New Hampshire has its fair share of picturesque towns; there’s an understatement! The state is filled with quaint communities built in the 18th and 19th centuries, brimming with architectural flair and charm. Many of these towns offer excellent opportunities for short day trips with enough to do to make it well worth the trek.
Meredith, NH, is one of these “must-see” towns. Located in the Lakes Region only an hour and fifteen minute drive north of Nashua, Meredith sits on the famous Lake Winnipesaukee. This charming town has plenty of activities to enjoy over the course of a day including shopping, scenic tours and fishing.
Arts, crafts and collectibles
There are many stores featuring antiques and collectibles, as well as an arts and crafts community that celebrates a Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Slated for August 27-28, the festival features the works of more than 80 artists and craftspeople as well as music, entertainment and food. The town closes Main Street to vehicle traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll through the town as they appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship. More information about this popular, annual event is located here.
Scenic railroad tours
The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad takes visitors to Meredith on a trip around the lakes and forests, perfect for a summer tour or a fall excursion to view the foliage. Riders on the railroad have the option of a one or two-hour trip which features great views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The Boston Globe, CNNand New YorkTimeshave all published positive reviews and recommended the railroad as a wonderful way to see the natural beauty of the Lakes Region. To check the schedule and ticket information, be sure to visit their website.
Salmon fishing; lots of salmon fishing
Lake Winnipesaukee is New Hampshire’s premier salmon-fishing location. The salmon in the lake are, on average, 20-inches long and more than three pounds, making for exciting catches and good sport. Fly-fishing enthusiasts will feel right at home as brook trout are located in the various ponds throughout Meredith and the Lakes Region. Perhaps the best fishing feature of Meredith, however, is all the knowledgeable men and women of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Region 2 office. These officers describe themselves as individuals who “love to fish and... (will) help you plan your next fishing trip.” The Meredith Chamber of Commerce has a great fishing resource guide on their website, with more information and contact links.
Be sure to check out a great list of resources on Meredith’s website. Get your friends and family together, plan a trip and experience this wonderful small town! Our own residents of Hunt Community and The Huntington at Nashua, and members of At Home By Hunt, have been known to enjoy the Lakes Region as part of our numerous excursions. For more information on our vibrant independent living communities and programs, and all of the exciting adventures we enjoy, please visit www.SilverstoneLiving.org or call 603-821-1200.
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