Snuggled between Ragged Mountain and Mount Kearsarge, the town of Andover is dotted with many small lakes and ponds. Home to Proctor Academy, this scenic town with two covered bridges is a favorite spot for photographers. The picturesque train station (at Potter Place) serves as the Andover Historical Society’s museum. Kayak and canoe lovers enjoy the Blackwater River.
Called the gateway to the Lake Sunapee region, Bradford is a perfect year-round community. Its history and charm combine to offer guests a warm and entertaining visit. There are several inns and bed and breakfasts to accommodate visitors in true country charm.
Wrapped around the eastern and southern shores of Lake Sunapee, Newbury is home to Mount Sunapee Resort and State Park, the Sunapee State Beach (the only state beach on Lake Sunapee), and The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens. Newbury Harbor has a town beach, a picnic area, a waterfront gazebo and a public pier.
Nicknamed the “Sunshine Town” by vaudevillian Bill B. Van. The Town Common, one of the largest in the state, provides wonderful space for activities and events all year long with ice skating in the winter and free Sunday evening concerts in the summer. Newport boasts three covered bridges as well as the Library Arts Center and the Newport Opera House.
This picture-perfect town features a variety of unique retail shops, fine dining, lodging and the wonderful summer entertainment of the Barn Playhouse. The Village Green, surrounded by the classic New London Inn, the wonderful tree-lined campus of Colby-Sawyer College and the quintessential New England-style First Baptist Church, is a lovely place to sit and take in the views.
Starting at the northern most tip of the lake and following along the western shore, Sunapee is a wonderful waterfront community. Originally an agricultural area, then manufacturing, today the main focus is recreation. Sunapee Harbor is a great place to spend a summer day with shops, a narrated boat tour, kayak rentals, ice cream, waterfront dining and a town boat launch. Although the era of the grand hotels is long gone, you can still find wonderful lodging in Sunapee with charming cottages, as well as quaint inns and bed & breakfasts.
A scenic central location offering a view of Mount Kearsarge as well as Rollins State Park, a picnic area and the departure point for the half-mile hike to the mountain’s bare granite summit. Wadleigh State Beach on the shore of Kezar Lake in North Sutton is ideal for a family summer outing. Musterfield Farm, a working farm, is open to the public and features many special events that are fun for all ages.
Filled with New England charm, Main Street is the town’s center and the hub of its business and cultural activities. The distinctive buildings in this rural community are home to many interesting shops and popular restaurants as well as private residences. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum offers a cornucopia of Indian lore and artifacts, primarily from the Abenaki tribe.
A small quiet village just minutes from New London amenities, Wilmot boasts some lovely inns and bed and breakfasts, offering the perfect spot to stay. Just four miles north of Wilmot Center on Route 4A is the Gardner Memorial Wayside area, a great picnic spot where you can enjoy the scenic brook and stone foundations of an 1880’s mill.