It’s 7 a.m., the thermometer outside reads negative one, and the trees are swaying with ominous winds. While other vacationers to New Hampshire’s White Mountains are tapping the snooze button, hikers are hitting the trails, braving deep snow, frozen river crossings, and subzero wind chills. Some may think us crazy to head into the woods … Continue reading Winter Hiking in the Whites: What to Wear
By Shannon Grossman There is this part of my essence with the sole-purpose of seeking out adventures. The more unusual the experience, the more appropriate it corresponds with my life. So, it is only natural that I climb my first 4000-foot peak in New Hampshire with winter-like conditions. (Lila, the 4-legged Notch mascot, did too!) … Continue reading Cheers to the 1st of the 48
Written by Notch staff member Stephanie Robinson, based on her personal experience living and dining in Lincoln, NH. After having spent most of my childhood summers in Lincoln, I’ve eaten at just about every restaurant in the area. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day (after all, it’s first!) so I decided make a list … Continue reading Top 5 breakfast joints near the Notch
Rarely does a day go by that we are not asked, “What made you want to start a hostel?” While the answer contains some common threads, it varies from one telling to the next. This personal blog post is about the genesis of the Notch Hostel – the newest hostel in the White Mountains. … Continue reading The Birth of a White Mountains Hostel
The Notch Hostel is hiring! The following positions are available: Front Desk/Caretaker Position (late afternoon/evening, 12-30 hours per week) Housekeeper (daytime, up to 20 hours/wk) Job descriptions below. Work-for-stay is an option. For example, you could ski all day and then work check-in for us in the evening in exchange for a free place to … Continue reading Want a job in the White Mountains? The Notch Hostel is hiring!
Today I headed up the Mt. Kinsman Trail from Rt. 116 to North and South Kinsman, two of NH’s 4000-footers. The drive itself is incredible — look closely at the granite along the road, for it contains garnet and is unique to Kinsman Notch. When you’re done hiking, stop by the picturesque Beaver Pond (right by the … Continue reading Kinsmans via Mt. Kinsman Trail: Trip Report
The loop over Welch and Dickey Mountains is one of my favorite hikes, and is great for days when I want something quick and rewarding. It offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountain ranges, exposed summits, and many open ledges and rock outcrops along the trail. The entire loop is only 4.5 miles, with an elevation gain … Continue reading Welch & Dickey Loop: Trip Report
It’s springtime at the Notch, and nothing illustrates the season better than the gushing waterfalls. Today I set out for a hike up to Lonesome Lake via the Basin-Cascades trail and the Cascade Brook trail, eager to check out the sparkling cascades and waterfalls along the brook. From the lake’s shores, you can catch stunning views … Continue reading Lonesome Lake: Trip Report