Things to do in the area

Our lakefront New London inn and the surrounding area offers much to do year-round. We hope you find this page useful in planning fun activities during your stay.

New London Attractions & Activities

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.

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

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

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

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)

Mt. Sunapee, Newbury (20 minute drive)

Regional State Parks, (eight parks nearby)

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

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

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, *Closed for the 2014 season for renovations., Danbury (25 min. drive)

Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive)

Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury (20 minute drive)

Hogan Sports Center, Colby Sawyer College, New London (5 min. drive)

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)

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

Ski Joring, (Jan-Mar), area towns, winter equestrian spectator sport.
Whisper Wind Stable, Andover, NH (25 min drive)
Castle in the Clouds, Trail RidesMoultonboro, NH (1 hour 10 minute drive)
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, Glassblowing and flameworking lessons, no experience necessary,  (1 hour 15 min. drive)

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

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

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)

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)

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)


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.

NH International Speedway

Skyventure New Hampshire, Nashua (75 min drive)

The Nugget, Hanover (35 min. drive) …. street & public parking
Entertainment Cinemas, Lebanon, (30 min. drive)
Claremont Cinema 6, Claremont, (40 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)
Millstone at 74 Main, New London, lunch & dinner (5 min drive)
Peter Christian’s Tavern, New London, pub fare, (5 min. drive)
The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille, New London (7 min drive)
Vernondales, General store & deli, North Sutton (12 min drive)
La Meridiana, Wilmot, Authentic Italian (closes by 7pm Sundays)
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
Salt Hill Pub: The Shanty, Newbury, Irish pub fare (20 min drive)
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)
Warner, breakfast (all day) and lunch, (25 min drive)
The Local, Warner, American, (25 min drive)
One Mile West,
Sunapee, American, Tues-Sat (25 min 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)