Monday, August 6, 2018

Newmarket: Schanda Park and Riverwalk

We found Schanda Park and Riverwalk by accident. This is a small park right in downtown Newmarket, on the Lamprey River. The adjacent riverwalk has two sections: a more formal flower garden walk .. but keep going, the best is yet to come ... it leads to an eclectic garden walk maintained by residents of adjacent buildings who have decorated it with bird feeders and various random furniture items to make a pleasing place to sit and watch the birds.

The formal garden pathway

The informal, eclectic pathway

Try a hammock.

A wicker chair and a table for your coffee.

The name makes my head hurt, but the feeling quickly passes once you are inside.

Coffee, books, vinyl records, pastries...

Getting there:  At the end of Water Street in Newmarket. Look for the sign in downtown Newmarket, directly across from Kennebunk Savings Bank.
Cost: Free
Hours: Open year round
Picnic potential: tables provided
Rest rooms: porta-potty on site
Coffee/restrooms (for customers, of course): Crackskull's Coffee and Books, just up the street!

Melvin Village: Abenaki Tower

Abenaki Tower is a lookout tower (formerly a fire tower) in Melvin Village (part of Tuftonboro), commanding a view of pretty much all of Lake Winnepesaukee. The short hike is always a good stretch when travelling through the area.

Look for the sign on the west side of Rt 109.

All you need to know.

A short, wooded walk brings you to the tower.

The last flight of steps is quite steep.

View from the top: Lake Winnipesaukee

Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough is clearly visible.

Getting there:  On the west side of Rt. 109 in Melvin Village (part of Tuftonboro) NH. Parking lot holds 6-8 cars. Note the entrance/exit roads are ONE WAY.
Cost: Free
Hours: Open year round
Picnic potential: no tables
Rest rooms: none on site
Coffee/restrooms: Skelly's Market, a few miles north on 109 also has convenient picnic tables on the north side (adjacent to parking lot). Note the picnic tables on the south side are reserved for their ice cream takeout.