Mt Washington Chocolate Festival

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Chocolate Festival

Ski + Snowshoe + Chocolates and More! It Must be North Conway!

Mt Washington Chocolate Festival

Every February people come to ski, snowshoe, walk, or ride from Inn to Inn and receive free chocolate treats at each inn. Stay at least 2 nights at 1785 Inn that weekend and receive 2 comp tickets to Mount Washington.

1785 Inn & Restaurant is a quaint country inn nestled in the White Mountains of NH and well-known for its spectacular mountain views, fine dining, cozy pub, friendly service, comfortable lodging rooms, and reasonable rates.

Call 603-356-9025 to reserve.

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Vermont Sleigh Ride

A Romantic Adventure…Not Just For Romance Vermont Sleigh Rides

Winter’s Classic Romantic Adventure Is Not Just For Romance!

Vermont Sleigh Ride

Whether it’s a romantic ride with that one special someone or the whole family and friends Vermont Sleigh Rides is the place to go!

Vermont Sleigh Rides at Stowehof Inn features beautiful Belgian and Percheron horses and three different sleighs to chose from – the romantic couples sleigh, the family sleigh and the group sleigh that seats up 12 of your friends and family members.

The sleigh trails on the grounds of the Stowehof Inn are the best in the area, featuring fields, wooded areas, and magnificent views of Mount Mansfield. Enjoy the warm fire in the Inn before and/or after your ride, visit the Coslin’s Pub, downstairs for a cocktail, or take advantage of the dinner at Emily’s Fine Dining. Dinner and sleigh ride packages are available.

Sleighs feature lanterns for night rides and warm blankets for your snuggling comfort.

These private rides will cross fields with awe-inspiring views, delve into a pine forest, and cross a lighted-bridge behind the elegant Stowehof Inn.

Nothing says “Vermont” better than a sleigh ride at Stowehof.

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Winter Horseback Trail Riding, Sleigh Rides & Skiing…This is PARADISE

Vermont is the GO-TO Winter Wonderland Experience! 
Vermont Sleigh Ride

With numerous ski resorts, unique country roads and magnificent views! Here are a couple of options to think about.

   The Mountain Top Inn and Resort is just 11  miles from Killington and Rutland. It is Vermont’s classic four star resort located in central Vermont.  Set on 350 acres of majestic views including a sweeping view of Green Mountain National Forest.

Known for destination weddings, the resorts rustic elegant barn, lake and the above mentioned Green Mountains as a backdrop. Vacation Rentals include trail-side cottages with all amenities. Take YOGA  classes in the barn, Sip delicious wines and dine in their restaurant.

Mountain Top Nordic Ski and Snowshoe center is one of the first community cross country ski touring centers in the east! Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides are available Wednesday – Sunday between 9am – 5pm. Private rides are also available. 

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  Stowe Mountain Lodge is Vermont’s destination resort!

Winter Horseback Riding, Sleigh Rides and skiing…This is Winter Paradise! Enjoy Winter Horseback riding trails with breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield while crossing Black Creek to water your horse! This 1 hour winter horseback riding trail is a great relaxing outdoor activity! STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE is home to the finest Dining and voted “BEST OF NEW ENGLAND” – BOSTON MAGAZINE.

Winter Sleigh Rides are available on 2 horse open sleighs with blankets and other infamous farm animals to greet you! Enter the hardwood forest where you can hear only silence! Stowe also offers Nordic Skiing that features an inter-mountain transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield with Spruce Peak. New trails, new beginner area, two new high-speed detachable quads and new fully automated snow making on Spruce Peak has reinforced STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT’S position as the east’s premier skiing and snow boarding vacation resort!







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New England Clambake Kickoff returns to CBI

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

You know it’s Summer when the casual New England Style Clambake returns to Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass. We can honestly say CBI never lets you down! The Clambake and buffet are amazing and delicious and the view from the Beach House grill is amazing and relaxing.

Lobster Nacjos Ocean Grill at Chatham Bars Inn

Top that off with great drinks, service and hospitality and a band.  There’s beach games for children, and end the night under the stars with a bonfire! Reservations are required. Please call 508-945-0096 or click on the link above.

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This Memorial Day Weekend Chatham Bars Inn Clambake will be held Friday, May 24th  and Sunday, May 26th.  Check our site for updates on the rest of the Clambake schedule throughout the Summer!

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Russ Irwin

Russ Irwin: Get Me Home

So, I Guess You’re Wondering How This Blog Post Relates to New England?

Russ Irwin

 Not only is Russ Irwin one of our favorite musicians and songwriters! He released a  CD last year called “Russ Irwin: Get Me Home” that featured several great songs including “Manhattan” which was featured on RHONY Real Housewives of New York. This is a great bluesy piano tune ala Billy Joel style. Russ had heard about the old-time pianos that were at a friends studio in Hudson, NY and wound up recording the tracks there for the sound he longed for!  THANK GOD HE DID!!!

Oh, but you’re looking for the New England connection, right? Well, Russ Irwin has been playing keyboards for 15 years for a little old band you might have heard called AEROSMITH! And by the way, he penned the hit “WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN LOVE” off the current AERO CD “MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION“. The song that reached #7 on Japan Billboards was co written with the Demon of Screamin’ himself;  Steven Tyler and producer Marti Fredricksen.  NOT BAD, EH!!!

Well it gets better! Steven Tyler guests on two songs on Russ’s current CD on a brilliant, brilliant song we LOVE called “I MISS BEING LONELY” and “CRAZY TOO“. And Brad Whitford,  Aerosmith’s other brilliant guitarist is featured in the song and video “Get Me Home“.

Not bad from a kid from Long Island who studied Music  Business and Classical piano for two years at New York University and then attended the New School to study Jazz Piano for a year with Kenny Werner.

 We highly recommend you listen to the CD there’s something there for everyone including the ballad “So Close to Heaven” and “Find the Light“.

BACK TO THE MUSIC….Russ has also toured with Brian Adams and Sting! Have you ordered his solo record online yet???? What is STOPPING YOU!!!! Oh yea, and for extra good measure, he has written songs for Foreigner, Meatloaf and The Scorpion’s. In 2006, he produced Clay Aiken’s,I Want To Know What Love Is” on the hit record “A Thousand Different Ways“.  Did we mention the Chris Botti connection? Are you kidding me..get your credit card out and buy the CD or RUSH Real Fast to ITUNES! Yes, Chris Botti appears on the record as well!

You can see Russ Irwin performing LIVE with AEROSMITH at the BOSTON STRONG Concert at The TD Garden in Mansfield, MA on Thursday, May, 30th.

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Sunapee Cruises – New England Blogger our 2nd Anniversary Blog

The great thing about having your own blog is you get to write about things you love!

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You wind up finding more things you really like, meet great people and help some people get exposure and grow their business.

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Kip- Captain – Sunapee Cruises

Sunapee Cruises and Lake Sunapee holds a special place in our heart. Matter of fact, the Lakes Region town inspired us to create the blog in the first place to tell the history of this quaint town that people from Boston and New York used to take trains and steamships to visit. (See our first blog for history.) You see, after spending some years in New York, we were thrilled to find a place where the air is cleaner, the water is clearer and there’s magic in the trees if you haven’t heard!

NewEnglandBlogger spoke exclusively to Tim Fenton, manager at Sunapee Cruises about the up and coming 2013 season that will kick off Memorial Day Weekend on the lake, his 2 boats and the return of everyone’s favorite area dinner boat the MV Kearsarge.


So here’s the BIG NEWS! We are glad to report that the MV Kearsarge the floating restaurant will have its inaugural cruise Memorial Day Weekend on Monday, May 27th departing from the town dock at Sunapee Harbor at 6:30pm. Yes, the lakes region landmark that had taken on some water and damage as reported by WCBS-Boston and other news media outlets back in early January is being repaired and will be ready!

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Whether you are a fan of the charm of the lake, the boat or the roast beef dinner buffet, fear not! Your MV Kearsarge is returning! The Dinner boat will sail Weekends thru Father’s Day at 6:30pm for it’s two-hour dinner tour. Then every day EXCEPT Monday thru Labor Day and then weekends only through October.

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The MV Mt. Sunapee II a two-hour narrative boat tour will  have  its inaugural cruise on Saturday, May 25th at 2pm. These cruises will run Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2pm and then Weekends only through Father’s Day. Then daily through Labor Day Weekend when it returns to just weekends through October.

We encourage you to take the drive from wherever you are in New England or beyond! You’ll be glad you did!  Take one or both tours! Walk the quaint harbor. Have a drink or a bite to eat at The Anchorage. Get ice cream at The Quack Shop a popular spot, located along the Sugar River. Visit the near by shops like The Harborside Trading Company, The Wild Goose Country Store and Deck Dock. Take a ride into the nearby towns of New London and Newport.

Depending on where you live make it a day trip or spend a night or  two or longer! Rentals are available along the lake or nearby.

Oh yeah, make sure you hold on to your hat on the boat! ENJOY!

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Founders Weekened at Chatham Bars Inn


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Chatham Bars Inn

Recently, we spent Founders Weekend at Chatham Bars Inn and as usual had a wonderful time.  From the Friday Nite Clambake at The Beach House Grill to a morning ocean-side brunch at  The Beach House Grill, to a Roaring 1920’s Great Gatsby Party complete with  Cocktail Hour in the South Lounge and Dinner with a 20 piece orchestra in the Harbor View Room.

The hospitality at Chatham Bars Inn is by far the nicest we have experienced time and time again.

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A complete buffet is served with their Lobster Bake with everything from fresh corn on the cob, potatoes, veggies, fish, steak, side dishes, salads, soup, oysters, shrimp, cheeses and many other side dishes. Including a complete desert table.

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Clambake at Chatham Bars Inn. Photo C Melissa Tyler

During July And August every Monday – Friday starting at 6pm Chatham Bars Inn serves their Clambake to make reservations or find out more click on the link at the top of this page.

Chatham Bars Inn

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Brunch was also served on Founders Weekend at The Beach House Grill.  We walked the long buffet tables and choose some of our favorites that included Eggs Benedict, potatoes, bacon, fresh fruit, and a new favorite fresh fish with a apple-mango salsa that was soo good we had to try to make this at home ourselves. Of course we had Mimosa as what would any fantastic brunch be without a Mimosa or Bloody Mary.

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There was plenty of beach time, relaxing on the patio off the veranda with the fantastic  view and blue-green water that we experienced on this perfect blue sky day! We took a little nap before the Roaring 20’s Gatsby Party and enjoyed the view.

The Champagne and wine were flowing and we totally enjoyed the evening of fine cocktails, dinner and dancing and topped it off with a nite-cap on the veranda!  We can’t wait to go back!

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Gatsby Party at Chatham Bars Inn

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Gatsby Party

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Sunapee Cruses - Lake Sunapee New Hampshire

Crusin Lake Suapee with Sunapee Cruises

There’s a place where the air is cleaner, the water is clearer and the harbor is like a movie set! There’s just something magical about this place!  Where is this place?  Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. Lake Sunapee is listed under the “1,000 Places to See Before you Die“.

What’s a great way to find out about the history, lore, beauty and points of interest and lighthouses of Lake Sunapee while experiencing the great outdoors? Aboard  Sunapee Cruises  is the correct answer!

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MV Mt. Sunapee II  – 2 Hour Narrative Boat Tours

Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day departs from the Sunapee Harbor at 2pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Memorial Day – June 15th – Boats leave Sat & Sun at 2pm.

June 16th – Labor Day – Boats depart Daily at 2pm

**Tickets to the Narrative boat ride may be bought 1 hour in advance at boat. You can purchase Dinner  Cruise tickets in advance by clicking on link above and making a reservation.

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Dinner Cruises aboard the MV Kearsarge – 2 hour Dinner Buffet Cruise

This 2 hour buffet dinner with the captain as your guide offers 2 levels of enclosed dining. A full bar is also available with dinner cruises. Dinner Cruises are available from May through October.  Charter boats for special occasions and weddings are also available.

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Memorial Day Weekend – Fri, Sat & Sun departs at 6:30pm

June 2nd – 14th Sat & Sun only departs 6:30 pm

June 14 – Labor Day cruises departing Tuesday – Sunday at 6:30pm

Both the sightseeing tour  and the dinner cruise are very enjoyable and  memorable experiences.  The MV Kearsarge also is available for weddings, parties and charted events of up to 75 people. Season passes are also now available!

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Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises


Want to know  a  unique way to see an learn about the Boston coastline?  Then take a Boston Harbor Cruise!  There’s many different type of cruises available and they all fit into your sight-seeing schedule.

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1812 Bicentennial Celebration

Tall Ships and naval vessels from across the world are coming to Boston June 30 – July 6 to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the historic role played by the US

Navy and our very own USS Constitution in the conflict, and the composing of our national anthem – The Star Spangled Banner

USS Constitution

Visit one of Boston’s most treasured landmarks, the USS Constitution. This 45-minute, informative tour brings you up close and personal with “Old Ironsides” at her home in the Charlestown Navy Yard and offers the option to disembark for a tour of the famous ship and accompanying Naval Museum. Other highlights of the tour include the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of The Boston Tea Party, and the Old North Church.

March 31 – November 25 – Daily, every hour on the half hour from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Historic Boston Sight-Seeing Tour

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of Boston’s inner and outer harbors during this fun, informative, fully narrated 90-minute tour. From the hero tales of the Revolutionary War to the local legends of the sea, you’ll be entertained and enthralled. See how the harbor was transformed to one of the cleanest harbors in the country. Other highlights you’ll see include the nation’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park Area, Boston’s working port and examples of extravagant waterfront living.

May 12 – September 3 –Daily – 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

September 4 – September 30 – Weekends Only – 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

Charles River & Locks Cruise

A narrated 90-minute tour of Boston’s Inner Harbor and the Charles River. Your tour will take you by the USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument and Old North Church before proceeding through the Charles River Locks. As you sail along the Charles River enjoy spectacular views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Points of interest along the Charles River include the world’s widest cable-stayed bridge, Esplanade Park, M.I.T., Beacon Hill, and Back Bay.

June 23rd – September 2nd – Weekdays – 12:00 PM, Weekends – 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM

Sunset Cruise

A spectacular sunset adds a whole new dimension to this fully narrated, 90-minute sightseeing tour. With this cruise you’ll be introduced to all the history, sights and lore that Boston Harbor has to offer, plus you’ll be on hand to witness the USS Constitution’s traditional sunset ritual as she fires her cannon and lowers her flag ceremoniously signaling the day’s end.

May 12th – September 3rd – Daily – 7:00 PM

September 4rth – September 23rd – Thursday – Sunday – 6:00 PM

Lighthouse Cruise

A large and important part of New England’s heritage are the lighthouses which once kept sailors from navigating too close to shore. Many of these structures remain standing and in use today, and Boston Harbor Cruises is pleased to take you to them.

Expert members of the American Lighthouse Foundation narrate our tours. They begin in Boston with passes by Long Island Head Light and Deer Island Light, and then a pass by Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse station in America. Heading north, the tour will pass by Graves Light, Hospital Point Light, Marblehead Light, Fort Pickering Light, Baker’s Island Light, Eastern Point Light, Ten Pound Island Light, Straitsmouth Island Light and more. The Northern Lights tour culminates with a view of Thacher Island, site of the only still operating twin lighthouses left in the country.

*See website for details on different 5 hour cruises.

Daily Luncheon Cruise

With BHC’s Luncheon Cruise, you not only enjoy a sumptuous buffet, it’s the only cruise that also lets you feast on the sights and sounds of Boston’s Historic Past.

An engaging narrator will join you on-board this two-hour tour through Boston’s Inner and Outer Harbor. All kinds of fun, informative anecdotes of the city’s history. Throughout the cruise, you’re invited to explore the vessel and its three spacious decks for the best views of Boston and its many highlights, including the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston Light and the Boston Harbor Islands.

May 21st – September 3rd –Weekdays – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (boarding begins at 11:30 AM)

Weekend Brunch Cruise with David Coffin

Picture a superbly prepared brunch. Now imagine you’re enjoying that splendid cuisine aboard a smartly appointed cruise boat. As you savor the menu and drink in the ocean views from three spacious decks, you also feast on many of Boston’s treasured landmarks – the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston Light and the Boston Harbor Islands. You will also see firsthand how Boston became home to one of the cleanest harbors in the country.

Throughout this leisurely two-hour tour of Boston’s Inner and Outer Harbor, local performer and raconteur, David Coffin, will share with you his unique take on Boston’s rich and vibrant history. Sounds like a fun and relaxing way to spend your Saturday or Sunday.

May 26th – October 8th – Weekends – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (boarding begins at 11:30 AM)

Entertainment Cruises

See incredible sights, experience theater on the water, or dance the night away, whichever you choose we guarantee there’s fun on these cruises for everyone.

Summer Harbor Salsa Cruise Series

This may be, by far, Boston’s hottest harbor dance cruise. Each week during the summer, along with Avive Productions and Boston Harbor Cruises invites you to meet people, learn to dance and take in the city’s unbelievable skyline. Dockside pre-party featuring salsa lessons and tropical cocktails. Once you’re on board, there are two decks of dancing with DJ D. Martinez spinning Salsa on the mid-deck and DJ Mike Mercado spinning Latin on the lower deck all evening. An authentic Latin buffet on board. And don’t forget the after-cruise party at Mojitos Lounge with free admission for cruise attendees.

Boston Ghost Cruise

Join the world-famous Mystery Cafe and Boston Harbor Cruises as you climb aboard the Boston Ghost Cruise for a thrilling, frightening, and fun journey into terror.

A professional troop brings the legends and folklore of Boston Harbor to life. Or should we say, death? See the actual sites that gave rise to tales of bloody betrayal, disastrous shipwrecks, gruesome executions, and terrifying ghostly encounters. Stephen King, eat your heart out.

Boston Harbor Mystery Cruise

It’s three hours of food, fun and fantasy on Boston Harbor as we introduce an all-new murder mystery dinner cruise.

But this Mystery Cruise is hardly your typical sit-down dinner (although it does offer gourmet food stations). It’s a cocktail party format where you witness a murder, search the boat, question the characters and solve the crime. Think of it as Agatha Christie meets Alfred Hitchcock meets CSI:Boston Harbor. Wow, maybe there’s a reality show somewhere in there.

History of Boston Harbor Cruises

Matthew “Matty” Hughes claims two important places in history. At the tender age of 16 he became the youngest licensed captain ever in the port of Boston, and in 1926 he founded New England’s premier cruise company, what is today the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels, Boston Harbor Cruises.

Given Matty’s glorious obsession with boats and Boston Harbor, no one was surprised when, soon after obtaining his license, he struck a deal with a local boat owner to operate the M/V Nelly with two full-time employees on a 30-minute cruise of the Charles River at a cost of 10¢.

For the next 16 years, area residents, in an attempt to escape the oppressive summer heat in their Boston flats, created a steady stream of seasonal customers for Matty and his cruises. Service had to be interrupted though in 1942 when Matty enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a Seabee through the end of World War II.

Returning home from service in 1945, Matty resumed operations at Boston Harbor Cruises, expanding the business to operate vessels inside Boston Harbor and on the Charles River. For more than a decade these sightseeing excursions ran three times daily for a fare of $2.00. It was during this era that Boston Harbor Cruises became a true family run enterprise with Matty’s daughters, Rookie and Rita, coming on board, followed closely by their kids.

Around 1960, the family made a decision to switch the emphasis of their cruises to deep-sea fishing expeditions. Passengers would charter day and overnight trips for the amazing price of $6 for a full day in order to be able to cast their lines in search of cod, haddock, halibut, blue fish, tuna and more.

Fishing charters remained the company’s specialty until the late 1970s when Boston’s waterfront exploded with development. Tourist attractions such as the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace brought a record number of visitors to the waterfront, and to Matty’s front door. Given this new opportunity, Boston Harbor Cruises moved back into the sightseeing market, but this time it would be Matty’s grandchildren, including current principles Rick and Chris Nolan who would be at the helm.

In the 1980s, their leadership was instrumental in BHC securing a contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to provide water transportation services between downtown Boston and Charlestown, a heavily traveled commuter route. This transformed BHC from a seasonal business to a year-round venture transporting more than 200,000 additional passengers each year. Since then, the MBTA has awarded 4 additional commuter ferry contracts to the company, the largest carrying 4,000 passengers per day.

Today, the company continues to grow with Rick, Chris and great-granddaughter Alison Nolan as its managing partners. They’ve parlayed their 93 years of maritime operations and management into building a fleet that has operated successfully in Massachusetts Bay, New York, Rhode Island, The US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

BHC’s 250 employees uphold the company’s hard-won reputation for safety and courtesy by incorporating the most high-tech, up-to-date advancements in customer service, technology and training. This extra effort ensures all 21 BHC vessels are ready for the 264 scheduled weekday morning departures they make each year, and that the more than 2 million passengers who travel with BHC get the most enjoyable trip possible.

Photos By Melissa Tyler

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History of Hampton Beach NH

In the First half of the Century

Hamapton Beach New Hampshire

Barnstormers would use the sands of Hampton Beach as their runway, “bathing censors” were on the beach stopping people from wearing scandalous swimsuits and trolley service flourished and then disappeared.

If anyone has photos or more knowledge of the barnstormers on Hampton Beach please contact us as we would love to see photos or learn more information about this.  Actually, we can’t get the picture of an early 1900’s barnstorming plane landing on the crisp clean  Hampton Beach at this timeline. Sounds like the beginning of a great movie…doesn’t it?

 In the Beginning

Long before the arrival of the English in 1638, Native Americans, mostly the Pennacooks, had used the area as their summer camping place. They fished in the river and planted corn and beans in the rich upland meadows. After the harvest, when winter drew near, they moved inland to spend the winter hunting. Numerous artifacts found near the Taylor River are silent witnesses to their long occupation of what became the fourth English settlement in New Hampshire.

English Puritans from Massachusetts were drawn to this area by the lush salt meadows which were ideal for raising cattle. Although Winnacunnet was officially established on October 14,1638, most of the settlers, led by the Rev. Stephen Bachiler, arrived in 1639 to begin building their new town. Bachiler was a colorful character who was eventually forced to leave the town because of his scandalous behavior. However, he gave the town its permanent name of Hampton and one of its leading families, whose descendants still live here.

Isolated from the other towns of New Hampshire by the lack of good river communication, Hampton was more closely allied to the Puritans in Massachusetts. Its residents shared with them many of the same anxieties and pressures of life in 17th century New England. Hampton was the only town in New Hampshire to bring women to trial for witchcraft.  Goodwife, or Goody, Eunice Cole was jailed several times as a witch and in 1680 was re-indicted along with two others, Rachel Fuller and Isabella Towle. This last accusation was dropped, and witchcraft stories became only part of Hampton legend.

In the 1850’s a trolley line and railroad connection made Hampton Beach a popular resort that included a white, sandy beach; many shops and restaurants and various types of seasonal accommodations. Hampton Beach was still a farming community at this time. Native Americans camped out on the beach at this time.

The coming of the railroad in 1840 changed Hampton forever!

Now it was possible for tourists to travel easily from the city to stay in one of the hotels in town or at the beach. The Union House, later renamed the Hotel Whittier, was the first new hotel uptown, while the Leavitt and Nudd families operated early inns at the beach and were active in promoting the beach as a vacation destination. In the last half of the century the beach’s popularity grew, and a number of hotels were built to accommodate the crowds of visitors.

For the first 200 years of its history, Hampton Beach was an isolated part of the town, frequented only by a few fishermen and farmers bringing their oxen to graze on the Great Ox Common at Boar’s Head. Gates were even installed across the roads leading to the beach to protect the sea grass and the seaweed, which were valuable commodities. The gates were removed in 1846, just as tourism at the beach became an economic force in the town.

The first visitors to the beach came by train to the depot in the village and then were driven to the beach in horse-drawn wagons. These visitors normally came for an extended stay at one of the hotels which were quickly built to accommodate them. However, the picture of the beach as a place of leisurely resort changed forever in 1897 with advent of the trolley. The Exeter, Hampton, and Amesbury Street Railway connected the mill towns of the area with the beach and brought thousands of visitors for a single day’s enjoyment. That same year the Hampton Beach Improvement Company leased a large part of the beach and built the Casino and other businesses to serve these new visitors. Within a few years the beach had developed much as we see it today.

Although the trolley went out of business in 1926, the automobile had already replaced it as the main transport to the beach. Today on a good summer day 100,000 people may throng the sands and boulevards of Hampton Beach.

Fireworks, Concerts, Master Sand Sculpturing Festival, Seafood Festival & More!


Fireworks  every Wednesday evening at the Beach, May – Labor Day Weekend and at special events including New Years Eve!

 Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition  

In the middle of June about 300 tons of imported sand are brought to Hampton Beach for the Annual Master Sand Sculpting Competition that started in 2001. Millions of people come to watch  sand sculptures work on their sculpture and the judging and viewing of the finished sculptures.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

One of the top 100 events in North America! In May, 1988 a small group of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce business owners and merchants assembled at the State Park on the southern tip of Hampton Beach to put on the 1st Annual Seafood Festival as a way to promote Hampton local restaurants and offer samples of their seafood specialties. While the weather did not cooperate and held crowds at bay, the spirit of the organizers was not dampened.  In 1990 the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival changed location & date to where it is presently held at the center of Hampton Beach, the weekend after Labor Day.

 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom


It began shortly before the 1900s, when Massachusetts businessman, Wallace D. Lovell, owner of the Exeter, Hampton and Amesbury Street Railway Company financed the construction of a two-story wood-frame building in the hopes that it would draw people to the Hampton Beach area and stimulate business. The building, which opened its doors on July 15, 1899, was christened the “Hampton Beach Casino.”

At that time, the word “casino” did not connote a gambling establishment as we understand it today. The word is Italian for “summer-house” and came to describe a social gathering place, a room or building where one could dance, listen to music, and gamble. Lovell likely chose the term because, at the time, all things European were vogue in America.

The Casino Ballroom’s popularity reached a new peak in the mid-1930’s big band era. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington all headlined the ballroom. Though liquor was prohibited and the dress code strict – men rented ties for a nickel – thousands crowded onto the dance floor to dance. Patrons lined a fence outside and bought tickets or “checks”, usually five for a quarter, that admitted them onto the dance floor. The “check-dancing” rage had begun. The Casino Ballroom became one of the highest-grossing ballrooms in the country. Sammy Kaye, Frankie Lane, the Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby and numerous other internationally known orchestras filled the hall.

Today, there is a state of the art new casino ballroom with top acclaimed rock bands appearing regularly.


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