Best Places to Live

Concord, NH

Population: 43,875
Photo: Concord Monitor

Proximity to several ski areas makes Concord, NH, an established winter vacation destination, but the city's collection of performance venues, restaurants and bars make it a real hot spot.

Six ski areas within 50 miles of Concord offer adventure for all experience levels, including Gunstock Mountain Resort, which has 55 trails and eight lifts, and McIntyre Ski Area, a smaller resort with runs for beginners and children. Newly fallen snow brings opportunity for sledding at many parks in Concord and the surrounding area. Those looking for a bit more power can hop on a snowmobile and cruise through 80 miles of trails in and around the city. Mt. Washington Northern Extremes Snowmobiling, less than two hours away, offers rentals and guided trips along 200 miles of trails. Other outdoor activities include ice fishing, skating, dog sledding and ice climbing.

Concord's indoor entertainment options include relaxing at one of the city's 10 spas that offer a variety of pampering packages or warming up in one of Concord's pubs like Penuche's Ale House or the Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub. In the mood for a show? Head to the Capitol Center for the Arts for everything from Broadway shows and international music acts to performances by up-and-coming local artists, or see what's playing at Red River Theatres, which promotes independent and art house films. Catch jazz and blues music at the Purple Pit, but don't forget to bring your own adult beverages. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has exhibits that educate, inspire and entertain young learners.

Activities: Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, dog sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling

Average Annual Snowfall: 63 inches

Winter Temps: 16 to 30

Must Do: Take a twilight walk downtown