Thursday, June 26, 2008

July 4th in Lincoln, NH

Celebrate the 4th of July in Lincoln-Woodstock

10:00 am Family Games Begin at the Kancamagus
Recreation Area, Lincoln *Immediately Followed by a Family BBQ

10:30 am The Papermill Children's Theatre Presents
St. George and the Dragon

2:00 pm Lincoln

Parade Begins at Alpine Village Resort No.
Woodstock and Travels Rt. 112 to the
Rivergreen Hotel Entrance in Lincoln

7:00 pm No. Woodstock

Live Concert of Patriotic Music by the St.
Johnsbury Band at the Bandstand in
Soldiers Park

9:00 pm Fireworks Display, Lincoln

Monday, June 23, 2008

Flying Yankee Open House July 5th

Flying Yankee Schedules Second Open House of 2008

N. WOODSTOCK, NH – Officials with the Flying Yankee Restoration Group, located in North Woodstock, NH, have announced that the second of four Flying Yankee Open Houses for 2008 will be held at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH on Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (final tour is at 3:30 p.m.). The event will take place rain or shine and will feature ongoing guided tours of the Flying Yankee inside and out permitting folks of all ages to get an up-close view of this historic streamliner. Although reservations are not required for the guided tours and there will be no entry fee to enjoy the Flying Yankee Open House event, tax-deductible donations for the ongoing restoration project will be greatly appreciated. Spend a part of your Independence Day Weekend holiday viewing one of the most unique pieces of Americana that you’ll ever see. This is the best weekend to come and view the Flying Yankee as the Lincoln-Woodstock area has many July 4 weekend events planned, including a parade, concert and fireworks, so come and make a weekend out of it and ride the Hobo Railroad while you’re in town.

Operated jointly by the Boston and Maine Railroad and the Maine Central Railroad throughout northern New England from 1935 to 1957, the Flying Yankee was the second of only four diesel-electric, 3-car streamliner passenger trains of this type ever manufactured by the E.G. Budd Company of Philadelphia, PA. It traveled nearly 3 million miles during its time in service. The Flying Yankee was purchased from the Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA in the early 1990s by the late Robert S. Morrell, creator of Story Land and Heritage NH in Glen, NH and donated to the State of New Hampshire in 1995 for the sum of one dollar.

Now based at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH where restoration work will be completed, the Flying Yankee will be the only train of its type to ever operate again – anywhere in the world – once the restoration is completed. The Flying Yankee will also serve as an icon for Education, Economic Development and Tourism for the State of NH when the restoration is complete. The restoration is over 50% complete at this time. A $3.5 million dollar Capital Campaign to raise the funds necessary to complete the Flying Yankee’s restoration and testing is underway and a Naming Rights Program is a central part of the fund raising effort. Attend the Open House to learn how you can own your own seat on The Flying Yankee forever and ride free each and every year.

To learn more about the Flying Yankee Open House scheduled for Saturday, July 5 or how you can help support the project though a tax-deductible donation, contact Flying Yankee officials by calling (603) 745-3974, visit the Flying Yankee’s official web site or send an e-mail to To get information on all the July 4 weekend activities in the area, go to

GPS Issues in the White Mountains

I have noticed a significant increase in the number of guests who travel here using their GPS device in the past year.

I have discovered that not all GPS devices are accurate here in the White Mountains. For example if you try to get to the Mount Washington Cog Railway , some devices will actually direct you to the Auto Road, make you drive to the top and catch the Cog. I have seen this first hand at the Cog Railway when people miss their train because they are 45 minutes away from the train at the wrong location.

On a different occasion we were doing my weekly caravan to the Cog. When we arrived a guest who was following me there came up to me and told me that his GPS wanted him to left at a location where we had turned right and the GPS had insisted that we were headed in the wrong direction. Obviously the guest realized that the GPS was incorrect.

This is not the first time that this has occurred as I have typed out Itineraries to different locations and the guests state that their GPS gave a different set of directions.

Another unique situation is that due to our rualness (is that a word) some places/attractions do not have a street address. In this situation you will need to know the Longitude and Latitude of the location to get the proper location. Many of these locations will state on their website that they do not have a physical address. One such location that comes to mind is Storyland on Rte 16 in Glen, NH.

This is a quote from their website:
Looking for Story Land on your GPS system?Well, we're still rural enough up here in the North Country that we haven't quite been assigned an address that works on GPS -- really!One Alternative: if you can use latitude and longitude you'll be able to pinpoint us at Latitude 44 degrees, 7.1 minutes north; and Longitude 71 degrees, 11.0 minutes west; or Lat 44.1175, Long -71.183.

Another Alternative: if your GPS unit lists attractions, try New Hampshire, Attractions, Story Land, Glen NH, zip code 03838. Or, Address/Hospitals - Memorial, 3073 White Mountain Highway, North Conway NH 03860 (Story Land is five miles north on Route 16). Fortunately, Glen is small enough that once you're in town, you can't help but find us. There are only two routes into and out of town, Routes 16 and 302, and we're right near the northern junction of the two. You can get directions from your starting address to Glen from and, once you're in town, follow the signs or ask just about anyone where we are.

This is probably more common than you might have thought but I thought I would share it with you as we enter the popular driving season here in the White Mountains. Please always check with me before you go to verify directions.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Everything Breaks towards Cherry Mountain

Yesterday I took advantage of a perk of the job and accepted an invitation to play golf at the Waumbek Country Club located in Jefferson, NH. I decided to invite some friends to play with me so I could get more opinions. Names will be with held but they all had the day off(in case their bosses read this).

My first impression of the course was even if I play poorly (highly likely) that I will still get to play golf in some of the most beautiful surroundings possible in New Hampshire. The course had amazing views of the Presidential Range and the White Mountains.

Once of the people I was with had played the course in the past and mentioned that everything breaks towards Cherry Mountain. I received the same advice from Larry Fellows, the Golf Pro. My weakest part of my game is that I have no idea how to read a green. I have some basic knowledge, but this was by far the best advice I had been given and I took full advantage of it.

The course was in good condition. This course is pretty wide open and can be very forgiving if you don't hit the ball straight. My best advice is don't drive fast down the fairways as they are very bumpy and you will probably spill whatever beverage you have with you.

Overall we had a great time playing. I would recommend this course to anyone visiting the area. While you are at the resort please see me for a tee time and I can get you set up here for $25 per person with a gas cart.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Calendar Feature

One of the frequent questions that I receive is what will be happening while I am there. I think this new addition to my blog will help you plan and see some of the things that we do at the resort.

I have added a new calendar feature to my Blog. This is to help you see the different activities we have planned at the Resorts each week. Some of our trips will remain the same for a season and we will occasionally mix it up due to scheduling conflicts that are sometimes beyond our control.

Always refer to the Moose Report when you arrive for the actual schedule. Sasha and myself will be maintaining the calendar.

The arts & crafts that we do change regularly. I hope that you will find this to a useful tool in your vacation planning.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Brewfest is Coming Next Week!!!

The Fourth Annual Olde New England Day Brewfest is back by popular demand. After three successful years, we have outgrown our location in Woodstock and will be moving to a new and improved venue at the Lincoln Village Shops, right on Main Street, Lincoln.
Like years past, the Brewfest is held on Saturday, June 28th from 4pm until 9pm as part of our Splash Into Summer and Olde New England Days Weekend.
Come and sample some of the finest beer in the country as all of New Hampshire’s microbrewers gather under the giant tent and tap into some of their remarkable brews. While you sample, enjoy the live entertainment, some great food and exhibits offering brew paraphernalia and souvenirs. It's truly a night you won’t want to miss!
Please click here for ticket information :
Brewers that will be there:

Woodstock Station and Brewery
Meticulously handcrafted right here at our own Woodstock Brewery. Our traditional seven-barrel system employs premium hops from around the world blended with imported English grains and brewed with pure, deep-well water to produce a superior selection of seasonal ales.

Martha's Exchange Brewery
We offer upwards of 25 different brews throughout the year. We have a rotation of semi-regulars that appear off and on through out the year...
Moat Mountain Smokehouse and BreweryWe are a 174 seat Brew-Pub, Inn and Restaurant, located within a historic building of the 1840's. Starting with mountain water, seven superb Ales and Lagers emanate from our brewhouse...

The Portsmouth Brewery

The Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire's original brewpub, has been serving great food and outstanding handcrafted beers in a friendly, lively atmosphere since 1991.
RedhookRedhook brews its specialty bottled and draft products exclusively in its two Company-owned breweries, one of them right here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Welcome to the Granite State's leading craft brewery, located in the historic seacoast city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Tuckerman Brewing Co.
Named after the legendary Tuckerman Ravine, is dedicated to the art of brewing the finest beers from the finest ingredients. The Ravine, long admired for its majestic solitude and beauty inspires the boldness in our brews.

Seven Barrel Brewery
Established in 1994, the Seven Barrel Brewery offers friendly service, fresh craft brewed beers, and great pub-style fare.

Pennichuck Brewing Company
Award winning brewery from Milford, NH.

It is easy to order a beer and not think twice about how far it has traveled. But consider this...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Papermill Theater Childrens Theater announces Summer Schedule

Children’s Theatre on Wednesdays AND SATURDAY mornings in Lincoln, NH


Weekly Summer Theatre Performances Throughout Central and Northern New Hampshire

Lincoln, NH The North Country Center for the Arts will kick off its 2008 summer season with the performance of “Snow White and Rose Red” on Wednesday, June 25, at the Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, NH.

Throughout the summer, five adult actors from the Papermill Theatre company perform eight original musical adaptations of favorite fairy and folk takes. The performances generally last 30-40 minutes are arranged for families with children 3 years and older.

Children’s Theatre performances include the following and families can catch a performance at one of seven different locations this summer.

June 23-28 - Snow White and Rose Red: Two sisters, a bear (who may or may not be a prince), a treasure, and an evil troll ... this classic Grimm's fairy tale is sure to delight the family.

June 30-July 5: St. George and the Dragon: A little girl's imagination takes her into a magical world with misunderstood dragons, a befuddled knight, and lots of adventure.

July 7-12: Thumbelina: This classic, based on the tale by Hans Christian Anderson, tells the story of a beautiful girl (no bigger than a thumb), and her escapades as she searches for her place in the world.

July 14-19: Jack and the Beanstalk: A young boy with big dreams makes a split second decision that leads him on a dangerous journey into the clouds.

July 21-July 26: Just So Stories: "The Elephant's Child", "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin", "The Crab that Played with the Sea", and other Rudyard Kipling classic stores come to life on stage in this charming adaptation.

July 28-August 2: Cinderella: A mistreated orphan girl, evil step-sisters, a royal ball, a glass slipper ... a little bit of magic is needed to help Cinderella find her prince.

August 4-9: The Elves and the Shoemaker: This Hans Christian Anderson classic shows the magic that can happen when a poor shoemaker offers kindness to two industrious elves.

August 11-16: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A little girl falls down a rabbit hole, and an exciting adventure begins! Don't miss this final production of the Papermill's Children's Season.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Whale's Tale opens this weekend

The Whale's Tale Water Park will open this weekend for the season. It couldn't happen at a better time as we have just gone through one heck of a warm spell.

The water park has something for everyone including a lazy river, wave pool, water slides, and a kiddie pool. Also on Saturday nights they will have Whale's Tale After Dark which is a fun filled time for the grown ups to enjoy some music, good food and perhaps a beverage with an umbrella in it. I don't know if it is appropriate or not but the only picture I have right now is from April
30, 2008. I guess on a hot day it is nice to reflect on the cooler days that are still a fresh memory. I am not sure why I took this picture as I really wanted to capture the snow on the mountains, but today it came in handy.

Check with our Recreation Department as we will be doing a trip here on Saturday this week. we may change the day that we go as the summer goes on, but for now we will be going there on Saturdays.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Fields of Lupine in Sugar Hill

An annual White Mountain tradition will be starting tomorrow June 6, 2008, The Fields of Lupine Celebration in Sugar Hill. The festival will run this year until June 22,2008. Lupines are a quintessential spring bloom with brilliant spiking flower heads. The lupine carpets local fields and pastures in a rolling sea of virbrant purples, pinks,blues and whites. Teh long-lasting blossoms attract equally dazzling butterflies and create a breathtaking floral display.

On the weekends they will have musicians and a sidewalk craft fair. While you are there be sure to visit the Sugar Hill Sampler, Harman's Cheese Shop, and Polly's Pancake Parlor.

This is a great place to go with the kids, or just to take a stroll through the fields. Be sure to bring your camera and have it at the ready. They have paths that are mowed into the fields. I always enjoy going to Sunset Hill Road to take in the awesome scenery. There are incredible views of the Presidentials in the distance (look for the Cog Smoke), the Twin Mountains, Mount Lafayette, Franconia Notch, Cannon Mountain and the Cannon Balls. The views from up here are breath taking.

I did drive through here on Wednesday and due to the clouds I was not able to take any good pictures of the scenery. The Lupine's were just in their early stages of bloom, but with the warm weather forecasted in the coming days I am sure that they will be stunning in time for the start of the festival.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tickets and Discounted Golf

This Summer we will have tickets to the following attractions and activities:

Whales Tale Water Park

Alpine Adventures Zipline and Summer Safari Truck Tours

Lost River

Flume Gorge

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram

Clark's Trading Post

Loon Mountain Gondola

Loon Mountain Bike Rentals

Owl's Nest Golf Course

Jack O'Lantern Golf Course

Waumbek Golf Course

Bethlehem Golf Course

I am working on a few more so please check with me while you are visiting us.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Ultimate Franconia Notch Tour Part 1

One of our more popular trips that we offer is our Ultimate Franconia Notch Tour. During this trip we start out by hiking the Flume Gorge. It is a full day of activity. We start out hiking the Flume Gorge. Inside the Flume Gorge is the Flume itself which is a 800 foot long gorge with 90 foot high granite walls. The views are simply incredible.

As you start your hike into the Flume you are greeted by the ever impressive Table Rock. This is an enormous flat piece of granite that the Flume Brook flows over. This part of the trail starts a bit of an incline. After a couple hundred feet you cross the bridge to enter the Flume Gorge. The temperature is noticeably cooler at this point as the shade from the trees is much more dense. You are also able to hear the brook flowing rapidly through the gorge. On my hike up I decided to see how cold that water is. The water is very cold, I imagine on a hot summer day that it would be refreshing to splash some on your face, but if you go please follow the advice and do not go on the rocks.

The trail now goes into the actual Flume Gorge. When you enter the Gorge you can't help but be awe inspired by the natural beauty of the leichin covered rocks, the moss covered walls, and the sunlight just barely passing through the deep foliage up over head. The path turns into an wooden walkway that gently climbs to the top of the Gorge. You can't help but stop every few minutes to just gaze around and take it all in.

After hiking to the top of the Flume you will be able to make a decision about how much more hiking you will do. Here the path will spilt. Going left will take you back to the beginning of the Flume and the other will continue further along a trail that takes you to the Liberty Cascade. There is only one vantage point of the Cascade and that will require you hike down about 150 feet to a small overlook.

As you continue along the trail the next sight you will come to will be the Liberty Pool. This is an area where the Pemigewassett River flows and forms a pool. It is about 100 feet down to the bottom of the pool and is close to 100 feet wide. Another trip down to a over look will give you a great view of the pool.

Just a little bit further down the path is the Sentinel Covered Bridge. This is a wooden covered foot bridge that offers a view up river and also looking down towards the Pool.

The Flume is a great place to visit. It is one of the true gems of the White Mountains. I strongly suggest that you visit it while you are here. Stop by the desk of the resort to purchase discounted tickets.