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!
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.
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).
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!