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Top Choice Museum in Portsmouth

Strawbery Banke Museum

Spread across a 10-acre site, the Strawbery Banke Museum is an eclectic blend of period homes that date back to the 1690s. Costumed guides recount tales that took place among the 40 buildings (10 furnished). Strawbe…
Top Choice Arts Center in Peterborough

MacDowell Colony

This century-old art colony draws more than 250 poets, composers, writers, architects and playwrights to the Peterborough area each year. Playwright Thornton Wilder wrote Our Town, a play openly inspired by Peterbor…
Top Choice Cafe in Monadnock Region

Burdick Chocolate

Locals descend from surrounding villages to dine at this fabulous eatery. Originally a New York City chocolatier, Burdick relocated to this tiny gem of a New Hampshire village and opened a sophisticated cafe to show…
Top Choice State Park in Crawford Notch & Bretton Woods

Crawford Notch State Park

This pretty park maintains an extensive system of hiking trails. From the Willey House visitor center, you can walk the easy 0.5-mile Pond Loop Trail, the 1-mile Sam Willey Trail and the Ripley Falls Trail, a 1-mile…
Top Choice Mountain in Mt Monadnock State Park

Mt Monadnock

Majestic Mt Monadnock (3165ft) is the centerpiece of this popular state park between Keene and Jaffrey. Stop at the visitor center for hiking information, then set off on a scenic loop to the bare-topped summit via …
Top Choice Museum in North Conway

Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

If you don't have time to drive to the summit of Mt Washington, but you think wild weather is cool, take an hour to explore this small but fascinating weather museum instead. Shoot an air cannon, interrupt a mini-to…
Top Choice Pizza in Franconia

Schilling Beer Co

In a historic mill by the Ammonoosuc River, this relatively new microbrewery (opened in 2013) serves delicious crunchy-crusted, wood-fired pizzas along with bratwurst and a nice selection of home brews, from Konundr…
Top Choice International in Great North Woods

Libby's Bistro & Saalt Pub

A labor of love for acclaimed chef Liz Jackson, this 20-year-old bistro serves a seasonally changing, globally inspired menu that draws heavily on locally sourced ingredients; offerings run the gamut from Latin Amer…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Hanover

Morano Gelato

Founder Morgan Morano fell head over heels for gelato while living in Florence. Next step? Import some genuine Italian equipment and launch this brilliant gelato shop in the heart of Hanover. With new batches made f…
Top Choice Bistro in Monadnock Region

The Restaurant at Burdick's

This spectacular restaurant in tiny Walpole has a full menu of French-themed dishes, such as onion soup, steak frites, croque monsieur and salade lyonnaise (frisee lettuce salad with bacon, poached duck egg and grai…