Gateway to the Great North Woods
Moose to Mountains....ATVs to Angels
Take a Ride just "Over the Notch"
Just "over the Notch" from North Conway are nestled Berlin and Gorham, truly the heart of New Hampshire's North Country and the entry to what is called the Great North Woods.
To get there, go north on Route 16 through picturesque Jackson, then up and over Pinkham Notch. On the way of this 35-mile scenic trip are Appalachian Mountain Club Visitor Center (base station for hikes up Mount Washington, including Tuckerman Ravine), Wildcat Ski Area, which features dramatic views from its summit and a fun zipline, and the Auto Road, the famed eight-mile road — the most spectacular driving in New Hampshire — to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.
North of the "Notch" is Gorham, truly the entrance to another world. Here you'll enjoy nearby attractions, quaint shops, and culinary delights. Gorham is at the crossroads of the north-south running Route 16 and east-west Route 2, and has the feel of a tourist town.
Minutes away is Berlin, a city with a totally different vibe. Dominated by French Canadians, but also a melting pot of Europeon immigrants, who worked in the now shut-down paper mill, this once vibrant city of 20,000 has turned a corner from a long decline. Here you'll find culture offerings like a Russian Orthodox church, St. Anne's Church, one of the most beautiful catholic churches in New England, as well as new shops and restaurants.
An interesting side trip is to the Brown Company Barns (Brown Company is the name of the former paper mill) at 137 East Milan Road, Berlin, where barn sales are held during the summer months to support the the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center. Upcoming sales are Aug. 10 (book sales) and Sept. 7 (Halloween sale). So save your change, come shop at the barns and have a hot dog while you are there.
The natural gems, though, are found outside the city.
Just a few miles northwest of downtown Berlin is one of the newest additions to the state park system. Jericho Mountain State Park provides opportunities for miles of trail riding for ATV, UTV, trail bike, and snowmobile enthusiasts alike. The place is great for ATVs and for the family to spend the day by the lake and have a picnic or ride the 100-plus miles of trails with plenty of views and wildlife to see.
And it's worth a drive even further north along the Androscoggin River through 13 Miles Woods to its source: Lake Umbagog, a huge National Wildlife Refuge. Experience canoeing, kayaking, swimming, camping and see eagles, moose and other wildlife.
When in Berlin ...
Hallmark Hall of Greetings
Family owned jewelry store. Staff of eight prides itself in creating "an experience" for customers while shopping for the treasured item for themselves or their loved one.
Address: 107 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 752 -1520.
Full service dealership for Artic Cat ATV and Artic Cat Snowmobile. Great deals on used. Well-trained service department. Located new the Jericho Mountain State Park.
Address: 232 Jericho Road, Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 752-7424
Clothing Company offers a huge selection of fashion shirts designed for the bodybuilder and athletic male, with over 150 trend-setting designs.
Address: 97 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 752-6826
Northland Dairy Bar
This is a necessary stop any time you have to be in, near or just going through Berlin! Service was attentive and quick, one must leave room for desert and pie!
Address: 1826 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 752-6210
Located in same building as Tea Birds. Our customers tell us they like shopping at our store because we provide excellent customer service and have very cool stuff.
Address: 151 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 723-4949
Great breafast menu. Bake all their own bread. Also good lunches and dinners. Where all the politicians stop by during election campaigning. Situated in a nicely refurbished downtown building.
Address: 151 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570
Phone: (603) 752-4419
When in Gorham ...
Carhartt clothing, hand tools, ATV accessories, boots, chain saws: anything outdoors. You name it, they have it.
Address: 504 Main Street Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 752-4030
By far the best food in New Hampshire! Family owned and operated and it feels like it! Amazing food and staff.
Address: 152 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 466-2520
Boutique at 101
"I love the Boutique!" What more is there to say.
Address: 101 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 466-581
Mountain Fire Pizza
The best pizza is wood fired, and this place does it right! Mountain Fire Pizza has just opened up and is serving the most delicious pizzas in the North Country.
Address: 245 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 915-9009
NorthEast ATV Rentals
Summer ATV rentals: Popular Polaris "side by side" ATVs. Fun for all the with ease of operation, added stability and enclosed safety features.
Address: 299 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (800) 458-1838
A Julia Child protégé, Liz Jackson is amazing and talented! Wonderful fresh seasonal menu. Distinct entrees.
Address: 115 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 466-5330
Gateway Gallery & Gifts
The shop has an impressive selection of White Mountains-related art — photographs, prints and paintings, as well as an eclectic selection of other intriguing goodies.
Address: 36 Exchange Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 466-9900
Absolute Adventure Tour
ATV Tours of Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin. Each tour is limited in number, and will be led by an experienced tour guide. No experience is necessary.
Address: 461 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 466-1700
Great service, great food. Huge pancakes with yummy syrup. A place to definitely check. Very reasonable prices and nice-sized portions.
Address: 88 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 466-9990
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