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Old 06-24-2017, 06:38 PM
 
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We're evaluating if we want to move to Manchester-Nashua area. I'm wondering what are some really nice places, restaurants, cafes, homes, neighborhoods, attractions, stores, etc.?
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:21 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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For Manchester I like: Coffee. Lunch.Dinner. Health food store. Drive the neighborhoods north of Bridge St. Walk some trails around Massabesic Lake. You can find parking here and here.
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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Don't forget Salem/ Windham is also part of So NH

You are usually free to stroll the grounds here

Searles Castle at Windham New Hampshire

Looking for something a bit eclectic in Manchester?

Merci Train - New Hampshire Page

SEE Science Center : SEE Science Center
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Old 06-25-2017, 07:06 AM
 
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You should drive over to Milford and have breakfast or lunch at the Riverhouse Cafe. Then drive north into Amherst, a lovely town with excellent schools and a good road to Manchester. Amherst is loaded with walking trails too. After Amherst, Bedford is just a few miles north. West of Amherst and Bedford are beautiful rural towns, but very rural with slow driving.

For attractions, visiting the mills in Manchester is a must, and the small mill museum tells the story well. Currier Art Museum is pretty small - you could cover it in an hour or two.

One thing I find fascinating all over S. NH is the remnants of mills. Seems many towns, including Nashua, Milford, Wilton (next door to Wilton), Manchester of course, and many others started out as mill towns. The mill dams are still there, and often the mills themselves have been converted to housing.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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One thing I love about NH (New England overall, I guess) is the variety that we have in stores, restaurants, etc. It's not all malls and national chains/franchises! There are so many family owned businesses-this is something I really missed when living away from the area...

Some of my favorite restaurants are in Manchester, so I'll start there (sorry no links, I'm posting from my phone).

The Foundry (I think Manchester's only certified farm to table) has become my new favorite as of last summer, and never disappoints. Eat out on the patio if you can. Depending on how long you're in town, you may want to try some of these as well: Cotton (on the river), Firefly Bistro, XO on Elm, Republic. For STEAK the Hanover Street Chophouse ($$) or my preference, Buckley's Steakhouse on the DW Highway in Merrimack (their bakery is a must-try if you're out scouting the area). For pizza, 900 Degrees. Breakfast: Julian's Corner Kitchen on Bridge Street. Coffee: I seldom stop for coffee in Manchester but my son manages a 5-store coffee roasting company in Boston, so Dunks, Cumbies and McD's coffee doesn't cut it for me anymore) BUT there are several roasters in NH, my favorites are Coffee Coffee in Salem (acoustic music on Sunday mornings, coffee tasting on Friday nights, and Open Mic a few times a week) and the Coffee Factory in Derry (comfy seats, wifi, nice atmosphere, not as active and loud as other local coffee ships tend to get)

You didn't ask, but I'll mention that NH is home to an ever-increasing number of microbreweries and wineries. In the Manchester area, LaBelle Winery in Amherst has a restaurant & patio seating. Zorvino in Sandown has tastings, Flag Hill in Lee... I can't think of them all right now, will come back with a link...

What age group are you looking for in terms of things to do? Amusement parks? Passive recreation? Bike and hike trails? Places to kayak? There's a million things to do and not enough hours to do them in...
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