8 Cool Things To Include on a Trip to the Hopkinton/Warner Area!

 

Covered Railroad Bridge

Did you know Hopkinton was once the state capital of New Hampshire? Yes, indeed! (Albeit a few years ago, now). That’s not the only cool thing I learned while exploring the towns of Hopkinton and nearby Warner. Take a look for and see for yourself!

 

View from inside covered bridge looking out

There’s really so much to do in this area. Like, I mentioned in the video, the Contoocook Railroad Bridge is one of several covered bridges to see.

Street sign with local store names on it

 

Clothes and display inside local store

Hopkinton is actually made up of three villages, Hopkinton Village which is mostly residential, West Hopkinton (agricultural area), and Contoocook which is the business sector and where you’ll find all the cool fun shops! (To live like a local, you can call it Tooky).

Close up of peaches on a tree at Gould Hill Farm

 

Apple trees with a view of Mt Kearsarge in the background

There’s nothing quite like being able to pluck your own piece of New Hampshire grown fruits or vegetables. And you’re in luck! It’s pick your own season in New Hampshire and the peaches are ripe and ready for picking at Gould Hill Farm.  (PS  The apples aren’t far behind!)

Interior of art studio for painting classes and sign making

Feeling creative? No professional experience needed to take a class at Hashtag Art Studio.  Lars and his staff are on hand to guide you through the painting or the crafting of your own handmade picture or sign.

Kayaking in the water with trees framing the image

 

Contoocook River

What a great way to explore the local landscape: from the water! There’s easy access to the Contoocook River so if you can carve out a little time to launch a canoe or kayak, then paddle around a bit! You won’t be disappointed. Cool fact about the Contoocook, is that it’s one of only a couple rivers in New Hampshire that flows north. It starts in the Monadnock Region town of Jaffrey and flows up to Penacook, where it empties into the Merrimack.

Exterior of New Hampshire Telephone Museum

Up the road in Warner, we explored the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. What a cool stop! Talk about taking a trip down memory lane as you walk around the variety of phones you’ll find here. There’s more than 1,000 on display.  When I say this exhibit is “off the hook,” I mean it!

Exterior of Warner Firefighters Museum

I was surprised to learn in addition to the Telephone Museum, there are four other museums you can visit while you’re in town:  the Warner Firighters Museum, Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, the Little Nature Museum, and the Warner Historical Society.

Summit of Mount Kearsarge

Be sure to save reserve some time in your trip to visit Rollins State Park. You can drive the auto road almost all the way to the top where you’ll find breathtakingly beautiful scenery.  When you reach the parking lot at the top of the auto road, you have the option of expanding your view by taking the half mile hike to the summit where you’ll get 360 views of the region.

Inside the Everyday Cafe

No trip to the area would be complete without sampling some of the local flavor, so we made a stop by the Everyday Café.  There are certainly a number of cool spots to stop and grab a bit to eat, check the Hopkinton and Warner town websites for a listing.

We’ve highlighted just a sampling of things to see, do and explore on your trip to this area, there’s even more so have fun and enjoy! And be sure to follow @LiveFreeWithKris on Facebook and Instagram and stay tuned for our next blog when we head to the New Hampshire town where you can walk a block of the Appalachian Trail!

Exploring the Oldest Summer Resort Town in America: Wolfeboro, NH!

View of Lake Winnipesaukee from the Wolfeboro Town Docks

I’ve always been fond of the lovely lakeside community of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  One of the first things I like to do when I take a trip to the town, is head to the town docks and just sit back and enjoy the beautiful views of the Big Lake (aka Lake Winnipesaukee).  But beyond the scenic beauty, you’ll find the small town charm that many New Hampshire towns are known for, and let’s talk about all the things you can see and do when you’re visiting.

We packed a lot into our trip to town. As promised here are links to the places we highlighted while there:  Wolfeboro Trolley Company, New Hampshire Boat Museum, The Wright Museum, and the Wolfeboro Recreational Rail Trail.  There are certainly many, many more sights to see and places to visit and a great resource for more information is the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thought I’d share a few of the pictures I captured on my travels through town.  Enjoy! Be sure to stay tuned for our next v-log when we head to the town that boasts the oldest surviving covered bridge in the world!

Flowers and view of Lake Winnipesaukee
View to Wolfeboro Bay from the town docks
Wooden Boat inside the New Hampshire Boat Museum
At the New Hampshire Boat Museum

 

Army tank outside of museum
At the Wright Museum

 

Fresh fruits from a local farm

 

Remote Control Model Yacht boats racing in the water
The Back Bay Skippers from the NH Boat Museum racing their model yachts in the lake.

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Revved up for Rally Cars!

Rally car being driven on the course

Buckle up because we’re heading out on an adventure! This week we’re taking a ride into the world of rally car driving. Now, before you say you can’t do it because you have no idea how to drive a rally car, neither did I.  Here’s the scoop: you don’t need to be a professional driver to do this. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn. So sit back, strap yourself in and let’s put the pedal to the medal. Learn More

Exploring the Mysteries at America’s Stonehenge and a Salt Cave too!

Connecting with nature and history

I’ve heard a lot about the mysterious caves and rock formations at America’s Stonehenge and finally made some time to go and see it for myself. There are more than 100 acres, so one of the first things you’ll notice as you start to walk the grounds is that nature is all around you.  The day I visited I could hear the birds chirping away in the trees, and on the ground rustling leaves, sure signs other small wildlife was right nearby.
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Cheers to New Hampshire’s local spirits!

If you’ve never visited a distillery before, you’re not alone.  I hadn’t either, until I took a road trip to one of my favorite areas of New Hampshire, the Monadnock Region.  When you get there, head to the town of Winchester and step inside the New England Sweetwater Farm and Distillery.  It’s really cool to see what the owners are doing to capture the flavors of the region in their handcrafted spirits.
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A Natural Loofah! Straight from the Farm

 

Main1Make your own Loofah from Fiber

How cool would it be to make your own loofah out of fiber from farm animals?  I’ll tell you, very cool and easy too!   And you don’t need to have your own farm to do it.  Nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa offers visitors the opportunity to experience their working farm and take a class in wet felting.  I stopped by this spring to see what it was all about.  As a native Granite Stater, I have to admit I had never heard of wet felting so I was pretty keen to learn the basic technique.
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It’s Here! New Hampshire’s Maple Season!

Mmmm Mmmm Maple!

It’s a tell-tale sign of spring in New Hampshire, maple sugaring season.  And it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  As soon as the snowbanks start to recede and the temperatures start to rise, you can bet you’ll start to see steam billowing from sugar houses.  There’s nothing quite like stepping into a sugarhouse and having the sweet smell of boiling sap greet you.

The making of maple syrup, a centuries old tradition, is a rite of spring in New Hampshire and it’s celebrated at sugar houses all over the state. March, also known as Maple Month in the Granite State is your open invitation to stop by local sugar houses, talk to maple producers and see first-hand how this sweet treat is made.

Morning Star Maple Sugarhouse with steam coming out of the top
Morning Star Maple, Route 101 Dublin

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