“NH Life” Host Shares Her Favorite Granite State Spots
A local show explores our favorite state
“New Hampshire Life” takes viewers around the state with host Kate Sullivan to meet fascinating locals, explore new adventures and places, and uncover the positive stories that make New Hampshire a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.
Here are a few of Sullivan’s favorite New Hampshire places she discovered while filming the show.
Adventure Park at Mount Sunapee
This is an unexpected summer adventure at one of New Hampshire’s favorite ski resorts! As someone who is afraid of heights, I was a little nervous to get high up in the trees on the aerial course. However, after great instruction and gear that kept me safe, I absolutely loved it! We were actually behind a woman and her son, who were both having a lot of fun. The ropes course we went on started very low to the ground and gradually made its way up, so we had time to adjust to our surroundings. In addition to the ropes course, the adventure park also has a sky ride on the chairlifts and mountain biking.
1398 Route 103, Newbury
For ages 6 and older
Surfing lessons at Summer Sessions in Rye
This was so much fun! The crew at Summer Sessions set us up with all the gear — a wetsuit and a board, plus a quick lesson before we got into the water. Everyone was so encouraging. The instructors were out there with us, picking the waves and sending us off so we could get up and ride the tide. I went back a few weeks later with my four kids and we all had lessons. Great beach, great instructors and great for the family.
Summer Sessions Surf Shop
2281 Ocean Blvd., Rye
Bike Rentals at Littleton Bike & Fitness and the Parker Mountain Trails
When we traveled to Littleton, we heard there were some pretty great mountain bike trails for all levels. I hadn’t really been mountain biking before, so we started out at Littleton Bike & Fitness with Dave, who set us up with bikes, gear and trail maps. We headed to Parker Mountain and started out on their small track before venturing into the woods. The trails are marked from easiest to hardest, so I knew where to go and where not to. Another adventure I revisited with my family weeks later.
Littleton Bike & Fitness
30 Cottage St., Littleton
Parker Mountain Trails
This is a real gem in Concord. Family-owned and operated, the abandoned railroad tracks have been revitalized and offer a unique tour through a section of Concord I didn’t even know existed. The railriders were built by the owner and his son, and they offer a very smooth and comfortable ride. There are two-seaters or four-seaters, and you can also connect more to make a train if it’s a larger group.
188 Sewalls Falls Rd., Concord
ATV & Camping at Bear Rock Adventures
This northern town really impressed us! We met up with Corrine Rober from Bear Rock Adventures who offers ATV rentals, tours and glamping as a package. We rode over in one of the ATVs and stayed at one of the glamping sites. Their beautiful canvas tents have everything you need to be comfortable camping in the mountains. The views were spectacular, and having morning coffee sitting on the porch looking over the mountain range was something I’ll never forget. The tents range from four- to eight-person capacity. And there’s a woodstove for those cooler nights. You can rent an ATV for the weekend, and tour around the grounds or take your own car up to the site.
Bear Rock Adventures
2638 North Main St., Pittsburg
Live Music at the Stone Church
Newmarket is an adorable little town with a lot to do. Right up the road from Main Street is this super cool old church called the Stone Church that has regular live music. We ate at the Big Bean and then went up to see George Barber, a local musician who has a great voice and sound. I love bringing my kids to live music events, as it exposes them to different kinds of music. Stone Church has a packed summer calendar, and it’s all listed on their website.
The Stone Church
5 Granite St., Newmarket
The Big Bean Café
118 Main St., Newmarket
Here, education and pleasure are combined. We enjoyed a sail aboard a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges that were once prevalent along local waterways. On board, we learned about the boat and how they were used to carry freight of up to 50 tons between ocean-going schooners and the growing towns of the Piscataqua region. We hoisted up the sails and felt like part of the crew. They have a ton of programs for families and kids, but also rent the boat out for events and sails.
The Gundalow Company
60 Marcy St., Portsmouth
We loved, loved this place! Indoor skydiving, such a cool experience! The staff there was so great — they set you up with gear, lessons and always have someone with you as you “fly.” For those who are too afraid to jump out of a plane, this is really the next best thing. This same place also has the largest indoor surfing facility in North America, Surf’s Up. Their SurfStream is the world’s first standing wave machine offering up to seven different wave types for all skill levels to enjoy. Riders use real surfboards with fins on a thick cushion of water that creates an endless wave. Surf’s Up enables all ages and experience levels to learn, practice and improve skills that are directly transferable to surfing in the ocean.
SkyVenture and Surf’s Up
100 Adventure Way, Nashua
This working farm and education center offers everything from animal barns, hay rides, miles and miles and miles of trails, and organic homemade ice cream just ready and waiting for you and your family to dig into. You could spend hours here learning so much about farming and the importance of healthy communities and our reliance on farms like this and their farmers. And it’s right down the road from Main Street in Keene.
242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene
Another activity I had never tried was wakeboarding. We rented a boat, and an instructor took us out on the beautiful lake. The boat we were in was spacious and very modern, and the driver played some tunes as we got ready to jump in and ride the wake! This is such a great family adventure — there was an 8 year old on the boat who was way better than I could ever imagine! ❂
103 Weirs Rd., Gilford
About “New Hampshire Life”
With broad content delivery spanning television, online and social media, “New Hampshire Life” features compelling stories and profiles. Kate is often joined by dynamic guests who accompany her for adventures. For season one, Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, joined Kate for some mountain biking in Littleton. In season two, former New England Patriots player Rob Ninkovich took Kate snowmobiling on the trails in Gorham. In the same season, Kate met up in Manchester with the newly appointed New Hampshire Economic Development Director Jodie Nazaka to try some homemade pretzels at Hop Knot on Elm Street.
Broadcast on New England Sports Network (NESN) and News Center Maine, “New Hampshire Life” shares with viewers across New England compelling features every Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30. “New Hampshire Life” also delivers its content online, reaching beyond ordinary television audiences. The show wrapped season two in April, and began filming the third season this June. Stay tuned for more great shows that explore the Granite State!