Bethlehem, New Hampshire

With a rich history of destination travelers,
famous visitors, and grand hotels, Bethlehem
is currently experiencing a renaissance.

Arts and Culture abound in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.
Complimented perfectly with great outdoor adventures.
Discover our magic in the heart of the White Mountains.

 

EXPERIENCE THE COOL FACTOR FOR YOURSELF!

BETHLEHEM EVENTS

Promotes pride and community spirit.
Enhances Bethlehem’s image.
Attracts new residents, businesses, and visitors.
Improves the social and economic well-being of residents.

Bethlehem hosts five major annual events; Light it Up Blue Bethlehem,
Make Music Day, Summerfest and Bethlehem ArtWalk, BOOthlehem,
and Christmas in Bethlehem.  Some of these events have been happening
for several years, and others are new to town.  In addition, Bethlehem Events
also actively supports various town beautification projects including painted
benches and pianos,  flower boxes and town banners.

Christmas in Bethlehem

SAVE THE DATE!
December 1, 2018
9th Annual Christmas in Bethlehem Festival
“Where Hearts Come Home”

Art Galleries. Performance Venues. Even art in the restaurants!
Bethlehem’s arts scene is hopping. Check out First Fridays every month.

The Charm of Bethlehem

Bethlehem residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life, with clean, fresh air and a great balance of year-round outdoor recreation and arts and culture. With a strong sense of community, Bethlehem offers old-fashioned festivals, outdoor concerts, ongoing art shows, and live musical performances, amazing antique shopping, and beautiful inns and bed and breakfasts.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
There’s plenty of unique and charming
spots to quench your appetite in Bethlehem.

A RICH HISTORY

Bethlehem was first established in 1774 as Lloyd’s Hill, the last of the provincial land grants. Voters elected to change the name to Bethlehem following the Revolution. This was done on the last Christmas Day of the century and the town was so incorporated on December 27, 1799.

In the early 1800’s Bethlehem was a way station for stagecoaches traveling to Crawford Notch and Portland, Maine. Taverns and blacksmith shops lined Main Street to accommodate the steady stream of travelers passing through. The beauty of Bethlehem began to assert itself and people began to stay. As the numbers grew, settlers added to their farm incomes by taking in summer boarders and eventually building tourist homes. After the Civil War, Bethlehem emerged as a popular mountain resort known for its clean, crisp air. More than 30 luxury hotels and boarding houses catered to summer guests. Magnificent private cottages adorned the hillsides. Vacationers crowded the wooden sidewalks. In the evenings, a stroll on Main Street was a delight to the senses with tantalizing aromas from the hotel kitchens. Music from the dance bands carried through the air. Men and women in formal dress filled the streets with color.

Historic. Luxurious. Quaint. Breathtaking. Contemporary.
Bethlehem Lodging options cover the gamut and all
properties are part of what makes Bethlehem so beautiful.