In recent years, AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter has hosted a family gathering at Cardigan Lodge at the end of the fall, open to all AMC families from all chapters. The group takes over the entire lodge for the weekend. There are always plenty of hikes and workshops, and a traditional hike to Welton Falls, but mostly it’s a time for AMC families to come together and celebrate — dare I say it? — great families in the great outdoors. This year’s event is Friday to Sunday, November 5 – 7.
Wanda Rice, who is helping coordinate this year’s weekend, told me recently that the gathering often sells out and has a waiting list. This year there are some spots left.
This is one of the most affordable mountain weekends you’re going to find anywhere. It costs $40 for children ages 8 and under and $80 for everyone 9 and up to stay at Cardigan Lodge on Friday and Saturday nights, and for food from snacks on Friday evening (not dinner) through breakfast on Sunday. Not to mention activities both planned and unplanned: hikes of various levels of difficulty, a map and compass workshop, a bonfire (weather permitting), even a raffle. “There’s plenty of unstructured play,” inside the lodge and outside, Wanda says. “Kids make friends they can hike with for years.”
Photo courtesy AMC.
“Great Kids, Great Outdoors” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Kristen Laine.