The Upper Valley Area
The Upper Valley real estate market spans across more than 20 unique communities. The center of the area encompasses the towns of Hanover and Lebanon in New Hampshire and White River Junction in Vermont.
The area is serviced by two major Interstates. Interstate 89 starts at Interstate 93 near Concord, New Hampshire and travels in a north-west direction to and then through Vermont. Interstate 91 travels along the border between New Hampshire and Vermont.
Hanover is the home of Dartmouth College and has a vibrant downtown area. Lebanon is a commercial center and has an excellent blend of old historic buildings and new and modern retail shopping establishments. Plainfield, New Hampshire is perfectly located within the Upper Valley region.
The Upper Valley has a number of outstanding medical facilities. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is the largest full-service hospital between Boston and Montreal. DHMC is a state-of-the-art medical facility in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dartmouth Medical School is closely associated with DHMC. The Dartmouth Medical School is the nation’s forth oldest medical school and continues to build on its legacy of excellence. It draws on the vast resources of Dartmouth College and DHMC and is able to advance interdisciplinary programs in biomedical research, education and patient care service.
The real estate of the Upper Valley has large private estates – such as this one – where you cannot see another home. The region also has wonderful downtown properties where you may walk to vibrant historic and charming downtowns areas such as in the communities of Woodstock, Vermont and Hanover, New Hampshire.
The area is noted for its fast moving mountain streams and its many operating farms which add to the rural feel of the Upper Valley area. At the same time there are superb cultural experiences in abundance. If you would like to visit an art museum, Hanover offers the Hood Museum of Art. The Hood attracts special exhibits and has an excellent permanent collection of art from around the world. Across the Connecticut River from Hanover, in Norwich, Vermont is the Montshire Museum of Science.
The schools of the towns of the Upper Valley are highly rated and are well supported by the individual communities. The variety of the four seasons means that there is a wide range of sports that children may participate in. Soccer, Football and Field Hockey are key fall sports which lead into skiing, skating, ice hockey and basketball in the winter. In the spring the sports turn to baseball, track and field and lacrosse.
Upper Valley Outdoor Activities
If you like the outdoors then the Upper Valley is a great place to live! There are a number of waterways in the area and also some significant lakes. The mountains of both New Hampshire and Vermont are close by.
The Appalachian Trail winds through the heart of the area. There are numerous short day hikes and one can gain easy access to the Vermont Long Trail as well.
Golfers will enjoy several first rate golf courses. Hanover, Woodstock, Eastman, Quechee, Lebanon and Bradford each have fantastic golf courses in wonderful settings.
Within the Upper Valley it is possible to find a very wide variety of fresh water fishing experiences. The Upper Valley has an abundance of small pristine streams that contain brook trout. One can wade into a freestone river for rainbows and browns or fish for lunker trout and smallmouth bass. There are even deepwater lakes where one might catch a landlocked salmon. The Upper Valley has something for every fisherman.
Kayaking & Canoeing
The main waterway of the Upper Valley is of course the Connecticut River. The Connecticut River and roads along it have now been recognized nationally as a byway. The traditions of the Connecticut River Valley are deeply rooted. The history is vivid, it is rooted in a farming heritage, the valley has a strong cultural energy and the people respect the environment and have a keen desire to maintain this natural setting of unparalleled beauty.
Beginning in cold springs high in the Great North Woods, the Connecticut River quickly gathers volume and takes on multiple personalities. It turns sedately through vast pools and lazy eddies, then dashes down between boulders. Canoeists and kayakers can choose either swift, challenging water, or a quiet, flat-water paddle. On nearby lakes, ponds and rivers there is plenty more for the kayaking or canoeing explorer.
Paddle the beautiful waterways of the Upper Valley. You’ll experience the spectacular scenery and wildlife all from the comfort of your kayak or canoe.
The largest ski area in the East – Killington – is just to the west of the Upper Valley. It is a short and pleasant drive from anywhere in the Upper Valley. There are many other fine ski resorts within an easy drive of each other. The central Vermont area is a snow rider’s paradise. Also the main ski areas of New Hampshire are within easy reach of the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley also enjoys a number of fine cross country ski areas where you can get out into the woods on well marked and well maintained trails. The area golf courses also allow cross country skiing and some also set up ski skating tracks.
The Upper Valley is close to many fine ski resorts.
The Upper Valley – Exceptional Real Estate Value
The area is blessed with a remarkable range of exceptional restaurants, a vibrant arts community, and an infectious sense of community. We feel fortunate to live in such a paradise and hope you will enjoy getting acquainted with our area and all that it has to offer.
Winter in our region is filled with every winter sport imaginable. Ski areas such as Killington, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Bolton Valley are short and scenic drives away or you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery while cross-country skiing through open meadows and along lakes and rivers. There are skating rinks where you can ice skate or play hockey, and throughout the area there is a vast network of snowmobile trails.
Summer in the Upper Valley means golf, tennis, horseback riding, and an excuse to get in or on the water. The Green Mountains grow great golf courses—thick and lush—of which our area has its share. Or you can choose to play tennis or go horseback riding along endless trails and abandoned roads. You can fly fish along rock-riffled streams, canoe on the Connecticut River, or go for a refreshing swim in any number of pristine lakes and rivers.
Our region also has its share of cultural and arts activities and exceptional places to dine. You can attend a concert at nearby Dartmouth College or a play at Woodstock Town Hall or just listen to music and socialize with your neighbors on our many village greens. Great food, for any taste or budget, also abounds in the Upper Valley region.