New Hampshire farms and country shops are a throwback to a simpler time. What is really unique about them is that they often function as community centres and cafes as well. One of the best farms to visit on holiday in New Hampshire is D Acres of New Hampshire in Dorchester. This organic farm teaches the skills of sustainable living and small-scale farming. Walk the beautiful trails, explore the gardens, hike the forests, or visit the farm animals. Tamworth Village Store and the Other Store in Tamworth both offer insights into local life and the community spirit that New Hampshire possesses.
The magic of New Hampshire is found in its mountains, its beaches, its sparkling lakes and its sweet coastal towns; but it’s also found in the small and precious moments as you walk among the leaves and roam quaint country stores. Experience it all on a New Hampshire holiday.
Let yourself be charmed by New Hampshire’s many scenic drives and charming towns, all blanketed by blooming foliage. Visit the city of Manchester and revel in its museums and performing arts scene, or scale Mount Monadnock for views extending all the way to Boston’s skyline. Head to the coast and relax on the white sands of Hampton Beach and explore Portsmouth’s harbour.
The Majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire
A photographer’s dream, the White Mountain region offers endlessly stunning vistas. Take your time driving along the Kancamagus Highway between Lincoln and Conway, journeying through the White Mountains and pausing on the route’s many scenic overlooks to take in the majesty of the mountains and the breathtaking flora. Hike to the top of Mount Washington or take the weight off your feet and reach the summit in style on the Mount Washington Cog Railway; take a break at the top and enjoy the feeling of being on top of the world.
Why not contrast the sleepy towns of New Hampshire with the bright lights of the Big Apple on a New York and New England Multi Centre holiday? Explore the bustling streets and iconic skyline in New York, then head to New England to experience the area’s history, spectacular scenery, and delicious food.
Explore New Hampshire
If you like your scenery more than a little bit rural, head for Route 12. Drive this picturesque highway at sunset for sheer glory. The road winds through the Connecticut River Valley, past rolling, bucolic pastures dotted with grazing cows. Everywhere around you are stretches of green, gold, and blue, all made more vivid at sunset.
New Hampshire holidays are sure to be filled with the sights and sounds of some of the most charming towns New England has to offer. Head to Dorr Mill Store in Guild to see the production of wool or check out Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth for a good example of 17th century life in New England, including restored and furnished houses, landscapes, and gardens filled with costumed actors. Get your credit card ready at Conway's 100-plus factory outlet stores or see the revitalised historical mill town of Manchester.
The skiing at Bretton Woods is entirely breathtaking. Choose from 102 trails and glades and four terrain parks that cater to every ski level. If you want something a bit more unpredictable, head to the magnificent stretch of backcountry the resort has to offer. This is one of the best ski resorts on the East Coast.
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"If you’re after views of classic New England foliage, visit in Autumn when the state is covered in orange and yellow hues. This is a very popular time to visit though, so make sure you book any attractions in advance."
"The Canterbury Shaker Village is well worth a visit. It’s so interesting to explore the historical buildings and to see and experience how Shaker life has evolved over hundreds of years."
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
Each October, Laconia is filled to the brim with carved pumpkins as the town attempts to beat the world record for the number of lit pumpkins. As well as those lining the streets, there’s also a 34 foot tower of pumpkins on display. See as they come to life, the candles twinkling as the evening draws in, and enjoy the stands of delicious fair food, live music and family-friendly attractions.
Maple sugaring is an annual tradition in New Hampshire, with the whole of March being dedicated to celebrating the syrup. Sugar houses, where maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees and served alongside sweet treats, open their doors in March to visitors to share the fascinating process.
Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition
Each summer, Hampton Beach plays host to a sand sculpting competition, which sees professional sculptors come together to create awe-inspiring works of art out of sand. Watch the artists at work or visit the beach throughout the month of July to see the finished works on display.
Favourite foods of New Hampshire are somewhat similar to the rest of New England, with plentiful fruit harvests and maple tree tapping, but there are some things you simply must try on a New Hampshire holiday.
New Hampshire Apples
If you visit New Hampshire in September, when the apple picking season kicks off, you’ll likely find this favoured fruit everywhere across the state and in every food you can think of. Enjoy it in a chutney, in a pie, in a sauce, with peanut butter or simply pluck your own straight from the branch for the freshest and most delicious apple you’ve ever had.
If there’s one thing New Hampshirites get passionate about, it’s their lobster. Locals line up outside some of the state’s best rustic Lobster shacks, waiting to get their hands on a Lobster Roll. This adored roll is generally either made with cold lobster, dressed in mayonnaise, or hot with butter, or sometimes both.
Pancakes with Maple Syrup
New Hampshire’s pancake houses are well worth a visit, serving up stacks of homemade fluffy pancakes to visitors and locals alike. The best part is the little jug of proper New Hampshire maple syrup that’s served on the side.
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