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Taking in Breakfast and a Morning Walk in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz.
Page created on 8/26/17.

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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 town.

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...

Walking through Peterborough, N.H., is such a joy!

Breakfast came first at the Peterboro Diner, though -- a great excuse to say that I could take a morning walk after a meal...

Peterborough Diner in Peterborough, N.H., is a classic diner in every sense of the word!

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.

Peterborough Diner, Peterborough NH. Doesn't it look so warm and inviting?

Additional good news: The Peterboro Diner serves diner food the way it should be -- tasty, hearty and filling in its comfort food form...

Yum, comfort food at breakfast in the Peterborough Diner in Peterborough NH.

After breakfast, the "show" began with the simple pleasures continuing near the diner with this "must-see" pleasing river view...

River views like this make walking in downtown Peterborough NH a real treat.

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...

Sitting on a bench in downtown Peterborough NH can do wonders for the soul.

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 time...

Foliage is Peterborough NH is spectacular in October!

A waterfall scene juxtaposed with great foliage then took center stage...

A waterfall and foliage in downtown Peterborough NH.

And the sight of flowers nearly stole the show...

Flower scene in downtown Peterborough NH.

A stroll through the town park shared top billing quite nicely, though...

Town park in downtown Peterborough NH -- a welcoming scene.
I then returned to the finale of my walk in downtown Peterborough: a classic Main Street vibe that I just had to bill as "the feel good town of 2017" for me...

Downtown Peterborough NH

Peterborough NH has a great small town Main Street look and feel.

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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Peterborough, N.H., is a charming small town with lots to see and do, but often it is the simple things in life that make this community so special.

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