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Mt Monadnock region itinerary advice needed

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Mt Monadnock region itinerary advice needed

Hi all:

My wife and I have a trip planned in mid October to hike up Mt Monadnock. I attended FPC (which I see is now FPU) in the early 80's. When I was 19 I practically ran up that mountain. Now at 47, I hope to just make it to the top while maintaining my dignity.

I am excited to show my wife the area in peak foliage season as she is from South America and has never really experienced the beauty of Autumn. We live in Florida.

Along with Monadnock, I wanted to take her to Cathedral of the Pines and show her FPC. Can you just drive on campus or is there a security gate now?

I've been researching hiking up Monadnock on various websites but any other info from a local on the hike would be appreciated. We both jog and stay in pretty good shape, but we're not 19 anymore.

Any other suggestions for our 2 days in southern NH would be appreciated. We're staying at a B&B in Jaffrey. Are there any brew pubs in Peterborough? It's been 26 years since I've been in the area and I'm really looking forward to our visit.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Mt Monadnock region itinerary advice needed

I always recommend Walpole to visitors to the Monadnock Region, both for the overall beauty of the town and specifically for Burdick's: http://www.burdickchocolate.com

I don't know of a brew pub in Peterborough (which certainly doesn't mean there isn't one), but there's a good one in Keene: http://www.elmcitybrewing.com/. This place has my favorite hamburgers ever. Also, the restored mill complex in which it's located is nicely realized. It features local merchants rather than chains: http://www.colonymill.com/about.html. World-class entertainment comes to the Colonial Theater: http://www.thecolonial.org. Keene is a really nice town.

I have to admit I've never climbed Monadnock, but when I was at about your tender age, and not in any sort of extraordinary shape, I made it up and down several of the highest peaks in the White Mountains. I doubt Monadnock will do too much damage to your dignity.

Have a great trip.

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There is a great pub in Peterborough named Harlow's. The food is good the atmosphere is fun, often has live music, and its a great place to people watch. It's not a brew pub, the only pub that makes its own brews is Elm City and although the beer is decent, IMO the food has always disappointed. You could also consider The Fitzwilliam Inn in Fitzwilliam, they re-opened last year and often have live music.

Several other restaurants we like include Pearl (Peterborough), Sunflowers (Jaffrey), and Del Rossi's (Dublin).

As for hiking Monadnock, our preference is to avoid White Dot and White Cross which go up from the headquarters. They tend to be the most crowded trails and feel it really beats up your knees and ankles (especially on the descent). We are fans of the Old Toll Road/Halfway House Trail (off Route 124)...after the first half mile the trail splits off in several different directions to get to the top and we like them all.

In addition to Cathedral in the Pines, you could consider a drive up the auto road on Pack Monadnock (Miller State Park). The Audobon Society sets up a viewing platform to watch the hawk migration and its a great spot from which to see these majestic birds.

There's also the covered bridges tour in Swanzey (south of Keene) and the stone arch bridges tour in Hillsborough.

Never been on the FPU campus but I don't think it is gated and even if it were I am sure an alum can get on.

Hope this is a good start.

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Guys,

Thanks a lot for the responses. I appreciate you taking the time.

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