Sunset Hill House is right in the middle of all the White Mountain activities and sights.
- Exploration: Franconia Notch the Flume Gorge, our scenic back roads and covered bridges, many hiking trails and rock climbing locations
- Adventure: Zip line, moose tours, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, sleigh rides, downhill skiing and snowmobiling
- Amusement: Theme parks and water parks, Shakers and animals, and tax free shopping
- Culture: Summer theatre, concerts, museums, galleries, and the Robert Frost House
East-facing guest rooms look right into Franconia Notch State Park, one of the finest parks in North America. There you will find the beautiful Flume Gorge with its waterfalls, boardwalk and covered bridges; innkeeper Nancy’s favorite spot, the Basin, with handicapped accessible trails; and the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site. Echo Lake, surrounded by mountains, is a popular local spot for swimming and boat rentals. Franconia Notch also holds the trailheads for many hikes in the White Mountains, including access to the Appalachian Trail.
Outside Franconia Notch State park, we love to swim at the Swiftwater swimming hole, located at one of our five covered bridges, or take picnics and swing on the rope swing at Pine Island Recreation Area and Boat Launch on the Moore Dam Reservoir.
There is so much to do and see that, to get you to the “must see” attractions and the hidden treasures of the White Mountains and Franconia Notch region, the innkeepers have written several self-guided tours for scenic drives.
Sunset Hill House is surrounded by adventure; from rock climbing to four heart-pounding zip lines, a moose tour with guaranteed sightings, off road 4-wheeling and even an exhilarating alpine slide. Horseback riding in summertime, sleigh rides and ice skating in winter are gentle adventures for all ages.
The Mt. Washington Cog Railway is a thrilling adventure to the top of the highest peak in the East and back again: Perfect for all ages.
Much of the staff of Sunset Hill House hikes the White Mountains. Take a look at some of our favorite New Hampshire hikes.
Ski resorts with world class downhill skiing surround the Sunset Hill House Inn. Ski Cannon Mountain, site of the 1964 World Cup, or watch the Cannon Mountain Tram ascend while the skiers descend from the east-facing windows at the inn. The Bretton Woods ski area is just twenty minutes north, and Loon Mountain Resort is twenty minutes south.
Snowmobiling through Franconia Notch with a snowmobile outfitter provides an exciting afternoon, and the snowmobile “H corridor” is only 2 miles away.
Children and adults delight in the nearby Santa's Village, Story Land, Lost River Gorge, and the beloved Clark's Trading Post with its trained bears. The innkeepers' family loves the Squam Lakes Science Center and the Hobo Railroad too.
The state of New Hampshire offers tax free shopping, and the outlet malls in North Conway and Tilton have hundreds of shops. Downtown Littleton is home to Chutters with the world's longest candy counter, and the League of NH Craftsmen. Within walking distance to Sunset Hill House is the beloved Sugar Hill Sampler for fancy foods and gifts, and Harman’s Cheese which ships “really aged” cheddar to our inn and all over the world. If you love cheese, don’t miss the Landaff Creamery with its award winning Caerphilly cheese.The farm and creamery are only 10 minutes from the inn, and the cheese is of course always in our refrigerator!
Enjoy award-winning summer theatre productions at the Papermill and Weathervane theaters. The North Country Chamber Players play right in town and feature internationally recognized musicians. The Robert Frost House is just around the corner, and free events abound through the North Country Arts Alliance including concerts in the parks.