Across the Border: New Hampshire Day Trip Ideas

Don’t get us wrong — we bleed maple syrup here in the Green Mountains, but we have to give credit where it’s due. Art museums, specialty shops, and riverside trails make it easy to grow a soft spot for Keene, New Hampshire. Just thirty minutes away from The Latchis, the Elm City is a perfect day trip destination for everyone from art enthusiasts to nature lovers.

Keene is the perfect town for a New Hampshire day trip from Vermont.
Photo: Doug Kerr / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

For The Shopaholic

Specialty shops run rampant in Keene’s central square. Seek out some good reads at Toadstool Bookshop, or stop by the Hannah Grimes Marketplace to peruse locally-made glassware, woodworks, and other artisan crafts. Looking to add to your wardrobe? One walk on Main Street reveals fashionable options for every style, including (but not limited to) Moe Clothing, Linda’s Closet, and the Willow Tree Boutique. Fellas, head over to Miller Brothers-Newton for the most dapper menswear around.

For The Museum-Goers

Keene’s collection of historic sites and art museums speak to the storied nature of this very New England-y town. Put yourself back in 1805 with a trip to the Horatio Colony Museum, a house that dates back to when Keene’s population barely brushed 1,600. Or, go back even further at the Historical Society’s gallery of local relics, dating back to the 1700’s. Art lovers, admire the fine work of local painters and photographers at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, the hub for visual arts in the Monadnock region.

For The Young Families

If you’ve got little explorers in your party, treat them to a Granite State adventure in Keene. Start with a visit to the Cheshire Children’s Museum, whose exhibits showcase the Monadnock region’s best and brightest — they can walk through little farms and markets, or play talk-show host at a pint-sized radio station. Afterwards, grab a few scoops at Walpole Creamery, and knock down some pins at the Yankee Lanes Bowling Alley.

For The Nature-Lover

The Granite Gorge in Keene, a day trip destination for nature lovers in Vermont.
Photo: Dennis Jarvis / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

Conquered the Green Mountains? Don’t worry, there’s a whole new set of scenic trails to explore in southern New Hampshire. Hike, bike, or blade down the Ashuelot Rail Trail’s meandering country roads, and catch some panoramic views of the Ashuelot River. If you’re looking to keep closer to home, explore Madame Sherri’s Forest in Chesterfield, located smack dab between Brattleboro and Keene. The forest is a jumping-off point for several trails that loop around brilliant views of the East Hill, Indian Pond, and the fascinating (albeit spooky) remnants of Madame Sherri’s Castle.

We’re sorry for those who don’t like their neighbors, because we sure love ours. With so many things to do in New Hampshire, it’s no wonder that so many Brattleborians are equally as familiar with the Elm City. Make a reservation here at The Latchis, and stay close to scenic nature trails, shop-portunities, and family attractions (in Vermont and New Hampshire alike).