The Upper Valley is an area that spans across more than 20 unique communities. The center of the area encompasses the towns of Hanover and Lebanon in New Hampshire and White River Junction in Vermont. The area is serviced by two major Interstates. Interstate 89 starts at Interstate 93 near Concord, New Hampshire and travels in a north-west direction to and then through Vermont. Interstate 91 travels along the border between New Hampshire and Vermont.
The Upper Valley is a pleasant 2 ½ -hour drive from Boston and 1 ½ hour drive from Manchester, New Hampshire and Burlington, Vermont.
The area has large private estates where you cannot see another home to wonderful communities where you may walk to vibrant historic and charming down-towns areas such as in the communities of Woodstock, Vermont and Hanover, New Hampshire. The area is noted for its fast moving mountain streams and its many operating farms which add to the rural feel of the surrounding area.
At the same time, there are superb cultural experiences in abundance. If you would like to visit an art museum, Hanover offers the Hood Museum of Art. The Hood attracts special exhibits and has an excellent permanent collection of art from around the world. Across the Connecticut River in Norwich, Vermont is the Montshire Museum of Science.
Hanover, New Hampshire is also the home of Dartmouth College.
A significant and notable aspect of the Upper Valley is the natural beauty of the area. There are a number of waterways in the area and also some significant lakes.
The mountains of both New Hampshire and Vermont are close by.
The Appalachian Trail winds through the heart of the area. There are numerous short day hikes and one can gain easy access to the Vermont Long Trail as well.
Golfers will enjoy several first rate golf courses. Hanover, Woodstock, Eastman, Quechee, Lebanon and Bradford each have fantastic golf courses in wonderful settings.
Within the Upper Valley it is possible to find a very wide variety of fresh water fishing experiences. The Upper Valley has an abundance of small pristine streams that contain brook trout. Or one can wade into a freestone river for rainbows and browns or fish for lunker trout and small-mouth bass. There are even deep-water lakes where one might catch a landlocked salmon.
Kayaking & Canoeing
The main waterway of the Upper Valley is of course the Connecticut River. The Connecticut River and roads along it have now been recognized nationally as a byway. The traditions of the Connecticut River Valley are deeply rooted. The history is vivid and it is rooted in a farming heritage. The valley has a strong cultural energy and the people respect the environment and have a keen desire to maintain this natural setting of unparalleled beauty.
The Connecticut River is a major part of the Upper Valley. Beginning in cold springs high in the Great North Woods, the Connecticut River quickly gathers volume and takes on multiple personalities. It turns sedately through vast pools and lazy eddies, then dashes down between boulders. Canoeists and kayakers can choose either swift, challenging water, or a quiet, flat-water paddle. On nearby lakes, ponds and rivers there is plenty more for the kayaking or canoeing explorer.
Paddle the beautiful waterways of the Upper Valley. You’ll experience the spectacular scenery and wildlife all from the comfort of your kayak or canoe.
The largest ski area in the East - Killington - is just to the west of the Upper Valley. It is a short and pleasant drive from anywhere in the Upper Valley. There are many other fine ski resorts within an easy drive of each other. The central Vermont area is a snow rider’s paradise. Also the main ski areas of New Hampshire are within easy reach of the Upper Valley.
The Upper Valley also enjoys a number of fine cross country ski areas where you can get out into the woods on well marked and well maintained trails. The area golf courses also allow cross country skiing and some also set up ski skating tracks.
When you visit the Dowds’ Inn Event Center you are visiting the wonderful Upper Valley of the Connecticut River with all of its natural beauty and cultural activities. The best part of all is that the Dowds’ Inn Event Center is centrally located in the beautiful Upper Valley.