Things To Do In New Hampshire
The Granite State is known for its many recreational pursuits. In fact, it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, there are plenty of things to do in New Hampshire, indoors and out.
1. Outdoor sports. New Hampshire offers a plethora of outdoor sports. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy some of the country’s best trout fishing, not to mention miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. There are also more than 100 golf courses in the state, including the North Conway Country Club course in Central New Hampshire and the Nippo Lake Golf Course in Barrington. Winter brings skiing in the White Mountains, both downhill and cross country; ice-skating; snowboarding and sleigh riding.
2. Nature. New Hampshire’s natural beauty is breath-taking in any season. However, New Hampshire nature viewing is most popular during the fall foliage season. Be sure to bring your camera. There’s a perfect shot of trees, mountains, waterfalls and peaceful meadows around almost every bend.
3. Tax Free Shopping. New Hampshire is one of the few U.S. states without a local sales tax. That means things generally cost less than at home. Most of the small communities that dot the New Hampshire landscape feature thriving downtown shopping districts, with locally-owned retailers offering everything from local wooden craft items and pottery to textiles to original art and jewelry items. In addition, New Hampshire offers a variety of outlet stores, such as Settlers’ Green Outlet Village in North Conway, the L.L.Bean Outlet store in Manchester and the Lindt (chocolates) Factory Outlet in Stratham.
4. Mountains & Beaches. The White Mountains of central New Hampshire are known for their scenic vistas, skiing, mountain lakes and miles of hiking trails. In addition, New Hampshire offers 18 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, with seven sandy beaches.
5. Adventures. If you’re looking for things to do in New Hampshire that are a little out of the ordinary, a little exciting, the Granite State has that too. New Hampshire offers zip line tours, white water rafting, rock climbing and snow mobiling. You need never be bored vacationing in New Hampshire.
6. Local Food. Sampling the abundant local produce and locally-grown foods is one of the highlights to any visit to New Hampshire. The state is known for its cornucopia of fresh vegetables and berries and nuts, from May through October. In addition, you’ll find fresh maple syrup, honey and morel mushrooms, just to name a few of the many delights. You can pick your own produce, pack a picnic of local foods or dine in one of the hundreds of locally-owned restaurants in New Hampshire.
7. Attractions. In addition to Mount Washington, which dominates the central New Hampshire skyline, the state offers 54 historic covered bridges, a vintage cog railway that runs up to the summit of Mount Washington and dozens of museums, such as the SEE Science Center in Manchester.
One of the best places to stay while enjoying all the many things to do in New Hampshire is Stonehurst Manor, located just outside of North Conway in the east-central part of the state. Situated on 33 acres, this property combines the elegance and gracious service of a European inn with the amenities of a posh resort.