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Like the great outdoors? Then you’ll love the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area. There are plenty of options to get outside and get active. (Just don’t forget the sun screen!)

Andover Recreation Department
Town Office, 31 School Street
(603) 848-3390
This rec department offers swimming and skiing lessons as well as team sports like baseball
and soccer.

Blackwater Ski Area
Proctor Academy, Blackwater Lane
(603) 735-6000
Blackwater provides a downhill ski area with ski jumping, and 17 miles of cross country skiing. In 2007, the school invested more than $550,000 in improvements, including a new T-bar lift, additional lighting and snowmaking. The base lodge, known as “Yarrow’s Lodge,” offers changing areas, two wood stoves, dining space and a full kitchen, serving up burgers, chili, cocoa and more to hundreds of athletes and spectators. Open to the public.

Friends of the Northern Rail Trail
Year round
This four-season trail — from Lebanon through Grafton and from Potter Place to the fire station in East Andover — is open to hikes, dog walkers, bikers and snowmobilers.

Highland Lake Apple Farm
50 Maple Street, East Andover
(603) 735-5058
Highland Lake Apple Farm kicks off their apple season with AppleFest, an open house held on the last weekend in September from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can pick your own apples — MacIntosh, Freedoms, Baldwins, Golden and Red Delicious, Liberty, Cortland, to name a few — or pick up a bag at his farm stand. The farm has been in operation for almost 20 years.

Bradford Area Community Center
134 East Main Street
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(603) 938-6228
This community center is also the home of Mountain View Senior Center, Kearsarge Area Preschool, and Bradford Parks and Recreation department. Programs include swim lessons, sports, trips, dinners, concerts and barn dances on third Friday of every month through May.

Arrowhead Recreation Area
Intersection of Broad and South Streets
December to mid-March
Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(603) 542-7016
The City of Claremont and the Arrowhead Recreation Club jointly run arrowhead Recreation Area. There’s skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, cross country and snowshoe trails, and snow cat skiing available.

Claremont Country Club
881 Maple Avenue
April to November
7 a.m. to dusk
(603) 542-9550
The 9-hole course at the Claremont Country Club features 2,647 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34.

Claremont Farmers’ Market
Broad Street Park
June 5 to Oct. 9
Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Local produce, arts & crafts, music, face painting for kids and much more, this farmers’ market has a great location in the center of town.

Ragged Mountain Resort
620 Ragged Mountain Road
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(603) 768-3600
New owners have been adding improvements to the mountain’s 55 trails, seven lifts and snowmaking coverage. For snowboarders, the Ragtime Terrain Park is over ½ mile long with no intersections. The golf course is undergoing renovations, and will be closed for a few seasons.

Sargents Marina
Route 103
(603) 763-5036
If you have your Safe Boater Education Certificate, Sargents Marina has a wide selection of rental boats and water sports equipment.

Cross Country Center at The Center of Eastman
Clubhouse Lane
December to March
Daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(603) 863-4500
Enjoy cross country skiing or snowshoeing on 17 miles of groomed trails. Woodland walks on Saturday and ski clinics are held periodically throughout the season.

Eastman Golf Links
6 Clubhouse Lane
April to November
Daily, 7 a.m. to dusk
(603) 863-4500
This 18-hole golf course is open to the public. In 2006, Golf Digest awarded Eastman 3½ stars, which only a small percentage of courses in the country can claim.

Grantham Recreation Department
300 Route 10 South
Hours vary by event
(603) 863-9143
Thanks to Our Town activities, Grantham residents are treated to events year round, with many open to the public, including community dinners and Old Home Day on July 4.

Baker Hill Golf
101 Baker Hill Road
April to November
Daily, 7 a.m. to dusk
(603) 763-8900
Located on 260 acres of farmland, the Baker Hill Golf Club overlooks Lake Sunapee and offers spectacular views of Mount Sunapee and other New England mountains. Nine holes were opened for play in 2001, and the full 18 holes opened in June 2002. The membership of the club is limited to 225 so that members can enjoy “no tee-time” golf and other amenities.

Mount Sunapee
Route 103
Late November to mid-April
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekends and holidays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(603) 763-3500
Mount Sunapee Resort is family owned and operated since 1998 by Tim and Diane Mueller. The mountain offers 65 trails and slopes covering 230 skiable acres (22 miles of terrain) as well as 17 novice trails, 32 intermediate trails and 16 expert trails.

Newbury Farmers & Artisans Market
Route 103, near Newbury Library
July 4 to Oct. 3
Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.
This new farmers’ market has artisans, locally grown produce and all-natural meats, as well as entertainment and a children’s playground nearby.

Newbury Recreation Department
937 US Route 103
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(603) 763-4940, x210
Park and beach areas with large children’s playground, swimming, gazebo with concerts on Thursday nights, soccer, beach volleyball, basketball, tennis, hiking and mountain biking trails.

The Fells - Historic Estate and Gardens
456 Route 103A
Grounds open dawn to dusk year round
Main house open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(603) 763-4789
A trip to the area isn’t complete without a trip to The Fells. Even if you’re not a gardener, you’ll enjoy walking the historic grounds of the Hays Estate. See Web site for days and hours; The Fells is open many Monday holidays and during the week from June 18 to Labor Day.

Esther Currier Wildlife Management Area at Low Plain
Parking area off Route 11
Take a hike through bog, beaver swamp and wildlife viewing areas. This wildlife management area was named as a tribute to Esther Currier, a 22-year member of the New London Conservation Commission who identified its potential as a nature preserve. Guides for the nature walk are available at the parking area off Route 11.

Knight’s Hill Nature Park
Country Road
Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Knight’s Hill Nature Park consists of almost 100 acres of natural habitat set aside for the protection of wildlife and as a quiet and peaceful retreat for people. The field house, open in the summer, is manned by a naturalist. Summer events include nature walks, live wildlife programs and an occasional night sky watch.

Lake Sunapee Country Club
100 Country Club Lane
June to October
Daily, 7 a.m. to dusk
(603) 526-6440
Lake Sunapee Country Club, built in the 1920s for affluent summer residents, retains the classic ideal of a gracious country golf club. Golf with a member (LSCC is a private club) or take advantage of designated days throughout the season where a limited number of qualified groups can play.

New London Recreation Department
Town Hall, 375 Main Street
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(603) 526-6401
Get out and get active! The NL rec department focuses on outdoor recreational skills, including kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, cross country skiing, summer camp and swim lessons.

Philbrick-Cricenti Bog
Route 11 (across from Spruce Lane)
Philbrick-Cricenti Bog is a good example of an exemplary kettle hole bog system, composed of several distinct but intermixed natural communities. The trail network is about a mile long and takes around an hour to complete at a leisurely pace. A kiosk, at a small turnout on the right (south) side of the road, marks the site entrance.

Pine Hill Ski Club
Mountain Road
November to March, 9 a.m. To 4:30 p.m.
(603) 735-5000
Ski and snowshoe on 13 miles of trails in New London. These trails had been part of a trail system that John Schlosser developed based at the Lake Sunapee Country Club beginning in 1976.

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
Year round
Take advantage of this 75-mile emerald necklace of hiking trails surrounding Lake Sunapee; crossing Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge Mountains; and maintained by Greenway volunteers.

Twin Lake Village Golf Club
21 Twin Lake Villa Road
May 1 to Dec. 1
Daily, day break to sunset
(603) 526-6460 or (603) 526-2034
This resort offers golf, tennis, kayaking, hiking or waterfront activities. Golf is open to the public between June 20 and Labor Day; call for a tee time. Post season, play as many rounds as you would like for $10.

Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm
648 Bradford Road
Mid-July to Labor Day
Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(603) 863-2583
No trip to the area is complete without visiting a local farm. Bartlett’s is an area tradition; make blueberry picking part of your day — first thing in the morning or after an afternoon at the beach.

Newport Farmers’ Market on the Common
North Main Street, Newport Common
June 13 to Oct. 10
Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Vendors provide kettle corn, baked goods, fresh produce, locally raised meat and even made-to-order crepes, which you can enjoy on the common while listening to music.

Newport Golf Club
Unity Road
April to November
Daily, 7 a.m. to dusk
(603) 863-7787
Newport Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course with championship length course conditions, allowing average rounds to be played in four hours. It is open to the public.

Newport Recreation Department
65 Belknap Avenue
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(603) 863-1332
This rec department offers a wide range of pleasurable activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Check out the Old School PE program and the annual winter carnival in February. There’s also ice skating on the Newport Common in the winter months.

Springfield Recreation Department
759 Main Street
Dusk to dawn
(603) 763-4805
Springfield residents and their guests can use the local park with basketball, skateboard and
baseball facilities.

Dexter’s Inn Trails by Norsk
258 Stagecoach Road
(603) 763-5571
Dexter’s Inn partnered with Norsk, one of New England’s best-known cross country ski operators, to provide an on-site commercial cross country ski and snowshoe center. The groomed trail system begins right at the inn’s backdoor, extends through the 20-acre estate and continues into surrounding conservation land. Equipment rental, lessons and a small ski shop are also available.

Mount Sunapee State Park
Route 103
June through September
Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(603) 763-5561
Enjoy hiking, swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing and swimming in the summer/fall months. The campground offers lean-to and platform sites for family camping.

Mount Sunapee State Park Beach
Route 103
June through September
Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(603) 763-5561 Take a dip in the 4,085-acre lake at Mount Sunapee State Park Beach. The beach has a store, canoe and kayak rentals, a playground and a new bathhouse. A boat launch is available with some restrictions.

Mount Sunapee II
Sunapee Harbor
Memorial Day to Father’s Day, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Father’s Day to Labor Day, daily at 2 p.m.
Labor Day to Columbus Day, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
(603) 938-6465
You get a great view of the gorgeous lake houses from the deck of the Mount Sunapee II. You also get a history of the lake, thanks to a narrated tour by the captain.

Sunapee Recreation Department
23 Edgemont Road (Town Hall)
(603) 763-2212, ext. 12
Fireworks, swim lessons, bus trips and movie nights — there’s always something happening in Sunapee for summer visitors and year-round residents.

Country Club of New Hampshire
Kearsarge Valley Road, North Sutton
April to November
Daily, 7 a.m. to dusk
(603) 927-4246
The course, open to the public, plays from 6,000 to 7,000 yards of challenging golf at the foot of Mount Kearsarge. Motel rooms and dining facilities are on site for those who want to spend a golf weekend.

Wadleigh State Park
Route 114
Daily, June to September
(603) 927-4724
Swim in Kezar Lake, while shaded by tall pine trees. Picnic sites are located near the beach, and park amenities include a bathhouse, picnic tables, and playing fields.

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum
Kearsarge Mountain Road
May 1 to October 31: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
November: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
(603) 456-2600
Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. Take a self-guided tour of the Medicine Woods and reconnect with the earth.

Rollins State Park
Route 103
Open daily mid-June to late October
Weekends only, late October to Nov. 11
(603) 456-3808
Rollins State Park, situated on the south slope of Mount Kearsarge, offers a 3½-mile long scenic auto road from the park entrance through woodlands to the parking and picnic areas. The picnic area, located in a natural wooded glen beneath granite ledges, is historically referred to as the “Garden.”

Warner Farmers’ Market
5 East Main Street, Warner Town Hall lawn
June 28 to Oct. 4
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
There’s some tasty stuff at this farmers’ market, including organic produce and made-for-you sausage and onion grinders. We’ve also picked up some really great rolls made from squash (don’t tell the kids).

Gardner Memorial Wayside Park
Year round
Route 4A
(603) 485-2034
Looking for a place to hike? The Gardner Memorial Wayside Park is part of Gile State Forest, which spans 6,675 acres. There’s a scenic picnic area with picnic tables and a memorial to Walter C. Gardner II, whose father established Gile State Forest.

Wilmot Farmers’ Market
Kearsarge Valley Road
July 5 to Sept. 27
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
You’ll discover a tantalizing selection of locally grown, raised and produced fruits, vegetables, plants, meats, cheeses, breads, eggs, fresh baked goods, honey, NH maple syrup, preserves, and specialty foods — direct to you from local farmers, businesses and entrepreneurs.

Winslow State Park
Route 11
May through October
Located on the northwest slope of Mount Kearsarge, Winslow State Park offers several trails for hikers, such as a one-mile trail to a picnic area on a 1,820-foot plateau with outstanding views and a 1¾ mile trail loop.

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