Things to do in the area

Our inn and area offers much to do year-round. We hope you find this page useful in planning fun activities during your stay. Please call or email if you have any questions.

Click here for an events calendar hosted by our Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce

ANNUAL EVENTS

September – December

NH Mustang Club Fall Harvest Car Show, Sunday, September 15, 2013, Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury
Country Music Festival, Saturday, September 21, 2013m Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury
Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge, Sunday, September 29, 2013, Sunapee Harbor, 12pm-3pm
66th Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival, October 12-13, 2013, Warner, NH
3rd Annual Fall Festival & Pig Roast, October 12-13, 2013 Mt. Sunapee Resort
6th Annual Psychic Medium Spiritual Weekend November 8-10, 2013, Inn at Pleasant Lake

January – April

Dinner with Jack Frost, Progressive Snowshoe Dinner, (January 2014, date TBA), New London
Ski Joring Competition, (January 2014, date TBA),  New London. 12PM
Newport Winter Carnival
(February, 2014), Newport
17th Annual Chocolatefest, March 8, 2014 (tentative date), Colby Sawyer College, New London
March Maple Weekend, (last weekend in March) sugarhouses open for tours

May – August

Sunapee Lions Antique and Classic Car Show June , 2014,  Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury
Antique Show and Sale July 26, 2014, 9am-3pm, 7:30-9am early admission, New London, 603.526.8994 for information
League of NH, 81st Annual Craftsman’s Fair August 2-10, 2014, held at Mt. Sunapee
New London Hospital Days (carnival type event, 1st Saturday in August), August, 2014, New London

WHAT TO DO

INN at PLEASANT LAKE WATERFRONT
It’s just a short stroll down to the private beach that we share with our neighboring Slope n’ Shore Community. The inn offers two canoes, one rowboat, a two person kayak, two single kayaks and a paddleboard for guests to borrow for boating out on Pleasant Lake. Relax on the sandy beach, play volleyball, shoot some hoops or swim in the pristine water.

NEARBY TRAILS
The Inn is just 3/10 of a mile from an extensive hiking trail system. You can immerse yourself in nature and forget about the outside world. Just in front of the inn, the public roads that circle the lake will challenge you to a six mile run or walk.  More info & maps: New London Conservation Commission Trails or the 75 miles “emerald necklace” of area trails linking Mount Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge:  SRKG trails

KAYAKING
Kayak Country, Andover (10 min. drive)
Village Sports, New London (5 min. drive)

BOAT RENTALS
Sargent’s Marina, George’s Mills (10 min. drive)

HIKING & EXPLORING
Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition, area hikes
Cricenti’s Bog, New London (5 min. drive)
Mt. Kearsarge: Wilmot side, Winslow State Park, 1.75 mile trail (15 min. drive)
Mt. Kearsarge, Warner side, Rollins State Park, 1/2 mile trail (30 min. drive)
Pillsbury State Park, Washington (45-55 minute drive)
Mt. Sunapee, Newbury (20 minute drive)
Coco’s Path & Great Brook Trail, New London (1/3 mile from inn)
The Northern Rail Trail, Potter Place (10 min drive)

ZIP-LINING
Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive)

FLYING TRAPEZE, TRAMPOLINE, STATIC TRAPEZE & AERIAL SKILLS
Fearless Flyers Academy
, Salisbury (30 minute drive)

STATE PARKS
Regional State Parks, (eight parks nearby)

BIKING
Village Sports (rentals), New London (5 min. drive)
The Northern Rail Trail, Potter Place (10 min drive)

FISHING
Tight Lines Fishing Services, Elkins (5 min. drive)

GOLF
Country Club of New Hampshire
, Sutton (15 min drive)
Twin Lake Village, New London (10 min drive):
Eastman Golf Links, Grantham (20 min. drive)
Newport Golf Club, Newport (20 min. drive),
Ragged Mountain Resort, Danbury (20 min. drive)

DISC GOLF
Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive)

MINIATURE GOLF
Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive)…opening August 2012

INDOOR RECREATION / INDOOR POOL
Hogan Sports Center, Colby Sawyer College, New London (5 min. drive)

SKIING
Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 min. drive)
Ragged Mountain Resort, Danbury (20 min. drive)
Eastman Cross Country Center, Grantham (20 min. drive)
Dexter’s Inn Cross Country Skiing, Sunapee (20 min. drive)
Pine Hill Ski Club, New London (5 min. drive)

ICE SKATING
Village Sports (rentals), New London (5 min drive)

EQUESTRIAN
Ski Joring, (Jan-Mar), area towns, winter equestrian spectator sport.
West Meadow Stables, Bradford, (all year), Trail Riding (all levels) plus “bring your own horse” packages. Sleigh rides (weather permitting)

OFF-ROAD SEGWAY EXCURSIONS
Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive)

GLASSBLOWING STUDIO
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, Glassblowing and flameworking lessons, no experience necessary,  (1 hour 15 min. drive)

BOWLING
Upper Valley Lanes & Games, White River Junction, VT (45 min. drive) candlepin & ten pin

ROLLER SKATING
Upper Valley Fun Center, Enfield (25 min. drive) (603) 632-7878 … call for schedule

THEATER, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Barn Playhouse, New London (5 min. drive) June-September
Newport Opera House, Newport (20 min. drive)
Claremont Opera House, Claremont (40 min. drive)
Outdoor Summer Concerts, Many area towns different days of the week, free
Dartmouth Performing Arts (The Hop), Hanover (35 min drive)
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon (35 min. drive)
NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble, Travelling cast some area shows
Northern Stage, White River Junction, VT (45 min. drive)
Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord (35 min. drive)

SIGHTSEEING/MUSEUMS
New London Historical Society, New London (5 min. drive) various events, check calendar
The Ice House, New London, (2 min. drive)
Musterfield Farm, North Sutton, restored farm & buildings, various events, check calendar (10 min. drive)
John Hay Estate, The Fells, Newbury, (20 min. drive)
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, (40 min. drive)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, (40 min drive)
Canterbury Shaker Village, Sanbornton, (55 min. drive) … discount available, inquire
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
, Warner, (25 min. drive)
Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield, (25 min. drive)
Sunapee Boat Cruises, Sunapee, (15 min. drive)
New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Warner, (25 min drive), check days & hrs.
Fort at #4, Charlestown, (45 min drive). Wed-Sun, Jun-Oct
Christa MacAuliffe Planetarium, Concord, (45 min. drive)
Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT, (35 min. drive)
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, (55 min. drive)
Library Arts Center, Newport (20 min. drive)
Mt. Sunapee Skyrides, Newbury (20 min. drive) …. seasonal, see site for dates
Covered Bridges, Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Budweiser Brewery Tours, Merrimack (1 hr. drive)
Harpoon Brewery Tours, Windsor, VT (1 hr. drive), tours on Fri. & Sat. at 3PM
King Arthur Flour, Norwich, VT (45 min. drive), baking classes, store
VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT (45 min drive)
Quechee Gorge, Quechee, VT (45 min. drive)
Cicely Farms Llama Adventures, Concord (45 min. drive)
New Hampshire Historical Society Museum, Concord (45 min. drive)

ANTIQUES
Prospect Hill Antiques, Georges Mills, (10 min. drive)
The Renaissance Shop, New London, (5 min. drive)
Tatewell Gallery, New London, (5 min. drive)
Sunapee Landing Trading Company, Sunapee, (30 min. drive)

SHOPPING
Retail Shops, Boutiques, Pharmacy, Clothing, etc.,
Nearby area towns
Tanger Outlet Center, Tilton (45 min. drive)
Crozer & Crozer Orchids, New London (5 min. drive) Contact them for delivery or greenhouse visits.

AUTO RACING
NH International Speedway
,
Loudon

INDOOR FLYING EXPERIENCE
Skyventure New Hampshire, Nashua (75 min drive)

CINEMAS
The Nugget, Hanover (35 min. drive) …. street & public parking
Entertainment Cinemas, Lebanon, (30 min. drive)
Regal Cinemas, Concord, (45 min. drive)
Smitty’s Cinema, Tilton (45 min. drive) …. cinema pub
Red River Theaters, Concord (45 min. drive) ….. alternative, independent theater
Regal Cinemas, Hooksett, (50 min drive) ….. $1.00 toll on I-93 each way
Cinemagic & Imax Theater, Hooksett, (50 min drive)  $1.00 toll on I-93 each way
Weir’s Beach Drive-in, Weir’s Beach (60 min. drive)

NEARBY RESTAURANTS (within a 20 minute drive)
The Inn at Pleasant Lake, New London, Fine Dining, prix-fixe (Wed-Sun) on site!
Traditions at the Lake Sunapee Country Club, New London, American cuisine. (5 min. drive)
The Coach House at the New London Inn, New London, Fine Dining & Tavern (closed Mondays) (3 min. drive)
The Millstone American Bistro & Wine Bar, New London, Fine Dining (5 min drive)
The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille, New London (10 min drive)
La Meridiana, Wilmot, Authentic Italian (closes by 7pm Sundays)
Graze, New London, b’fast & lunch cafe, dinner Wed-Sun. (5 min. drive)
MacKenna’s, New London, breakfast, lunch and dinner diner (5 min. drive)
The Anchorage, Sunapee Harbor (15 min. drive), seasonal (Late May-Oct)
Bubba’s Grille, Newbury Harbor (20 min. drive)
Blackwater Station, Andover,  diner, (10 min. drive) closed Mondays
Pizza Chef
, New London, Sunapee, Andover, Grantham, pizza and more
Hole in the Fence Cafe, New London, pizza and more, closed Sundays
Nonni’s, New London, Italian fare
The Old Courthouse, Newport, Creative American cuisine (20 min. drive)
Salt Hill Pub, Newport, Irish pub fare, (20 min. drive)
Bistro Nouveau at Eastman, Grantham, American fare (20 min. drive)
Lil’ Red Baron, Newport, Mexican (20 minute drive)

RESTAURANTS (25-45 minute drive)
Simon Pearce, Quechee VT, Fine dining: lunch & dinner (45 min drive)
Colby Hill Inn, Henniker, Fine dining (40 minute drive)

The Appleseed, Bradford, American, dinner Tues-Sun, brunch Sun (30 min. drive)
One Mile West, Sunapee, American, dinner (25 min. drive)