Above the notch or below, there’s always a few of those folks who don’t ski. Maybe it’s too cold, maybe it’s not your thing. If your family and friends are skiing at Loon or Cannon, there’s plenty to do right in Lincoln and Franconia Notch but if you want to get out of town and explore, Littleton is well worth the 30 minute trip.
Littleton has a Main Street Community with unique shops and restaurants to pop in and out of all on the main strip. From small antique shops to clothing boutiques and the world’s largest candy counter! Littleton is a must-stop trip if you’ll be in the area for a few days or even on a day trip. The League of NH Craftsmen store carries handmade goods from local New Hampshire artisans and they even offer classes and workshops at their studio school.
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Littleton offers an abundance of pampering options. Fresh Salon and Day Spa is located just behind Littleton’s Main St. and offers hair, nail and facial services. Littleton Nails is right in downtown, located on Main St. At the Omni Mount Washington, located in Bretton Woods, you’ll find a full service day spa with breathtaking views from their deck. The only thing that makes the view even better is sitting there with a drink in hand!
Looking to stretch your muscles? There’s yoga classes at the Tannery Marketplace and just a town over at Balance Bethlehem. Jax Jr. is right on Main St. if you’re looking to sit back, relax and watch a movie. Take a walk through Littleton’s Music Park, that sits alongside the river or stop and play a little tune at one of Main Street’s pianos. For the music lovers, Northern Lights Music is one of the top boutique guitar stores in the country!
Littleton is home to Chutters’ flagship Candy Store, holding the Guinness Book of World Records for the “Longest Candy Counter” at 112 feet. With a store dedicated to sweets, sours, spicy and savory your mouth will be watering by the time you leave. Make sure to try the fudge! If your family is skiing or riding on the mountain at Bretton Woods, they can enjoy some candy with Chutters on the mountain atop the Zephyr lift. There’s even a smaller store in downtown Lincoln, right on Main St.
Looking to warm up with a hot beverage, maybe a pastry or two? Blue Jay Coffee and Tea Bar located in the Village Bookstore or the French Sisters are great spots for just that. For lunch, Schilling Beer Co offers locally brewed German style beers and brick oven pizzas, you won’t be disappointed. Some of the local favorites are the pretzel and beer cheese appetizer, the cheese platter and the Maple Bacon Stromboli. How can you say no? They offer tasting flights of beers and are currently preparing to start an expansion which will add to their production capabilities, set to start this spring.
Littleton is the “Be Glad” town, so kick back, grab a bite to eat, pop in the shops, have a drink, savor some sweets and enjoy their unique and award winning downtown.