The holidays are in full swing here in the North Country, and we want to spend them with you! Escape the ordinary this holiday season and come explore our winter wonderland in the wilderness, The North Country Chamber of Commerce’s MyGoNorth website is the go-to source for the greatest things to do in the Great North Woods. Our community promises to provide the perfect spot to cuddle up near the fire, thrilling adventures to please the whole family, and the idyllic escape from the everyday hustle of life. Check out a list of our favorite winter activities in New Hampshire’s North Country.
Winters in the Great North Woods make the perfect winter wonderland for those that love winter sports. One of our favorites is snowmobiling. With thousands of miles of groomed snowmobiling trails through the breathtaking wilderness, you’re bound to have endless hours of winter fun. Our community’s local clubs work throughout the season to ensure that these trails are perfectly groomed to ensure an enjoyable ride. Our network of snowmobile trails also connects to trails located throughout Maine, Vermont, and Canada allowing the opportunity to snowmobile for days without having to ride the same trail repeatedly. Snowmobiling is certainly one of the most popular winter activities in New Hampshire’s North Country.
If you don’t own a snowmobile of your own, we have plenty of local businesses that will supply you with all of the necessary equipment. Bear Rock Adventures, located in Pittsburg, offers guided and unguided snowmobile tours which include the rental of snowmobiles and the required gear. Choose a guided tour to be shown around the Great North Woods in style, or to check out views only the locals know how to find. If you’re more of an explorer type, choose an unguided tour to check out all of the best trails. If you’re looking for an all-in-one experience, Lopstick has it for you. These beautiful cabins located on First Connecticut Lake, Perry Stream, Back Lake, and the Connecticut River provide breathtaking views and thrilling adventures! Snowmobile by day, relax in a charming log cabin by night, it’s truly the best of both worlds.
Who says hiking is just a summer activity? The Great North Woods is home to several scenic hiking trails that can be hiked all summer and winter long! Our miles of trails lead through remote wilderness and up to scenic mountain peaks which offer a truly rewarding experience without having to fight the crowds of populated hiking trails. A local favorite is Dixville Notch State Park with its many year-round accessible trails that are beautiful to snowshoe in during those chilly winter months. Mount Sanguinary offers particularly beautiful views that overlook Lake Gloriette. Other popular trails include Table Rock and The Three Brothers Trails which are considered easier hikes for beginning snowshoers. Pro tip: wildlife is abundant throughout these hiking trails, don’t be surprised if you spot a moose or deer roaming in the nearby woods!
North Country Traditions
Looking for an indoor activity to beat the cold? Check out some of our timeless traditions this holiday season like TubaChristmas on December 21 from 1 – 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. This long-held tradition returns each year the Saturday before Christmas and includes tuba, baritone and euphonium players from across the northeast to play a concert of festive holiday music. Stop by the Tillotson Center for more holiday fun with holiday movie screenings like The Polar Express and The Grinch. Or check out their Big Screen Classic event on December 18th for a showing of the classic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The center is also hosting a Winter Holiday Concert put on by the Colebrook Academy and Elementary School which is bound to put everyone in the holiday spirit.
Local New Hampshire Lodging
Some of the best places to cozy up next to a fireplace are located in the North Country. If you’re looking for rustic charm and a small-town feeling, we’ve got you covered. Retreat away from your everyday world with a stay at At Bear Tree. Located in beautiful Pittsburg, NH on the shore of 1st Connecticut Lake, At Bear Tree has access to some of the best fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and boating in the Great North Woods. With 11 Lakeside cabins, a six guestroom lodge, and a four guestroom Inn – there’s plenty of options for groups or individual stays. Enjoy your home away from home when you stay at Parsons Street’s luxury suites with classic accommodations. With onsite dining, you won’t have to leave the property to enjoy a delicious meal. Another great local option for lodging is Colebrook Country Club. With direct snowmobile trail access, finding the adventure is easy and convenient. Plus, their onsite Cocktail Lounge is open daily meaning you won’t have to leave the property to enjoy yourself. For a full list of lodging options in the North Country visit our website.
What are you waiting for? Come enjoy the kind of relaxing, charming holiday season you’ve always dreamed of in the Great North Woods. Check out our Go North Guide for more activities found right here in the North Country.