Jen & Cindy's Adventures
So far all of our Adventure posts have been places that were planned destinations. Planning for trips can be fun, but there's nothing more exciting than what we call our "Secret Missions". You simply pack a change of clothes, toothbrushes, some food for the dogs and pick a direction. The "Secret Mission" is not for everybody. You have to be up for anything, because you never know what you'll find or where you'll end up. We've stumbled across some pretty cool people, places and things on these weekend trips.
One great find on one of these "Secret Missions" to the North was the Beal House Inn, in Littleton, NH. Honestly, I can't remember how we found it, since this was before smartphones and having the internet on the run, but fortunately, our good ole intuition somehow led us there.
Located right on Main St in the heart of scenic Littleton, this B&B not only welcomed us and our dogs without a reservation, but happened to have their best dog-friendly suite available. The inside entry was a tricky set of winding stairs, but the back entrance was through a private, decent sized, fenced in yard. Perfect!
Even more perfect for the weary travelers that we were, the Inn also had a Four Star restaurant on the bottom floor with 250 different Martinis on the drink menu, which we were able to wear our pajamas to for dinner.
We had clearly found a gem, and couldn't wait to book our next stay.
From a dog perspective, the White Mountains are heaven. There are more cool, clear streams to splash around in than you can count.
There is also the Moore Dam nearby, where we took Berrie & Wesley (I told you it was a long time ago) every day for swims.
There are, of course, numerous attractions in this area, which if, like us, you don't have human children, you probably haven't been to since you were a kid yourself. We went to The Flume and for an arial tram ride up Cannon Mountain. There's swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, skiing in Winter and many great golf courses. We actually got to play Maplewood with the owner of the Beal House.
We are also fortunate to have the highest mountain peak on the East Coast right here in NH. Aside from hiking, there are two other, less exhausting ways to get to the 6,288 foot peak of Mt Washington. You can drive to the summit, or you can take the historic, 147 year old Cog Railway. We've done both. Driving allowed us to bring the dogs with us, but is a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle and can be a little treacherous in places, just ask Jen. The Cog Railway is, frankly, treacherous from start to finish, but if you don't mind a little noise and soot, the bumpy ride is something you should do at least once.
Check the forecast first though, because it's a waste of time if the top is socked in with clouds or fog. And expect to buy a sweatshirt at the Observatory if you didn't think to bring one, because you can count on it being at least 30 degrees cooler than it was when you left the base.
Littleton itself, is a true American Main St. kind of town. There are tons of Mom & Pop shops and restaurants. There's the Grist Mill, many local covered bridges, and you absolutely have to visit Chutter's, which has the world's longest Candy Counter. Even the most discriminating sweet tooth can find something yummy in this 112 foot long selection of treats.
I don't know if or when we would have discovered some of these places if it weren't for our unplanned "Secret Mission".
The Beal House Inn has since changed hands, and now serves more traditional American Tavern fare in it's restaurant, but still has dog-friendly rooms and is definitely worth checking out at: www.thebealhouseinn.com
Have a Great Road Trip!