Summer is here and even though we love what we do, we’re thinking of all the fun things there are to do in NH when we’re not at work! Living and working in New Hampshire allows us a unique opportunity to get away from our desks and enjoy some of nature’s charms just minutes from our backyards.
Here’s some of our favorite:
Hike Mount Monadnock
This mountain, located in Jaffrey, is considered one of the most climbed mountain peaks in the world. Join the 125,000+ people per year that climb this mountain, and take in the panoramic site of all six New England states on a clear day.
Shake Hands with Potential Presidents
Shake hands with as many Presidential Candidates as possible. They’ll be here for the “First in the Nation” Primary every four years stumping for votes. Look for them and sit where they sat in our neighbourhood at the Red Arrow Diner!
Ride to the Isles
Take a trip to the historic Isles of Shoals via the M.V. Thomas Laighton, which departs from Portsmouth Harbor. The isles are steeped in legend and lore. Enjoy the narrated tours and the site of the lighthouses guiding ships safely to shore on your return trip.
See the Clydesdales
Anheuser Busch’s Clydesdales have long been a symbol of the beer plant. Get to their Merrimack facility, and see them in person. On some weekends, you can have your photo taken with these beautiful horses. While you are there, take a free tour of the plant. Stop by our friends at the Merrimack Village Mall on your way!
Get Stuffed at Hampton Beach’s Seafood Festival
Every September, the weekend after Labor Day, Ocean Boulevard is closed to vehicular traffic and open to seafood lovers. Need we say more?
Appreciate the Mills
There are too many mills to mention here, but take a walk through these amazing structures (many of them have been restored), and you’ll find wood floors, lots of brick and the smell of history. For example, The Belknap Mill, the official Meetinghouse in New Hampshire, is the oldest unaltered brick mill in the U.S. It’s located in Laconia. From Portsmouth to Keene, each town has a mill history that stand as a testament to the Industrial Revolution in America. For a complete history, visit the Millyard Museum in Manchester, right in the heart of the Mill district.
Purchase Produce at a Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Markets are traditionally held from May through October. You’ll find the freshest produce, cut flowers, and other assorted farm fresh goods at the markets. Many towns are now offering indoor Farmers’ Markets so you may want to check those out too, but we like to wallow in the warm outdoors when we can. Who needs an excuse, really?
Catch Crabs in Hampton
Head to the Hampton Jetty and you are bound to find children dangling chicken “chum” on a line to catch crabs. They usually throw them back but it’s fun to see these little mysterious creatures take the bait every time. Best time to try: Low-tide.
These are just some of the great things to do in the Granite state this summer, what’s on your to-do list?