Visiting Loudon NH in Autumn and Winter By Joe Viglione

By Joe Viglione

Loudon, New Hampshire is a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of major city life. It is a cozy town nestled near Concord New Hampshire. The tents may be down, the cars revving up for the 2020 season, but there’s still lots to do an hour and a half north of Boston.
The big granddaddy in Loudon is, of course, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The featured event, The Gift of Lights, runs from Thanksgiving to January 5. https://www.nhms.com/about/granite-state-legends-cars/

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time for New Hampshire Motor Speedway to trade in the checkered flags for more than 2.5 million twinkly LED lights for the ninth annual Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, open Thursday, November 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving) through Sunday, January 5, 2020.

Also on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway website as something to do, the Granite State Legends Cars.

From the website:
Legend car racing is one of the fastest growing and most affordable types of American motorsports. Powered by a motorcycle engine, a legend car is a purpose-built race car designed to resemble the legendary American automobiles of the 1930s and ’40s. Drivers range in age from 12-65 years old.

Granite State Legends Cars is a comprehensive dealership located in the S1 lot near the Main Entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The dealership has everything needed to get a driver outfitted for racing, including ready-to-race cars. Parts may be ordered and picked up during business hours. Phone orders are also accepted.

Off-Season Hours (Current Hours):
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: By Appointment Only

1.7 miles from the speedway is The Brookside Mall. The Mall has stores that complement your visit to the Speedway and other areas in Loudon, NH, starting with the very famous Brookside Pizza. People who travel to the speedway tell us that they love having this exquisite pizza pad so close to the racetrack.

Stores at the mall include the Eggshell Restaurant, the post office, Alicia School of dance, Trish’s Hair Chair as well as the Woolen Pear and Red Horse Rugs.com Brookside Mall, 563 Rte 106 N (65.65 mi) Loudon, New Hampshire 03307 The Woolen Pear and Red Horse Rugs Company Overview Owner Pam Bartlett, McGown certified teacher, has been rug hooking since 1982 and teaching rug hooking since 1994. In 2014 having outgrown her home studio to opened The Woolen Pear & Red Horse Rugs at the Brookside Mall, Loudon, NH. https://www.facebook.com/Red-Horse-Rugs-1429066473998310/ Awards Juried Member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Master Artist with the NH State Council for the Arts, Certified Pearl K. McGown rug hooking instructor.

Alicia School of Dance, At Alicia’s School of Dance we offer classes for children, teens and adults. We have classes for all levels of dance, whether you are a beginner or advanced student we have a place for you. http://www.aliciasschoolofdance.com/home.html

Trish’s Hair Chair – see Trish Booth’s interview on the Brookside Mall online newsletter where Trish notes: Clients ask for a new look, or a good cut. They never use the words custom design. Actually, I’m the one who explains to them that each cut is a custom design, and I explain how I can, and will achieve that, with my experience, expertise and consistency. https://brooksidemallnh.blogspot.com/2019/05/an-interview-with-trish-booth-trishs.html

Eggshell Restaurant – Family friendly atmosphere with low prices and something to suit everyone. We strive to provide you with our local farm-raised eggs and beef, as well as home baked breads. Breakfast is served all day with choices such as our famous pancake stack, huge omelets, fresh and crispy bacon, and fluffy waffles.

U.S. Post Office at the Brookside Mall is wonderful as it is a “contract station” with the post office. You can buy stamps, envelopes but also other nick knacks not available at the Federal post office stations.

You can find the mall on the internet on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebrooksidemall/ and Twitter @mallbrookside as well as its own blog/newsletter: https://brooksidemallnh.blogspot.com/2019/05/welcome-to-brookside-mall-loudon-nh.html

There’s also the Loudon NH Community Group, a private group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/980782091960241/ with 2,646 members as of this writing.

The Maxfield Public Library 8 NH-129 – Loudon, NH 03307 603-798-5153 is also worth visiting, a unique oasis where readers get together to discuss books, a fun experience in the relaxing town atmosphere so different from the amped up activities in a major metropolis.

According to the website Rome 2 Rio it takes 77 minutes to drive from Boston to Loudon, NH (75.0 mi) via I-93 N or an hour and a half (84.8 mi) via US-3 N and I-93 N https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Boston/Loudon-NH-USA

Hotels.com has a good list of Things to See and Do near New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mae @ Hotels.com gave us permission via phone on November 19, 2019 to share the ideas on their website.

Top 10 Loudon Hotels Near New Hampshire International Speedway | New Hampshire | Hotels.com

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Top 10 Loudon Hotels Near New Hampshire International Speedway | New Ham…
Compare 11 hotels near New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon using 1651 real guest reviews. Earn free n…
Where is New Hampshire International Speedway? Loudon is home to New Hampshire International Speedway. You can spend a laid-back day checking out the sights and exploring the area. If you want to find things to do in the area, you may want to check out Lake Winnipesaukee and Gunstock Mountain Resort.

Things to See and Do near New Hampshire International Speedway

What to See near New Hampshire International Speedway

· • Canterbury Shaker Village

· • Highland Mountain Bike Park

· • Upper Suncook Lake

Things to Do near New Hampshire International Speedway

· • Tanger Outlets Tilton

· • Beaver Meadow Golf Course

How to Get to New Hampshire International Speedway

Flights to Loudon

· • Manchester, NH (MHT-Manchester-Boston Regional), 27.4 mi (44.1 km) from central Loudon

· • Concord, NH (CON-Concord Municipal), 8.8 mi (14.2 km) from central Loudon
· • Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), 17.2 mi (27.7 km) from central Loudon

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