hen my friend Sarah and I first arrived in the White Mountains for our winter summit attempt on Mount Washington, our top priority was to find a relaxing place to grab a beer and dinner. We quickly settled on the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery because of its onsite craft brewery. The bar serves six excellent handcrafted brews plus a couple seasonals on tap. I enjoyed the IPA, but I was jealous of Sarah’s smooth and tasty Red Rack Ale. Though this place is really about the beer, the restaurant (in the spirit of the consistently disappointing Cheesecake Factory) serves every kind of food under the sun, which is normally a big minus, but if you’re on a hiking trip with six friends, it makes agreeing on a restaurant with decent food easy. I ordered the California Sunshine Burger served on the Inn’s epic homemade rye bread, which stuffed me to the point of whining but front-loaded me with enough calories for our big hike. Sarah and I enjoyed hanging out in the bar’s relaxed atmosphere so much that we went back again for a second night of fajitas and more beer with a couple hiking friends. WB
135 Main St, North Woodstock, NH, 03262. +1 (603) 745-3951. email@example.com. www.woodstockinnnh.com.
To read the whole story of the trip on which I discovered Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery, read: Climbing into the worst weather in America — Summiting New Hampshire's Mount Washington in winter.