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My family and I recently spent a week up in Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH. It is about a 3 hour drive to Loon, roughly 200 miles from North Kingstown to Exit 32 off Route 93 in NH. A comfortable distance for a family vacation which included 2 adults, 2 dogs, and 5 boys. We stayed just on the outskirts of the Village of Loon, a very tourist friendly community village with plenty of souvenir shops, restaurants, and local retail stores to fit the needs of tourists year round. From the moment we exited onto Route 112 in Lincoln, the views of the mountains were just spectacular. Living in a mostly flat state at sea level with some of the most beautiful ocean views, the mountains provided us with virtually polar opposite views of hills, forests, and elevation. To me Rhode Island is the color blue – the way blue skies meet the blue bodies of water. Well, to me, New Hampshire has to be the color green – the forest, moss, vegetation – were just gorgeous green.
And what is a beach loving family from RI to do in NH? We simply did not have enough time in our week to do everything that Loon Mountain and this area has to offer. For the outdoor types who love hiking, Rachel and I found a trail like no other I have ever been on. East Pond Trail is about 6 miles from the town’s center and offers a manageable hike through the woods. There are stops along the way with red berried plants, moss so green you have to blink twice to believe it, and a majestic river to cool off in. The dogs were allowed to run freely and explore and East Pond Trail was a big hit.
Loon Mountain has a ton of activities for kids of all ages. We took a gondola ride up to the summit to have breakfast at the Summit Cafe, then made our way down to the Glacial Caves, climbed the observation tower to see the breathtaking White Mountains, and checked out the Artisans’ Village. The air was so clean and fresh at the summit at Loon Mountain, I just couldn’t help but take several much needed deep breaths. Not being a skier, I have rarely been at those elevations.
There are a number of aerial parks in the Loon Mountain area. Our condo was right across from Loon Mountain, so we took the kids one day over to the Aerial Adventure Park. There are activities for young children to teens to adults at the park. You can buy a day pass or pay for activities separately if you choose. One activity that we all had to try was the zipline. It started on a tower on side of the Pemigewasset River and finished about 700 feet across the river to landing spot. Then, you got to climb another tower and return over the Pemigewasset River again to the Adventure Park. That was quite an experience. The Aerial Park also offered bungee trampolines, a rock wall, and much more. Again, the views of the mountain and surrounding areas were just amazing.
Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH is certainly a tourist spot for all seasons. As we were visiting the town, I noticed signs and events for the upcoming fall foliage season. Of course, Loon is a very popular winter destination for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts. And judging by the activities we took part in this summer, I’m confident to say that Loon has something to offer all year round.