Sugar Hill

Sugar Hill has so much to brag about, I don’t even know where to begin! Several years ago, Steve and I heard about a festival we knew we had to visit. The Sugar Hill Lupine Festival. While lupines can be found all over, Sugar Hill has made a point of celebrating the riot of purple and pink flowers which erupt in early June. Long winters and wet springs leave us longing for such a distraction.

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We stopped at the Sugar Hill Sampler to take a horse drawn ride through some of the fields. We were accompanied by a very patriotic lady!

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The year we went, many of the homes in the area sported cute and funny scarecrows…

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While other homes showed off crafty lawn decorations and bits of history…

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We only had 3 days to enjoy the festival and wanted to take in as much as we could. On advice from the locals, we had an awesome breakfast at Polly’s Pancake Parlor

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We we also advised to stop in at Harman’s Cheese and Country Store for a sample of their aged cheddar (I would urge you to stop in if you are ever in the area!)…

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This year, I visited Sugar Hill a week before the festival. The lupines were already blooming, but the crowds hadn’t arrived yet. Since I’d already photographed the lupines, I went in search of other sights.  It didn’t take me long to figure out Sugar Hill is far more than a lupine destination. The beauty of the nearby White Mountains is enough to make anyone stop in their tracks…

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Add in a farm and I am in heaven…

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Of course, seeing the farms brought me to where I almost always end up – looking for barns…

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Just past an old farmhouse I found what was probably, at one time, the entrance gate to the farm. The road long abandoned …

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My time in Sugar Hill was at an end. I remembered seeing a great sunset with Steve when we visited in 2012 and thought it would be a great way to cap off this post…

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10 Comments on “Sugar Hill”

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions June 20, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    When I hear Sugar Hill I think of rock hunting, which is also big in that area. I’ve seen garnets as big as my thumb that came from there.
    It’s beautiful country!

    • Touring NH June 20, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

      There was so much more than I was expecting and adding rock hunting truly makes it paradise.

  2. marthaschaefer June 21, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Really great shots Laura! I love the bird on the lupine with a green worm. What were those pod-type things at the end of the driveway? They looked like mini ski lift gondolas? The scarecrows were so well done, also. Reminded me of Hell Hollow with a spring time theme!!

    • Touring NH June 21, 2016 at 10:17 am #

      Thank you. There were lots of little birds filling their bellies! That’s exactly what they were, ski lift gondolas. It’s neat when you find a place with a town wide theme. Scarecrows, pumpkin people and the like.

  3. Sue Slaght June 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    Laura as always your photos are incredible. The lupins leave me with a huge smile on my face. Love those splashes of color.

  4. Touring NH June 21, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    I love finding clusters of the white or pink. Most are varying shades of purple, so the “off” colors are neat.

  5. Robin S. Kent June 27, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Another great post, Laura. Loved those scarecrows especially. Thanks!

    • Touring NH June 28, 2016 at 11:19 am #

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      Thank you. I enjoyed seeing all of the scarecrows, they were quite well done. Sugar Hill really does a great job with the lupine festival.

  6. Marie Keates July 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    Those scarecrows make me want to start making one for my garden. What a lovely place to visit,

    • Touring NH July 19, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      Thank you. Loved the scarecrows too. I wish they worked on bluejays!

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