It’s no secret that the Monadnock Region, located in southern New Hampshire, is a special place. For many families summer vacations in New England have become tradition. If you are traveling with children, as a couple or even on a solo retreat try the Monadnock Region to experience a relaxing break only nature can provide.
A quick peak at the map graphically displays what makes this region so unique. The water – be it pond, lake, river, stream, brook or bog the Monadnock region has water for swimming, fishing or boating. Of course the ponds and lakes are filling by natural springs and fed by brooks babbling down from the surrounding hills and Mount Monadnock. Hiking and mountain biking are favorite activities of both residents and visitors to the Monadnock Region.
It is easy to pick a swimming spot because public and private beaches are everywhere. In fact, one local family holds an annual tradition of “20 lakes in 1 day” where the entire family pledges to finish the day only after dipping in 20 of the regions best known watering holes. Query the front desk of your Inn or B&B to learn where the best beaches are – the locals really know. In advance of your trip, visit www.visitnh.gov or www.monadnocktravel.com for a free map and guide to the region.
Mountains and rolling green hills are an important part of the picturesque countryside. Not only do the hills provide water run off for the rivers and ponds, they provide habitat for many native animals like white tailed deer, red fox, black bear, raccoons, porcupines and even mountain lions. New Hampshire state parks are well staffed and exceptionally maintained. The park website, www.nhparks.state.nh.us provides information about all of the states parks and offers contact information for the parks located in the Monadnock Region. A tip for visitors who plan to hike – pack insect repellant, lots and lots. The pine forests, dense shrubbery and high water table are fertile ground for mosquitoes.
Another favorite activity of locals and visitors is the scenic drive. The Monadnock Region is home to some of the most spectacular colonial and revolutionary era architecture as well as covered bridges and town hall meeting houses. Hope in your car, or lace up your shoes, and go meandering. For a first hand experience, consider lodging in one of the historical inns or Bed & breakfasts; do remember, in New Hampsha’ your host is an ‘innkeepa’. Visit www.bbonline.com/nh/region4.html for a listing of local inns.
Retail business is booming in the region and there are several opportunities for a unique shopping, including art, crafts and regional souvenirs. Depot Square in Peterborough, NH offers craftsman style jewelry, clothing and pottery as well as exceptional art galleries. Gourmet and regional cuisine share the square, as does a restored movie theater. The city of Keene has 23,000 residents, a state college and dozens of dining opportunities as well as shopping malls, the widest main street in the world, historic converted mill buildings and more. It’s a great place to dine and stroll.
Ready for a summer vacation that breathes in the beauty and enchantment of historical America? In the Monadnock Region there is something for everyone. Plan the trip, pack the car and explore New Hampshire.