“Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”- Bram Stoker
Lebanon, NH – Okay guys, this week we’re back to beautiful New England, and seeing how spring is just around the corner, we, your travel maniacs at HopAmerica.com, just can’t seem to get enough of picturesque, breathtaking New England small towns! That being said, we’re doing our best to bring to your attention beautiful places from across the country, but we’re asking for a bit of faith here, seeing how we’ve never (or we’d like to think so) disappointed you when it comes to picking out the most gorgeous places you’d be wise to visit. So, before we start rambling on yet again about what we think we’re bringing to the table, let’s instead just focus on the charming small town of Lebanon, NH.
Selfie-Hunting In Lebanon, NH? Well, Why Not?
With a population of around 13,800, Lebanon, NH is situated in Grafton County, which is to say, in western New Hampshire (near the Connecticut River and south of Hanover). Probably one of the things most commonly associated with the name Lebanon is the Dartmouth Medical school and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, both of which we’ve mentioned in a previous article. These together comprise the largest medical facility between Burlington, VT and Boston, MA, which translates into not having to worry if, for any reason, you suffer any kind of injury during your visit to Lebanon.
Generally speaking, it’s no secret that New England is very well known to tourists for its incredible display of foliage, and guess what? All of those colors are back in spring, which is another reason why Lebanon is the place to be right about now. And speaking of the Lebanon area, it is known far and wide for offering some of the best leaf-peeping in New England. What’s more, the drive on Route 120 through Lebanon and on Route 10 through North Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Lyme and Hanover is widely recognized as one of the most breathtaking scenic drives in the country, so it might not be a bad idea to see that for yourself (think: awesome outdoor selfie opportunities).
We’re Not Seeing Any Travel Bags Yet, Mister!
The Lebanon area is home to plenty of attractions that will do an incredible job of keeping visitors engaged regardless of the season. We’re talking the Quechee Gorge, for example, which is often called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” located some 15 minutes west of Lebanon in Vermont, or the charming Shaker Community, which can be found, conveniently enough, just 15 minutes east in Enfield. And of course, needless to say there is virtually a gazillion lakes, rivers and hiking trails around (hey, it’s New England we’re talking about, remember?). That being said, you’ll also be able to choose from a wealth of history and art on display in the region’s museums, as well as numerous cultural opportunities, such as world-class performances at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center and the Lebanon Opera House.
Outdoor recreation has always been a huge part of Upper Valley life, and several major ski resorts in the area, complete with no less than three ski areas within a 20-minute drive from town, are a testament to that. If you happen to be a food enthusiast, you’ll have a blast while attending the local farmers’ market on any day of the week somewhere in the region. And finally, the Upper Valley is also the scene of dozens of special events and festivals throughout the year, encompassing the mandatory Christmas Revels during the holiday season and the Hanover Street Festival and Quechee Balloon Festival over the course of the summer months. So, if you’re not currently doing anything important….why aren’t you packing?