The ‘NH Life’ host shares his favorite spots in the granite state

“New Hampshire Life” takes viewers across the state with host Kate Sullivan to meet fascinating locals, explore new adventures and places, and discover the positive stories that make New Hampshire a wonderful place to live, work , play and visit.

Here are some of Sullivan’s favorite places in New Hampshire that she discovered while filming the series.

Mount Sunapee Adventure Park

It’s an unexpected summer adventure at one of New Hampshire’s favorite ski resorts! As someone who is afraid of heights, I was a little nervous about going up high in the trees on the aerial course. However, after great instruction and gear that kept me safe, I absolutely loved it! We were actually behind a woman and her son, who were both having a great time. The ropes course we did started very low and gradually moved up, so we had time to adjust to our surroundings. In addition to the tree climbing course, the adventure park also offers a chairlift and mountain bike ride.

Go for it :

Mount Sunapee
1398 Route 103, Newbury
mountsunapee.com
(603) 763-3500
For ages 6 and up

Surf lessons at Summer Sessions in Rye

It was so much fun! The Summer Sessions team got us all the gear ready – a wetsuit and a board, plus a quick lesson before getting in the water. Everyone was so encouraging. The instructors were out there with us, picking up the waves and sending us out so we could get up and ride the tide. I went back a few weeks later with my four children and we all had lessons. Great beach, great instructors and great for the family.

Go for it :

Surf Shop Summer Sessions
2281 Ocean Blvd, Rye
newhampshiresurf.com/lessons
(603) 319-8207

Bike rentals at Littleton Bike & Fitness and Parker Mountain Trails

When we traveled to Littleton we heard there were some great mountain bike trails for all levels. I hadn’t really done mountain biking before, so we started at Littleton Bike & Fitness with Dave, who packed us bikes, gear and trail maps. We headed up to Parker Mountain and started on their little trail before venturing into the woods. The trails are marked from easiest to hardest so I knew where to go and where not to go. Another adventure that I revisited with my family weeks later.

Go for it :
Littleton Bike and Fitness
30 Cottage Street, Littleton
littletonbike.com
(603) 444-3437

Parker Mountain Trails
prkrmtn.org

Photo Byscenic RailridersPanoramic Railriders

This is a real gem in Concord. Family owned and operated, the abandoned train tracks have been revitalized and offer a unique tour through a section of Concord I didn’t even know existed. The railriders were built by the owner and his son, and they provide a very smooth and comfortable ride. There are two-seaters or four-seaters, and you can also connect more to make a train if it’s a larger group.

Go for it :

Panoramic Railriders
188 Sewalls Falls Road, Concord
scenicrailriders.com
(603) 931-1700

Mountain biking and camping at Bear Rock Adventures

This northern city really impressed us! We met Corrine Rober from Bear Rock Adventures who offer ATV rentals, tours and glamping as a package. We got on one of the ATVs and stayed at one of the glamping sites. Their beautiful canvas tents have everything you need to camp comfortably in the mountains. The views were spectacular and having morning coffee sitting on the porch overlooking the mountain range was something I will never forget. The tents have a capacity of four to eight people. And there is a wood burning stove for cooler nights. You can rent a mountain bike for the weekend and go around the estate or take your own car to the site.

Go for it :

Bear Rock Adventures
2638 North Main Street, Pittsburgh
bearrockadventures.com
(866) 663-9777

Live music at the Stone Church

Newmarket is a lovely little town with lots to do. Just up the road from Main Street is this super cool old church called Stone Church which has regular live music. We ate at the Big Bean then went to see George Barber, a local musician who has a great voice and sound. I love taking my kids to live music events because it exposes them to different types of music. Stone Church has a busy summer schedule, and everything is listed on their website.

Go for it :

The stone church
5 Granite Street, Newmarket
www.stonechurchrocks.com
(603) 659-7700

The Big Bean Cafe
118 Main Street, Newmarket
thebigbeancafe.com
(603) 659-8600

GundalowGundalow Company

Here, education and pleasure come together. We enjoyed a sail aboard a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottomed gundalow barges that were once prevalent along the local waterways. On board, we learned about the boat and how it was used to transport cargo of up to 50 tons between ocean-going schooners and the growing towns of the Piscataqua region. We hoisted the sails and felt like part of the crew. They have a ton of programs for families and kids, but also rent the boat for events and sails.

Go for it :

The Gundalow Company
60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth
gundalow.org
(603) 433-9505

SkyVenture

We loved, loved this place! Indoor skydiving, such a cool experience! The staff were so awesome – they got you geared up, lessons, and always have someone with you while you ‘fly’. For those who are too scared to jump out of a plane, this really is the best thing to do. This same location also boasts the largest indoor surfing facility in North America, Surf’s Up. Their SurfStream is the world’s first standing wave machine offering up to seven different wave types for all skill levels. Riders use real surfboards with fins on a thick cushion of water that creates an endless wave. Surf’s Up allows all ages and experience levels to learn, practice and improve skills directly transferable to surfing in the ocean.

Go for it :

SkyVenture and Surf’s Up
100 Adventure Way, Nashua
skyventurenh.com
(603) 897-0002

stone wall farmStonewall Farm

This working farm and education center offers everything from animal barns, hay rides, miles and miles of trails, and ready-made homemade organic ice cream for you and your family. You could spend hours here learning a lot about agriculture and the importance of healthy communities and our reliance on farms like this and their farmers. And it’s just down Main Street in Keene.

Go for it :

Stonewall Farm
242 Chesterfield Road, Keene
stonewallfarm.org
(603) 357-7278

Winnipesaukee WakeSurf

Another activity I had never tried was wakeboarding. We rented a boat and an instructor took us out on the beautiful lake. The boat we were in was spacious and very modern, and the driver played a few tunes as we prepared to jump in and ride in the wake! It’s such a great family adventure – there was an 8 year old on the boat who was way better than I could ever imagine! ❂

Go for it :

Winnipesaukee WakeSurf
103 Weirs Road, Gilford
winnipesaukeewakesurf.com
(603) 387-4157

Nh Life Logo BlackAbout “New Hampshire Life”

With a wide spread of content spanning television, online and social media, “New Hampshire Life” features compelling stories and profiles. Kate is often joined by dynamic guests who accompany her on her adventures. For the first season, Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, joined Kate on a mountain bike ride in Littleton. In season two, former New England Patriots player Rob Ninkovich took Kate on a snowmobile on the Gorham trails. During the same season, Kate met New Hampshire’s new Economic Development Director, Jodie Nazaka, in Manchester to try homemade pretzels at Hop Knot on Elm Street.

Airing on New England Sports Network (NESN) and News Center Maine, “New Hampshire Life” shares gripping features with New England viewers every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. “New Hampshire Life” also broadcasts its content online, reaching beyond ordinary viewers. The show wrapped the second season in April and began filming the third season in June. Stay tuned for more great shows that explore the Granite State!

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