What to Do
The Northern Gateway Region is far removed from the sleepy, postcard stereotype of 19th Century New England.
The area has a wonderful athletic energy, and the outdoor enthusiast can take advantage of backpacking, kayaking, fishing, letterboxing, hiking, biking; and numerous winter sports, including skiing, snowshoeing, hunting guides, and ATV riding. Quieter activities such as foliage tours, fairs, and music festivals, and maple sugaring abound. An extraordinary experience is limited only by the traveler’s imagination!
The beauty of the region lies not only in its scenic grandeur, but also in its close proximity to fine dining and entertainment, both of which offer a perfect marriage of classic rural charm with a sense of modern progression and effervescence!
Where to Stay
Comfortable accommodations are at the heart of any vacation to the Northern Gateway, and the area offers an exhaustive variety of lodgings with all the modern amenities. Offering personalized service in a casually elegant (yet first-class) setting, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa has a high place among America’ Grand Hotels. Contemporary motor inns such as the Cabot and Coos County Motor Inns in Lancaster, and the Lantern Inn in Jefferson provide excellent service in an affordable setting. Elegant B&Bs such as The Lion and The Rose in Whitefield embody the elements of the classic New England Inn, balanced by modern services and facilities. Relax and enjoy a 'home away from home' in the heart of the Great North Woods!
The Mountain Lake Campground RV Park offers a personable and comfortable place for you and your family to hang your hats while you enjoy outdoor sports such as swimming, fishing, kayaking. Finish your day with a dip in the heated pool, and then retire to a cozy log cabin, tent site, yurt, or even a teepee!
Just three hours from Boston, New Hampshire’s Northern Gateway is truly the centerpiece of the White Mountains, and the traveler is sure to find the accommodations as charming as the daytime diversions.
Where to Eat
The Northern Gateway offers one of the most varied assortments of dining options in New England. International and ethnic cuisines are very popular in the area, and many high quality Chinese restaurants are to be found locally, such as the Happy Star in Lancaster. Also, the grand hotels offer many European dishes among their culinary treasures.
Family restaurants and diners are mainstays, and pizza houses such as the Lancaster House of Pizza offer unique and delicious variations on standard Italian themes. The Water Wheel Restaurant in Jefferson is a gathering place for travelers and locals alike, and Grandma’s Kitchen in Whitefield and Paige's Bakery and Cafe in Jefferson are affordable and delicious choices for anyone who wants a home-style meal. The usual fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Subway are always available for a quick bite! Whatever your appetite, the Northern Gateway is sure to have an excellent menu within close proximity... Your table awaits!
Where to Shop
The Northern Gateway Region offers virtually unlimited resources to the consumer and craftsman in each of us: The business district in Lancaster offers fine home furnishings and artwork at CMW Emporium, and rustic home décor at Hearth, Hearth & Home.Antique treasures abound at the Israel River Trading post, and Parker’s Jewelry is sure to carry the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. A colorful bouquet from Riff Flower Shop & Greenhouse will bring cheer and warmth to any special occasion.
Simon the Tanner in Lancaster lives up to its reputation as the best local family outfitter by offering a line of high-quality shoes and clothing in an upscale, urban setting... Watch their website for in-store sales and tent sales across the street from the store! The latest skateboarding apparel is available at Echo’s Apparel and accessories. For those wishing both to sell and to buy, the New to You Consignment Store is a must-see.
Fuller's Sugarhouse and Christie’s Maple Farm offer a full line of maple products, and the Lancaster's Farmers’ Market is the first Saturday morning stop for local shoppers, who stock up on fresh produce, organic meats, specialty breads, and even locally-made wines. Some indoor winter markets are also available.
The Lancaster Flea Market sets up every other Sunday morning during the summer, with numerous vendors from the area offering everything from antiques to tooth fairy pillows, and even homemade pies and jellies.
The latest technology is alive and well in the Northern Gateway: Verizon Wireless and US Cellular both have local branches.
Continue your shopping trip north on Route 3 to Groveton and meet the local farmers tending their farm stands bursting with freshly-picked produce bursting with rich colors and antioxidants!
Along the way, antiquarians should prepare to lose themselves among the treasures at the Potato Barn antique shop…highlights include fine china, tintypes, and vintage clothing and textiles! Enjoy shopping in the Northern Gateway!