Recreation & Hiking Areas
Mill Pond Conservation Area: 1 mile (10 minute walk!)
The Mill Pond Conservation Area’s trail system is named in honor of Les Hubbard, former chairman of the Walpole Conservation Commission and founder of this sanctuary. Walking the loop from the parking lot through the woods road and back is a moderately easy hike of about one hour.
Monadnock State Park: 50 minutes
116 Poole Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452
Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands. In 1987, Mount Monadnock was designated a National Natural Landmark. The park offers year-round recreational opportunities.
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site: 40 minutes
139 Saint Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH 03745
The home, studios and gardens of notable American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens are now the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Over 100 of the artist’s works are exhibited in the buildings and grounds, and visitors can walk the site on trails, or participate in a sculpture class.
Local Agriculture, Farms & Wineries
Alyson’s Orchard: 7 minutes
57 Alyson’s Lane, Walpole, NH 03608
Beautiful orchard growing apples, peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and many other fruits. Playground for children as well as a petting zoo and bocce ball court. Call ahead to learn about seasonal hours of operation and special events (such as pick-your-own fruits).
Stonewall Farm: 25 minutes
242 Chesterfield Road, Keene, NH 03431
A working organic dairy farm and educational center, Stonewall Farm operates a farm stand and dairy operation, and guests can visit the grounds and barns, watch a milking, or interact with the animals, or hike on a network of trails on the property. Grounds open free of charge daily from dawn until dusk; call ahead to learn about special programs and events.
Walpole Mountain View Winery: 20 minutes
114 Barnett Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608
The inviting Walpole Mountain View Winery is open to visitors throughout the year. After a tour of the grounds, guests arrive at the tasting room and indulge in the winery’s finest product. Please call ahead to check days and hours the tasting room is open.
Simon Pearce Glassblowing: 45 minutes
1760 Main Street, Quechee, VT
Watch glassblowers at work in the original Simon Pearce workshop, savor a locally sourced meal in the riverfront restaurant, visit the retail store. Call ahead for more information on special events and glass blowing workshops for all experience levels!
Walpole Artisans Cooperative
52 Main Street, Walpole, NH
Winners of NH Magazine’s Best of Award as the best Art Haven in New Hampshire. Member-run cooperative retail gallery featuring handcrafted art including doll makers, glass workers, jewelers, metal workers, painters, potters, photographers and so much more! Call ahead or visit online to find hours of operation and check for special events!
Hooper Golf Course: 5 minutes
166 Prospect Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608
Beautiful 9-hole “hidden gem” golf-course located right down the street. Pro-Shop, open fairways, rolling hills.
Bellows Falls Country Club: 15 minutes
12 Country Club Road, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
9-hole course that dates back to 1923; hilly course with numerous swales and mini-ridges, greenside and fairway bunkers. Restaurant on site; great course for an average golfer!
Bretwood Golf Course: 30 minutes
365 E. Surry Road, Keene, NH 03431
Featuring two 18-Hole, well-kept, fun courses. Easy to walk the gently rolling fairways with fast greens that are protected with mounds and bunkers. Water hazards include a number of ponds, a brook and Ashuelot River. Golf Digest ranks it 5th Best in the State.
The Fort at No.4 – Living History Museum: 20 minutes
267 Old Springfield Road, Charlestown, NH 03603
The Fort at No. 4 is an open air museum, recreating the life of the eastern frontier during the French & Indian War. The fort features a log stockade with lean-tos, province houses, a watch tower, a great hall, and a blacksmith.
American Precision Museum: 35 minutes
196 Main Street, Windsor, VT 05089
Housed in the original Robbins and Lawrence Armory, the museum now holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.
Montshire Museum of Science: 50 minutes
1 Montshire Road, Norwich, VT 05055
Hands-on museum with more than 140 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the Museum’s outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: 1 hour 15 minutes
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002
Scenic Tours & Local Hot Spots
Vermont Rail System: 25 minutes
Green Mt. Flyer, 535 Depot Street, Chester VT 05143
Leisurely trips in passenger coaches from the 1930’s – 1950’s. You’ll travel along picturesque valleys and farmlands, pass by covered bridges, a beautiful cascading waterfall and view wetlands that provide a natural habitat for many species of wildlife.
Keene’s Central Square; one of ten Great Public Spaces in APA’s Great Places Around America: 25 minutes
Central Square, Keene, NH 03431
Keene, New Hampshire’s Central Square often appears on lists of the most beautiful American public spaces. It is dominated by the soaring spire of the Congregationalist Church thatsits next to the Square’s gazebo.
Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival: 45 minutes
Jackson Gore Athletic Field 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow VT 05149
Sample over 50 craft beers from regional brewers and a selection of wines! 3 day event– live music, local food and much more! Call or visit online to purchase tickets, check entertainment times and view beer and wine list.
Keene Pumpkin Festival: 25 minutes, roughly every 2nd weekend in October
Central Square, Keene, NH 03431
Guinness World Record holder for most lit jack-o’-lanterns in one place (record currently 30,581); celebration of Halloween with pumpkin carving, live music, local food and much more!
Langdon Fall Festival: 15 minutes, end of September
Village Road, Langdon, NH 03602
Family oriented festival celebrating the most glorious season with local artisans and crafters, set amidst the spectacular fall foliage of the sugar maples in a picturesque New England Village. Live music, food, quilt show, animals and games and a hay maze perfect for kids.
Winchester NH Pickle Festival: 40 minutes, end of September/ early October
Main Street, Winchester, NH 03470
Featuring a car show, parade, live music, local food, bonfire and, of course, pickles.
Roots on the River: 5 minutes, 1st weekend of July
Bellows Falls, VT
Skiing & Winter Sports
Magic Mountain Ski Resort: 40 minutes
495 Magic Mountain Acc, Londonberry, VT 05148
Over 200 skiable acres, 4 lifts, a tube park and over 35 trails ranging from beginner to expert.
Granite Gorge Ski Area: 25 minutes
341 State Route 9, Keene, NH 03431
Alpine skiing and snowboarding trails on diverse and dynamic terrain, top-to-bottom terrain parks, 14 kilometers of cross country skiing and cosmic tubing with glow lighting.
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center: 30 minutes
783 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT 05146
15 kilometers of nordic trails/ classic & skate skiing and 5 kilometers with snowmaking; 10 kilometers of snowshoe trails, a 600-foot tubing run, biathlon course. Call ahead to learn about special events such as the weekly wine & cheese snowboard tours.
Okemo Mountain Resort Ski Area: 45 minutes
77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow, VT 05149
120 trails ranging from easy to expert, with 655 skiable acres, 10 terrain parks, southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop.
Vermont Academy 18 minutes
10 Long Walk, Saxtons River VT 05154
The Putney School 24 minutes
418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney, VT 05346
The Greenwood School 23 minutes
14 Greenwood Lane, Putney, VT 05346
Dublin School 42 minutes
18 Kehmann Way, Dublin, NH 03444
Kimball Union Academy 52 minutes
7 Campus Center Drive, Meriden, NH 03770
Proctor Academy 1 hour 15 minutes
204 Main Street, Andover, NH 03216