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Day trip to Ossipee, Tamworth

  • Ossipee Lake has plenty of room for boating, kayaking and swimming. Wikimedia Commons



LiveWell Editor
Thursday, May 04, 2017

 

Nestled in the Lakes Region, Ossipee and Tamworth are smaller communities that offer lots of opportunities for fun, especially in the summer, about an hour from Concord.

Though smaller than Lake Winnipesaukee, Ossipee, White and Silver lakes have spots for motor boats, paddle boats, swimming and more.

Recreation

Zip and zoom along a winding race track at the White Lake Speedway, a go-cart facility that also offers mini-golf. During the summer, White Lake Speedway opens at 10 a.m. daily at 1799 White Mountain Highway in Tamworth. Rates for a round of golf and one trip around the course is about $8 for a person under 54 inches and $15 for those taller. You must be at least 36 inches to ride in a go-cart.

Instead of mini-golf, head down Route 16 to Indian Mound Golf Course for full-sized golf. If you’re not a member of the club, it’s $25 for 9 holes on weekdays and $30 on weekends; for a full 18 holes it’s $40 on weekdays and $49 on weekends. If you get hungry, the course is also home to River’s Edge Grille and Tavern.

If you want to extend your day trip to an overnight trip, there are plenty of private campgrounds in the area, as well as hotels and motels. White Lake State Park also offers campsites. Whether you camp or just there for the day, you can find beach access there for swimming, paddle boating and trout fishing. There’s walking trails, boat rentals, a playground and a picnic pavilion. If you don’t visit until winter, bring your snowshoes, cross-country skis or snowmobile to check out the trails.

Though a bit north of Tamworth, Monkey Trunks offers an adventure with ropes courses and ziplines. Costs range from $29 to $49 depending on the day you go. There are 10 ziplines and 61 challenges as you progress through the course, which takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete. There’s also a kids course for those who aren’t tall enough for the main course.

Several shops offer rentals for kayaks, canoes or tubes. Try floating down the Bearcamp River to Ossipee Lake before partying on one of the sandbars.

Dining

Sap House Meadery, 6 Folsom Road, Ossipee, was opened by two cousins back in 2011. On Saturdays, you can sign up for an hour-long tour of the facility, or drop by anytime for a tasting. In the Mead Pub, you can also buy some of their specialty tacos and try their mead straight or in their cocktails.

Another brewery is Hobb’s Tavern, 2415 Route 16, Ossipee. The restaurant features lunch and dinner menus with steak, burgers, sandwiches, fish and local favorites. Of course, you’ll want to pair it with a pint of craft beer that is brewed on site. Drop in on Tuesdays for trivia night.

Jake’s Seafood, named after the founder’s canine companion, is run by the Prentice family. Stop by 2055 White Mountain Highway, Ossipee, for a taste of the lake and the ocean. You’ll experience some delicious and classic New England fish dishes.

Shopping

At the base of the former Mount Whittier ski area, Tramway Artisans, Route 16, Ossipee, operates a gift shop filled with New Hampshire made and themed products. It boasts more than 70,000 different items. While there, you can check out the old gondolas from the ski area.

Entertainment

One of the longest-running professional theater companies in the country is located in the village of Tamworth. Barnstormers Theater, 104 Main St., was founded in 1931 and host a summer series of shows. During its 2017 season, check out Spamalot, The Ghost Train, My Three Angels, Toward Zero and Driving Miss Daisy.

Transportation

If driving isn’t an option, Concord Coach services Ossipee en route to Northern New Hampshire. Buses leave the Concord terminal at 5:40 p.m. to arrive about 7:10 p.m. Heading south, buses leave Ossipee at 9:10 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and take about an hour and a half to reach the Capitol city.