Take in the traditions and spirit of the holiday season in New Hampshire’s Grand North by picking the perfect Christmas tree, enjoying the Parade of Lights and fireworks, and even visiting with Santa Claus himself, according to New Hampshire Grand’s newest itinerary recently posted to nhgrand.com.
“This holiday itinerary will take visitors from one end of the county to the other for a getaway filled with family traditions, seasonal activities, delicious dining options and charming gift shops,” said Pam Sullivan, marketing coordinator for New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for northern New Hampshire. “Experience all that New Hampshire’s Grand North has to offer and kick off the Holiday Season with the annual Parade of Lights along Main Street in Berlin on Friday, November 23. The Downtown Beautification Committee will have worked its magic to light up the downtown. Add a parade, complete with floats decorated with lights, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the stage is set for an enchanting evening!”
The itinerary includes:
Enjoy a Grand Breakfast
Start your morning with a plate of piping hot pancakes, dripping with butter and maple syrup, at the Water Wheel Breakfast and Gift House on Route 2 in Jefferson.
Pick Your Perfect Christmas Tree
A big breakfast will fuel you up for a morning of adventure as you drive north on Route 3 — destination Colebrook and the Weir Tree Farms, which has been family owned and operated since 1945. After you pick your perfect tree (the folks at Weir Tree Farms will help wrap it and secure it to your car, or ship it home for you), warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Weir Tree Farms at 679 East Colebrook Road is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Find One-Of-A-Kind Holiday Gifts
Stroll along Colebrook’s Main Street for some early holiday shopping among the fine arts and crafts and gift items at Fiddleheads, which highlights American-made, Canadian-made and Fair Trade products. At Creative Natives, just across the street, more hand-crafted items await, along with antiques and vintage linens.
Enjoy a Grand Lunch
Getting hungry? Try Main Street icon Howard’s Restaurant for American comfort food and great pies. At the Moose Muck Café, at 25 Parsons Street, freshly made soups, sandwiches and pastries top the menu, along with a selection of espresso drinks, smoothies, coffees and teas. A must stop is at Le Rendez Vous Bakery on Main Street for some take-home goodies like Madeleines, macaroons, biscotti, bread, croissants and Belgian chocolates, all made on the premises by the French chefs.
Visit with Santa and View the Holiday Lights
Your afternoon destination is Santa’s Village, which has been well known for over 50 years as the Jolly Old Elf’s summer home. But on weekends in November and December, Santa comes down to the park to see it ablaze with nearly 1 million holiday lights (best seen from the Skyway Sleigh that circles the grounds). Santa also checks on Dasher and Prancer and his other reindeer and, of course, visits with children to hear their holiday wishes. (The 2012 dates are Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, and 22.)
Spend the Night
There are several motels nearby — families with children who still have energy to burn after the day’s activities might like to check out the indoor pools at the Cabot Motor Inn in Lancaster; the Town and Country Inn in Gorham; or the Royalty Inn, also in Gorham. If you prefer to stay overnight in the Colebrook area, there are dozens of lodging opportunities and an indoor pool that is open to the public at the North Country Community Recreation Center.
Experience NH Grand’s Fine Cuisine
Dining options abound throughout the region. In Pittsburg, end your day at The Rainbow Grille for fine dining, or Murphy’s Steakhouse for steak prepared the way you like it. In Lancaster, try the rustic, Italian-inspired menu at The Moonbeam Café on Friday and Saturday evenings. In Gorham, Saladino’s Market serves up special Italian dinners on Fridays and Saturdays, while Libby’s Bistro offers fine dining. For a satisfying breakfast, try the specials at Grandma’s Kitchen in Whitefield, or sip a cup of joe at the White Mountain Café & Bookstore in Gorham, while you browse their large selection of local history books, and the kids settle down with the nice collection of children’s books.
There are also plenty of other seasonal events scheduled throughout the holiday season in the Grand North. For a complete list, visit: http://www.nhgrand.com/what-to-do/events.aspx
About New Hampshire Grand
“Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North” is the brand of New Hampshire’s North Country marketing initiative – also known as NH Grand -- and is the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains. New Hampshire Grand is an initiative of the Northern Community Investment Corporation to promote Coos County to potential visitors. This outreach effort includes introducing visitors to the diverse range of lodging, dining, events, and outdoor activities available in Northern New Hampshire.