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Great Places to Take Summer Visitors

Aug 14, 2014 12:14AM ● Published by Erin Frisch

Will this summer find you hosting guests from afar? When you’ve spent enough time barbecuing on the patio or lounging by the pool, have a few excursions planned to show your visitors some of the best places in the Hanover area and beyond. Read on for a few of our favorite places to show off to visitors.

Hood Museum of Art

This free museum located on Dartmouth’s campus has a family-friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The Hood Museum of Art is a teaching museum that cultivates direct engagement with works of art in an interdisciplinary setting for visitors of all ages. Sunday is family day, giving parents and children a chance to use self-guiding materials to experience the museum through viewing and sketching activities, stories, puzzles, and games. This summer, treat your guests to a self-guided tour of the Hood’s outdoor sculpture exhibit, where they’ll see and learn about 10 sculptures in under an hour.

Dartmouth College Campus

The Dartmouth campus sits on the Appalachian Trail, a roughly 2,180-mile footpath that extends from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Katahdin, Maine. Wander through classic old buildings and to the Connecticut River and Occam Pond, and visit the beautiful historic cemetery. At Baker Library, stop in to see José Clemente Orozco’s murals The Epic of American Civilization, created between 1932 and 1934, and now a designated national historic landmark. On Wednesday, visit the Hanover Farmers’ Market held on campus between 3pm and 6pm. Pick up tickets to see Jersey Boys at BFVAC-Loew Auditorium this weekend. For additional events open to the public, check Dartmouth’s event calendar on the website.

Quechee Gorge Village

Located in Vermont, Quechee Gorge is known as “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon.” The gorge was formed by glacial activity over 13,000 years ago. In the summer, visitors enjoy fishing and canoeing in the Ottauquechee River and hiking along trails in and around the gorge. Once you’ve sufficiently attacked the outdoor portion of the gorge’s attractions, stop at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science to cool off and check out their amazing exhibits. Leave time to wander in the village and visit the shops featuring antiques, collectables, and crafts. Bring your adult guests to the Putney Mountain Winery or the Vermont Spirits Distilling Company for a tasting!

Omni Mount Washington Resort

As grand as the history behind it, the Omni Mount Washington Resort located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, is gracious in ambience and generous in amenities. Take your guests on a walk through this hotel, historically a favorite place for presidents and celebrities to visit. Stop in at The Cave, a prohibition-era speakeasy, for a drink, or the Rosebrook Bar for a bite to eat overlooking Mount Washington. With Bretton Woods Ski Resort right across the street, there is plenty to do once you’ve finished your walk-through. Options include cross-country or downhill mountain biking, zip lining, hiking, fly-fishing, rock climbing, ATV tours, and more—something for everyone! While you’re there, take a drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road to the top of the highest peak in the Granite State for unforgettable views.

Lake Champlain

If you’re willing to drive a bit farther, take your guests to Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks. Get out on a boat for a refreshing ride and outstanding views, or stay on land and enjoy the atmosphere at one of the many beaches. If your guests are interested in boating, visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to view a large collection of original small watercraft built over the last century. History buffs will enjoy visiting Fort Ticonderoga, one of the oldest historic sites in the United States. For other outdoor attractions, visit Ausable Chasm for stunning views of waterfalls and rock formations, and to cool off, grab a tube or a raft ride!

Where are your favorite places to take guests during the summer? Share with us in the comments below!

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