Discover the Upper Valley!
The Upper Valley is a diverse collection of communities located in both New Hampshire and Vermont. Historically, most Upper Valley towns were settled in the mid 1700’s and consisted of farms and mill towns. You can still find working farms scattered throughout the Upper Valley, however most of the old mills have evolved into modern office complexes housing the Upper Valleys newest industry, “Technology” connecting businesses around the world. Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, NH, and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, located in Lebanon, NH, continually put the Upper Valley in the forefront of new technologies and innovation. Year round outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the Upper Valley, from swimming & hiking to skiing and snowmobiling, there’s something for everyone in your family.
Upper Valley Education
Area public schools are highly rated and known for small classroom size allowing for more one on one learning. Our four seasons allow for a wide range of afterschool sports so almost any child will find an outdoor activity to participate in. A more in depth report regarding area high schools is attached. Private Schools include Kimball Union Academy in Meriden and Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan and the Crossroads Academy in Lyme are among some New England's finest private schools.
Upper Valley Cultural Activities
One of the greatest attractions of living in the Upper Valley, is its wealth of cultural opportunities. Dartmouth College in Hanover offers the Hopkins Center for Performing and Creative Arts. The Hop, as it is commonly known, features a wide variety of musical, theatrical, film and fine art events and exhibits. Adjoining is the Hood Museum of Art with its permanent collection of art from around the world and ongoing special exhibits. Across the River in Norwich, Vermont the Montshire Museum of Science provides educational facilities especially appreciated by our local area youngsters. Saint Gaudens, a National Historic Site in Cornish, NH was once the summer home of sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens. Each summer, amidst lovely gardens, the site is host to sculpture workshops, exhibits, and classical concerts. The area also boasts a myriad of fine theatre groups such as the Northernstage in White River Junction, Vermont and the New London Barn Players. Movie theaters are located in Lebanon, Hanover and Claremont NH. There’s even an old fashioned drive-in located in Fairlee, VT (summer only, of course).
Upper Valley Recreation
Outdoor enthusiasts flourish in this area of New Hampshire and Vermont. The mountains and waterways including the Connecticut River provide ample opportunity for hiking, biking, hunting, camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, cross-country skiing and skating. Area lakes include Mascoma Lake in Enfield, NH and Lake Sunapee. The Appalachian Trail winds through the heart of the area. Downhill skiing is some of the best in New England. Living in the Upper Valley literally puts you within about a 45 minute drive to every major ski area in Northern New England. Some of our local favorites are the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, NH, Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, NH, Mount Sunapee Ski Resort in Newbury along with its sister resort Okemo Mountain located in Ludlow VT. For those of you longing for the big mountains of the west there are is Killington Mountain Resort, about a 45 minute drive from Lebanon, or Jay-peek in Northern Vermont.
Golfers enjoy several first rate golf courses in Hanover, Eastman and Lebanon, NH; and Woodstock, Quechee and Bradford, Vermont. State Parks and government property, such as the Mount Sunapee State Park in Sunapee, NH, and the Union Village Recreation Area in Thetford, VT are open for family enjoyment. This is just a sampling of some of the recreational opportunities you’ll find in the Upper Valley. We guarantee that if you like the outdoors, you’ll love the Upper Valley!
The Upper Valley has the only convergence of two major Interstates “I-89 and I-91” that don’t intersect in a major metropolitan city. Our unique location can be arrived at by auto, rail or air. Locally the Lebanon Municipal Airport has daily flights to New York City. Manchester/Boston regional airport located in Manchester NH is an easy commute to the Upper Valley and direct flights from Boston are also available via a two hour commute by car or let the Dartmouth Coach do the driving for you, departing daily from Lebanon, NH.
Upper Valley Shopping
West Lebanon, New Hampshire is the center of the Upper Valley shopping scene, where many fast food restaurants, big box stores and your favorite retailers can be found. Hanover, NH and Woodstock, VT offer a wide variety of high end boutique style shopping and restaurants for those with discriminating tastes.
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is the largest full-service hospital between Boston and Montreal, occupying an all new state-of-the-art facility in Lebanon, NH. The Veterans' Administration Hospital in White River Junction, VT is affiliated with this center as is the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, a nationally important cancer research center. Other area hospitals include Alice Peck Day Memorial in Lebanon, NH, Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, NH, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Brownsville, VT, Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH, New London Hospital in New London, NH, and Newport Hospital in Newport, NH.
How’s the Weather?
If you don’t like the weather just wait a minute!
The Upper Valley climate is mild during the summer when temperatures tend to be in the 60's and 70’s and very cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the teens. Snow accumulation varies from year to year, however, we rarely see any single storm dump more than 12 inches of snow at one time, but depending on your elevation a big storm called a Nor-Easter can pack a punch, occasionally piling up the snow. Most storms consist of about 3 to 6 inches which is quickly cleared from the roads. The first snow fall is usually in mid-December allowing for that all important “White Christmas”. Typically the majority of our winter snowfall has melted by mid-April.
The warmest month of the year is July, with an average maximum temperature of 81.40 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s rare that we have this type of weather for days on end. The coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 7.70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with an average difference that can reach 24 degrees. During winter the average difference is 22 degrees Fahrenheit.
The annual average precipitation in the Upper Valley is 36.20 inches. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month based on total inches of rain is August, with an average rainfall of 3.50 Inches, however, April tends to have the most rainy days, just not as drenching as can be found in August.
The fall weather is quite spectacular in the Upper Valley. Cool nights and warm clear days make the Upper Valley burst into color with this wonderful weather lasting almost to Thanksgiving.
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