Regions: Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, NH: Dartmouth, on the NH and Vermont border, offers both a ivy league college and a busy city filled with things to do and places to go. And when you're venturing out from Hanover and looking for a getaway, head toward Lake Sunapee for a weekend of boating, swimming and relaxation.

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The Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region lies at a crossroads of fertile farmland and mountainous landscapes, providing stunning scenery and endless activities that locals and visitors alike can enjoy.

The western edge of this region meets the Connecticut River which separates New Hampshire and Vermont. The town of Lebanon's riverside placement granted its past industrial success with dams powering local manufacturing mills. The Lebanon Opera House, a historic 800-seat facility, hosts touring shows plus performances by the North Country Community Theater and Opera North.

Lebanon's AVA Gallery exhibits more than 200 local artists. Dartmouth College brings a younger crowd into Hanover and is the alma mater of former U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster (1801), poet Robert Frost (1896), children's book author Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (1925) and former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (1937). Dartmouth's Hood Museum is one of the country's oldest and largest college museums. Next door is the Hopkins Center, with its 900-seat Spaulding Auditorium, where the school presents movies twice a week.

The Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish features the home and work of the late 19th-century sculptor who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Nearby Claremont and Newport are actively restoring their historic Main Streets. Newport's Richards Free Library annually presents the prestigious Sarah Josepha Hale Medal to a New England author.

In rustic Charlestown, the Fort at No. 4 is the only fort that represents the French and Indian War era in New England. Ten-mile long Lake Sunapee is host to fishing, swimming and summer homes. Colby-Sawyer College can be found in New London, along with a generous offering of shops, eateries and galleries. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner includes 100 acres of nature, where families can learn about 15,000 years of Native American life. Mt. Kearsarge itself is a popular family destination easily accessed through either Winslow or Rollins State Parks. In this region, history has truly become a part of the present.
These Points of Interests are entertaining or educational places that are geared toward children or fun for the whole family.

Ruggles Mine
286 Ruggles Mine Road
Grafton, NH 03240
Ph: 603-523-4275

Muster Field Farm Musem
Harvey Road
North Sutton, NH 03260
Ph: 603-927-4276

The Fells
456 Route 103A
Newbury, NH 03255
Ph: 603-763-4789

Lebanon Opera House
51 North Park Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Ph: 603-448-0400

Enfield Shaker's Museum
447 NH Route 4A
Enfield, NH 03748
Ph: 603-632-4346

Twin State Speedway
282 Trasher Road
Claremont, NH 03734
Ph: 603-543-3160

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