June was highlighted with a day trip to Sugar Hill's annual Lupine Festival. My father's side of the family is from Littleton (a town just north of Sugar Hill), so my family spent a lot of time up here when I was a child – something I'm very lucky to have experienced. It's a blessing to be able to ski the same mountain (Cannon) as my dad did when he grew up.
Most tourists' first thought when they think of Sugar Hill? Polly's Pancakes. Yes, it's incredibly touristy, but I recommend you stop by for their buckwheat pancakes. They're delicious.
Anyways, let's stop talking about food. Below are my favorites from the lupine festival and a nearby trip to Cannon Mountain's summit via their aerial tramway.
In 1938, Cannon Mountain became the site of the first passenger aerial tramway in North America. The trams each carry 80 people to the summit of Cannon Mountain (4,080') at a speed of 1,500 feet per minute.
Alexander Bright, a skier tasked with developing the skiing culture in New Hampshire's White Mountains, first came up with the idea for the aerial tram during a trip to Europe in 1933 as a member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team. After many environmental surveys, passed legislation and a $250,000 bond from the government, construction started in 1937.
The tram proved to be an instant tourist attraction, carrying 163,000 passengers in its first year. The tram was not only a fantastic financial decision but also cemented Cannon as the premier skiing destination in the East.