Escape the crowds for a getaway from NYC in New Hampshire and breathe in fresh country air surrounded by serene beauty at Chesterfield Inn, your home away from home for all sorts of area adventures. There is so much to do here, so we put together a handy list to get you started, that way you can spend less time planning and more time making unforgettable memories. From the best of local eats, hiking trails, and more, our top 10 list has got you covered!
1. Try Delicious Farm-Fresh Cuisine
The Hungry Diner in Walpole, NH asks one simple question, are you hungry? Because if so then there’s no better place to go for local comfort food and a cozy atmosphere that is perfect for a casual lunch or early dinner. All of their food is locally sourced from nearby farms with nearly everything they make prepared from scratch! With over 16 crafted beers on tap, you’re sure to find something delicious to quench your thirst for a good brew.
2. Take it All in With a Hike
The West River Trail in Battleboro, VT is perfect for a relaxing hike by the river, a great way to see more of the natural beauty in the surrounding area and explore. It’s ideal for hikers of all experience levels as it is mostly flat terrain. Pack a picnic lunch and find a nice spot to sit by the water for a relaxing afternoon amongst the trees.
3. Get a Taste of Local Culture
The Colonial Performing Arts Center and Show Room Theatre in Keene, NH holds musicals and plays, concerts, comedy nights, music and documentary films, and so much more! See what’s playing when you visit us and book your tickets for a fun-filled night at the theatre.
4. Indulge in the Finest Vermont Cheeses
Vermont is well known all over the world for its absolutely incredible cheeses produced by local farms going back decades upon decades. Grafton Village Cheese Co. is one of the best places nearby to find authentic Vermont cheeses made with raw milk and retaining all the richness one expects from cheeses of this caliber. Aged, smoked, and flavored cheddars, sheep’s cheese, and even cave-aged cheeses are all available for snacking, plating with crackers and other accompaniments, or as a magnificent wheel as the centerpiece for your next dinner party!
5. Explore a Remnant of the Past
The Cheshire Rail Trail is a unique hiking experience in Keene, NH on an old, no longer-used railroad track instead of a traditional trail. It makes its way through dense forests and grassy hills for a scenic hike ideal for all skill levels, a great way to see remnants of the historic industrial roots of the area before it was reclaimed by nature as we see it today.
6. Enjoy a Refreshing Microbrew
Modest Man in Keene, NH is a whole new type of brewery with a forward-thinking visual design, a unique aesthetic all its own, and delicious craft beers to back it up! Stop by for a drink you’re sure to remember long after the day is done, and grab a snack at the food truck in the garden around the back for a delicious pairing to your freshly-poured brew.
7. Discover History Through Art
Dive into the area’s history in Keene, NH at The Walldog Murals and see more of the town at the same time! Consisting of 16 murals that cover different points in Keene’s history, it derives its name from the group that painted them, The Walldogs. Some are more out in the open while others are tucked away in nooks and crannies throughout town; explore around and find them all!
8. Take a Step Back into the Past
Covered bridges are a remnant of an older time when horse-drawn carriages were more commonplace and represent the area’s past with many originally built over a hundred years ago! There are quite a few of these bridges in the area around Keene, and we highly recommend seeing them all if you have the time. A self-guided tour of these bridges makes for a memorable afternoon, and you can see more of the surrounding countryside while you’re at it.
9. Have Lunch with a Stunning View
Visit the incredible Quechee Gorge in Quechee, VT, and visit the world-renowned Simon Pearce restaurant and glass-blowing gallery that overlooks the gorge for stunning views. Highly regarded by both Travel and Leisure and Wine Spectator, this one-of-a-kind restaurant serves up a creative spin on classic American cuisine and has an extensive wine list for perfect pairings. Browse the gallery of hand-blown glass produced right there on the property and discover a wonderful gift for your partner or family and friends back at home with everything from decor to glasses and decanters.
10. Stay in a Comfy Home Base Close to Area Activities
Find serenity at a convenient home base surrounded by all sorts of exciting activities to explore and no shortage of experiences to be had here at Chesterfield Inn. The quiet pace of life here in this part of New England is ideal for a getaway from NYC. We have everything you need, including cozy rooms with king and queen beds, private decks in some rooms, and a hearty farm-fresh breakfast to get your day started off right. Take some time to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature and the wonderful culture here in New Hampshire for an unforgettable escape from daily life. Hope to see you soon!Book Now