Taking in Breakfast and a Morning Walk in Peterborough, New
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I know I was supposed to write about Peterborough, N.H., as a great
cultural destination. For such a small town, the arts scene
traditionally thrives remarkably with, for starters, local theatrical
performances, art galleries, the MacDowell Colony with its longstanding
presence as a retreat for famous artistic and literary figures, and the
Monadnock Center that features performances and exhibits in its music
hall and museum. That's an impressive cultural presence for a town of
slightly more than 6,000 residents.
With all due respect, that is all I am going to write about culture in
Peterborough. If visiting, I wholeheartedly recommend you check out
this fabulous element of Peterborough and all that the town
has to offer at the Peterborough
Chamber of Commerce web site. They do a fine job at describing the
Now that I have taken the unconventional and questionable journalistic
route of mentioning a resource near the lead, let's get into the crux
of this particularly story about Peterborough.
It is simply about going out to breakfast and taking a morning walk in
Peterborough. That is all.
Sometimes, the art of walking gets lost in the shuffle of always
feeling the need to see and do things. In Peterborough's case, few
better walking towns exist in New England. Of course, it doesn't hurt
that Peterborough is a mountain town and that the surrounding Monadnock
Region scenery wonderfully
enhances the former mill town's restored and revitalized look.
I knew the walk was going to be a great one when
approaching downtown Peterborough with its clean,
pretty small town appearance...
Breakfast came first at the Peterboro Diner, though -- a great
excuse to say that I could take a morning walk after a meal...
This welcoming diner with such a historic, local feel, is a gem. ￼Starting as a wooden diner in 1936, the
Peterboro Diner has seen several different chapters in its storied
local history, but one thing is for certain: The Diner has been an
integral part of downtown Peterborough virtually since its inception.
It’s the type of place locals will recommend if you are town and asking
for a recommendation on where to eat.
Additional good news: The Peterboro Diner serves diner food the way it
should be -- tasty, hearty and filling in its comfort food form...
After breakfast, the "show" began with the simple pleasures continuing
near the diner with this "must-see" pleasing river view...
I then walked toward the shopping and arts district but paused to take
in the scenic beauty. Here was my seat to view the best show in town...
No one turned out to see this brilliant performance of Mother Nature,
so I guess I was the lucky one to be in the right place at the right
A waterfall scene juxtaposed with great foliage then took center
And the sight of flowers nearly stole the show...
A stroll through the town park
shared top billing quite nicely, though...
I then returned to the finale of my
walk in downtown Peterborough: a classic Main Street vibe that I just
bill as "the feel good town of 2017" for me...
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer
Prize winning play, "Our Town" portrayed a fictional town based upon
Peterborough. After walking through this beautiful town, it occurred to
me that this can be your town, too, to discover and return to again and
again. While you can always take a seat to enjoy some great cultural
performances in town, a walk through the community's pleasant and
appealing downtown provides the ultimate concert to provide perfect
harmony for your New Hampshire travels. Take a walk, and enjoy the show!
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