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Discover the beauty of Bretton Woods and the surrounding White Mountain National Forest and adjacent towns!

Bretton Woods and Mount Washington

 Nestled in the midst of the White Mountain National Forest, which spans just over three quarters of a million acres, Bretton Woods is uniquely located to provide stunning scenery for those seeking relaxation, and a perfect home base for those seeking more adventurous experiences. In addition to stunning hikes for all ages, a myriad of activities from Golfing, Mountain Biking, Scenic Chairlift Rides, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, River Tubing,  to The Cog Railroad, and the Bretton Woods Ski Center are just a few short minutes drive from your booked property - and in many cases, you won't even have to drive thanks to Bretton Woods' fantastic shuttle system. Visit www.brettonwoods.com for more information or for up to date conditions and snow reports!

  At the base of  United States highest peak in the Northeast, the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort & Spa is one of the remaining grand old hotels of the White Mountains and captivates guests and visitors with the elegant ambiance of the original early 1900's construction, with majestic Mount Washington towering behind. This beautiful hotel provides fabulous dining options throughout the day from elegant to casual arrangements. The hotel also hosts daily public historic tours. 







Bretton Woods is conveniently located, just 20 minutes off of I-93, 2.5 hours from Boston. This high elevation mountain community is a village in the Town of Carroll, a short drive from the Mount Washington Valley/North Conway area through beautiful Crawford Notch. Our vibrant neighboring communities include Littleton, Bethlehem, Franconia, Lincoln, Whitefield, Jefferson, Lancaster, Gorham and Berlin.

Local Communities

Below are shopping resources in Bretton Woods and neighboring towns. A few "closest":

  • Closest hardware store: Foster's Crossroads in Twin Mountain at the intersection of Routes 3 and 302. You'll be surprised how much stuff they have!

  • Closest commercial shopping area: Littleton (Meadow Rd.) is the commercial center for the region. It has Shaw's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Staples, etc. Take 302 West to 93 North to exit 43 (30 minutes).

  • Closest shopping mall:  Littleton has a small selection of shops in its downtown area however, North Conway has the closest true shopping experience with the Settlers Green Outlets and its downtown shops.

 

BRETTON WOODS

Bretton Woods is the local resort community that you are in!  It hosts The Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods Ski Area, The Cog Railroad and tons of outdoor activities.

  • Irving gas station has an ATM, newspapers, a wide assortment of necessities, souvenirs, food staples, drinks, wine and beer, ice cream, breakfast and lunch items, pizzas, and more. They also sell propane; bring the empty tank and leave with a full one.

  • Drummond's Mountain Shop (phone 603-278-7547, across from Irving) provides sales and rentals for your skiing/boarding needs as well as tuning for your equipment.

  • The AMC Highland Center (4 miles going East on route 302 in Crawford Notch) sells outdoor gear, maps and guidebooks of the area, etc.

 

TWIN MOUNTAIN
5 miles West on Rte 302, and also part of the Town of Carroll.  Twin Mountain used to be a snow-machine paradise though the industry has slowed down in recent years.

  • The Twin Mountain Trading Post at Living Water Campground has basic necessities, souvenirs, fudge, as well as Catalanos for pizza, sandwiches, and quick eats.

  • Foster’s Crossroads (SW corner) has food staples, an excellent stock of hardware items and outdoors gear and an ATM.

 

BETHLEHEM
12 miles West on Rte 302 has plenty of shops and antique stores that are good for browsing and some great local finds.  The Maplewood Inn hosts a popular golfing area.
 

WHITEFIELD
12 miles West on Rte 302 and North on Rte 3 sits a small local community with plenty of basic amenities.

  • Mack’s Market at the center of town is the closest for a fully stocked grocery store.

  • Hardware store in the center of town.

  • Going North out of town on Rte 3 is a NH Liquor store and a NAPA auto parts store.

 

FRANCONIA AND SUGAR HILL
17 miles West right off of 93 and at the base of Cannon Ski Area are the towns of Franconia and Sugar Hill.  They boast small local communities and tourism brought by their beauty and the local mountain. Sugar Hill is often pictured in magazines as a quintessential New England town.

  • Take the tramway at Cannon for unbeatable views of Franconia Notch and surroundings

  • Flume Gorge, The Basin and several caves are popular destinations

  • Mac’s Market for groceries

  • Garnet Hill factory store for linens

  • The Sugar Hill Sampler for New England gift and home items.

  • Make sure to go during the Lupine Festival (early-mid June) for a visual treat.

 

JEFFERSON

19 miles north on Rte 2 you will find the small but eye-catching town of Jefferson, just below the Presidential Range.  Jefferson is home to Santa’s Village, a popular attraction for visitors.

 

LITTLETON
21 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on I-93 Exits 41 & 42. This is a beautiful New England town as well as the major regional shopping resource. Main Street is a walking street and a stroll will take you past historical buildings and a variety of shops and restaurants. There is a restored mill on Ammonoosuc St. and a covered bridge over the river.

  • Chutters “World’s largest candy counter”.

  • Meadow Road (Exit 43 on I-93) has Wal-Mart, Shaw’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Staples, a NH Liquor store, major auto dealerships for multi brand sales and service, etc.

  • The Littleton Coop sells interesting and organic food and many local owners swear by it. It's kind of like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Just off I-93 Exit 42.

 

 

LANCASTER
24 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on Rte 3.

  • Simon the Tanners offers North Country clothing at its best (closed Saturdays). They have a great Labor Day weekend tent sale.

  • North Country Ford dealership.

 

GORHAM
24 miles, West on Rte 302, North on Rte 3, East on Rte 115, East on Rte 2, going toward Berlin. Route 115 has beautiful views of the Great North Woods.

  • Wal-Mart (The best view from the parking lot of any box store we have been to, with views to the south of the Presidential Range).

  • Major auto dealers for sales and service.

  • A variety of specialty shops, drug store, Sears, hardware store.

 

LINCOLN
25 miles, Exit 32 off I-93. This is a ski town (Lune Resort) and entrance to the Kancamagus Highway to Conway. There are many ski and boarding shops with great summer sales.

  • A favorite for personal service is Rodgers Ski & Sport.

  • There is a small mall, The Village Shops, which has a variety of specialty shops. Several times during the summer they host arts and crafts fairs.

 

CONWAY VILLAGE & NORTH CONWAY
32 miles East on Rte 302 via BEAUTIFUL Crawford’s Notch. Conway boasts various activities, museums, restaurants, and other cultural and entertainment venues.  Far too many to list!

Many people prefer Conway to Littleton for shopping due to a wide assortment of factory outlet stores at Settlers Green. In addition to the outlets, there is a Sears, Wal-Mart, Shaw’s, Hannaford, EMS, LL Bean, NH Liquor store, Lowe’s, and a lot more. 


Note:  Beware that North Conway traffic is often very congested due to the highly popular factory outlets and attractions.

*To bypass some of the traffic, take West Side Road (Take a right off Route 302 after Attitash Ski area and a few miles West of the Rte 16 intersection) which connects to downtown Conway at River Rd. just North of the Eastern Slopes Inn and Joe Jones ski store.