The 9 Best Places to Elope in New Hampshire
You got engaged. Congratulations, we are so happy for you! You also realized how expensive and time consuming weddings can be. You want to stick with something simple, yet beautiful. What is the most important part of a wedding? It isn’t the dress or your caterer, what your best friends are wearing or even the bouquet of flowers in your hand. It is the celebration of your marriage. Think about the amazing thing you are doing by getting married, you are creating a new family where there wasn’t one before. Your spouse will forever be one of the most important people to ever enter your life. You come to this realization with the love of your life and say, ‘lets elope!’
We are there with you. Just because you are eloping doesn’t mean you have to go to city hall in whatever you have laying around, then go out to a restaurant to order “your usual”. Be spontaneous, it is one of the best days of your life after all, and you deserve it. Wear the dress of your dreams, invite a few important guests to witness the joining of your true love, and capture those precious moments. To help you figure out the best places to elope we’ve curated a list for you of our favorite romantic and scenic spots in New Hampshire.
Imagine dramatic mountain landscapes filled with idyllic lakes. This NH park is so beautiful that we couldn’t choose just one location or vista within the park. There is something for everyone here. Whether you want to get married atop the famous Franconia Ridge at the end of a grueling five mile accent or opt for an easy 1/2 mile stroll to Artists Bluff, you cannot go wrong here. If you’re afraid of crowds there are some less crowded spots such as Lonesome Lake, a moderate 1.5 mile hike. You can even tie the knot on skis at Cannon Mountain! Spring, summer, fall or winter this location is sure to make your day extra special.
Anton and I have a bit of a thing for mountain lakes you could say, but this particular lake will not disappoint. With amazing views of the Southern White Mountains in the backdrop you can have it all without having to hike there. We totally get that hiking in your wedding dress is not how all of you want to spend your big day, so this more off-the-beaten path lake will give you the privacy you cannot have on the tourist-packed Lake Winnipesaukee, with scenery that is second to none.
Arethusa, Bemis Brook, & Ripley Falls
We recommend all three at once because they are along the same trail off of Route 302 in Crawford Notch State Park in the White Mountains. The 140 foot Arethusa Falls is by far the most popular of the waterfalls, but if you venture here off season you are almost guaranteed the peace and quiet you deserve. The foliage in mid-October is enough to take your breath away.
Even though this is the second most hiked mountain in the world, this mountain should not be overlooked when choosing your elopement location. The views off the summit are a full 360 degree experience. On a clear day you can see Vermont, the White Mountains, Boston, and as far south as the Connecticut border. For city dwellers you are a mere two hours from Boston. If you come at sunset the trails clear out quickly leaving you the space you need to go ahead and have that dream elopement. Don’t want to hike? No worries, nearby Monadnock Berries provides scenic views of Mt. Monadnock.
Echo Lake & Cathedral Ledge
Whip out that cathedral length veil for this state park just outside of North Conway. Both the lake shore and the top of the cliff are accessible by car for those who want an easy time making it to this destination. Surrounded by nature, but so close to the comforts of civilization makes this location popular for adventure weddings and elopements alike. We couldn’t create this list without it!
Madame Sherri’s Forest
Imagine yourself having the elopement of your dreams in what we would describe as the closest thing you will ever find in New Hampshire to an enchanted forest. There is something magical about Madame Sherri’s forest, from the ruins of the old castle to the old growth trees you and your love will feel like someone just wrote a fairy tale about your love story.
Yet another waterfall on our list! In the old mill town of Wilton there are many beautiful trails perfect for your special day, but none more scenic than Garwin Falls. Here you will enjoy a beautiful and scenic waterfall in a historic old Southern NH town.
Want to get married atop a mountain and not take a grueling hike? Hedgehog Mountain is your solution. With gorgeous pine forest and cliffs overlooking the Sandwich Wilderness Range you cannot get better than this. Bonus: wild blueberries are in quite the abundance here.
Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge
We saved the best for last, and perhaps we are a little bias in our opinions on this one. This little known refuge just north of the White Mountain National Forest in Jefferson is truly unique and special. The birds are the only accompaniment you need to “walk down the aisle”. You can choose to walk out to Cherry Pond or opt for the just as gorgeous Mud Pond Trail. Why is this place so special to us? Because this is our elopement location.
Wherever you choose to say your vows make it a special place that is close to your hearts.