RECORD TRAVEL

Al­ter­na­tive flight path proves per­fect way to en­joy the de­lights of New Eng­land with its beau­ti­ful lakes

Daily Record - - NEWS - with SALLY McLEAN s.mclean@dai­lyrecord.co.uk BY SALLY McLEAN s.mclean@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

‘What was pre­cious was the fam­ily time, which would have been di­luted by Dis­ney’s dis­trac­tions’

FLY­ING to the US with a young fam­ily usu­ally means a trip to Florida’s theme parks – and no doubt we’ll be pres­sured into that in the com­ing years.

But this time around, the draw for us was a long over­due visit to fam­ily who are based in New Eng­land.

In­stead of roller-coast­ers and Mickey Mouse, our trav­els across the pond saw us spend­ing a glo­ri­ous week on the lake made fa­mous by the film On Golden Pond.

Flights for four could have been costly. We nor­mally fly to Bos­ton but this time we de­cided to try out Nor­we­gian’s flights to Prov­i­dence, Rhode Is­land. It was a great way to get there on a bud­get.

Our fam­ily live in New Hamp­shire and usu­ally col­lect us at Bos­ton air­port, where they have to ne­go­ti­ate traf­fic, park­ing and nav­i­gate their way to ar­rivals at one of the world’s busiest hubs.

In­stead, they picked us up at Prov­i­dence, a smaller air­port, had no is­sue with traf­fic on the way and found park­ing a breeze.

For us, trav­el­ling with two young kids – one still in a buggy – we found the Rhode Is­land air­port far friend­lier and more wel­com­ing than its more bustling neigh­bour.

The staff couldn’t have been more help­ful, as­sist­ing us as we jug­gled bags and bot­tles and giv­ing us pri­or­ity ac­cess to gates, all with a cheery smile.

Our flights with Nor­we­gian were ba­sic but com­fort­able and both times we lucked out with spare seats next to us, per­fect for weary lit­tle legs and heads to rest on.

From our base in Lon­don­derry, New Hamp­shire, we hit the road north to the Lakes Re­gion – a favourite es­cape for many in the sum­mer months.

We had booked a large lake­side house for the week and were look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time to­gether.

Squam Lake sits just south of the White Moun­tains and was the film­ing lo­ca­tion for the 1981 Os­car-win­ning film On Golden Pond star­ring Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hep­burn.

Lit­tle Squam, where we were stay­ing, is con­nected and the area is fa­mous also for it’s loons, which star in the film and are a com­mon sight in good weather.

Pad­dle board­ing and ca­noe­ing are pop­u­lar, as is leap­ing from the pon­toons into the crys­tal-clear wa­ter.

My five-year-old had no fear in launch­ing her­self in.

We hired a speed boat for a day and used it to tube off the back.

Watch­ing my fear­less girl in her lit­tle life­jacket speed­ing along be­hind a boat is a mo­ment that will stay with me.

She man­aged to hold on, shriek­ing with ex­cite­ment, un­like

her dad who, de­spite be­ing there to look af­ter her, was thrown into the wa­ter within sec­onds.

It’s some­thing Sophia still talks about and she can’t wait to have an­other go. My nerves have al­most re­cov­ered. When you’ve had enough of the wa­ter and fancy some dry land, there’s plenty of towns to visit in­clud­ing Hold­er­ness, Ash­land and Cen­tre Har­bor, where much of On Golden Pond was shot.

A trip to Mered­ith is rec­om­mended. The pic­turesque town sits on Lake Win­nipesaukee and is per­fect for whiling away a few hours. There are in­ter­est­ing shops, nice res­tau­rants (serv­ing the best corn on the cob you’ve ever had) and stun­ning views too.

The Hobo Rail­road is a good way to see Lake Win­nipesaukee in all its glory, with a two-hour trip along its shores (www.hoborr.com/ winni).

One of the best ways to see our spot in the Lakes Re­gion is to hike up Rat­tlesnake Moun­tain at the end of a glo­ri­ous day.

De­spite the slightly off-putting name, it’s a mod­er­ate hike of about 30 min­utes – slightly longer with a five-year-old in tow – with some breath­tak­ing views of Squam Lake and its many is­lands.

Evenings were spent around the camp­fire mak­ing S’mores (short for “some mores”) from marsh­mal­lows, choco­late and graham crack­ers or tak­ing a trip to one of the many ice cream or frozen yo­ghurt stores the re­gion has to of­fer.

New Hamp­shire is keen on its FroYo and it’s a fun trip out for kids as they choose their flavours and pile on the top­pings to cre­ate a mas­ter­piece of a sweet treat. But what was pre­cious about this trip was the fam­ily time we all spent, some­thing that I think would have been di­luted in Dis­ney­land with all the dis­trac­tions.

In­stead, the kids got to hang out with their big cousins and their aun­tie and un­cle, who they see just once ev­ery cou­ple of years.

Be­fore long, though, it was time to head home – but not be­fore a movie night where we all sat and watched On Golden Pond and rem­i­nisced about the per­fect week we’d all shared.

We can’t wait to re­turn for S’more.

MAK­ING WAVES Ex­cite­ment watch­ing the tub­ing from a boat on Squam Lake

WA­TER PLACE Squam Lake. Be­low, fam­ily fun ca­noe­ing and float­ing. Main pic­ture: Getty Images

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