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5 Things You Can Only Do in New Hampshire

This tiny state packs a major punch, and New Hampshire is just waiting to be explored. 

By Kayla Walden on July 8, 2022

Sunset over boats docked in the water in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire brings images of sweeping woodland views, impressive colonial homes and beautiful coastal scenery to mind. The state is tiny, spanning just over 9,300 miles, but there are plenty of things to do. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in picturesque New Hampshire. 

1. Try Marvelous Maple Syrup

Mac’s Maple Farm in Plainfield, NH
Nestled on the banks of the Connecticut River in Plainfield, Mac’s Maple Farm is a family-owned and operated company that produces milk, maple syrup and farm-fresh eggs. While you can’t go wrong with any of their products, you’re in for a real treat if you stop by the farm store to sample their incredible maple syrup. Each bottle is 100% wood-fired and comes in a variety of flavors, from traditional to bourbon. They even have maple sugar shakers and all-natural maple cream.

2. Flex Your Farming Expertise

D Acres in Dorchester, NH
D Acres is a permaculture farm and educational homestead. Founded in 1997, it aims to provide educational resources that help people better understand and apply the skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming. While this is a particularly strong asset to people who live in the community, it’s also a wonderful place to visit if you’re in the area for a vacation. They offer farm tours throughout the year, a wide variety of seasonal events and all kinds of unique and local products for sale in their farm store. You can even enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast or dinner while you’re there.

3. Pick Your Own Produce at Patch Orchards

Patch Orchards in Lebanon, NH
When the Patch family says they have a tradition of family farming, they mean business. Why? Their family has been farming the same land for eight generations. Visitors to Patch Orchards can enjoy a pick-your-own apple orchard and pumpkin patch, peruse the farmstand for various maple products, or visit the tasting room to try a fresh batch of hard cider.

4. Learn About Christmas Trees and Conservation

The Rocks in Bethlehem, NH
The Rocks may be most commonly known as one of the state’s most popular Christmas tree farms, but this 1,400-acre property offers so much more than decorations when Dec. 25 rolls around. The Rocks also serves as the North Country Conservation & Education Center for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. This means you can visit the property all year long for self-guided tours and educational programs that will teach you everything from how maple syrup is made to what creatures live in the vernal pools that form throughout the forest.

5. Delight in Local Drinks

Black Bear Vineyard in Salisbury, NH
If you drive a short 20 minutes outside of Concord, you’ll find yourself at Black Bear Vineyard. This beautiful estate rests on 18 acres of rolling hills in Salisbury and is one of the largest of its kind in the entire state. Guests can enjoy leisurely tours among the vines, sample some of the seven varieties of wines from grapes grown on-site or linger on the patio in the company of good friends. No matter how you want to spend your time at this idyllic and charming vineyard, be sure to pick up a bottle or two to take home before you leave.

This list first appeared on our sister site, FarmFlavor.com.

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