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Destination Restaurant in northern New Hampshire?

MinhLikesFood May 15, 2012 10:24 AM

In mid July i'm planning on driving from Montreal to Bar Harbor, ME - and since I don't feel like making the 7 hour plus drive in one go I was looking for a place to stop over for a night midpoint, which appears to be around the White Mountain National Forest in NH. Jackson looks like a charming town there, but if there are any excellent dining options in the general (hour drive) area I would love to use that as a reason to stop. Any suggestions are much appreciated.

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    drewinmrblhd Jul 12, 2012 09:16 AM

    Afternon tea at The Mount Washington Hotel is always a pleasure or just a cocktail on their porch with the view of Mount Washington in the background, priceless

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      three of us Jul 12, 2012 11:07 AM

      A cocktail on the porch is a lovely idea. However, that is all I would recommend re. food and drink at this Hotel. They are way too ambitious for the skills both in the kitchen and the servers. OTOH, there was a restaurant in a house on the grounds that I heard good things about but have no first-hand experience to share.

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      JaneRI Jul 12, 2012 08:23 AM

      I hate criticizing others suggestions but I feel I must .....someone asks for destination restaurant suggestions and they are given Moat Mtn and The Red Parka? Seriously? C'mon people.

      I don't have firsthand experience but I believe the Notchland Inn is what you're looking for. Maybe The Inn at Thorne Hill?

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        jbealz May 17, 2012 01:28 PM

        White Mountain Cider Company, Rte 302 in Bartlett - approx 10 minutes from Jackson. Check out the menu, it speaks for itself.

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          Shooley May 18, 2012 04:12 AM

          The Sugar Hill Inn, in Sugar Hill, just outside of Franconia. Very nice inn and excellent prix fixe dinners.

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            MinhLikesFood May 18, 2012 08:12 AM

            Really appreciate the great recommendations, looks like i'll find something good from all of these, thanks.

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          cringle22 May 17, 2012 06:54 AM

          well if by "destination" you mean "fancy"

          The Wentworth Inn is right there in Jackson. Its restaurant is one of the better 'gourmet' joints.

          It's big enough that you wont feel like you're interloping on somebody's B&B.

          If you're looking for something more casual, there's always THA PAHKA (The Red Parka, spoken in NE accent)

          1. whs May 15, 2012 04:03 PM


            I've recommended this place many times. Owners Les and Ed are wonderful. Gorgeous setting. They have their own swimming hole.

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              pinehurst Jul 12, 2012 11:15 AM


              We also like the Wayside Inn, and its Riverview restaurant in Bethlehem, NH. Quiet location just outside of the shops of Main St. Bethlehem and historic Littleton. Excellent sirloin, very nice Swiss specialties, good stiff drinks.

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              drewinmrblhd May 15, 2012 01:27 PM

              Yesterdays in Jackson NH is great for breakfast. I also enjoy the Moat Brewery along 16 before you come into North Conway. If you like spice, Shalimar of India located along 16 in North Conway is fantastic. If you are in the Lincoln area, Gypsy's Cafe is out of this world good.

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                MinhLikesFood May 15, 2012 02:18 PM

                Thanks so much for the Yesterdays recommendation, looks like a place i'll have to check out.

                As for good dinner spots, do you know anything about some of the Inns/B&Bs that serve food? Like the Wentworth or The Inn at Thorn Hill?

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