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.

Lupine Festival 290

Lupine Festival 278

Lupine Festival 284

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!

Lupine Festival 260

Lupine Festival 229

Sugar Hill-0220

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

Lupine Festival 180

Lupine Festival 177

Lupine Festival 105

Lupine Festival 103

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

Sugar Hill-0175

Lupine Festival 104

Lupine Festival 235

Lupine Festival 220

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

Sugar Hill-0218

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!)…

Sugar Hill-0221

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…

Sugar Hill-0183

Sugar Hill-0160

Sugar Hill-0165

Sugar Hill-0186

Sugar Hill-0178

Sugar Hill-0151

Add in a farm and I am in heaven…

Sugar Hill-0187

Sugar Hill-0185

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

Sugar Hill-0155

Sugar Hill-0163

Sugar Hill-0173

Sugar Hill-0176

Sugar Hill-0196

Sugar Hill-0219

Sugar Hill-0223

Sugar Hill-0228

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

Sugar Hill-0181

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…

Lupine Festival 033

Thank you for coming along! Please feel free to comment and share.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 #

      A:hover { COLOR: red } A { TEXT-DECORATION: none; COLOR: #0088cc } A.primaryactionlink:link { COLOR: #fff; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #2585b2 } A.primaryactionlink:visited { COLOR: #fff; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #2585b2 } A.primaryactionlink:hover { COLOR: #fff !important; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #11729e } A.primaryactionlink:active { COLOR: #fff !important; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #11729e }

      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!

I'd love to know what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow us as we follow the road

Opting Out of Normal

Living, Traveling & Exploring Full-Time in our RV


Explore, discover and experience the world through Meery's Eye. Off the beat budget traveler. Explore places, cultural and heritage. Sustainable trotter. shareable tales of Meery is Meeryable

Westward We Wander

Girl+Boy+Pup (Wandering Westward)

Hebard's Travels

Free. Your. Life.

Smith's Uncommon Adventures

Adventures of Professional Photographer, Jack Smith

Wandering Dawgs

Every Day is a Gift!

Therapeutic Misadventures

Daily musings on life after 60 & recreating oneself

Chapter 3 Travels

Turning the page and hitting the road...

Random Bits of Trial and Error

THE JOYS OF FULL-TIME RV LIFE - Random, moody, and quirky--but always straight from the heart.

The Wandering RVer

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Oh, the Places We See . . .

Never too old to travel!

Travel Tales of Life

Never Too Old To Explore


Stop, Look, and See..

Planet Bell

A Travel and Photo Blog by World Traveler Jeff Bell



Touring NH

with Laura Mahoney

%d bloggers like this: