You might say we’re biased but, yes, we do see it as just that. From the Ash Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, so many places are so close and easy to get to. You can visit any of the New England states on less than one-half tank of gas. Mystic, CT; Newport, RI; Portland, ME; Montpelier, VT and Provincetown, MA are all less than 175 miles away. And with the easy access to all the interstate highways, you can get there quickly. Or, if you prefer, there are lots of choices for “the road less travelled” that might get you there more slowly – or might not get you there at all. It’s so easy to get sidetracked along the way that some guests never get where they were originally going at all – and don’t mind a bit.
Closer to home, there are still lots of choices when looking for great things to do in and around Manchester, NH. Within 45 minutes in any direction, you can experience the wide range of choices that New England has to offer. Head south and you can be in downtown Boston, MA with all that it has to offer – from the arts to sports to history. Head east and you can experience all 13 miles of New Hampshire’s scenic coastline from the sandy beaches of Hampton Beach along the rock-strewn cliffs to Portsmouth. Head west and you will be in the Monadnock range where picturesque little towns like Peterborough and Dublin home of Yankee Magazine, can be real “finds”. Head north and you will discover Lake Winnipesaukee and Franconia Notch in the White Mountains, home to our beloved Mount Washington.
And, without even leaving Manchester, there are so many exciting things to do. There is hiking, fishing and mountain biking around Massabesic Lake and the Audubon Center. In season, you can ski and “tube” at McIntyre Ski Area. Minor league hockey and baseball are always great fun. We have several venues for concerts and performances by artists from the world over. The Currier Museum of Art and several other galleries and museums can make even a rainy day a great time. With all the great restaurants and clubs in the city, everyone can find something that suits their style and have a remarkable day doing just about anything at all.
In future posts, we’ll talk in more detail about all the things to do in Manchester, NH and you’ll see why we like to think of it as the “center of the universe”!