We’ve just returned from a two week stay at Apple Hill Campground in Bethlehem, NH. What a time we had! Despite the fact we began our adventure on Memorial Day weekend, Apple Hill was a peaceful place to retreat after a day of touring. Before we even got Waldo settled in, I got to see a bear. Unfortunately, I was driving and couldn’t get a picture. Our site was nicely wooded, yet spacious…


It didn’t take the local chipmunk long to discover Diesel’s food dish…


But, luckily, the campground has a pond and Diesel forgot all about having to share his dinner…


I am glad though Diesel wasn’t with me when I came upon more wildlife later in the week…


There is plenty of history surrounding Bethlehem. The Maplewood Golf Course is over 100 years old….


The stone construction made me think of a castle every time I drove by. There are several other stone buildings in town, as well…



The next church is now a private residence…


I knew I had to go to The Rocks Estate. I had been there several years ago, but it was definitely worth another visit…








Every so often, I’ll be driving along and see something that makes me slam on the brakes, do a u-turn and go investigate. OK, so it actually happens frequently, anyhow, the Indian Brook Trading Company caused such an event. In front of the store are several mammoth sculptures…




I was so fascinated  with the sculptures, I almost missed the fact there is an ice cream stand attached to the store.

Another slam on the brakes moment occurred when I saw this contraption. It is a Polaris Slingshot. It looks like half a Batmobile to me…


If old stone buildings and giant metal art isn’t your cup of tea, you can always take a drive and enjoy the farms…






Or take in a show at the Colonial Theater…


Or take your water bottles to fill up at the spring…


Or enjoy a picnic…


Or, just drive around and see the sights…




The final slam on the brakes moment happened when I drove by Kat’s house. He was outside assessing a mole problem in his yard, but invited Steve and I to take a look around. This is just some of his collection…







He calls these two his nosy neighbors

Before we packed up Waldo for our trip home, we went into town for breakfast. The Top of the Hill Pub and Grill at the Bethlehem County Club is opening for the season so we had a great bite to eat, some pleasant company and a wonderful view…


Our two weeks were over and it was time to head home. In total, I visited 18 towns (some are quite small), 4 NH State Parks, several covered bridges and so much more to tell you about in the coming weeks.

Thank you again to the Sykes family for a great time at Apple Hill Campground!

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11 Comments on “Bethlehem”

  1. Sue Slaght June 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Laura there is so much about this post that I love I don’t even know where to start! First let’s say it is always not to be around a bear long enough to be able to get a photo! I loved seeing your camper/RV as it gives me a sense of how you travel. Looks fabulous. Diesel gets a big pat and if tolerated, hug from me. Those metal sculptures are astounding. I want the moose although I have no idea where he would go. 🙂
    What a collection of gas station memorabilia. You do find the most amazing things!

    • Touring NH June 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

      Thank you Sue. A word of advice, if you hug Diesel, you’ll never get rid of him!

      • Sue Slaght June 14, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

        Well I should like that problem very much!

    • The Smiling Pilgrim June 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      I second this, looks like such an amazing place!

  2. Robin S. Kent June 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Wow, great trip report! Loved the sculptures, the gas station memorabilia, and the fantastic scenery. Thanks!

    • Touring NH June 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank you Robin. It feels good to be back out and about. That was just a tiny sample of the gas station memorabilia!

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions June 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Diesel looks like a happy dog!
    The sculptures are fantastic. It looks like an awful lot of work went into them.
    I love Kat’s place. That would be a great place to poke around for a while. I wonder if he ever sells what he has.

    • Touring NH June 14, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

      Kat’s place was definitely cool. And yes Diesel was VERY happy. I’d love to meet the artist of those sculptures

  4. June 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    Laura, as always, beautiful photos. I can see from the lovely greens and colorful flowers that summer has arrived in New England. I love the shot of the little, white vacation cottages – a perfect reminder of summer vacation. And the metal sculptures are also very cool. I admire artists that work in leftover metal, and am always amazed at the eye they have for pulling it together. The bear and moose are classic. And BTW, Waldo looks like a very comfy rig. ~James

  5. Marie Keates July 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    That first church looked very English, just like something I’d stumble upon on one of my walks. I love those sculptures. We saw something very similar in Toronto in a front garden. So much work has gone into them.

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