Fall isn’t the only time you will find vibrant, beautiful colors on a drive through Alexandria. As Mother Nature releases us from the grasp of Old Man Winter, newly emerging leaves begin life in many of the shades of fall. Reds, yellows and oranges fill the trees until their leaves garner enough sunshine to put on their summer coats of green. Looking across the fields, it is refreshing to see the colors which seemed to pop up over night.


Newly leafed out trees aren’t the only way to tell Spring has arrived. Lilac bushes filled with lovely purple, pink or white flowers beckon us closer with their sweet scent…


Village School circa 1850


As Steve and I toured Alexandria, we commented to each other about the wonderful combination of old and new. Old buildings and barns blended perfectly with newer buildings and barns…








Alexandria is home to The Appalachian Mountain Club Cardigan Lodge and Reservation


Before we were encouraged inside by the sign stating “Public are very Welcome”, we wandered around the immediate grounds. Despite the fact it was starting to drizzle, a family was checking out the pond. The girls giggling with each discovery…




Inside the lodge, we found trail maps, hiking suggestions and a wonderful staff, happy to tell us all about the lodge. We thought about hiking to Welton Falls, but knew we didn’t have enough time left in the day considering there was still so much to see. So, we cheated a bit.

I walked across the bridge while Steve crossed with the car

I walked across the bridge while Steve crossed with the car

Welton Falls Road leads to another shorter trail. Just as we were getting ready to set off, the sky opened up and we abandon any thoughts of hiking…


Another way to reach Welton Falls

Another way to reach Welton Falls

Not ready to call it a day, we continued more of a driving tour. We passed quaint old wells…


Beautiful places to sit and relax…


And an object which had me asking “What is that?”


I later learned this contraption is a snow roller. Before modern plows (and cars), these machines were pulled by horses to pack down the snow, making roads easier to travel. I found a great article about the history of snow removal here.

Hopefully the next time I get to venture to Alexandria, the weather will be more cooperative. Next week I will show you more astounding beauty as I continue to explore the Lakes Region. Looking forward to having you join me!






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10 Comments on “Alexandria”

  1. marthaschaefer June 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    Love the snow roller! Not sure what the Chief was indicating with his broken arrow. I was not familiar with Alexandria, NH so this was a wonderful “tour” for me. Nicely done!!

    • Touring NH June 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you. I’m not sure either about the broken arrow. It didn’t seem to be pointing to anything I could see.

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions June 15, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    Too bad you didn’t get to see the falls after risking that bridge!
    I knew that was a snow roller but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that big.
    Nice country!

    • Touring NH June 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      It just gives me a great reason to go back i’ve heard that the falls are beautiful and yes that’s snow roller was huge

  3. Marie Keates June 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    The snow roller is ingenious and it looks like there would be some wonderful hikes around there given time and the right weather. I love the old building name The Manor.

    • Touring NH June 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

      There are so many wonderful places to hike in Alexandria. You’d love it!

  4. seekraz June 23, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    I think it’s a beautiful place….nicely captured.


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