The sweetest little town in Franconia Notch
New England certainly has its share of rustic little towns, each with their own unique personality. Many of those quaint communities are right here in New Hampshire, perfect for day trips or a relaxing overnight visit. Included in that group is Sugar Hill, the former hometown of the late, great actress, Bette Davis.
Sugar Hill is located in the Franconia Notch region, which overlooks the White Mountains National Forest. Needless to say, the breathtaking panoramic views of the White Mountains, as well as the Green Mountains, are a major draw for visitors.
Sugar Hill has a rich history, although it is a brief one. Sugar Hill was incorporated in 1962, making it the second “youngest” town in the Granite State following Hart’s Location. Although with a population in excess of 500 residents, it dwarfs Hart’s Location in size (41, according to the 2010 census)!
What to do & see
Despite its relative “youth,” Sugar Hill has an impressive collection detailing its history at the Sugar Hill Historical Museum. It’s open until mid-October and features a vast collection of artifacts, including the Sugar Hill Fire Department’s first fire truck, a 1939 Ford!
And as you might surmise by this town’s name, there is something sweet going on here: Maple syrup! Sugar Hill Maple Farm is a must visit destination if you can get to Sugar Hill in March or April. Here you can see the art, process and science behind maple sugaring. And of course, you can bring some home with you. If you aren’t there during that time, never fear, there are plenty of places to go and pick up some fresh, local maple syrup.
If you like shopping and food, always a winning combination, you might want to visit Harman’s Cheese & Country Store for “The World’s Greatest” Cheddar Cheese. Also nearby is the Sugar Hill Sampler, the perfect destination for local foods, gifts, quilts and another interesting museum highlighting the character of the town. It is all housed in a barn built in the 1790s.
After snacking at all these stops, be sure to leave room for Polly’s Pancake Parlor, which has been featured numerous times over the years on national TV, magazines and newspapers.
Whether you’re visiting Sugar Hill or any of the other intriguing towns across New England, these are the kind of adventures we encourage and support at Silverstone Living. Whether you’re a resident of The Huntington at Nashua or Hunt Community, or an At Home By Hunt member, we encourage you to get out there, enjoy yourself, and yes, bring a little maple syrup back home with you.
To learn more about all of the exciting excursions our residents and members enjoy throughout the year, like trips to Sugar Hill Maple Farm, call 603.821.1200 or visit us online at www.silverstoneliving.org.
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