The White Mountains is an incredible outdoor destination with amazing skiing in the winter and rewarding hikes in the summer. However, Bretton Woods and the surrounding areas also provide other forms of fun! From breweries and wineries to bars and bowling allies, we guarantee the White Mountains nightlife will surprise and excite you! You are on vacation after all, so why not enjoy a drink or two.
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Your White Mountains Nightlife Guide
Craft beer and local breweries have completely blown up across the country, and the White Mountains are no different. The fun, laid-back atmosphere along with some tasty brews attracts people who need to blow off some steam or just want to have a good time. Plus, many of our local breweries host events like live music. When it comes to the White Mountains Nightlife, hitting at least one of the breweries is a must.
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Although it gets too cold in the winter to have any vineyards in the White Mountains, that hasn’t stopped some amazing wineries from bringing that experience to the area. They all focus on creating quality wine with local fruits and resources.
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Most of the bars in the White Mountains are attached to restaurants, but that’s not a bad thing! It means you can enjoy a drink while snacking on something yummy. Each bar provides its own atmosphere and unique experience. Our favorite is Rose Flamingo’s because of its outside patio, fun events, and amazing food.
- Rosa Flamingo’s
- White Mountain Tavern
- Littleton Freehouse Taproom & Eatery
- Plain Kate’s Riverside Saloon
- The Dutch Treat
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You might not have expected bowling alleys to be on this list, but there’s nothing quite like sharing a pitcher of beer with your friend while you see who can get the most strikes. If you have kids in your group, you can still enjoy a drink, while the kids have a blast. Talk about the perfect compromise!
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Bretton Woods is the ultimate spot for people looking to vacation in the White Mountains! You’re just a short ride from all the White Mountains nightlife that Franconia, Bethlehem, and Littleton have to offer all while having the best skiing and hiking at your fingertips. Plus, the attractions of Lincoln and Conway are close by without all the traffic and crowds those areas draw. Bretton Woods Vacations has the largest selection of property rentals in and around Bretton Woods. From resort condos to large slopeside homes, we’re sure to have something that meets all of your group’s wants and needs.
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The White Mountains are known to have four distinct seasons, and each one offers unique adventures that you can only experience during that time. Most events happen in the fall because the cooler weather and beautiful fall foliage make for the perfect backdrop. However, there are still plenty of events throughout the entire year. Keep reading for the White Mountains events that locals look forward to each year!
Although the events below typically take at least an entire day to fully enjoy, you’re going to need to fill the rest of your trip to the White Mountains! Access our complimentary Bretton Woods Intinerary for a thoughtful list of ideas of how to spend your New Hampshire getaway!
Annual White Mountains Events You Won’t Want to Miss
From beer festivals to the largest Highland Games in North America, White Mountains events never disappoint! Plan your trip around an event or catch one whenever you happen to be visiting. Because each season is so distinct, you can easily decide the best time for you to take your trip based on your personal interests.
New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival
Travel to Scotland without ever leaving New England! Like we mentioned above, the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival is the largest Highland Games in North America. The three-day event happens every year at Loon Mountain Resort in September. Much like the exciting games, you’ll find everything Scottish at the festival like bagpipes, traditional dances, and delicious food and drinks.
Remick Country Harvest Festival
Also in September, the annual Harvest Festival in Remick County celebrates agricultural life in the White Mountains and New Hampshire. The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm hosts the event at the museum and features all kinds of family fun from corn hole games to a scavenger hunt to fresh produce for sale.
All Things Pumpkin Festival
This is by far one of the most beloved White Mountains events of the year! The All Things Pumpkin Festival includes the infamous Return of the Pumpkin People celebration where businesses in Jackson create Pumpkin People displays for the community and tourists to enjoy during the entire month of October. The actual festival falls on a weekend in the month featuring two days of Halloween fun.
White Mountain Oktoberfest
Every Columbus Day weekend, White Mountain Oktoberfest takes place at Loon Mountain Resort. The two-day event is free to the public and has everything you’d expect from an Oktoberfest celebration including German beer, bratwurst, and lederhosen.
Also held on Columbus Day weekend, the Sandwich Fair is somewhere in between your average fair and a rodeo. The agricultural celebration includes rides, games, riding competitions, animal exhibits, and much more!
RiverFire and Zombie ATV Poker Run
This is truly one of the most unique events on this list and can be hard to explain. The RiverFire and Zombie ATV Poker Run, or just RiverFire Festival, starts with a 5K where participants dress as zombies and run along with decorated ATVs for the poker run. After the race, family fun ensues with hayrides, a Halloween parade, and more! The day ends with the Androscoggin River being lit up with fires that appear to be floating on the water.
White Mountain Bicycle Week: Bike For The Better
If you plan on visiting the White Mountains for some mountain biking, you need to visit during White Mountain Bicycle Week! The event is meant to encourage the community to get outside and exercise as well as raise money for local non-profits. Several rides and events take place across Lincoln, Woodstock, and Franconia Notch.
White Mountains Pride
Celebrate who you are at White Mountains Pride! Throughout June, known as Pride Month, the organization hosts events and celebrations near North Conway and the White Mountains. A large festival and parade are held along with smaller events during the month.
Vintage Market in the Mountains
Every July, Bethlehem hosts a large market with vintage items and art for sale, live music, live mural painting, food trucks, and beer. The Vintage Market in the Mountains takes place at The Wayside Inn.
Littleton Christmas Parade
This White Mountains event is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit! The Littleton Christmas Parade is your classic holiday parade in the charming town of Littleton.
Santa’s Village is an amusement park that celebrates the Christmas spirit year-round! From summer to fall to Christmas time, the park holds several events throughout the year.
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Now that you have your eye on some White Mountains events, plan your visit to Bretton Woods! Bretton Woods Vacations has the largest selection of rentals in the area with some as far north as Whitefield and others as far south as Sugar Hill. This makes it easy for you to find a property that meets your needs and is close to the event you wish to attend. We often fill up for big events in the White Mountains so book your stay as soon as you know your plans.
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Bretton Woods is surrounded by the White Mountains leading to an abundance of hiking trails. The neighboring White Mountains National Forest and state parks make the area a hiker’s dream! Many of these trails are rated difficult because they take you to a summit and gain a lot of elevation. However, most of the hikes allow dogs on a leash and can be done by children. Whichever season you may be visiting the area, keep reading for our favorite hiking trails in Bretton Woods!
Although Bretton Woods provides phenomenal hiking, the area offers countless other activities! Access our complimentary Bretton Woods Itinerary for days’ worth of things to do in the White Mountains!
Top 6 Hiking Trails in Bretton Woods
1. Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail
At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. There are several trails to the top and all are difficult, but the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is likely the easiest. It’s about eight miles out and back and rated difficult. However, it gains just over 3,800 feet in elevation making it easier than other hikes to the summit. The trail is open for snowshoeing in the colder months, but if you aren’t an experienced hiker or snowshoer, we recommend using it between May and October. It’s not the easiest hike for dogs, but they are allowed on a leash.
2. Crawford Path
Crawford Path is the oldest continuously maintained hiking trail in the United States. The full trail is 8.5 miles one way and travels from Crawford Notch to Mount Washington ascending more than 5,000 feet. The path can get you to Mount Pierce, Mount Eisenhower, Mount Franklin, Mount Monroe, and Mount Washington, in that order. Doing the hike out and back is 17 miles, rates extremely difficult, and typically takes two days. However, many people take the trail up and a different route or the Mount Washington Cog Railway down. For a rewarding day hike, we recommend taking the trail to Mount Pierce for stunning views and a moderate hike about six miles round trip.
3. Mount Willard Trail
Great for kids and dogs, The Mount Willard Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Bretton Woods. It rewards you with beautiful forests, a waterfall, and a gorgeous view from the summit. The hike is about three miles out and back, gains nearly 900 feet in elevation, and rates moderate. The trail is also known for snowshoeing in the winter.
4. Mount Field, Mount Tom, and Mount Avalon Loop
Climb to three summits with just one Bretton Woods hiking trail! This difficult loop starts with the Mount Avalon Trail. Once you reach the summit, continue to Mount Field and then Mount Tom for a total of about six and a half miles. Each peak rewards you with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The trail is open year-round and is a favorite with snowshoers. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail.
5. Mount Willey Trail
This hike takes you to the top of Mount Willey, which sits at more than 4,200 feet up. Although the trail is rated difficult, it climbs about 2,800 feet making it a fairly easy hike up a four-thousand footer. The full hike is about five miles out and back. It offers beautiful wildflowers, great bird watching, and stunning scenery across Crawford Notch. The Mount Willey Trail is best used between March and October and allows dogs on a leash.
6. Mount Jackson and Mount Webster Loop
You can get a lot out of this hike! In about six and a half miles, you’ll reach the peak of two mountains, see a waterfall, and experience some beautiful views of Mount Washington and Crawford Notch. We recommend hiking up Mount Webster first and then going up Mount Jackson for a bit of an easier trip. The Mount Jackson and Mount Webster Loop is open year-round and has a $5 fee for day-use. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
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After a long day of hiking, you’re going to want to come back to a comfortable, clean, and reliable vacation home. Bretton Woods Vacations offers not only the best selection of rentals in Bretton Woods and the surrounding areas but also the best customer service. When you book with us, we promise you a stress-free experience from booking to check-out.
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Anytime is a good time to travel to the White Mountains! New Hampshire’s climate provides four unique and distinct seasons, each with so many exciting things to offer. That’s why every season could arguably be the best time to visit Bretton Woods. We’ve laid out the best parts of each season, so you can decide for yourself when to plan your trip.
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Your Year-Round Guide to the Best Time to Visit Bretton Woods
The White Mountains arguably produce the most stunning fall foliage. Leaves begin to change at the end of August and completely fall off the trees by the end of November. Of course, the weather varies each year, but peak colors typically happen around the first half of October. The best way to know for sure is to use the foliage tracker. Take in the red and orange hues with a hike that leads to a waterfall surrounded by the bright colors. The trail to Arethusa Falls rewards you with New Hampshire’s tallest waterfall at 176 feet. For 360 degree views of the fall foliage, take a ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway.
The White Mountains become a winter wonderland in the cold months. Bretton Woods is known for skiing, but you can enjoy just about any activity that involves snow. If you are looking for breathtaking views of white landscapes, we recommend packing your snowshoes or renting some. Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the nearby White Mountain National Forest or parks, like Crawford Notch State Park and Franconia Notch State Park. Other activities include snow tubing, sleigh rides, and snowmobile rides.
Spring is a beautiful time when the snow melts away and the vibrant colors of the forest return. Be one with nature with a horseback ride through the lush White Mountains. The warming waters also make spring a prime time for fishing because by April, many species have returned to our local waterways. The Ammonoosuc River is ideal for fly fishing and stocked with brook, brown, and rainbow trout as well as Atlantic salmon. If you don’t have the gear, you can rent some. You will need a license to fish in the public waters. You can purchase a single-day pass, a three-day pass, a seven-day pass, or a year-long pass.
Pro Tip: The very beginning of spring brings the mud season. It’s a time when the ground is still frozen, but the snow is melting and creates a lot of mud. This can be a great time to hike with few people on the trails and little obstruction from trees. However, you’ll want to take some extra precautions to minimize unwanted impacts on the trails and fragile ecosystems during this time.
Summer opens up a vast number of activities for the whole family. Two amusement parks, Santa’s Village and Storyland, are both only about 30 minutes from Bretton Woods. Summer is also the best time to visit the Mount Washington Observatory, known as “the Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline rush, zip line through the White Mountains with a canopy tour, or ride some trails on a mountain bike. The Bretton Woods cross-country trails are perfect for families looking for a scenic and leisurely ride. On the other hand, the Alpine trails give experienced riders an extreme adventure down the steep terrain.
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Now that you’ve decided when’s the best time to visit Bretton Woods, it’s time to start planning that vacation you’ve been thinking about. Bretton Woods Vacation has the largest selection of vacation rentals in the area. Whether you’re a couple, family, or group of friends visiting for a weekend or a month, we have something for everyone. We provide unparalleled customer service, so you can have a stress-free vacation.
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