Area Attractions

  • 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
    (603)532-8862

    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
    (800)856-0549
    www.alysonsorchard.com

    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
    (603)357-7278

    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
    (603)756-3948

    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.

    Local Artisans

    • Simon Pearce Glassblowing: 45 minutes

    1760 Main Street, Quechee, VT
    (802)295-2711
    www.simonpearce.com

    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
    (603)756-3020
    www.walpoleartisans.org

    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!

    Golf Courses

    • Hooper Golf Course: 5 minutes

    166 Prospect Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608
    (603)756-4080
    www.hoopergolfclub.com

    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
    (802)463-9809
    www.bellowsfallscountryclub.com

    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
    (603)352-7626
    www.bretwoodgolf.com

    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.

    Museums

    • The Fort at No.4 – Living History Museum: 20 minutes

    267 Old Springfield Road, Charlestown, NH 03603
    (603)826-5700
    www.fortat4.org

    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
    (802)674-5781
    www.americanprecision.org

    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
    (802)649-2200
    www.montshire.org

    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
    (800)707-3530
    www.rails-vt.com

    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.

    Festivals

    • Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival: 45 minutes

    Jackson Gore Athletic Field 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow VT 05149
    (802)228-1600
    www.okemo.com/events

    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
    www.pumpkinfestival2011.org

    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
    www.langdonnh.org

    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
    (603)499-5445

    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
    www.rootsontheriver.com

    Skiing & Winter Sports

    • Magic Mountain Ski Resort: 40 minutes

    495 Magic Mountain Acc, Londonberry, VT 05148
    (802)824-5645
    www.magicmtn.com

    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
    (603)358-5000
    www.granitegorge.com

    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
    (802)843-2400
    www.graftonponds.com

    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
    (802)228-4041
    www.okemo.com

    120 trails ranging from easy to expert, with 655 skiable acres, 10 terrain parks, southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop.

    Nearby Schools

    Vermont Academy 18 minutes
    10 Long Walk, Saxtons River VT 05154
    (802)869-6229

    The Putney School 24 minutes
    418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney, VT 05346
    (802)387-6219

    The Greenwood School 23 minutes
    14 Greenwood Lane, Putney, VT 05346
    (802) 387-4545

    Dublin School 42 minutes
    18 Kehmann Way, Dublin, NH 03444
    (603)563-7075

    Kimball Union Academy 52 minutes
    7 Campus Center Drive, Meriden, NH 03770
    (603)469-2100

    Proctor Academy 1 hour 15 minutes
    204 Main Street, Andover, NH 03216
    (603)735-6212