Littleton, A Great Mainstreet Town
Littleton, in Grafton County, New Hampshire (The Granite State), with a population of 6,000 happy folks, is situated at the edge of the White Mountains, and bounded on the northwest by the Connecticut River.
Travel & Leisure selected Littleton as one of America’s Greatest Mainstreets. Outside Magazine also chose the town as one of America’s Best Towns.
Incorporated in 1784, Littleton soon became a commercial and cultural center for New Hampshire’s North Country. It’s Main Street that puts Littleton on the map. The Littleton Opera House stands tall and proud as the staple of Main Street. A trip to the famous “Chutters” candy store, home of the longest self-serve candy counter is in order, senior travelers. So bring your sweet-tooth to Littleton.
Littleton is the center for business, shopping, medical care, education and services in New Hampshire’s North Country. Recreation and activities abound and Main Street features dozens of unique shops.
Located in an old gristmill, Schilling Beer Co. has won fans since opening last fall for its custom small-batch brews and homey, rustic vibe, exposed beams and uneven wood floors.
“Whether you’ve packed your hiking boots or are looking for some good old New England culture, the Littleton Area has lots to offer! Having a little bit of everything in the area, it can be hard to decide what to do first!”
Seniors Stroll The Riverwalk
You are invited to stroll along the peaceful Riverwalk path that meanders along the Ammonoosuc River, across a covered bridge, and past many historic Littleton landmarks. Across Main Street dances a bronze statue of Pollyanna, that icon of gladness whose author, Eleanor Porter, called Littleton home.
Boston Globe highlights Littleton a “buzz around these parts that is teetering on the edge of hipness.” Some would argue that it had already achieved that status back in 1941 when Bette Davis came to town to premiere her movie “The Great Lie,” at the Jax Jr. Theater, which is still in operation.
In any case, it’s clear that Littleton, located just north of Franconia Notch, is loaded with charm. Most of the action centers on Main Street, named one of America’s best main streets as well by the Huffington Post last month.
Always something going on in Littleton so come prepared for a good time and plan to spend a couple of days in town. Swim, fish, hike, bike, ski or snowmobile at Franconia Notch State Park. Ride to the top of Mount Washington courtesy of the historic Cog Railway.
Littleton is a picturesque New England gem offering something for everyone including fine dining and art galleries, unique shops and historic buildings, and a range of outdoor activities for all seasons… all awaiting your visit. jeb