Escape to New Hampshire

Situated two hours north of Boston you’ll find Alton, New Hampshire. Home to Lake Winnipesaukee and the popular mountain – Mount Major.

If you’re looking to escape the city, get in a great workout and take in the stellar views than the dive up is 100 percent worth it!

I recommend leaving as early as the lot at the mountain fills up fast! The hike up takes roughly two hours up and two down depending on your skill set. We took the blue trail, which was a moderate hike that had some large boulders to climb towards the top of the mountain.

After completing your hike stop by one of the local ice cream shops on the lake or fuel up with a fish dinner at Pop’s Clam shack.

Pro tip: If you’re new to hiking take the yellow trail. It may take you longer but there are fewer boulders to climb.

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Ice Castles of New Hampshire

Whether you’re a resident of northern New Hampshire, visiting for a long weekend or need a break from the slopes everyone needs to add the Ice Castles to their bucket list. Located at 64 Railroad St in Lincoln, New Hampshire the Ice Castles is a must-see tourist attraction for all ages.

The Ice Castles, LLC is a Utah-based entertainment company who specializes in events crafted from ice. Not from the New England area? No worries the company has four other locations based in Utah, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I made the journey up to New Hampshire to experience this unique attraction. We bought tickets ahead of time allowing us to skip the lines and start exploring the castle.

From the outside, the castle looks small, but probably fits around 300 people at a time! Many people were taking photos, pulling their kids on sleds and exploring the caves and tunnel’s created by this man-made ice castle.

My favorite addition to the castle was the hot coco shack located inside the castle that served hot chocolate, sticky buns and cookies all under $5. We also tested out the toboggan  slide, which was popular among young and old alike!

Overall my boyfriend and I spent a little over an hour at the ice castle and would recommend going at least once. If you have kids this is the place to take them as they have characters from Disney’s Frozen making appearances. We also recommend you buy tickets ahead of time, dress warm, wear warm boots as the ground is very icy. Not looking to make the drive for only an hour attraction? Plan to spend the whole day in the Lincoln – Conway area.

The New Hampshire Ice Castles are open daily Monday – Friday 3 PM – 9 PM, Saturday from noon – 10 PM and Sunday from noon – 8 PM.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

July 2015:

This past July was one of the worst months for my family with my grandpa passing away. So my family came from Illinois for a week to do a mini New England road trip. Our first stop was Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My parents being from New England have been to Portsmouth many times before, but this was my first time. Naturally, I was excited to visit a new place. We stayed in a hotel not to far from downtown Portsmouth, which included a complementary shuttle that took us downtown for free!

During our time in Portsmouth we had a nice dinner over looking the water. At dinner I got cod and wine because well, what else would I get?! The rest of the night we strolled and shopped around the town before going back to the hotel to begin our next adventure in the morning.

IMG_9476_2.JPGDowntown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

IMG_9456_2.JPGMy sister and myself enjoying dinner in Portsmouth with my parents.