We’re glad you’re thinking about visiting us in Littleton! You’re probably thinking of activities to enjoy while you’re in town. Here are a few suggestions to get your New England adventure started:
1. Downtown Littleton NH Shopping
If Littleton is anything, it’s full of neat shops, most of which are within easy walking distance of Thayers Inn. Find one-of-a-kind shops downtown. Chutters offers the “World’s Longest Candy Counter” runs the entire length of the store, offering a rainbow of candy in all shapes and flavors. Another record-setter is Lahout’s Ski Shop, aka “America’s Oldest Ski Shop,” a fourth-generation family business that carries all the equipment, brands, and apparel that hardcore New England adventurers expect. Part indie book shop, part quirky toy shop, Little Village Toy & Book Shop overflows with fun finds (there’s more than 20,000 items in stock). For home, clothing, and trinkets unique to northern New Hampshire, check out boutiques like Just L, Pentimento, and Bella Funk Boutique.
2. The Pollyanna Statue
If you’re visiting Littleton, it’s a must to bring your camera and have a friend snap a photo of you mimicking the cheerful pose of the bronze statue depicting the iconic character from the 1913 classic children’s novel by author Eleanor H. Porter. The novelist was born right here in 1868. On June 9th, we’ll celebrate Official Pollyanna Glad Day at the sculpture.
3. Walking Trails
Take a stroll along one of the many hiking trails, such as the Dells, Pine Hill Trails, or Kilburn Crags.
4. The Riverwalk Covered Bridge
You can get some pretty views of the town and the Ammonoosuc River from this beautiful iconic structure, located one block over from Main Street. The 230-foot pedestrian bridge was built in 2004, so it’s not really historic, but you also don’t have to worry about it being sturdy. The original bridge was blown down in a storm. It adds so much to our quaint village. Watch the old-timey water wheels and the flow of the water tumbling over the rocky river bed. Engage with the xylophones and drums nearby. You can have lunch at Millers Café or Schilling Brewpub right next to it. Don’t forget to bring your camera when preparing for this charming attraction.
5. Schilling Beer Company and Millers Café
While visiting the Riverwalk Covered Bridge, take some time to visit these two businesses. Schilling Beer Co. Is a progressive European-inspired small-batch brewery operating from a carefully renovated three-story 1797 grist mill. The Cicerone-educated staff can answer your questions while preparing rustic Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven and designed to pair with their beers. Millers is also right beside the bridge, offering a cozy setting for satisfying your hunger with gourmet soups, salads, scones, paninis, and treats like the Yankee Pot Roast Flip Sandwich, selected by Food Network as one of the Top 50 Sandwiches in the USA!
6. Littleton Diner and Tim-Bir Alley
The Littleton Diner, in operation since the 1930s, is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. As we approach the primary season, it will be buzzing with politicians wanting to press the flesh. At Tim-Bir, you must try the smoked salmon. Their chocolate truffles were named “Best Dessert” by Yankee Magazine in 2016. We could go on and on about the many dining options in Littleton, but that’s another blog for another day!
7. Take an art class!
The Littleton Studio School are our new neighbors right behind us. It’s an amazing building you definitely do not want to miss! If drawing or painting isn’t your thing, they offer all sorts of art classes from pottery, jewelry, stained glass, and more.
8. Thayers Inn
Well, of course, you need to take some time to look over our historic hotel, built in 1850. Hopefully as a guest spending the night with us! Don’t forget to tag us on social media when you visit Littleton!
Learn more about things to do in Littleton, New Hampshire: http://www.golittleton.com/littleton_activities.php