The Great North Woods are located at the northern-most part of the state. This area was once a great logging locale with paper mills aplenty. Berlin even bears the motto, “The City that Trees Built.” Popular recreational activities here include snowmobiling in the winter, four-wheeling in the summer, and moose watching all year round. While the tree count is dense, the population is sparse, so if you’re looking to get lost in the wilderness and escape the hustle and bustle of city life, this is certainly the place to go.
A popular, high-end resort is The Balsams in beautiful Dixville Notch, where you can enjoy a five-course dining experience in a majestic mountain setting. For an upscale rustic feel, stay in The Cabins at Lopstick in Pittsburg and really get adventurous in the largest town in the continental US (once its own republic!).
Relax and simply enjoy the scenery, or fire up the ATVs or snowmobiles for some trail-trekking time. If motorized modes aren’t your speed, coast out to the center of Connecticut Lake in a canoe and see if you can’t catch some fish while you catch up with your new cousins.
Tie the woodland surroundings into your theme with faux-birch-bark candles, and maple leaves strewn across your tables. A small log with holes drilled for taper candles can serve as a simple, yet elegant centerpiece for the head table. Try real wood invitations and place cards. Send guests home with saplings to replenish the forest, or stick-pencils and rough-hewn note cards to remember the event. Soft browns and earthy greens will give guests a woodland feel. Show your love for the Earth and the environment and really go green with recycled paper products, even recycle family jewels into unique custom rings with a special meaning in the metal.