Nestled within the beautiful and scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire, the town of Bethlehem in The North Country is surrounded by pristine natural beauty and national forests. While surrounded by stunning scenery, Bethlehem itself offers a wide variety of things to do for both visitors and locals alike. The town is full of history, yet has a small town atmosphere and is a great base for exploring the White Mountain region. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, learning about the history of the area, dining on delicious food, and enjoying a pint of craft beer. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.The Rocks Estate and Christmas Tree Farm
© The Rocks Estate and Christmas Tree Farm
The Rocks Estate and Christmas Tree Farm is a historic landmark in the New England town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, encompassing approximately 1,400 acres and offers extensive trails and beautiful views. The property is also the site of the “New Hampshire Maple Experience.” Visitors at The Rocks Estate will also find gardens for picnics, a gift shop selling a wide variety of items, the Maple Museum, and several different tours, such as the hands-on Maple Tour. Beyond the Christmas Tree Farm’s neat rows of trees lined by stone walls are idyllic grounds of experiential learning, wildlife, and history.
4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-444-6228
2.The Gallery at WREN
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The Gallery at WREN aims to set the standard for the North Country’s fine art galleries. Founded in 2001 as a community cultural outlet, the gallery offers a place where people can come for creative expression and gather together as a community to appreciate, learn more about, and simply enjoy art. The Gallery at WREN is open to the general public from 11:00am until 5:00pm, seven days a week. An array of special events are also hosted by WREN as well, such as workshops, demonstrations, artist talks, and the First Friday Meet the Artist receptions.
2011 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-869-9736
3.Bethlehem Heritage Society
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Established in 1997 and located within the restored historic Ranlet Cafe, the Bethlehem Heritage Society has more than 250 members and serves as an always changing display for the history of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. The heritage society invites everyone to the center to learn about Bethlehem’s history. The town was once a premiere vacation destination with over thirty hotels and visitors today can see photographs and many items originally housed inside the grand buildings. The Bethlehem Heritage Society also features stories about the town’s first settlers, the hotel era glory days, and the ever-changing history of the town at present day.
2182 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-869-3330
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© Colonial Theatre
The historic Colonial Theatre is The North Country of New Hampshire’s home of culture, music, film, and the arts. Opening its doors in Bethlehem back in 1915, the theatre is one of the country's oldest movie theaters in continuous operation. It originally opened during the town’s Grand Hotel era, during its heyday as a destination resort. Featuring state-of-the-art surround sound and digital projection, the Colonial Theatre shows world and independent cinema, as well as hosts family entertainment and “Grammy award-winning” performing artists from May to October, yet still retains its intimate charm as the town’s vintage summer theater.
2050 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-869-3422
5.The Maplewood Golf Course
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The Maplewood Golf Course is an eighteen-hole golf course in the town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. The course features a little more than six thousand yards of golf from the course's longest tees, as well as beautiful views of New Hampshire’s scenic White Mountains. One of the grandest of the thirty hotels that once thrived in Bethlehem, The Maplewood Hotel is also considered to be one of New England’s most spectacular resorts, which has helped to draw visitors from all parts of New England to visit the hotel and play a round of golf at the Maplewood Golf course.
2691 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 877-869-3335
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6.Bear Belly Brew Tours
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The Bear Belly Brew Tours offer a chance for visitors to discover some of the great breweries of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Tours are offered every Saturday and last approximately four hours, from 11:00am until 3:00pm. Started by the Bear Mountain Lodge owners, Bear Belly Brew Tours include a stop at three different breweries in the area and transportation on a comfortable 14-passenger shuttle bus. At each stop, guests will learn about the history of the brewery and get to sample three beers. Bottled water and pretzels are also provided during the ride.
Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-991-4416
7.42 Maple Contemporary Art Center
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The 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center is a community art studio space, events center, and art gallery open to the general public, located within a former historic church that dates back to the year 1877. The art center is also lovingly referred to by many locals as “The Tallest Toy Box in Town.” The 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center is home to many resident artists with their own studio spaces and The Gallery at 42 Maple. The gallery hosts artist reception every month on the First Friday and curates several exhibitions during the year, along with special workshops and events.
42 Maple St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-575-9077
8.Cold Mountain Cafe
© Cold Mountain Cafe
The Cold Mountain Cafe is situated in the middle of the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshires, serving farm-to-table cuisine in Bethlehem that celebrates the local farms and small businesses of northern New England. The locally owned and operated restaurant offers internationally inspired and inventive fare, as well as craft cocktails and an informed, friendly staff. The menu at Cold Mountain Cafe features a wide variety of options, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes. Food here ranges from homemade soups and sandwiches to freshly made quiches. Lunch is served from 11:00am until 3:00pm and dinner from 5:00pm.
2015 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-869-2500
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9.Adair Country Inn Restaurant
© Adair Country Inn Restaurant
The Adair Country Inn Restaurant is located in a New England historic inn, situated among the many different outdoor activities, art galleries, and shops of Bethlehem and the surrounding area. Serving flavorful cuisine that New England is well known for, the restaurant features a cozy library pub, an outdoor garden patio, and a quaint fireside dining room. The Adair Country Inn itself boasts a rich history and scenic grounds with colorful gardens and walking trails. The estate was constructed back in 1927 for Dorothy Adair Hogan and still retains its intimate charm today, now owned by Cathy and Joel Bedor.
80 Guider Ln, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-444-2600
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10.Bethlehem Country Club Restaurant
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The Top of the Hill Pub and Grill at the Bethlehem Country Club is a good place to get a simple breakfast or lunch in the town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Breakfast options include a three-egg omelet, pancakes, “breakfast on a bun,” and the BCC Special, while the lunch menu features the BCC Burger, chicken tenders, and a variety of sandwiches. The restaurant is typically open on Sundays from 7:00am until 4:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am until 4:00pm, Fridays from 10:30am until 7:00pm, and Saturdays from 7:00am until 7:00pm.
1901 Main St, Bethlehem, NH 03574, Phone: 603-869-5745
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10 Best Things to Do in Bethlehem, NH
- The Rocks Estate and Christmas Tree Farm, Photo: The Rocks Estate and Christmas Tree Farm
- The Gallery at WREN, Photo: The Gallery at WREN
- Bethlehem Heritage Society, Photo: Bethlehem Country Club
- Colonial Theatre, Photo: Colonial Theatre
- The Maplewood Golf Course, Photo: The Maplewood Golf Course
- Bear Belly Brew Tours, Photo: Bear Belly Brew Tours
- 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, Photo: 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center
- Cold Mountain Cafe, Photo: Cold Mountain Cafe
- Adair Country Inn Restaurant, Photo: Adair Country Inn Restaurant
- Bethlehem Country Club Restaurant, Photo: Bethlehem Country Club Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Bethlehem Country Club
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