“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
2nd Place Ain’t Bad At All
“Hello and welcome to the second-youngest town in New Hampshire” is what you’re likely to hear if you ever pass through Sugar Hill, NH. Incorporated in 1962, this lovely small town was carved out of Lisbon, NH to be an independent voting unit, after considerable litigation. And Sugar Hill officially held the title of New Hampshire’s youngest town up until 2001, when Hart’s Location in Carroll County stole the crown. With a population of around 600, Sugar Hill, which is located in Grafton County, can be said to represent a truly tightly-knit community with views of the Dalton, Kinsman, Franconia, and Presidential ranges of the beautiful White Mountain National Forest.
No Easy Decision
A definite recommendation for any traveler in the area is to visit the quaint North Country villages of Sugar Hill, but also the adjacent Littleton and Franconia, as well as to explore the beautiful White Mountains. Stocking up on New Hampshire goodies can be done at Harman’s Cheese Shop and also make sure you remember to visit the newly refurbished Polly’s Pancake Parlor.
When it comes to outdoor activities in the mountains surrounding Sugar Hill, you’d be wise to take a tour of Echo Lake State Park, the Basin, as well as the Flume Gorge. If these don’t sound like your cup of tea, then how about riding the cable car up Cannon Mountain and hiking the observatory trail? Or, while we’re on the subject of climbing, you can always drive to the top of Mount Washington (or take the Cog Railway there) and see what it feels like to gaze upon the breathtaking scenery of New England from its highest peak. On your way down back to Sugar Hill, be sure to go for a cruise on the Kancamagus highway and take a stop at the historic Bretton Woods Resort.
Sugar Hill, NH – As Idyllic As They Come
It’s not a mystery how the White Mountains got their name, since they come alive in the winter. If you’re a winter person, keep in mind that snowboarding and alpine skiing can all be enjoyed on Cannon Mountain, whereas Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods also offer plenty of space to enjoy a New England winter. On the other hand, if autumn and all of its beauty is what truly lies in your heart, then taking a gentle stroll through the breathtaking Sugar Hill will be just as invigorating as mountain hiking in some of the most famous trails in the area, including Mount Lafayette, Lonesome Lake, The Haystacks, and even the Franconia Ridge Trail.
And last, but not least, should the road lead you to this quaint little place named after a large grove of sugar maples in the hills, make sure to check off “Sugar Hill Historical Museum” from your list of things to see in town. Originating as a bicentennial project by several residents who aimed to create a home for the history of Sugar Hill, the original building in which the museum is today located was actually a schoolhouse moved from the neighboring town of Easton stick by stick to its present spot by the Sugar Hill Fire Department. A fire burned down the school in 1948, after which it was turned into a four-stall firehouse. Finally, the vacant building was renovated and reopened in 1976 as the Sugar Hill Historical Museum, a year after the new fire department building opened.