New Hampshire 2006
August 2006 saw Glen and Susan piled in the car, the cats at the
Birchmount Kennels (again!) and a week
of taking it easy ahead of us. We were bound for the
Windrifter Resort in
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on a one week
timeshare exchange. The resort is on Lake Winnipesaukee, a large lake that gets
very busy in vacation seasons, surrounded by a number of interesting small
We left Toronto on Saturday August 19 at about noon, dropped off the cats and
hit the road. The first problem was crossing the border at Queenston Heights. We
figured that was the shortest distance and likely the least traffic, but it still
took us 2 hours in the lineup before we made it across - fortunately without any
official trouble. We spent the rest of the day on the NY Turnpike and checked in
to a motel just outside Albany, NY around 10 PM.
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||The next day we drove into Vermont and then New Hampshire, arriving at the resort right on time - 4 PM.
First we stopped at the Creamery
Covered Bridge in Brattleboro, Vermont.
And just across the NH border we came to
and stopped for a walk-about and a
We had a great dinner that night at a restaurant
in Wolfeboro called the
||On one of our first days there we went up around the lake to
just outside Moultonboro where the Loon
Preservation Committee operates the Loon Center. We took a hike around
the Markus Sanctuary trail.
We had a great lunch that day at the
Lemon Grass just on the
edge of Moultonboro.
||I realize now that I didn't take any pictures of the Resort,
the buildings, our accommodations ... but I did take these views of the
Course right outside our balcony.
The resort has a tennis court, pool
and access to some lake front in town. The accommodations weren't that special
-- one room, a mini kitchen, small bathroom, Murphy bed, TV and A/C. Sigh...
||We drove over to Portland, ME one day. We were just getting
into town when Susan shrieked and we took the next left turn - a Tim
Horton's!!! We later found another one on the way out of town. How
We headed straight for downtown, the old town, the harbour
front. Spent a few hours wandering around the old streets and shops, and
had lunch on board the
We left town heading south along the coastline and stopped in Old Orchard
Beach (bypassing the arcades and rides) for a walk in the surf (Tim Horton's
A little further down the coast in Cape Porpoise, just outside
Kennebunkport, we took a gamble and drove down a little side road, ending up
near sunset at the point of the cape, and a harbour and, a lovely little restaurant with
live piano music - Pier 77 and
After dinner we turned inland and headed back to NH.
||On another day driving around the lake we ended up in the
town of Meredith. We wandered around the shops, took in a brief Wine
Tasting at the Grotto beneath
Abondante Tuscan Trattoria.
We had an ice cream on the docks, watched
the Mt Washington go by and then home for dinner.
||The first time we tried to visit the
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in
Holderness, NH we got there too late. We made a point of getting there on
time the next day!
The main idea was to walk their nature trail, though it is a bit more
like a zoo than a nature trail. They have a number of quite interesting
animals in cages or penned areas. We were able to get quite close to:
number of raptors and other birds,
- mountain lions,
- a fisher.
After our hike we zipped down to Weir's Beach. We started with dinner at the
Lobster Pound, an
unpretentious place with some pretty good lobster. Then we went to "The Woman in Black", a play put
on at the Winniplayhouse. It's
very small stage, but a very nicely done production that we thoroughly
||We decided it was time to get on the water. We'd driven
around the lake all week so far. This day we booked a cruise on the
Washington, a large old ship that had once been a ferry on Lake Champlain -
but they cut it into 27 pieces and trucked it to Lake Winnipesaukee and put
it back together.
It was a 2-hour cruise out of Weir's Beach, heading south through the
islands and back. There were some really incredible houses and vacation
properties along the shore.
Most of the day was overcast. As we made our way back to the dock we could see the clouds rolling in
and the rain had started.
We went back to the Abondante in Meredith, had a dinner that couldn't be
beat and headed back to the resort.
||We still had not seen the
White Mountains, and they
were kind of on the way home, so we decided to check out of the resort a day early
(Saturday morning), spend the day in the White Mountains and continue on
toward Toronto at the end of the day.
After a quick shopping trip in North
Conway, we started out along the
Kancamagus Highway and stopped for lunch at
the Lower Falls, a great spot to cool off in the summer heat.
we carried on, but quickly came to another hike that interested us -
Sabbaday Falls. The path was straightforward up to the Falls and for some
distance afterwards. It looked like it went on further though - so we just kept
It got rougher and rougher, requiring several crossings of the stream. We
eventually ran into 3 women walking the other way and we asked them how long
the loop was. They had been on the trail for over 6 hours! We decided we'd
best turn around and head back to the Falls and the trailhead.
We eventually emerged, got loaded up and headed back on down the Hiway, over the Kancamagus pass and down towards
||Through Lincoln we made a short run up a smaller highway to
reach the Flume Gorge at Franconia
Notch State Park, getting there just in time.
We started at the famous Flume Covered Bridge that
appears in so many travel brochures and web photo collections - everyone has
a picture of this!
Then we walked up the main path to the top of the Falls. After that, we
continued along the Ridge path which takes you eventually to the Sentinel
Pine Covered Bridge and the The Pool.
By the time we left the Flume Gorge, it was starting to get dark. We
went quickly through Franconia Notch where the normally 2-lane Interstate
narrows to one lane in each direction. From there it was a gorgeous ride over
into Vermont to the capital, Montpelier. We had dinner in Montpelier at the
New England Culinary Institute's
teaching restaurant called the Main Street Grill.
After dinner it was
another 45 minutes to Burlington, Vermont where we checked in for the night.
||Our final day saw us up early to catch the 8 o'clock
ferry over to Port Kent, NY. It was a
one hour crossing but we couldn't see much through the weather and it was fairly rough at times.
Being such an ugly day we bypassed the Adirondacks and headed straight up to the
border crossing into Cornwall. Instead of the 2 hour wait at Queenston, this
crossing took all of 2 minutes.
As soon as we crossed over we drove into the very first Tim Horton's - home!
After that, it was only a 4 hour drive down the 401 to get home, including a stop in
Brockville for lunch. As we entered Toronto we called Birchmount and Jackie
waited a few minutes after 6 PM to let us bring the cats home that night.