The Upper Valley, as this area is known locally, consists of the west-central portion of New Hampshire stretching from Claremont and the Lake Sunapee region in the south to the Lebanon and Hanover region in the north.


>> Claremont Lodging Suggestions

The Goddard Mansion, 25 Hillstead Road, Claremont. (603) 543-0603 or (800) 736-0603.


Fort at Number Four Living History Museum, Route 11, Charlestown.
Depicting a forgotten chapter in New England history, this is a replica of the 1743 fort and stockaded village from the French and Indian War. The fort that once stood on the site of Charlestown's present Main Street withstood repeated French and Native American attacks during the turbulent frontier period. The reconstruction includes the Great Hall, stockade, watchtower, two barns and twelve other buildings. Furnishings and demonstrations by costumed interpreters depict pre-Revolutionary frontier life and periodic battle reenactments.
(603) 826-5700 or (888) 367-8284. Open late May to late October, daily 10 to 4:30. Adults $8, children $4.50.


Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, off Route 12A, Cornish.
The Irish-born sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens lived and worked here in an elegant white mansion and studio from 1885 until his death in 1907. The sculptor's work in bronze was part of an American renaissance taking place in this small village known as the Cornish Colony, whose residents included artist Maxfield Parrish. Besides the house with its furnishings, the 150-acre site includes a barn studio, sculpture court and art gallery, all set amid formal gardens with Vermont's Mount Ascutney as a backdrop across the Connecticut River. Full-size copies of Saint-Gaudens sculptures include the well-known bust of Abraham Lincoln. Visitors may hike the sculptor's favorite Ravine Trail and others paths to the Blow-Me-Down natural area.
(603) 675-2175. Open Memorial Day through October, daily 9 to 4:30. Adults, $4.


>> Plainfield Lodging and Dining Suggestions

Home Hill French Inn & Restaurant, 703 River Road, Plainfield. (603) 675-6165.


>> Lebanon Dining Suggestions

Sweet Tomatoes Trattoria, 1 Court St., Lebanon. (603) 448-1711.

Monsoon, 18 Centarra Pkwy., Lebanon. (603) 643-9227.