Throughout the winter months, there are several snowmobiling events that the whole family will enjoy. The Annual Swift Diamond Riders’ SNODEO will be held once again at the Swift Diamond Riders Warming Hut in Stewartstown. In February, take the kids to Colebrook Country Club for lots of fun and games at the Annual Kiwanis Winter Carnival. Stay in a cozy cabin at the Lopstick or Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg and enjoy an adrenaline packed weekend of snowmobiling some of New Hampshire’s best trails. Both Lopstick and Tall Timbers offer snowmobile rentals to their guests.
The North Country is home to tons of scenic hiking trails that can be hiked during the snow-covered winter months with snowshoes. Dixville Notch State Park has many year-round accessible trails that are wonderful to snowshoe during the winter. Mount Sanguinary is a scenic trail through the balsam and spruce forest offering incredible views from a rocky pinnacle overlooking Lake Gloriette and the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. Other popular trails include Table Rock and The Three Brothers Trail.
Further north, The Fourth Connecticut Lake Trail is nestled in a mountain valley just below the Canadian border. The trail is a modern, 2.1-mile loop trail around a small pond that straddles the international border. After a day of snowshoeing, head back to your comfortable lodging at Buck Rub Pub & Lodge for a hot shower and a delicious home cooked meal at the pub.
Meet the Local: Francine Rancourt has lived in the North Country her whole life and has been selling real estate in the area for over 30 years. The last few years, she has been managing RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty in Colebrook.
Francine’s favorite winter activity is going sledding with her granddaughters because it’s great old fashioned family fun and there’s always plenty of laughter to go around.
The agents at RE/MAX enjoy all the great things the North Country has to offer including but certainly not limited to ice fishing, moon-lit snowshoe walks and enjoying the wonderful trail system on their snowmobiles.
Sledding and Sleigh Rides
There is nothing more comforting and nostalgic than a horse drawn sleigh ride through the snow covered forest and quiet trails. End your day at CJEJ Farm with a romantic private sleigh ride for two or take the whole family (up to 7 people). Don’t forget to call ahead to book your reservation or you might miss out on this authentic North Country adventure. Whatever your adventure, end your day with a nice hot shower and relax with a cocktail in the on-site lounge at the Colebrook Country Club. If a cozy inn with larger suites & a upscale restaurant is your style, Parsons Street is a perfect location to start and end your winter adventures.
Warm yourself up in the warming hut in between pick-up hockey games, skating lessons, or open skates follow by dinner in town. Ice skating can work up an appetite so it’s time to grab some dinner at Colebrook’s newest sports bar and restaurant. The Black Bear Tavern on Main Street has a full-service bar and welcoming restaurant serving flavorful meals using high quality ingredients. The kids will be happy with the kids’ menu, too.
Theater and Art
Spend the morning discovering the region’s past with displays of school rooms, kitchens, and farming techniques dating back to the late 1880s. The art gallery showcases work from local artists and craftspeople from the Connecticut River Artisan Group. Browse the many paintings, ceramics, wood carvings and more and maybe take one home as a souvenir. Many of the pieces are for sale. After exploring the North Country’s past and present, head upstairs to the Kaufmann Theater and catch a family friendly movie or show.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit the North Country this winter for a weekend or week of family fun in the Great North Woods. Don’t be surprised to see some of our favorite wildlife, like a moose or a deer!