10 Reasons To Visit New Hampshire This SpringREVIEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | April 23, 2009 at 11:57 am
I live in New England, close enough to New Hampshire to be thrilled I can venture to the serenity anytime. Whenever someone mentions NH lush greenery for some reason always fills my mind. If I was like any other gal shopping would be forefront in my mind, but these days the body is not all that willing to flaunt a dozen outfits that just don’t fit. What is a great fit though, is a venture to NH for a vacation. Still need more convincing? I thought you would so I am giving 10 reasons to go. I would give you more but this is blogging and I appreciate everyone’s time to not be able to read longer articles.
- Maple Sugaring. I wrote on this earlier so read my post on Maple Sugaring in NH for the itty-bitty details.
- Spring skiing and snowboarding. We all know that New England weather is (in)famous for the last to know warm weather so take advantage to sport those neat skiing gear, you can’t break out the summer stuff anyway. For information on special ski packages, visit www.visitnh.gov/why-new-hampshire/gas-and-green-offers/deals.aspx.
- Biking and Hiking. Although generally indulging in this sport is wonderful on its own, pair it with breathtaking scenery and naturally rugged trails and you have a winner on your hands. Also there are plenty of opportunities for spring snowshoeing on the trails in State Parks and the White Mountain National Forest www.xcskinh.com/Snowshoe.cfm.
- See the wildlife. You can spot bald eagles, hawks and owls at the Raptor Exhibit and even songbirds at the Bird Aviary. Starting on May 23rd, the Center also offers pontoon boat tours of Squam Lake with the opportunity for loon sightings. www.nhnature.org Find more information on birding at Audubon Society of NH.
- House and Garden Tours. Didn’t really work on the garden last fall and as the snow is melting you are seeing the effect? No worries, you get to enjoy the best gardens and homes. Some noteworthy ones to eplore Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, The Fells at the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury or Saint-Gaudens, Cornish.
- Wine and Cheese. Need I say more? Although my hubby is no cheese lover, I am enough to make up for both of us. Get to explore dairy farms and wine trails. Some of the few worth checking out are Jewell Towne in South, Hampton The Sandwich Creamery in Sandwich, Flag Hill Wine and Distillery in Lee and Candia Vineyards in Candia.
- Tax- Free Shopping. What? Do I need to waste any words explaining the beauty of this all season benefit?
- Family Fun. NH has oodles to offer to the family (read kids) but some you definitely want to make sure you check out: McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, Spring Family Farm Day, Stonehill Farm in Keene, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.
- Fishing. WildNH Day on April 18th at the NH Fish & Game headquarters in Concord is a free family event with animal exhibits, fishing demonstrations and lots of experts to learn from.
- Food! My single most favorite word in the dictionary. New Hampshire is also renowned for its gourmet homemade chocolate (L.A. Burdick, Van Otis, Swan to name a few); and boasts 22 restaurants that have earned Wine Spectator Awards for their wine lists.
It is NH, just go visit!
* Picture courtesy of New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development