New England is well known to tourists for its incredible display of foliage, and the Lebanon area offers some of the best “leaf-peeping” in New England. In late September and early October, the countryside explodes into breathtaking color. The drive on Route 120 through Lebanon and on Route 10 North through Hanover, Lyme, Orford, Piermont and North Haverhill to the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire is one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the United States.
There are plenty of attractions to keep visitors engaged in the Lebanon area, no matter what the season, from the quaint and fascinating Shaker Community 15 minutes east in Enfield, to Quechee Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the East,” 15 minutes west in Vermont. The area offers hundreds of hiking trails, rivers and lakes, as well as countless cultural opportunities, from world-class performances at the Lebanon Opera House and Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center to the wealth of art and history on display in the region’s museums.
Throughout the year, the Upper Valley is the scene of dozens of festivals and special events, from the Quechee Balloon Festival and Hanover Street Festival in the summertime, to the Christmas Revels, a highlight of the holiday season. Outdoor recreation is a big part of Upper Valley life, with three ski areas within a 20-minute drive and several major ski resorts only slightly further afield. Local food enthusiasts can attend a bustling farmers market somewhere in the region on nearly any day of the week.
Visitors can find accommodations in one of the area’s many hotels, motels, inns, or bed and breakfasts conveniently located both in Lebanon and throughout the surrounding Upper Valley. Dining opportunities range from fast food to fine dining, with local restaurants offering steak, seafood, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, French, Mexican, and traditional American cuisine.
The Upper Valley is a convenient two-hour drive from Boston and a four-hour drive from New York City. The Lebanon Municipal Airport, situated high in the hills of West Lebanon, is open to smaller commercial and private airplanes. Cape Air provides scheduled airline service, with six daily round trips to Boston providing the area with one-stop service to over 98 domestic and internal destinations. Dartmouth Mini-Coach, operating out of Lebanon, shuttles travelers to and from Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts in mini-van comfort for a moderate fee.
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About Cape Air:
Cape Air began flying scheduled commercial flights between Lebanon Airport (LEB) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and White Plains Airport (HPN) in November of 2008.
Cape Air offers low fares and a convenient flight schedule to Boston (BOS), White Plains (HPN) (with limo service to midtown Manhattan), and beyond, with 3 daily non-stop flights to Boston and 2 to White Plains.
Cape Air partners with JetBlue, which means that you can book a connecting itinerary to or from the Lebanon Airport (LEB) on jetblue.com if you are looking to travel beyond Boston. Cape Air also interlines with most major carriers, so your bag can transfer automatically between your LEB flight and your connecting flight(s). Interline itineraries can be purchased on www.expedia.com.
Ridership on Cape Air at Lebanon Airport has steadily increased over time.
Lebanon Passengers on Cape Air
Source: Cape Air
These positive trends contrast sharply with the state-wide and national aviation trends. Cape Air’s ability to attract more passengers–even during these trying economic times–is attributable to their low fares, convenient schedule, reliability and strong customer service. Come try Cape Air at the Lebanon Airport!
To book: www.capeair.com or 1-800-CAPE-AIR.