just beginning to pop; and again, the weather cooperated with spectacular views.
On the way back to our lodging, we hiked a bit at Lincoln Woods in the White Mountain National Forest.
That suspension bridge is so amazing!
Sadly we had to pack up, but the trip was not over. We headed north for a visit to Littleton. Well worth the trip as the town is very walkable and has so many nice shops, of course one is the famous CHUTTERS candy counter. Also, Pollyanna is ready to welcome all the visitors for leaf-peeping.
Heading south we stopped at Cannon Mountain for a tram ride to the top. The hike with its views of the valley and the climb up the observation tower were fun.
BUT . . .
The best part was sitting quietly in the sun on the deck, when suddenly 2 National Guard cargo planes flew through the Notch.
Especially surprising because they were BELOW us in the valley!!!
The staff says they fly through on training every month or so. The great visibility of the day made it a really unusual sight. (My camera skills are only so good!)
Such a wonderful get-a-way. New Hampshire has so many beautiful spots.
GRANITE STATE AMBASSADORS,
INDIAN HEAD RESORT
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