The Lebanon area is vital, with healthy employers in the areas of medicine, technology and education.
, and the
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
are prominent employers in the area. Additionally, independent healthcare and high-tech industries not
affiliated with Dartmouth contribute to the economy.
Lebanon completes the "metropolitan triad" that includes Hanover
NH and White River Junction, Vermont. The area sits on the Connecticut River, and is near the intersections
of I-91 and I-89. The area has recovered well after the economy suffered losses in the textile, tannery and railroad
industries in the 1950s and 1960s. Devastating fires have resulted in rebuilding and restructuring of the town
In the 19th Century the community was known as the 'City of Fountains' when there were seven water features around the city. The city is still fond of fountains, and several are scattered throughout the city.
Old-timers will make a definite distinction between Lebanon and West Lebanon. A series of locomotive collisions,
due to the confusion of engineers resulted in strong distinctions in signage and signal codes. West Lebanon
is the location of a strong shopping area with national chains and "big box" retailers.
Contrary to common thought, Lebanon is not named after the country in the Middle East, but rather for the town
of Lebanon, Connecticut. The Upper Valley area was sparsely populated, and founders thought they might lure
people to New Hampshire from existing New England cities.
Dining in Lebanon includes Three Tomatoes
, 1 Court Street, offers organic Italian cuisine. The
Salt Hill Pub
, 2 West Park Street is a great place to enjoy the game and with pub food.
For inexpensive casual decadence, our favorite is The Fort
, 151 Heater
Road, 2 minutes away from I-89, (Exit 18 - head east). Hidden away at a truck stop, it offers diner style food, great baked goods/pastries and a varied menu 24-hours a day. If chain restaurants please your palate better, they can be found in West Lebanon in the shopping area, on Plainfield Road (Route 12A).
The city has many recreation advantages: it's home to the primary northern access of the Northern Rail Trail
, a 23 mile walking/biking trail, the Carter Community Building Association
, the Lebanon Opera House
, and has both Upper Valley Lanes and Games
and Great View Roller Skating Rink
nearby. Next door Dartmouth College
also offers a splendid diversity of the arts, including the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra
, the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir
and the Handel Society
and the various additional offerings of Dartmouth's lively Hopkins Center For the Arts
Hotels include the larger chains, such as Marriott, and Days Inn -- available off Route 120 and I-89. Independent
lodging includes a large number of bed and breakfasts and small motels, such as
Shaker Farm Bed and Breakfast
, 597 New Hampshire Route 4A, Enfield, NH (about six miles).
Camping is available at Mascoma Lake Campground
, which overlooks the lake