Escape to Lumen in the White Mountains, NH for an unforgettable 48-hour summer adventure. Discover nature, activities, and hidden gems.

48 Hrs at Lumen

[Summer Edition]

Welcome to Lumen Nature Retreat, your ticket to an incredible 48-hour adventure in the captivating White Mountains of New Hampshire. Join us as we delve into the beauty of this natural wonderland, where serenity meets excitement. 

Prepare for a journey of exploration, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences. From thrilling outdoor activities to awe-inspiring vistas, we'll guide you through the must-visit attractions during your stay at Lumen Nature Retreat. 

With Lumen Nature Retreat as your basecamp, get ready to unleash your inner adventurer and embrace the unparalleled beauty of the White Mountains.

Day 1

4:00PM - Check-In and Initial Exploration at Lumen

As you arrive at Lumen Nature Retreat, your extraordinary adventure begins. The check-in process, available from 4 pm onwards, marks the gateway to your immersive experience in the White Mountains. But don't worry, those initial hours before dinner are the perfect opportunity to start exploring the magnificent 20+ acres of our glamping site.

Set amidst the captivating natural beauty of the White Mountains, Lumen offers a variety of stunning sites for you to discover. Two-thirds of our sites are nestled alongside picturesque brooks or serene ponds, creating a tranquil ambiance that invites you to relax, fish, or simply soak in the majestic reflection of the mountains in the crystal-clear waters.

Now that you've checked in, it's time to immerse yourself in the wonders of Lumen Nature Retreat and the magnificent White Mountains. Let the exploration begin!

6:00 PM - Dinner at Covered Bridge Farm Table  

Looking to satisfy your taste buds with a delectable dining experience? Look no further than the Covered Bridge Farm Table, a culinary gem located near Lumen Nature Retreat. Situated overlooking the beautiful Pemigewasset River and the historic Blair Covered Bridge, this charming restaurant beckons with its unique menu and inviting atmosphere.

At the Covered Bridge Farm Table, you can expect a fusion of flavors that blend the best of "Fresh Fusion" cuisine with traditional favorites from around the world. With a farm-to-table attitude, they prioritize fresh, locally sourced ingredients to craft their mouthwatering dishes. The menu boasts an array of options to suit every palate, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Important notes:

  • Dinner at 4:30 PM
  • Bar Menu until 10 PM
  • Closed Tuesdays

9:00 PM - Evening Activities at Lumen Nature Retreat

After a delightful dinner at the Covered Bridge Farm Table, the night is yours to unwind and make lasting memories in the embrace of nature.

At Lumen, relaxation takes center stage. Head over to our bathhouse, just a short walk from your accommodation. Indulge in a soothing hot shower, letting the warm water wash away the cares of the day. With our selection of premium brand-name toiletries, you'll feel refreshed and rejuvenated as you prepare for a peaceful evening.

Gather with your family and loved ones, cherishing the tranquility and connection that the nighttime brings. Sit around the comforting glow of your smokeless firepit, sharing stories, laughter, and creating bonds that will endure. Sink into the cozy Adirondack chairs, allowing the crackling fire and gentle night breeze to lull you into a state of pure relaxation.

Take advantage of the open-air atmosphere and clear skies at Lumen. Engage in stargazing, allowing the celestial canopy to captivate your imagination. The absence of city lights makes for a perfect opportunity to marvel at the constellations and the vastness of the universe above.

As the evening progresses, feel free to gather your loved ones around the picnic tables for a late-night snack or a cozy meal under the stars. Cherish the moments of togetherness, creating cherished memories that will be forever etched in your heart.

Day 2

8:30 AM - Breakfast at White Mountain Bagel Co

Located conveniently on Main Street, just across from McDonald's, White Mountain Bagel Co is a must-visit breakfast destination for guests staying at Lumen Nature Retreat. This charming establishment beckons with its array of fresh-baked bagels, aromatic coffee, delectable breakfast sandwiches, and an enticing selection of baked goods.

Prepare to have your taste buds tantalized as you bite into the best bagels you've ever had. The bagels at White Mountain Bagel Co are renowned for their softness and freshness, leaving a lasting impression on every visitor. The friendly and helpful staff adds to the overall delightful experience, ensuring you feel welcome from the moment you arrive.

The family-friendly atmosphere and quick service make White Mountain Bagel Co an ideal spot to kick-start your day of exploration. 

Business hours:

  • Sat & Sun 7am-3pm
  • Mon-Fri  7:30am-3pm

9:30 AM - Flume Gorge Hike 

Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Flume Gorge Hike, located just a short distance from Lumen Nature Retreat. This 2-mile self-guided nature walk will take you through the awe-inspiring Flume Gorge, a natural chasm that boasts breathtaking waterfalls, covered bridges, and stunning mountain views. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of this scenic wonderland.

Flume Gorge Hike is a true gem that seamlessly combines natural splendor with fascinating history. Plan for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the loop, allowing yourself ample time to absorb the breathtaking sights that await you.

Important Information:

Entry Fees:

  • Adults: Ages 13 and over: $18 online reservation & $21 at ticket window
  • Children: Ages 6-12: $16 online reservation & $19 at ticket window

Open: May 12 - October 9, 9 am - 5 pm, October 9 - 22, 9 am - 4 pm.

12:30 PM - Lunch at Woodstock Inn Brewery 

After an invigorating exploration of Flume Gorge Hike, satisfy your appetite with a memorable lunch at Woodstock Inn Brewery. This vibrant establishment is renowned for its lively atmosphere, live music, and delectable libations. 

The Main Bar serves as the heart of the Woodstock Inn, where engaging conversations and good times flow. It's the perfect spot to unwind and be part of the North Country's vibrant social scene. 

If you prefer to soak up the New Hampshire charm, head to the Dam Bar, an outdoor patio area crafted with downed beaver trees and salvaged wood, providing a unique setting to enjoy your meal on a sunny day.

3:00 PM - Explore the Serenity of Echo Lake by Canoe

At 3:00 PM, as the day unfolds, venture to Echo Lake for an unforgettable experience of renting a canoe and immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of this enchanting destination. Echo Lake is a hidden gem nestled amidst the breathtaking Franconia Notch, offering a picturesque setting that captivates the senses. As you arrive, you'll be greeted by stunning lake views that mirror the surrounding mountains, creating a scene of unparalleled natural beauty.

Embarking on a canoe adventure at Echo Lake allows you to embrace the serenity of the water and immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance. Capture the mesmerizing reflections on the still lake surface, creating picture-perfect moments that will become treasured memories. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the lake trail, which unveils hidden treasures and scenic vistas along the way. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or new to canoeing, the calm waters of Echo Lake provide an ideal environment for a leisurely excursion.

5:00 PM - Discover the Charm of Littleton: Antique Shops & River Walk   

As the afternoon unfolds and the sun begins its descent, immerse yourself in the charm of Littleton, a town nestled at the northern edge of the White Mountains. Littleton invites you to explore its antique shops and take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful river walk, offering a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Exploring the antique shops and riverwalk in Littleton offers a delightful combination of cultural immersion and scenic enjoyment. Allow yourself to be transported to a bygone era as you peruse the treasures of the past, and embrace the serenity of the river walk as you unwind amidst nature's tranquil embrace. Littleton beckons you with its small-town charm and promises an enchanting experience for every visitor.

7:00 PM - Grab some yummy pizza and a crafted beer at Schilling Beer Co  

As the evening sets in, indulge in a culinary experience that combines delectable pizza and finely-crafted beer at Schilling Beer Co. Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains, this modern European-inspired craft brewery invites Lumen's visitors to savor a truly exceptional dining experience.

Schilling Beer Co. is fueled by a passion for crafting world-class lagers that pay homage to European brewing traditions. With each sip, you'll embark on a flavorful journey that tells a story about the brewery's heritage, aspirations, and dedication to excellence. From Czech-inspired lagers to innovative mixed-fermentation ales, the diverse beer selection caters to every palate, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience for beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike.

9:00 PM - Sauna time at Lumen

After a day filled with adventure and exploration, it's time to unwind and indulge in the ultimate relaxation at Lumen Nature Retreat. At 9 PM, we invite our guests to experience the soothing warmth of our sauna, where cares and worries melt away. Step into a world of tranquility as the gentle heat envelops you, easing tension from your body and rejuvenating your spirit. 

After a long and fulfilling day, find solace in our cozy cabins or tents, where restful slumber awaits. Nestled in the embrace of nature, our accommodations provide a sanctuary of comfort and tranquility. Sink into plush bedding, enveloped by the gentle hush of the surrounding wilderness. Drift off to sleep knowing that another day of adventure and discovery awaits, leaving you refreshed and invigorated for the experiences that lie ahead.

Embrace the magic of the night, for it is in these moments of tranquility that you truly connect with the essence of nature and find inner peace.

Day 3

8:30 AM - Breakfast at Moon Cafe & Bakery  

Indulge in a delightful breakfast experience at Moon Cafe & Bakery, the perfect way to start your day after a restful night at Lumen Nature Retreat. Step into a cozy atmosphere where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the tantalizing scent of freshly baked pastries welcome you. 

As you peruse the menu, you'll discover a delightful array of options to satisfy your cravings. From mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches crafted with care to energizing smoothies bursting with flavor, every bite at Moon Cafe & Bakery is a culinary delight. Be sure to indulge in their homemade pastries, lovingly baked to perfection, and savor the heavenly taste of their vegan brownies. Their attention to detail and commitment to using high-quality ingredients shines through in every dish.

Business Hours:

  • Open from Tuesday to Sunday - 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Closed on Mondays

9:30 AM - Book a zipline or off-road tour with Alpine Adventures 

After enjoying your breakfast, step outside your comfort zone and embark on a thrilling zipline or off-road tour that will take your adventure to new heights. Alpine Adventures offers the perfect opportunity to escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in the extraordinary beauty of the region.

With their professional guide staff and commitment to providing exceptional experiences, Alpine Adventures is the ideal choice for those seeking adventure and a deeper connection with nature. Whether you're soaring through the treetops on a zipline or exploring rugged terrain in an off-road vehicle, you'll be surrounded by stunning landscapes and an atmosphere of excitement.

By including Alpine Adventures in your visit to Lumen Nature Retreat, you'll have the chance to combine the tranquility of the retreat with the thrill of outdoor exploration. Soar through the canopy or conquer challenging trails, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the White Mountains. Don't miss the opportunity to add an extra dose of adventure to your Lumen experience with Alpine Adventures.

Business Hours:

Open every day from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

12:30 PM - Lunch at StrEatz  

When it comes to satisfying your taste buds, StrEatz is a must-visit eatery for Lumen's guests. Whether you find their stationary food trailer on Eastside Road in North Woodstock during the warmer months or their pop-up eatery at Maple Haven Campground in the cooler months, you're in for a culinary treat. StrEatz takes pride in their menu that features a diverse range of delectable dishes, using locally sourced meats and fresh produce.

As a testimony to their culinary excellence, StrEatz received the prestigious Viewers' Choice Award for BEST FOOD TRUCK in New Hampshire by WMUR in 2022. This recognition is a testament to the exceptional dining experience that awaits you. Whether you're seeking a quick and flavorful bite or a fulfilling breakfast, StrEatz is the place to go. Give your taste buds a treat and savor the delicious offerings from this local gem.

Business Hours:

Open from Thursday to Sunday from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

2:30PM -  Afternoon Hike at Lost River Gorge  

For a memorable and exhilarating final adventure, Lumen's guests are encouraged to explore the enchanting Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves. Nestled amidst breathtaking mountain and river scenery, this seasonal ravine park offers a remarkable experience for hikers, cave enthusiasts, and those seeking natural beauty. As you traverse the extensive boardwalks that wind through lush forests and deep into the gorge, you'll be captivated by the stunning sights that await.

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves takes great pride in maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is attentive and accommodating, ensuring your visit is enjoyable from start to finish. Immerse yourself in the well-cared-for grounds, relish the clean facilities, and explore the enticing gift shop where you can find mementos to commemorate your adventure. Whether you're seeking family fun, an exciting solo hike, or a unique experience in nature, Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves is a destination that promises an unforgettable journey.

Business Hours:

Open every day of the week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Bonus: 6:00 PM - Sunset Dinner at Panorama Six82  

As a delightful bonus to conclude your trip, Lumen's guests are encouraged to indulge in a memorable dining experience at Panorama Six82. With its tranquil ambiance and friendly service, Panorama Six82 provides the perfect setting for a relaxing and enjoyable evening.

The menu at Panorama Six82 boasts a variety of options to cater to diverse tastes, ensuring there's something for everyone to savor. From the delectable flavors and impeccable presentation to the reasonable prices, this dining establishment prides itself on delivering a culinary experience that exceeds expectations. Whether you're craving fresh seafood, succulent cuts of meat, or enticing vegetarian dishes, the talented chefs at Panorama Six82 are dedicated to creating memorable meals.

In addition to the outstanding cuisine, the establishment offers an outdoor area where you can soak in the breathtaking surroundings as you indulge in your meal. The well-stocked bar serves up generous-sized martinis at great prices, adding to the overall enjoyment of your dining experience. From the moment you step foot into Panorama Six82, you'll be greeted by a courteous and attentive staff who strive to make your visit exceptional.

Business Hours:

Open every day from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Are you Ready to Unleash Your Wanderlust and Reconnect with Nature in the White Mountains?

As we wrap up our journey through the captivating wonders of the White Mountains, Lumen Nature Retreat emerges as the ultimate destination for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Over the course of 48 unforgettable hours, we've traversed pristine hiking trails, marveled at breathtaking waterfalls, savored delectable cuisine, and embarked on exhilarating outdoor activities. Lumen Nature Retreat beckons you to step into a realm where tranquility and exploration intertwine, offering an escape from the bustling world and a chance to reconnect with the wonders of nature.

Whether you seek thrilling adventures or serene moments of introspection, Lumen Nature Retreat promises an escape from the ordinary, inviting you to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. It's time to embrace the call of the wild, to embark on a journey that rejuvenates the spirit and nourishes the soul. So pack your bags, leave the hustle and bustle behind, and let Lumen Nature Retreat be your gateway to an unforgettable odyssey through the untamed beauty of the White Mountains.