NH Raised, NYC Living

You know what they say… you can take a girl out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the girl. But in this case, it’s New Hampshire that you can’t take out of these two NYC-living ladies who always find the time to travel back to their native roots.

The experiences that come with a visit to New Hampshire are boundless. Be it a bluebird day on the slopes, a summer morning cruise along the coastline, or that perfect fall day’s hike through the vibrant foliage. Each season here has a pull of its very own – especially on these two NH-raised, NYC-living women, who have reasons beyond the season to retreat back to their home state. Here, they share a few with us.


Amy Oelkers

Vice President of Revenue, VOGUE
From Londonderry, NH

After growing up in Londonderry, then getting a bachelor’s degree from Keene State College, the pursuit of a career in big publications drew Amy Oelkers to the Big Apple over 20 years ago. She remains in the city today, working as the Vice President of Revenue for none other than VOGUE. But no matter how crazy-busy her schedule may get, this NH-girl always finds the time to come home and recharge.

Why I Visit NH

My family and I try to visit New Hampshire at least four times a year, but always for a summer vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee with friends and family… it’s the most spectacular lake!

How I Travel from NYC to NH

It’s always nice getting behind the wheel. I love the peace and quiet of the drive; I can usually make it in 4-4.5 hours. Occasionally, I’ll take a quick flight from the city into Manchester – a breezy hour or so in the air. 

My NH Must-Dos

Fall is absolutely beautiful in NH… I mean, you can’t beat that foliage. I always pick apples at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry and then drive to the best college in the state, Keene State College and stroll along the ever-growing Main Street – one of the most beautiful (and widest) main streets in America.

 A Trip Everyone Must Take

I encourage a summer retreat to Lake Winnipesaukee to all ages, families, etc. The lake alone is something to experience, but there is also so much to do and see in Wolfeboro. Our family never misses the chance to get dinner and drinks at Wolfetrap Grill & Rawbar.


Portsmouth, NH

 Allie Harris

Investment Associate at Wetherby Asset Management
From Durham, NH

One may assume Allie Harris is a city girl through and through when learning her past five years were spent in Boston, London, and now, New York City. But when you find out she spent summers surfing the Seacoast’s swells and winters skiing the likes of Attitash and Wildcat, you’ll understand why she ventures back to the 603 so frequently.

Why I Visit NH

Durham will always be home to me. No matter how many cities I’ve lived in or years that go by, there is a pull I have to New Hampshire that I am lucky to feel. Each season, I feel a different kind of homesick – be it skiing during winter, surfing and the beach in summers, and fall, I miss that unbeatable foliage. My family and good friends still live in New Hampshire, too, so there’s never a time that isn’t a good time to visit.

How I Travel from NYC to NH

Typically, I take the C&J bus line. It’s affordable, reliable, and the bus always has snacks and movies to watch – plus, there is a lot of leg room which makes a huge difference. If I am good about planning trips a bit earlier, my favorite way to travel from NYC to NH (and back) is a quick flight into Boston and a bus or ride from there. It’s faster, and sometimes even cheaper.

My NH Must-Dos

Just getting outside no matter the season. If it’s summertime, I always visit the beach to surf and hang out with friends, my go-to is Jenness Beach in Rye. In the winter, I get that itch to ski and always make sure I do, even if I only have time for a half day at Gunstock!

 A Trip Everyone Must Take

If you’re in the Seacoast area, make time for Portsmouth. In the warmer months, Prescott Park downtown puts on awesome outdoor plays for the community. I always recommend popping into Macro Polo for totally unique and hilarious gifts, and then – no matter the season – hit the decks (start on Bow St.) for great restaurants, views, and company.