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Something to do in the cold

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Something to do in the cold

Coming up for a visit next week for 6 days w/ husband, looking for things to do in the cold without snow. Had been planning to go sledding and skiing but not looking like an option. Staying in Rochester w/ family for annual visit. Have been to Portsmouth, Dover, Barrington, Portland, York, Boston, Manchester, etc. many times, looking for something different and interesting. Any suggestions within a couple of hours would be much apppreciated.

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Hi Spicesea1,

Have you been to No. Conway's Outlets yet, there's a lot of shops and it would be tax free, I always liked these outlets more than the ones in Kittery, ME, I think there's even more of them up there now than ever before. It wouldn't be a bad drive from Rochester at all. It would only be about an hour and a half, if that. There's a lot to see in No. Conway besides shop, even if it's a little early for the winter sports to begin at least it would be scenic to take a ride up through here for you. You could check this site out:


Another thing you could do is take the hobo railroad in Lincoln, NH if you were up for it:


Closer to Rochester than No. Conway is the Lakes region (Lake Winnepesaukee) you could go to Wolfeboro and stroll through the oldest vacation spot in America? Charming little town to see, no matter what time of year it is.

"The Town of Wolfeboro was granted on October 5, 1759, settled in 1768, and incorporated in 1770. It was granted by Governor John Wentworth and named for General Wolfe who was the hero of the Battle of Quebec. The fact that Wentworth built a mansion on Smith Pond (now Lake Wentworth) is the basis for Wolfeboro’s claim as the oldest summer resort in America."

You could take a ride around the Lake over to Meredith and Center Harbor to shop, if you wanted to, there's quite a lot of interesting shops to explore and browse through. The way to go from Rochester is to get to Alton Bay and Weirs, as soon as you reach the lake when it's in front of you, take a left at Alton Bay, you'll come around it and on the right of you will be the lake from then on. Keep going straight all the way to Meredith & Center Harbor area.


There's also Castle in the Clouds that you could check out?


Have you ever been to a Shaker Village before? Canterbury, NH would be a good place to visit. I've been there a few times myself, it's really pretty neat to see this one, you could take a tour while you're there. It's unbelievable with the way they lived their lives. It's pretty amazing to hear these stories they share with you :


If you don't want to head north in NH, you could always head down to Boston by taking the train from Exeter, NH or Newburyport, MA and you wouldn't have to worry about your car that way and where you were going to put your car when you're in the City, this way you wouldn't have to worry about a thing. You could also as an alternative take C&J Trailways (the bus) from Dover, NH, Portsmouth, NH or Newburyport, MA. Just go to their site to see about that. You could spend one of your days in Boston. Go to the North End for a pizza at Regina's and stroll through the Quincy Market. It would be decorated all through here for the Christmas season, just a thought....just a thought....OR head down to Newburyport, MA instead and have lunch and browse through the many shops all in through here, just some places to think about.....

Whatever you decide on, have a wonderful time with your family!

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Excellent ideas NoMo, thank you so much.

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A few other directions -

COncord, the state capitol, has a very nice Main Street, mostly between Bridge Street and Pleasant Street, with nice unique independent shops, cafes, restaurants. Check out the League of New Hampshire Craftsment shop and the Capitol Craftsman shop, both within a block of each other. Pitchfork records has a great selection of used CDs, along with a great selection of new. More than the usual pop high sellers. Be sure to walk up/down one block on most of the side streets for more great places, as well as a great independent book shop - Gibson's - and an awesome bakery - Bread and Chocolate - about a block or two south of this stretch of Main Street. There is also an excellent state history museum and more.

Peterborough - a small town in the Monadnock region. For a small town, you will find an excellent gallery and art shop at the Sharon Arts Center, several excellent restaurants, a couple of diners, gourmet quick serve food at 12 Pine, several antique shops, an excellent bookstore - Toadstool - and more. Stroll through Depot Square, and around the downtown area, chuck full of surprises. North of town, on Rte 202, is the corporate headquarters for EMS, including a store.

Another half hour down Rte 101 is Keene, a picturesque small city that claims to have the widest Main Street in the world (it's all in how you measure, but who cares.) It is an attractive Main Street with many interesting shops and eateries. For a filling and tasty lunch, go to Armadillo's for a bodacious burrito. But there are many other places for lunch. Check out the locals at Lindy's Diner. If you need to get indoors, head down West Street to Colony Mill Mall, a mall built within an old woolen mill, again, with many independent and small chain shops. Toadstool Books has half a floor there.

Need chocolate?

Ava Marie's in Peterborough

Unbridled Chocolates on Central Square in downtown Keene

The Candy Shop outside the entrance to Colony Mill Mall

and the most notable of them all - Burdick's Chocolates in Walpole, NH - north of Keene (or west of Hillsboro on Rte 123). You can have lunch, brunch or dessert at Burdick's and it is quite the experience.


Have fun.

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If you are going to be in Keene, don't miss Hannah Grimes Marketplace on Main St, the store sells only New Hampshire made items and the selection is very impressive. Granite Gorge in Roxbury, ten minutes from Keene, has opened with a slope for snow tubing. That's about all the snow we have at this point. Many good restaurants in Keene also.

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Thanks all for the great suggestions!! I called the tubing park the other day, they weren't really sure if they would be open due to the warm temps, she said they need 4 ft. of snow and they only had 1 ft. I'll have to call them next week to see if they made any more. Again, some great tips for places I hadn't really thought of, thank you everyone.

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