Family Attractions Abound in New Hampshire

canobie-lakeThe campsite is set up and you’ve finished the first round of hot dogs and s’mores — time to see what is happening in your part of New Hampshire. From the mountains to the ocean, there are a range of New Hampshire attractions that run the gamut from natural to built-specifically-for-your-amusement. Here are a few options:

In the southwestern corner of New Hampshire, a popular family attraction is Stonewall Farm, an organic farm overlooking the Connecticut River. Stonewall Farm features trails, animals, a nature-playground, gardens, and traditional cheese-making demonstrations.

In the Merrimack Valley, attractions include the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester, where you can explore the river environment and play an interactive salmon game; or visit the Budweiser Clydesdales at the beverage company’s facility in Merrimack (at least one member of party must be age 21 +). Canobie Lake Park in Salem has over 85 rides, games, and live entertainment — fun for all ages.

New Hampshire’s Seacoast offers miles of sun and sand including classic Hampton Beach with the state park on the “sand & shore” side of Route 1 and the fun, food and action facing the water. You have your choice of two large waterparks, the Casino Cascade Waterpark (Hampton) and Water Country (Portsmouth).  Or you can hop on a fishing boat and return to your campsite with an ocean catch that will make your neighbors wonder where you dropped a line!

Camping in New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains regions? From waterfalls to waterparks, mountain hikes to aerial rides, trained bears to train rides, there are several options to choose from. Find the closest attractions to your campground at VisitWhiteMountains.org and LakesRegion.org.

Recharge and Refresh–Go Camping!

lantern-resortWhen you want to get away from it all, nothing beats camping for providing a clean break from everyday life. For a few days, a week, or more, you can enjoy the outdoor lifestyle on your terms. Let nature and the beauty of New Hampshire refresh your outlook, rebuild your energy, or rekindle relationships with family and friends.

Camping can be deluxe with an RV that provides all the comforts of home… and then some, or out in the wilds with the sounds of crickets, birds or the crackle of a campfire.

For some, their campsite is a launching pad for any number of activities, from hiking to attractions to special events; others find a campground with all the vacation amenities they are looking for.

Camp meals are the definition of comfort foods: whether cooked over the coals of a campfire or prepared in your RV. Everything tastes better when you are surrounded by New Hampshire’s natural beauty and operating on camping-time.  And when it comes to dessert, well that’s easy: a campfire-roasted marshmallow ‘smore. Start with a marshmallow and customize with your favorite crackers and sweets!

Everyone has their own idea of getting close with nature and New Hampshire campgrounds provide a variety of settings, services and amenities that complement your camping traditions, whether you are hitting the road with your motor home, pulling a trailer, have the tent packed in the back of your car, or bring only what you can carry on your back.

From camping resorts with on-site laundry and recreation amenities to sites that are accessed only by canoe or hiking, visit www.nhlovescampers.com to find a campground for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Campfire Recipe: Corn on the Cob

pexels-photo-132976Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter (serves 4-6)

Corn is an easy option for camping—not least of all because you don’t need to refrigerate it. If you’re not in a spot with running water to soak the corn in its husks, just shuck, wrap in foil and follow the recipe from there.

  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons minced herbs like parsley, chervil, marjoram or a mixture
  • Zest of ½ lemon, minced
  • 4–6 ears of corn, in the husk

DO AHEAD: With a mortar and pestle or with the side of your knife on a cutting board, mash the garlic and salt together into a paste. Transfer to a food processor with the butter, herbs and lemon zest. Pulse until well combined. Place on a piece of parchment and form into a log about ½-inch in diameter. Fold the parchment to cover and wrap thoroughly in plastic wrap or place in a lidded plastic food storage container. Refrigerate until ready to pack the cooler.

AT THE CAMPSITE: Bring the butter out of the cooler to soften. Light a fire and let the wood burn until it’s white-hot (but not blazing). Meanwhile, peel back the husks (leave them attached to the base of the cob) and remove the silk. Wrap the corn back up in its husks. Use a piece of husk or a length of string to tie around the corn and keep the husks in place. Soak the corn in a bucket of cold water for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour. Whether you do this or shuck the corn and wrap in foil, place the prepared corn in the coals. Use tongs or a shovel to place a few coals on top of the corn. Cook for 15–20 minutes, until the corn is cooked through. Move it to a cooler spot in the fire if you need to wait to serve it. Remove the corn from the fire, rub with herb butter and serve.

Recipe from Leigh Belanger and Edible Boston magazine.