Crotched Mountain Resort, a Shell Vacations Club Resort: Area Travel Guide in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire
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Crotched Mountain Resort

740 2nd NH Turnpike North
Francestown, NH 03043
Phone: (603)588-2000

Area Travel Guide

Come experience the most charming location in New England. Near Crotched Mountain Resort you'll find so many things to do to make the most out of your visit. Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride Area is right next door, with uncrowded trails open day and night. The Crotched Mountain Golf Club is onsite, where golfers can enjoy the challenges put to them by legendary course architect Donald Ross.

With hundreds of acres of private reserve offering a pond on the property that beckons skaters; hills that are built for sledding; and 8 miles of groomed trails that are a cross-country skier's paradise. Summer explorers can set out to discover what's waiting for them in the 5,000 acres of nearby Monadnock Park and hike its 3,165' summit, and enjoy the 1,500 lakes and ponds nestled in its granite peaks and lush valleys. Many are nearby, perfect for boating, fishing, or a cool, refreshing swim.

For when you want to go exploring outside of Francestown, the nearby cities of Peterborough, Hillsborough, Bennington and Manchester have fine dining, family restaurants, art galleries, music and theater, and are each within 30 miles of the resort.

There are endless activities in the area to choose from:


  • Antiquing
  • Art galleries
  • Blueberry picking
  • Festivals
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Local events
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping in Concord or Manchester
  • Tennis


  • Antiquing
  • Art Galleries
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Festivals
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Local events
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping in Concord or Manchester
  • Summer stock theater
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Antiquing
  • Apple picking
  • Art galleries
  • Festivals
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Leaf Peeping Tour New Hampshire for the changing of the fall foliage
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping in Concord or Manchester


  • Alpine and cross-country skiing
  • Antiquing
  • Art galleries
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice skating
  • Local events
  • Shopping in Concord or Manchester
  • Sledding

Quick Area Guide
Crotched Mountain Resort Golf: Outside the Resort
Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride Area: 1.40 mi
Mariposa Museum: 14.40 mi
Friendly Farm: 23.42 mi
The Shattuck Golf Course: 24.08 mi
Granite Gorge Ski Area: 28 mi
Colonial Theatre: 31.79 mi
Horatio Colony House Museum: 31.80 mi
Colony Mill Marketplace: 32 mi
Bretwood Golf Course: 35.03 mi
High Hopes Orchard: 37.87 mi
Cathedral of the Pines: 41.25 mi

Centrally located in New England with a multitude of attractions a short drive away

  • Boston is a 1 and a half hour drive away
  • The Atlantic sea coast is a 1 hour drive away
  • White Mountains are a 2 hour drive away
  • Vermont is a 45 minute drive to the border; 2 hours to Stowe or Killington

Attractions and Museums

A Walking Tour of the Village of Francestown
Historical Rooms open second Sat. of month, 10 a.m. - noon.
P.O. Box 147, Francestown, NH 03043
Phone: 603.547.3600

Peterborough Historical Society and Museum
Museum of local history and research archives, changing exhibits and special events throughout the year. Located in downtown Peterborough.
19 Grove St., Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: 603.924.3235

Monadnock Music
Summer music festival, July and Aug. Over 30 concerts featuring world class musicians including free concerts in 17 towns throughout the Monadnock Region and ticketed concerts at the Peterborough Town House.
2A Concord St., Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: 603.924.7610

Shieling Forest
In the heart of southwest New Hampshire, one of the state's most picturesque regions, are the tree covered ridges and valleys of Shieling Forest. Hiking trails.
395 Old Street Rd., Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: 603.431.6774

Peterborough Garden Club
The club's purpose is to encourage and stimulate interest in the beautification of home and public properties and to study and share information on gardening, horticulture, conservation, flower arranging and related topics.
PGC Event Coordinator, Volunteer, Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: 603.924.7817

Mariposa Museum
A hands-on museum of folk culture: folk art, textiles, costumes, art, puppets, toys and instruments from around the world. Featuring rotating regional exhibits, programs and performances for ages 2 - 102 plus school field trips and senior programs on cultures and cultural holidays.
26 Main St., Peterborough, NH 03458

Miller State Park
Winding paved road leads to scenic 2,290-foot summit. Picnicking, hiking trails that ascend Pack Monadnock. Operational fire tower affords panoramic view of surrounding countryside - Mt. Monadnock, Mt. Washington, skyscrapers of Boston, Vermont hills.
Route 101E, Peterborough, NH 03458

New Hampshire Covered Bridge Tour
From Crotched Mountain Resort, you can take a day trip and tour many of the picturesque New England covered bridges many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Family Fun Parks

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
On the Pemigewasset River. Relax while your children have fun at supervised daily activities and special events. Pool, hot tub, beach, mini-golf, snack bar, store and more. Water playground, camping, log cabin and day trips.
35 Jellystone Park, New Hampton, NH 03256

Canobie Lake Park
Canobie Lake Park features over 85 rides, games and attractions, as well as live entertainment.
85 N. Policy St., Salem, NH 03079

Daytona Fun Park
It's the new Daytona Fun Park with new bumper boats, go-karts and a reconfigured track, batting cages, arcades, mini-golf, trampoline bungee jumper and trampoline basketball.
Rt 11 B, Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH 03246

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