Tuesday night is date night for Karen and me. We really love a leisurely dinner with a good bottle of wine. We are usually so busy extending hospitality, it is a real treat to be a guest from time to time. This list has been updated for 2015. All of the restaurants below, we have tried recently and have enjoyed. Some of them such as Cold Mountain, Gypsy Café, and Chang Thai we visit frequently. We couldn’t resist so our ten ten list has 12 of our favorites.
1. Sugar Hill Inn, Sugar Hill, NH 03586 603-823-5621 www.sugarhillinn.com
Of course the Sugar Hill Inn is number one. It is my list after all. Sugar Hill Inn is a romantic getaway known for fine dining. Everything is made from scratch by our award winning Executive Chef, Val Fortin. Val is a genius in combining favors and creating culinary art. The wine list features over 100 wines from around the world.
The Sugar Hill Inn has received the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA)’s Achievement of Distinction in Dining. The Inn has also earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The dining room has also been awarded Best of New Hampshire for 2015 by New Hampshire Magazine.
2. Bailiwicks, Littleton, NH 603-444-7717
Bailiwicks is the area’s most popular restaurant. Diners are drawn by its cosmopolitan and lively atmosphere.
Cold Mountain is the type of neighborhood restaurant that every town needs. For 2015 Cold Mountain has a new look and takes credit cards.
4. Gypsy Café, Lincoln, NH 603- 745-4395
The Gypsy Café is creative and casual with a great bar.
5. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford 800-762-8669
The Rabbit Hill Inn is a classic New England inn. If you enjoy colonial charm and attentive service this is the place for you.
6. Notchland Inn, Hart’s Location, 603-374-6131
The scenic 45 minute drive is part of the experience. Look for moose on the way. Notchland has a magical storybook feel. A traditional country inn dinner is served.
7. Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH 800-258-0330
Experience the golden age of New Hampshire’s grand hotels. Jackets required for men.
8. Chang Thai Café, Littleton, NH 603-444-8819
This is a frequent choice of locals. The food is light and healthy and the owners are very welcoming. It is also the only sushi for miles.
9. Tim-Bir Alley, Littleton, NH 603-444-6142
Excellent fine dining from a very creative chef. The perfect place for a quiet and leisurely meal. The architectural details of this historic Littleton structure add to the atmosphere.
10. Adair Country Inn Restaurant, Bethlehem, NH 603-444-2600
A stately country inn serving traditional New England fare.
11. Horse and Hound, Franconia, NH 603-823-5501
During the warmer months, dining al fresco on the Dining Terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing meal. Simple country dining.
12. Schilling, Littleton, NH 603-444-4800
Custom small-batch brewery. Interesting pizza and salads. Sports bar atmosphere.