Here are some favorite local activities
Here are some things you might enjoy in the area:
Piermont Mountain. Look across the lake. That mountain is Piermont Mountain. The trailhead is located at the back side of Camp Walt Whitman, which is about 1/2 mile further down Cape Moonshine Rd. If camp is in session, please check in at the visitor center. If not, go straight through the whole camp, passing the lake on your right, and you'll come to the trailhead. This is about 2 miles one way, with 1,400 feet of elevation gain. When you come to a moderate scramble, you're almost there. A moose frequents the trail near the summit, so watch your step or you might step in something stinky.
Mount Cube: This is a slightly longer hike with a little more elevation, but it's better, and about 25 minutes away. Directions
Mt. Moosilauke: This is a significantly bigger hike than the other 2, but not technically difficult at all via the Gorge Brook trail, and one of the top 5 summits in NH, imo. Directions to Gorge Brook trailhead.
Town of Warren (10 minutes)
Warren is a tiny town, but has a few simple attractions that can be a fun stop for 30 minutes or less each.
Nice 5 or 10 minutes to look at some Japanese Landscaping, and free (no dogs)
Some neat information about stocking fish in NH, some short nature trails and a lot of fish (you have to wait until they stock the lake to catch those, though). Free
Town of Lincoln (40 minutes)
Lincoln is a small tourist trap town with some unique activities:
Clark's Trading Post: trained bear shows and some amusement park style rides
Alpine Adventures: Ziplines and ropes courses and more.
Whale's Tale Water Park: It's a water park. I haven't been.
Lincoln / Lafayette Loop: This is one of the top 3 hikes in all of NH. But, it's twice as big a hike as Mt. Cube, and above treeline for a long ways. You can have high winds, and extreme weather shifts on difficult footing. Please use good judgment.
The Basin: Just a little further north from Lincoln is Franconia Notch State Park, which is huge. "The Basin" is a sort of vortex portion of a fast moving river, which looks pretty cool. In this area there's lots of waterfalls and easy hikes to neat stuff. You can dip your toes in very cold water. Free. Directions from Piermont Place
Just over the board in Vermont:
Hannaford is the nearest full sized grocery store.
Farmway is an outdoor clothing and gear store that is fairly famous.
Pierson's Farm is a small farmstand right around the corner for in-season produce. You'll also pass a couple on the way to Bradford.
Bradford Golf Course is an inexpensive 9 hole outing with a couple cute restaurants across the street. My grandfather once got a hole in 1 on their signature 70ish yard par 3.
A little further, but a full day for the kiddos:
Santa's Village (1h20m)