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Lake Sunapee Towns > New London NH


New London, NH

Colby Sawyer College

The perfect New England small town would have a Main Street lined by historic inns, stunning mountain views, peaceful lakes reflecting cottage-dotted shores and a traditional hill-top college campus, graced by majestic Oak trees. Just over 8 miles Northeast of Sunapee, New London is that jewel – a perfect destination for recreation, dining, shopping and sightseeing.

People visit New London year-round to enjoy recreation in a beautiful setting. Village Sports has all the equipment you’ll need to have fun! Purchase or rent bicycles, kayaks, snowshoes and ice skates.

Come summertime, one can enjoy swimming or canoeing around beautiful Pleasant Lake. Enjoy a round of golf along the shores of Little Lake Sunapee. Relax outdoors with a new novel. Morgan Hill Bookstore carries a wide array of reading selections. Seeking adventure? Take a springy walk around the Philbrick-Cricenti Bog and see the unusual vegetative species indicative of a kettle hole bog system.

In the winter season, children love to skate on the Bob Andrews Memorial Ice Rink, conveniently located in between the town offices and the New London Inn. There is even a warming hut built by the Cub Scouts where skaters can rest.

New London Winter Carnival
from Great Island Photography

While you’re in town, visit the New London Historical Society and get a glimpse of what life was like in the 19th century. The village depicts rural New England life. Visitors can take a guided tour of the carriage and sleigh museums and then walk around various buildings including an herb garden, a school house, a blacksmith shop, a violin-making shop, a fire house, and several more!

If motors get your engine revving, be sure to stop by the William F. Kidder Ice House, where you will find an extensive collection of antique cars and New London memorabilia on display. Admission is free!

New London Barn Playhouse
New London Barn Playhouse

Art and culture are thriving in New London. Escape from reality TV by taking in a live performance at the cherished New London Barn Playhouse. The summer stock theatre has been staging plays and musicals since 1933, and features notable alumni including actor Taye Diggs, famed composer Steven Schwartz, and Emmy Award winner Phillip Rosenthal.

On Fridays, catch a free concert at the town bandstand and then catch some fireflies with your kids on Sargent Common. Enjoy mingling with others over a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres? Attend an art opening up at Colby-Sawyer College’s Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery. Each academic year, the college hosts seven major exhibitions and related public events. Admission is free and events are open to the public.

If attending the exhibit inspires the artist within, Back Room Art Supplies has all of the materials you’ll ever need to create your own body of work. They even provide custom framing services to preserve your art for generations to enjoy. Those who prefer textiles can find the finest yarns, patterns and supplies at Knit New London.

Vessels & Jewels carries a wide array of beads and beading components. Draw inspiration from the gallery there featuring artists from New Hampshire, New England, and across the United States.

Shoppers will delight in the wide array of stores that New London has to offer. Art of Nature showcases interesting art pieces built from nature. The shop is filled with the natural raw materials and is sure to inspire all who enter!

Artisans Workshop has an eclectic mix of items, many featuring local NH artists. Just look for the brightly painted Adirondack chairs. Boutique shops Serendipity and OMG are a feast for the eyes and fun for everyone! CB Coburn brings new meaning to “a kid in a candy shop.” Not only does it have a fun candy selection and balloons, it also features specialty foods from NH and kitchen items that will please adults.

Gourmet Garden specializes in regional products packaged with country flare. Shoppers seeking garments will be pleased with the fine selections available at LisAnn’s and Hubert’s. LisAnn’s specializes in lingerie, sleepwear, warm wear, hosiery and women’s essentials. Kids lost a glove or hat? Wish you had packed that fleece vest after all? No problem! Hubert’s Family Outfitters carries items for the whole family, including popular brands like Carhartt, Columbia, Patagonia, Clarks, Burton, Healthtex, and more.

Visitors to the area will be impressed that despite New London’s cozy, small town feel, there are many wonderful restaurant choices. Discerning diners will delight in the delicious entrees at The Millstone, the tasty creations at Graze, the fresh, homemade fare and warm pub atmosphere at Peter Christian’s Tavern, and the wide selection of microbrews available at The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille.

Looking for a casual dining experience? MacKenna’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and cooks family favorites. Pizza Chef has been serving up delicious pizza and subs for more than 25 years. Those seeking a more elegant ambiance can dine at one of the many local inns – The Coach House Restaurant at The New London Inn, or The Inn at Pleasant Lake. All of the Inns serve creative cuisine with style and excellence. Reservations recommended!

New London is a fun, year-round destination for everyone. It’s beautiful and inviting in all seasons. Come visit soon, and begin building your own special memories of this charming town.

For more information about events in New London see our Events Calendar page.


New London Restaurants

The Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn
Some of the freshest haute cuisine in New England. Reservations Recommended
353 Main Street, New London
Serving dinner Tuesday - Saturday, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
(603) 526-2791

The Millstone Restaurant
American cuisine with European flair.
Flavorful, creative dining with an extensive wine selection. Wine tasting on most Friday evenings.
74 Newport Road, New London

The Millstone Restaurant

Traditions Restaurant
Exceptional cuisine that draws diners from all over the area. A beautiful country setting with lovely gardens and sweeping fairway views of Mt. Kearsarge.
Lake Sunapee Country Club
100 Country Club Lane

Traditions Restaurant

Arctic Dreams Ice Cream
394 Main Street - across from the bandstand
Open 363 days
Arctic Dream on FacebookNew London, NH, 03257
Mon - Thurs: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm

Arctic Dreams Ice Cream

China City
Szechwan, Cantonese, Polynesian, Lunch & Dinner Specials, Dine-In Or Carry-Out.
276 Newport Rd. New London

China City
The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
Great food, atmosphere, entertainment, and an amazing view of Mt. Kearsarge.
155 Route 11 (Crocket's Corner), New London
Flying Goose Brew Pub
Peter Christian’s Tavern
A varied menu that includes a wide selection of soups, hearty beef stew, fluffy quiches, unique sandwiches, and many vegetarian specialties,
186 Main St. New London
Peter Christian’s Tavern


New London Shopping

art of nature
gifts - flowers
The unique botanical design studio and store of Mauli McDonald.
256 Main St. New London

art of nature
Jewelry, Unique Gifts, Apparel, Shoes & Accessories
Handcrafts of local and nationally renowned artists.
11 Pleasant St. New London
Gourmet Garden - Gifts of Great Taste
We are a company based in New London, NH which specializes in local and regional products from independent minded people who have great foods and gifts for you to enjoy.
353 Main Street, in The New London Inn
P.O.Box 1646, New London, NH 03257
603 848-1567 or 603 526-6656
Gourmet Garden

Knit New London
Knitting Supply
New Hampshire's most fashionable store for gorgeous knitting yarns, books patterns, and supplies.
428 Main St. New London

Knit New London
Lis Ann’s
lingerie, books, music, sleepwear, jewelry, accessories, hosiery and bath & body products.
420 Main Street, New London
603-526-9414, 800-526-3830
Lis Ann’s

Morgan Hill Bookstore
They carry a wide variety of books and videotapes and specialize in autographed copies of Tomie dePaola's books.
253 Main St. New London

Morgan Hill Bookstore
Serendipity Boutique
An eclectic mix of relaxed and dress clothing, a colorful variety of accessories, leather bags and wallets, and a myriad of unusual gifts and cards.
New London Shopping Center
Serendipity Boutique

Vessels & Jewels
Craft Gallery and Bead Shop
Unique hand crafted works of pottery, jewelry, fiber, glass, metal, and more.
207 Main St. New London

Vessels & Jewels

Village Sports
Selling and renting gear for kayaking, fishing, bicycling, ice skating, snow shoeing, kayak racks & trailers.
394 Main Street P.O. Box 143
New London, N.H. 03257
(603) 526-4948

Village Sports



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