a  Cardigan Hideaway

Back Country Camping in Style
Orange, Nh



Cardigan Mt. State Forest

5500 acres, with 55 miles of hiking trails, including the easiest trail to the open summit less than 2 miles from the yurt. A small waterfall is about 50 yards north of our driveway as well - a great short hike to see it. Keep the little ones under control, it’s a bit difficult to get down there to see it.

Local Swimming Hole

Down the road, about a mile: Swimming hole for those terribly hot summer days. It’s small, but deep enough to get entirely wet. It’s also refreshing - fed by the mountain streams, it WILL cool you off! Look for the set of double posts on the road, under which the culvert passes, swimming hole is on the right.


Ruggles Mine

An old mica mine, but they have a lot of interesting rocks there - bring a rock hammer, an empty back-pack, and take your treasures home with you! We have some great large pieces of quartz from there.

Grafton Pond

A great pond for canoeing or kayaking.


Enfield Shaker Village

Go down to Canaan, west on Rt. 4 to Route 4a. South on Rt 4a until you see the signs for Shaker Dartmouth College.


Dartmouth College

Route 4 west to I-89. Go west on I-89 one exit to Exit 18. Right off of exit into Hanover.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Part of the national park service, this site shows where Augustus Saint-Gaudens, artist/sculptor, lived and worked. It features a gallery, and gardens as well.


Polar Caves.

A great rock formation that frequently has snow somewhere in there even in July.


Wellington State Park

Wellington State Park with beach.

Norwich, Vt.

King Arthur Flour Factory Store

If you love baking, the King Arthur Flour Factory Store is there. It’s a baker’s paradise. Whether it’s baking equipment, specialty flours, or exotic ingredients you want, they’ve got it. They bake goods daily on the premises, and have coffee and other cold drinks, so don’t go with a full stomach. It’s not far from Lebanon or downtown Hanover, so if you’re going that way, swing by.


Ragged Mt. Ski and Golf Resort

This is about 1/2 hour away.

Danbury Inn

Specializing in German food and drink. Just the thing for an apres-ski appetite.


All forms of shopping, restaurants, fast food. The best ice cream place is in the parking lot of Home Depot, south from exit 20 at the end of the commercial strip. Go figure.



A Bit Further Afield


Franconia Notch State Park

Including the Flume and the Basin.

Clark’s Trading Post

Bear Show

Center Harbor:

Keepsake Quilting

A nationally known quilting store. They attract customers from around the world. While you’re there, pop into:


Wonderful artisan-made gift goods. The best in the state, I think. It’s connected to a wonderful little book-store as well.


The NH League of NH Craft Show

Always during the first week of August. Oh yes, there is a ski resort there as well.

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