What Makes New Hampshire a Must-Visit State
GET TO KNOW THE REAL NEW HAMPSHIRE!
I have traveled New Hampshire dating
back to childhood, and share those experiences with you on this page
from a travel writer's pen and a lifelong New England citizen's heart.
New Hampshire travel stories deserved to be told in a way that reflect
the state's authentic ways, so enjoy the "who, what, when, where," but
especially the "why" and "how" of my original stories -- the latter two
offer details that will surely help your New Hampshire trip planning.
Enjoy! Best regards, Eric at
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Hanover, New Hampshire. Photo by Eric Hurwitz.
New Hampshire Travel and
Vacation Articles from VisitingNewEngland and The Thrifty New England
Find great destinations, attractions in New
Hampshire at our Best of New England Travel Lists section
great New Hampshire destinations in the Best New England towns and
New Hampshire family fun things to do in the Best New England
the best classic diners in New Hampshire through the Best Diners in New
out incredible New Hampshire hotels in the 10 Memorable Weekend
Getaways in New England article
in Littleton features the longest candy counter in the world
ski resorts in New Hampshire and Vermont for kids
top cross country skiing spots in New Hampshire
a timeless White Mountains of New Hampshire summer family road trip
Finding lobster roll and New England clam chowder to die for at The Beach Plum
Port City Pretzels, an amazing small business success story in Portsmouth, N.H.
Pickity Place, Mason: 5-course lunch, gifts, gardens, cozy red cottage setting for 1948 version of Little Red Riding Hood
Taking in breakfast and a morning walk in Peterborough
Homemade ice cream like you've never tasted before at Hayward's Homemade Ice Cream in Nashua, N.H.
Feeing right at home in Exeter
What to expect when visiting downtown Hanover
Maple Barn restaurant in Mason specializes in maple-based foods
Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth named one of best diners in New England
Lake in the White Mountains reflects the scenic beauty of New Hampshire
hidden Walpole might be a better destination that popular vacation towns
Meredith features a beautiful setting on Lake Winnipesaukee
Jacket Resort in North Conway features indoor water park
New England's most appealing small city?
it feels like to visit the only Henniker on earth
Keene is a city that offers a quaint New England small town setting
Wolfeboro on the quieter side of Lake Winnipesaukee
Locals create art in Nashua
walks in the Lakes Region
amusement park made "The Best of New England" list? Find out here
Lobster Pool in Seabook is the ultimate New England lobster shack
The 3 best New Hampshire pancake houses
Scenic drives and overlooks in the Mount
Hollis offers a timeless New Hampshire fall
Hampton Beach might not be for everyone,
but, then again, maybe it is
Find great New Hampshire apple orchards in
the story on Best New England Apple Picking Destinations
See what New Hampshire destination is listed
in The Best Picnics in new England article
Book a Room in New
Hampshire and get a great rate
Read this inside story on how the Copper Door in Bedford and Salem have become wonderful go-to-restaurants in New Hampshire.
The Wonderful Feeling of Visiting New Hampshire
The best thing about growing up in Massachusetts was the
many vacations we enjoyed in New Hampshire. The trips to Silver Lake in
beautiful Hollis, N.H., were just a half hour away, but seemingly far
away from everything.
To this day, it wouldn't be a New England vacation for kids without
swimming in cozy, clean Silver Lake, playing ball in the pine
tree-cooled fields, making sand castles, and eating hot dogs and
hamburgers until blue in the face. Set in the quintessential New
England colonial, church-steepled town of Hollis, Silver Lake is a
quiet place to be close to family, make lots of new friends and years
later happily relive those memories in the photo scrapbook and
People do not go to New Hampshire, however, to seek out just Silver
Lake. Silver Lake is just a prime example of vacationing families
finding their own special destination and the many things to do in the
New Hampshire is ultimately craggy and rugged, full of rocky terrain
leading up to majestic mountains and stunning vistas. Mount Washington
is New England's highest point at over 6,000 ft, but the "high points"
just don't end there -- the state peaks frequently with great tourist
destinations for children and adults, alike.
Theme destinations like Storyland, Santa's Village, Clark's
Post (a trading post with a live bear display out front) and Water
Country (huge water slides) rev up the fun quotient for children, while
revving up the adult side is July's Motorcycle weekend and, in the
winter, some of the best skiing in the northeast. For those who like a
quiet time, New Hampshire has plenty to offer from the tranquil
artist's village of Peterborough in the southwest region to the
relaxing, more mature environs of beautiful Wolfeboro in the Lakes
Region. Wolfeboro is America's oldest resort community. It is well
known for good reason, too: take a stroll down any of the east side
streets and you'll end up with one of the prettiest views in New
Hampshire -- a cool, calm lake surrounded by mountains. Nice walkways
and a gazebo add to the charm, as well as extremely friendly residents
who have a respect for their town and the people who visit their
charmed community. Once at the lake, it's hard to believe one is just a
major league baseball rightfielder's throw from Main Street. The
feeling of going from a busy -- but not too noisy -- Main Street to a
place of great solitude by the water in just seconds provides a great
option to those torn between shopping and relaxing within the same
There are many Wolfeboros in New Hampshire, especially in the Lakes
Region -- pretty, quaint, friendly and open to visitors staying in
A little further north of the Lakes Region are White Mountains. This
area is made for family fun, especially in the Lincoln-North Woodstock
area. Great scenery, Mount Washington, motels with indoor swimming
pools, family style restaurants that are easy on the wallet, great
skiing in the winter, and lakes with crystal clear water perfect for
summer swimming are just a few of the things that have families coming
back year after year.
For the less mature, there is Hampton Beach, a premier New Hampshire
vacation destination on the limited New Hampshire seashore. Hampton
Beach has tattoos, surfer dudes, future Jerry Springer guests, sloping
foreheads, women who don't know the word "modesty" and... a beach,
mounds of fried dough and pizza that isn't -- For better or worse,
everyone has a Hampton Beach story. Full of show offs and people who
just can't seem to get that office job, Hampton Beach is a prime New
England summer vacation spot and offers one of New England's prettiest
beaches if you block out the honky tonk. -- it's a great stretch of
beach perfect to stroll and swim. Like Howard Stern, those who like
Hampton Beach stay a day or two. Those who don't stay a week.
New Hampshire is not famous for its cities, but Manchester is worth a
look. Not too long ago, Manchester was a run down city casting its head
down on the Merrimack River, with urban blight and a Gotham City feel.
The vacant mill buildings overlooking the River eventually filled up
with businesses, stores, restaurants and other attractions, creating a
vibrant entrance to the inner city, which has followed suit. The
downtown is alive with a new entertainment center, lots of new retail
and dining choices, and growing neighborhood pride with many homes
being lovingly restored to their original splendor. The great
Manchester International Airport is all shiny and new and has helped
bring further appeal to this proud city.
Lakes, mountains, fresh air and other rural delights ultimately put New
Hampshire on the map as a great New England vacation destination. It is
the place where childhood memories are made, no matter what age.
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