Travel & Tourism  Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee

The Cornish-Windsor Bridge - photo by Lisa Martineau

The western border of the State rests along the edge of the Connecticut River in some places, but more obviously, neighbors with the rich farmland of Vermont. There are hills in these parts. Lush green hills, fragile old barns along curving roadsides and covered bridges spanning rivers for decades. But this country is about more than picturesque perfection. It is about the ideal of the Ivy League, present in the town of Hanover at Dartmouth College. It is about Lake Sunapee too; a lake unharmed by the hustle and bustle of days of old, when affluent visitors were transported by steamship to the grand hotels of yesterday.

The mountains surrounding the lake serve as a backdrop for all whose summer memories include jumping off a quiet dock into the clear dark waters of Lake Sunapee. The beloved Mount Sunapee is a year-round recreation destination offering scenic views of the lake and neighboring mountains. At Mount Cardigan, a winding road takes visitors to a treeless, granite summit that offers a 360 degree view.

History, art and culture dominate the region. The reconstructed Fort at No. 4 sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Charlestown.

Enfield features an authentic Shaker Village on the edge of Lake Mascoma. Catch a glimpse into Native American culture at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner. Visit the town of Cornish, where sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' home and studio still stand as a monument to the artist. In Cornish, you'll also find the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States. Plainfield's town hall features a stage set painted by the famous illustrator Maxfield Parrish, who once lived in the small town.

The Dartmouth-Sunapee region is a place where childhood summers are fondly remembered and even memorialized in a harbor-side brick walkway. Rocking chairs sit on wrap-around porches; fishermen can be found fly-casting for trout beneath wooden bridges and road-side farm stands offer mouth-watering sweet corn and fresh-picked berries. Winter creates a playground for skiers and snowmobilers while bob-houses and ice-skaters appear on frozen waters. Fall brings hikers and bikers to the mountains. And spring is the new beginning, where vacationers return to quiet houses and the countryside comes alive again.

Outdoors

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Dick Pinney's Guide Lines: Friends come in handy when learning to fish
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Covered Bridges

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Attractions

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State Parks and Beaches

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Historic Markers

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Joel McGregor - Last Surviving Soldier of the Revolution
Colonial Grant
Charlestown, NH Home Town of Carlton E. "Pudge" Fisk
Center Meeting House
First Roman Catholic Church
Mason's Patent

Waterfalls

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region waterfalls

Forests

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region Forests