Explore snow-covered landscapes, go skiing or snowshoeing, and enjoy the stunning beauty of frozen waterfalls, all while immersing yourself in the tranquility and charm of the winter in the White Mountains.

48 Hrs at Lumen

[Winter Edition]

Step into a winter wonderland, as the White Mountains of New Hampshire don their pristine white attire. The frost-touched beauty of winter here isn’t merely a season but a canvas painted with the finest brushes of nature.

On your visit, you will relish:

  • Snow-Cloaked Beauty: The White Mountains become a fairy-tale landscape with snow-clad trees, frozen lakes, and undulating hills.
  • Crisp Winter Air: Every breath you take is invigorating, with the pure, cold essence of mountain winter.
  • Whispering Silence: As snow muffles the world, experience an unparalleled tranquility, far from the summer's bustling crowds.
  • Winter Sports Galore: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing - the mountains become a playground for winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Starry Nights: The clear winter skies over New Hampshire are a celestial treat, offering stargazers a dreamy spectacle.
  • Rejuvenation and Reflection: Winter is a time of introspection and renewal, as the world takes a pause, offering moments to reconnect with oneself and nature.

Winter in the White Mountains is a mesmerizing dance of nature, where every snowflake tells a tale of wonder. Whether you're carving your path down a slope, capturing the serene landscapes through your lens, or simply marveling at nature's artistry, the charm of a White Mountains winter is irresistible.

So, layer up and step into this snowy paradise at Lumen Nature Retreat. Here, exhilarating adventures and heartwarming moments await at every snow-covered turn.

4PM - Check-In and Initial Exploration at Lumen

Welcome to Lumen Nature Retreat! 

As you check in, take a moment to immerse yourself in the serene surroundings of the White Mountains. Feel the crisp mountain air as you explore the grounds, with paths meandering through snowy pines and a landscape that promises countless adventures.

In the heart of Lumen, you'll find cozy nooks and communal spaces designed for relaxation and connection. Perhaps warm yourself by the crackling fireplace, sip on a hot beverage, or engage in conversation with fellow guests, sharing tales of past adventures and plans for the days ahead.

Your journey at Lumen Nature Retreat has just begun, and already the promise of countless adventures, soul-soothing experiences, and memories to be made beckons you. Welcome to your winter sanctuary.

5PM - Discover the Magic of Ice Castle

At 5 o'clock, gear up for a visit to Ice Castle New Hampshire, an impressive structure entirely made of ice. As the day draws to a close, the setting sun creates a play of colors on the ice, casting the castle in shades of blue and purple.

Ice Castles has become a winter attraction you can't miss. These structures, which began in Brent Christensen's Utah front yard in 2011, have now expanded across North America. Christensen's creation, initially meant for his children's amusement, quickly gained popularity and has since evolved into a large-scale winter phenomenon.

The New Hampshire location, set in North Woodstock on Clark Farm Road, holds a special significance as one of the earliest Ice Castles. This permanent location allows for a more expansive and interactive experience. With each year, new features are added, ensuring that visitors always have something new to look forward to.

8 PM: Dinner at The Common Man Lincoln

As the evening descends upon the White Mountains and you finish your visit to Conway, it's time to indulge your taste buds at The Common Man in Lincoln, New Hampshire, is a local gem that has been delighting diners for years. Picture this: you walk into a cozy, rustic-chic restaurant nestled in the heart of the White Mountains. The air is filled with the mouthwatering aroma of comfort food, and the warm ambiance makes you feel right at home. That's The Common Man for you, and it's the kind of place you'll want to visit for dinner, or heck, any meal!

What makes The Common Man extra special is its rich history. This restaurant isn't just a place to eat; it's a part of the community. Established in 1971, The Common Man has a deep-rooted connection to the region. It is also renowned for offering a true taste of New England. From classic comfort food to regional specialties, they serve up dishes that celebrate the flavors and traditions of the region. Whether you're craving fresh seafood, hearty stews, or locally sourced ingredients, this restaurant captures the essence of New England cuisine.

8 AM - Breakfast at Flapjacks

As dawn breaks and the White Mountains wake to a new day, there's no better place to commence your morning at Lumen Nature Retreat than at Flapjacks. As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and griddled pancakes wafts through the air, it invites you to take a moment to truly savor the beginning of your day.

Each plate at Flapjacks is a testament to the joys of a hearty breakfast. Their signature pancakes, light and fluffy, come generously drizzled with locally sourced maple syrup, its sweetness a perfect accompaniment to the buttery softness beneath. But it's not just about pancakes. Their diverse breakfast menu ensures that whether you prefer a savory omelette, crispy bacon, or a bowl of fresh fruit and granola, there's something to kickstart everyone's day.

So, as you relish your breakfast, look out the window at the scenic beauty that surrounds Lumen Nature Retreat, and get energized for the day's escapades. Whether you're heading out for a hike, skiing, or simply exploring the retreat's grounds, starting your day at Flapjacks ensures you do so with a contented belly and high spirits.

9 AM - Loon Mountain for Avid Skiers

As the clock strikes nine, prepare yourself for a delightful excursion to Loon Mountain, a winter haven nestled within the stunning White Mountains. A place where every snow enthusiast, be it novice or pro, finds their calling.

For avid skiers and snowboarders, the allure of Loon Mountain's pristine slopes is undeniable. The mountain offers a variety of terrains, catering to both beginners finding their snow-legs and seasoned enthusiasts craving an adrenaline rush. As you carve down its powdery trails, the thrill of the descent, combined with the crisp mountain air, is an exhilarating experience.

9 AM - Loon Mountain for Non-skiers

But Loon Mountain isn’t only about skiing and snowboarding. If you're someone who doesn’t fancy strapping on a pair of skis, there's still a plethora of activities waiting for you. Dive into the fun of snow tubing, sliding down groomed lanes with laughter echoing in the air. Or, for a more tranquil adventure, strap on a pair of snowshoes and tread through serene snow-covered trails, listening to the soft crunch underfoot and taking in the stillness of the winter landscape.

And then, there's the winter gondola ride, an absolute must-do. As you ascend, ensconced in the comfort of the gondola, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas of the mountain range. The snowy peaks stretching out in all directions, the valleys below, and the blue winter sky above create a mesmerizing tableau. It's a vantage point that offers a perspective like no other.

So, whether you're seeking the thrill of downhill activities or the calm of scenic beauty, Loon Mountain ensures that every visitor returns with memories etched in snow and sun.

7 PM - A Culinary Evening at Woodstock Inn Brewery

As the sun sets, casting its golden hues over the snow-laden landscapes of White Mountains, it’s time to indulge in a culinary journey that truly celebrates the essence of New Hampshire. Woodstock Inn Brewery, with its cozy atmosphere and authentic charm, is the perfect spot to wind down after a day of adventures.

Now, let's talk about the heart of Woodstock Inn Brewery - its food and drinks. The menu is a delightful mix of classic comfort dishes and innovative flavors, each meticulously crafted to warm your soul. Whether it's a hearty stew, a sizzling steak, or a vegetarian delicacy, the dishes promise to satiate your post-adventure hunger.

But what truly sets Woodstock Inn Brewery apart are its craft brews. Brewed on-site, each beer is a reflection of the region’s character and the passion of the brewers. Drawing inspiration from the very landscapes you’ve ventured through, the flavors range from crisp and refreshing to rich and malty. Whether you’re a seasoned beer aficionado or just looking to try something new, the knowledgeable staff are always on hand to recommend a brew that pairs perfectly with your chosen meal.

9 PM - Sauna time at Lumen

As night descends and a blanket of stars covers the White Mountains, it's time to pamper yourself with a bit of Nordic luxury. Lumen Nature Retreat's sauna is not just a place; it's an experience designed to bring unparalleled relaxation. Stepping into the wooden enclave, you'll instantly be enveloped by gentle warmth, melting away the day’s fatigue.

This is the moment to let go. The gentle heat works its magic, easing sore muscles that have been tested by day's adventures and releasing tensions held deep within. As the soft steam rises, let your mind wander, reflecting on the majestic vistas and snowy trails you've traversed. With each deep breath, allow the aromatic scents of the timber to revitalize your spirit, setting you up for yet another day of exploration.

The best part? Exiting the sauna into the crisp mountain air, where the contrast in temperature gives a final invigorating jolt to your senses, ensuring a restful night’s sleep ahead.

8:30 AM - Craft Some Self-made Morning Delicacies

Greet the morning with the soft golden light filtering through your windows, illuminating your personal haven in the heart of the White Mountains. As the world outside awakens, it’s time to craft a breakfast that matches the splendor of your surroundings.

At Lumen Nature Retreat, you're equipped with all the kitchen amenities you could wish for. Whether you're in the mood to make some scrambled eggs, a hearty oatmeal topped with fresh fruits, or just a simple toast with jam and butter, the choice is yours. As you prepare your meal, enjoy the symphony of nature outside – the chirping of birds, the rustle of leaves, and the distant echoes of the mountains.

Find a cozy spot, perhaps by the window or on the outdoor patio, and indulge in your self-made feast. Each bite, accompanied by the tranquil beauty around, is a testament to the simple joys of mountain life.

With a satisfied heart and belly, it’s time to gear up for a day of winter hikes, adventures, and creating lasting memories in this winter paradise.

11 AM - Embarking on Winter Treks: Trails Awaiting Your Footprints

The White Mountains, with its snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows, offers some of the most captivating winter hikes. Here's a breakdown of the top trails you might consider during your stay:

Franconia Ridge Loop Trail [8.6 Miles]

Difficulty: Advanced

Description: This trail is a favorite among seasoned hikers and for good reason. Spanning a distance that tests endurance, this trail takes you through a mix of terrains, culminating in panoramic views of the vast expanse of the White Mountains. The snow adds a pristine touch to the landscape, making the challenging trek well worth the effort.

Lonesome Lake Trail [3 Miles]

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: For those looking for a less strenuous journey without compromising on the beauty, Lonesome Lake Trail is perfect. As you navigate this trail, you'll be greeted with the serene beauty of a frozen lake, nestled amidst towering trees, all blanketed under a layer of fresh snow.

Artist’s Bluff Trail [1.5 Miles]

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Description: A popular choice for families or those looking for a shorter hiking experience, this trail provides breathtaking views of Franconia Notch. Despite its relatively shorter distance, it promises some of the most postcard-worthy vistas.

Essential Winter Hiking Tips:
  • Dress in Layers: Start with moisture-wicking base layers to keep sweat at bay, add insulating layers like fleece or down, and top it with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  • Trustworthy Footwear: Opt for waterproof hiking boots that offer excellent traction, especially on snowy or icy terrains. Consider bring mircrospikes for the hike just in case the trail is icy
  • Navigation is Key: Carry a physical map of the area you're hiking in. While technology is great, in colder temperatures, electronic devices can fail.
  • Stay Energized: Pack high-energy snacks like trail mix, protein bars, or even chocolate. Calories are essential to staying warm and energized.
  • Warm Sips on the Go: A thermos filled with your favorite warm drink can be a lifesaver. Whether it's hot chocolate, tea, or just warm water, it helps to combat the cold and can be a morale booster.
  • Power Up: Cold can drain battery life swiftly. Bring a portable charger to ensure your phone stays charged, especially if you're using it for navigation or emergencies.
  • Inform Someone: Before heading out, let someone know your hiking plan and expected return time.

Remember, while winter hikes can offer some of the most mesmerizing views, they also come with their set of challenges. Always prioritize safety and know your limits. Happy hiking!

1PM: Lunch at Covered Bridge Farm Table

Step into a delightful blend of history and culinary charm at the Covered Bridge Farm Table. As the name suggests, the eatery takes inspiration from the rustic allure of historic covered bridges, a hallmark of New England’s countryside. The moment you walk in, you'll be greeted by a warm and welcoming ambiance, accentuated by wooden interiors and vintage decor that transport you to a bygone era.

The menu, however, is a harmonious mix of the old and the new. For those who crave a taste of New England's timeless recipes, the restaurant offers classic dishes that have been passed down through generations. From hearty stews that warm the soul to freshly baked bread that reminds one of home, the culinary offerings here are rooted in tradition.

Yet, the chefs at Covered Bridge Farm Table also understand the evolving palate of the modern diner. You'll find contemporary twists to some of your favorite dishes, infused with flavors from around the world, presenting a global gourmet experience in a local setting.

So, take a seat, order your favorite dish, and let the Covered Bridge Farm Table offer not just a meal, but an experience that stays with you long after you've left.

Bonus: Muddy Paw Sled Dog

For a truly unforgettable winter experience, make sure to add Muddy Paw Sled Dog to your itinerary before heading home. Nestled within the breathtaking scenery of the White Mountains, Muddy Paw presents a mesmerizing dog sledding adventure that's not just about the ride but also about the bond formed between man and man's best friend.

As you arrive at the Muddy Paw kennel, you'll be greeted by the joyful barks and excited tail wags of the resident sled dogs. Ranging from purebred Siberian Huskies to Alaskan Malamutes and other mixed breeds, each dog has a unique story, many of them being rescues that have found a loving home and purpose here.

Before embarking on your journey, the passionate mushers will introduce you to the intricacies of dog sledding. Learn about the history of the sport, the role each dog plays in the team, and the essential commands that guide them through the winding trails. The bond between the musher and the sled dogs is evident, showcasing a partnership built on trust and mutual respect. After your ride, spend some time getting to know the dogs. Give them a pat, snap some photos, and maybe even share a treat. It's a heartwarming moment that highlights the genuine connection between humans and these loyal canines.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog offers more than just a ride; it offers an immersive journey into the world of dog sledding, a tradition deeply rooted in the history and culture of snowy regions worldwide. So, before you bid adieu to the White Mountains, seize this opportunity for an adventure that will remain etched in your memory for years to come.

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

Lumen Nature Retreat awaits to be your home in the heart of these majestic mountains. Book your adventure now and craft memories to last a lifetime!