New Hampshire – Live, Work, Play

NH is consistently ranked in the top for Best Places to Live, Work, and Play. Over the next few Blog posts I want to highlight some of the top NH destinations. I have said it before and it’s worth mentioning again, when you live in New Hampshire, you are pretty much an hour from anywhere. Ocean, Mountains, Lakes, and of course Boston, MA., all can be accessed by car within an hour’s drive. Don’t drive? Well all of these locations can be accessed by bus multiple times per day (this will take you a little longer than 1 hour, but a great alternative to driving). I have a sister and brother in law who live in Boston and they have family in Concord, Manchester, Portsmouth, and North Conway. Neither have a car (no need in Boston, and just to have a parking spot costs more than a 1 bedroom in Manchester), but travel to all of these locations to visit family by bus. Over the past few years there has been a surge in the desire of the local population to “Eat & Shop Local”. Patronizing the small business is key to making and keeping our state so great. One area in particular that stands out as being very friendly to the Local Small Business is Concord, NH. After a total makeover of its historic Main Street and four awards later, it seems to have hit the destination trifecta – new eateries, cultural venues and shops. Do it all on foot and go on a shopping spree because in case you forgot there is no sales tax in New Hampshire. On Main Street 100% of the restaurants are locally owned and they range from Greek, Italian and Indian cuisine to Middle Eastern and vegan. The Little Creperie serves a variety of crepes and waffles with tasty toppings; Good Basket serves up Asian fare and the Smokeshow Barbeque has delicious ribs, brisket and turkey with different sides. Not only are the local eateries of interest, but also the great venues and shows that the revitalized Main St has helped to keep in the area. There are Broadway shows at the Capital Center for the Arts, independent films at the Red River Theatres and concerts at the City Auditorium. A new performing arts center is coming next year to the former Concord Theater.  There is also a weekly craft market, plus shops like Romance Jewelers, art galleries and shops with rare finds. These things and more are what make Concord, NH not only a political powerhouse of the state, but also a great destination for the day (1 hour from Boston, 30 minutes from Manchester), or spend a weekend taking in everything the city has to offer. Check out the Concord Chamber of Commerce for more information.