5 Stops to Spot Seasonal Sights in the Monadnock Region

The long holiday weekend is here, and foliage is popping just about everywhere.  Why not make a trip to the Monadnock Region to see some stunning fall scenery framing some cool spots for photo opps. https://youtu.be/VRFEIg_pJ1g To start our day we headed to the village of Ashuelot in the southwestern corner of the state.  We were there to see what local historians call one of New Hampshire’s most elaborate covered bridges: the Ashuelot Bridge.  Originally it was built as a way to get wood across the river for use by the Ashuelot Railroad as the railroad had a station located right in town. With access to the Ashuelot Rail Trail located right next to the bridge we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to break out the bikes for a ride. The trail is about 22 miles long and stretches from Keene to Hinsdale – following the old Ashuelot Railroad.  [...]

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5 Fall Photo Opps in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Fall foliage is looking pretty spectacular in New Hampshire right now.  Color is coming out just about everywhere. The White Mountains Region is always a favorite spot for leaf peeping and this year is no exception. Check out this route that takes you off the beaten path! https://youtu.be/_h0JP5Qa_Aw    Why not kick off this trip with a waterfall!  There’s several places to access Livermore Falls, we found a spot in Campton on the western side of the Pemigewasset River.  Follow the path down a hill, and within just a few minutes you’ll be at a great place to take in the falls and the surroundings.  From this vantage point you have a great view of the cascades that tumble down about 25 feet through a small gorge.  A bonus at this local is the old railroad line… spend a few minutes walking along the path winds along the River. [...]

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5 Stops to See Fall Foliage in NH’s Great North Woods

Hard to believe but fall foliage season is here again! And Mother Nature is wasting no time creating a beautiful canvas of color across the landscape in New Hampshire.  Colors in the Great North Woods are already starting to shine. Take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNxaR25hxVg First up on our itinerary is the Polish Princess Bakery in Lancaster.  Housed in a historic building right on Main Street, this has become a local favorite for their amazing homemade breads and pastries.  Not to mention all the other delights you’ll find like fresh made pizza.  And of course seasonal drinks! Is there really any other way to start a leaf peeping adventure than by fueling up with a pumpkin spice latte?   Next we headed to Weeks State Park.  Drive up the auto road to the summit of Mt Prospect and wow, you’re greeted with some pretty awesome views.  Walk around the estate [...]

2019-10-11T10:39:23-04:00
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Experience a Seaside Botanical Garden and a Coastal Picnic too

  https://youtu.be/qPHpWS0lkLo As soon as you enter Fuller Gardens you’re greeted by an amazing abundance of beautiful blooms. Thousands of roses growing on the grounds – more than 1,500 bushes in all with more than 125 different varieties! Stroll around the grass pathways and take in the scent and captivating colors! Talk about a dazzling display of dahlia’s --- such an incredible variety! Check out the big bold dinnerplate dahlia! Spend some time in the conservatory – with more than 300 variety of cacti – there’s a lot to see inside. The Japanese Garden and koi pond is a must. Walk in through the tall trees and you immediately feel a sense of peacefulness. And on a hot day it's a nice shady reprieve from the sun. One of my fav spots was the front garden. A border of English perennials frames another section of rose bushes. Fountains and [...]

2019-08-13T13:22:19-04:00
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16 New Sights in the City of Keene

I’ve always had a particular fondness for the city of Keene.  Perhaps it’s because growing up in nearby Walpole, our family would travel to the “big city” to do our weekly grocery shopping, go out to dinner, or to  see a movie. Or, perhaps it’s because as an adult, I love the city’s Main Street (it's on USA Today’s list of Charming main streets across the US), lined with eclectic shops, great restaurants, a historic theatre and performance center, and cool coffee shops. Now, another reason to be enamored with the Elm City: a fantastic display of the city’s history in larger than life murals on buildings around downtown.   The murals were painted by the Walldogs. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a group of professional sign  artists from all over the world. Each year, hundreds of these artists travel to one community to paint the town! The [...]

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The Lure of the Lupines: 5 Spots for Photo Opps

  You could pretty much set your calendar to it.  When you see spikes of purple, pink, blue and white dotting the landscape you know it’s got to be June in the 603.  If you’re not sure where to go to photograph them, we’ve got a few ideas. https://youtu.be/sExxID0HGGM Head to Sugar Hill, Franconia and Bethlehem and you’re sure to spot the large showy spikes growing just about everywhere – near ponds, along roadsides and of course in fields. For the 1st photo opp  – we’re taking you to the field across from the Sunset Hill House  in Sugar Hill.  A wooden fence surrounds the area and there's a big ole maple tree right in the middle of the field, and of course lupines. Lots and lots of lupines. I’d say that combination pretty much adds up to picture perfect. Our 2nd stop is perhaps one of the most [...]

2019-06-21T15:57:02-04:00Tags: |
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7 Sculptures and a Scenic Bike Ride

Springtime in New Hampshire is a great time to get out and explore, and we have the place for you to do just that.  This adventure takes us to the largest outdoor sculpture park in New England, and it’s located right in southern New Hampshire! It’s the perfect combination of art and nature. See for yourself! https://youtu.be/TbjBQOtd56U Nestled in and along the trails at Big Bear Mountain in Brookline you’ll find dozens and dozens of sculptures. They’re all part of Andres Art Institute Sculpture Park, a unique exhibit that combines art and nature. Artists from around the world are invited to come to this peaceful, serene setting as part of an annual symposium. They come here to create amazing works of art on location that are then placed on permanent display for the public to enjoy every day of the year. With miles and miles of trails to explore, [...]

2019-06-05T11:13:28-04:00
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8 Awesome Establishments to Explore in Downtown Manchester

  If you haven’t put Manchester New Hampshire on a list of places to visit, I’d say it’s about time you did.  It’s a bustling city with a myriad of things to see and do.  From arts and culture and history to some great entertainment, and of course some incredible food! Where to begin? Well, here’s eight stops to put on your list for your next visit to town. https://youtu.be/Mc7paCRkbQ4 Visit the Currier Museum of Art A must stop on any trip to Manchester, is the Currier Museum of Art.  This internationally renowned museum is located right near downtown and boasts 15,000 pieces in its permanent collection.  There’s such an incredible variety of artists from Matisse, Moet, Picasso, Okeeffe and Wyeth just to name a few.  Explore the many paintings, photographs, decorative art and sculpture works that are on display.  Through the Currier, you can also explore [...]

2019-03-19T13:30:58-04:00
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4 Waterfall Hikes in Southern New Hampshire in the Winter

    There is no doubt about it, New Hampshire's White Mountains are home to some pretty amazing waterfalls. But there’s also some spectacular ones in the southern part of the state. Trust me when I say, you're going to want to put these on your winter weekend trip list! https://youtu.be/k_0TxjROq8g   Tucker Brook Falls The trail to get to Tucker Brook Falls is fairly quick.  The path from the parking lot will lead you across a small bridge and there are a couple of small hills but before long you’ll come to Tucker Brook, soon after that you’ll come to the falls.  I’ve never seen a frozen waterfall in person, so to see them in this state is pretty awesome. You can hear the water rushing behind the frozen cascade and it’s quite mesmerizing. The falls are about a 12 foot drop but seem much larger frozen.  Enjoy [...]

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Celebrate the holidays with handcrafted chocolate made in New Hampshire!

  Okay, it's the holiday season and what better reason to indulge in something sweet.  Not that you need a reason, so why not celebrate with handcrafted chocolate made right here in New Hampshire?  I'm not going to sugar coat this, if you like chocolate, you are in for a real treat (or two, or three)! https://youtu.be/cQSZ9bYTyV8 The delicious aroma of chocolate greets you as soon as you walk into Vicuna Chocolate Factory and Café in downtown Peterborough.  I’ve heard a lot about this bean to bar chocolate shop but this was my first time stopping by.   Everything here is made from scratch starting with hand-selected cacao beans sourced from Central and South America.   Once the raw beans arrive at their door, the magic begins. From roasting to grinding, tempering, molding and finally wrapping… they do it all.  The result is artisanal chocolate that tastes amazing! Stop by [...]

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