With a rare day to myself, I set out on a photo adventure across Vermont and New Hampshire. I began in Bradford, Vermont, crossing over to Haverhill, New Hampshire, followed Route 10 to 302, and landed in Bath. Then I traveled east onto 117 to Sugar Hill.

The morning began with a delicious breakfast at 4 Aces Diner in West Lebanon with my husband, Sal. I saw two ads on my paper placemat; one for The Brick Store in Bath, and the other for Harman's Cheese and Country Store in Sugar Hill. I marked those as the day's destination and to make some images for New Hampshire Now.

The conclusion, and certainly the grand finalé of my photo adventure was in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. I had seen many images and heard of the area famous for its lupines and Harman's Cheese & Country Store. I have been to various other towns in the White Mountains, but never Sugar Hill.

As I drove out 117 and entered the town, I thought, "oh, how sweet." I passed the tiny post office and Harman's, and figured I'd keep driving up the road to see what else was nearby. I traveled up a hill and as I crested, I was met with the most stunning views of the White Mountains. The most stunning views.

It's hard to describe the wonderful, unexpected surprise I felt as my eyes soared to their peaks. The snow adds a clarity to the mountains that both magnifies their shape and intensifies their details. I was so moved. I pulled over onto Sunset Hill Road and parked in the Pioneer Wedding Barn parking lot across from the Sugar Hill Sampler to take some shots.

Before leaving town, I stopped at St. Matthews Chapel, Polly's Pancake Parlor, and Harman's. I plan to return again this winter and definitely in the spring for the Lupine Festival.

Here is my journey in photos.

The Sugar Hill Sampler. Now closed permanently. 
St. Matthews Chapel is darling and sweet enough to eat.
Inside Harman's Cheese & Country Store
Shed behind Harman's
I stopped to photograph the pretty babbling brook that follows portions of 117.