Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Borderlands: A collaboration of emerging and established mountain biking destinations in the area north of the New Hampshire Notches including adjacent Vermont and Maine have been working to establish a coordinated set of riding destinations for visitors to northern New England. Founding institutions include Franconia Area NEMBA and Parker Mountain as well as Kingdom Trails, Circuite Frontieres in East Hereford Quebec, Coos Cycling/Hub North in Gorham NH and Mahoosuc Trails in Bethel Maine and the effort is being coordinated by the Northern Forest Center (link) with a goal of leveraging the MTB cycling as an economic driver of the north country. The brand of “Borderlands” has been chosen to label this collaborative and folks should expect the Borderlands to roll out in the Spring of 1919.
Trail Grants and projects: A collaboration of community leaders and local organizations including FA-NEMBA, The Friends of Profile Trails, Lafayette Recreation, Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, and The Profile School have been working to formalize the trail networks in the Franconia, Sugar Hill and Easton Valleys and also to link them to our our adjoin communities of Bethlehem and Littleton. Grant funding has been received through the Mountain Bike Collabroative, the NH Department Education, The Recreational Trail Program, and private donors and work to improve the trails is in progress. A big project seeks to link Franconia Village to Profile School and on to Bethlehem Village as a keynote addition to the emerging Profile Trails network.
New Eateries in the Franconia Village: 2018 saw establishment of several new eateries in the Franconia Village. At the west end of town the Iron Furnace Brewery has been launched. It is at a popular location just down the street from the start of the new Art trail adjacent to the iconic stone furnace viewing area on west main street by route 117. At its launch it is operating on weekends limited by the capacity of the brew master, but expansion is anticipated soon. In the heart of town, the hungry bear café has just opened offering both breakfast and lunch offerings with a good variety of choices and at the East end of town on the Cannon Mountain at the junction of 142 Plain Kates Saloon is a popular new location for dinner and drinks. These compliment Dutch Treat and Chef Joe’s as well as the restaurants and pubs that can be found at our many regional classic England inns