“Bike The Northern Rail Trail” Helps Visitors Enjoy the Trail

Highland Lake Inn is a participating Country Inn

By Pecco Beaufays


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“Bike The Northern Rail Trail” is a partnership of inns, B&Bs, and other tourism businesses that makes it easy for visitors to enjoy theNorthern Rail Trail just like the locals do.

The Northern Rail Trail currently spans 58 miles from the northern border of Concord to Lebanon. Gail and Pecco Beaufays, owners of the Highland Lake Inn in East Andover, are among the early supporters for the successful continuation of Northern Rail Trail, and they have always considered the Trail as the ideal environment for the individual bicycle rider as well as a wonderful area to spend time as a couple, with friends, or family.

A few days of bike riding is a healthy experience for body and soul with benefits of sun, shade, and gentle breezes, and even more enjoyable without interference of road traffic and hazards. The Northern Rail Trail runs alongside the Merrimack River, the Blackwater River, Webster Lake, Highland Lake, and Mascoma Lake, all offering places to rest, stop, picnic, and take a dip in the waters.

Along the trail, The Kitchen, Naughty Nellie’s, Danbury Country Store, and Mickey’s Roadside Café provide services for the hungry and thirsty. Historic inns throughout the Lakes and Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee regions of New Hampshire are connected by the Northern Rail Trail and offer trailside Inn to Inn packages. Cycling enthusiasts, casual bikers, nature lovers, and history buffs will appreciate these bike tours.

As New Hampshire is a cyclist’s paradise, our unique bike tours combine rides on the Northern Rail Trail with opportunities for relaxation in gracious inns that feature hearty breakfasts before hitting the rail trail again. Come ride the Northern Rail Trail and stay with us!

Participating Country Inns and B&Bs are:
Aiken Manor at AikenManor.com
Follansbee Inn at FollansbeeInn.com
Riverland on the Merrimack at RiverlandOnTheMerrimack.com
Highland Lake Inn at HighlandLakeInn.com
Shaker Farm B&B at ShakerFarm.com
Shaker Hill B&B at ShakerHill.com
The Tilton Inn at TheTiltonInn.com

For the convenience of bicyclists coming from Lake Winnipesaukee, we have included the historic Tilton Inn in Tilton at the trailhead of the Winnipesaukee RiverTrail. Complete bicycle services are offered by S and W Bicycle store in Concord and by Omer and Bob’s in Lebanon. The website for Bike The Northern Rail Trail is BikeTheNorthernRailTrail.com.