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Historic New England meets a thriving arts scene in Peterborough, New Hampshire. See its charming red-brick town center and gorgeous natural surroundings that have made the town a favorite among tourists.
Start your tour of downtown at the Peterborough Historical Society. Check out the 18th-century kitchen and learn about local history through its series of rotating exhibits.
The sprawling brick Peterborough Town Library, supported by soaring white columns, is an iconic building. Established in 1833, it also has the distinction of being the country’s oldest tax-supported public library. When you enter the library, look up. The veranda’s ceiling is adorned with a mural depicting a beautiful Contoocook River scene.
Peterborough was the inspiration for Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning play about small-town America, Our Town. Look for Grove Street, very similar in name to Grover’s Corners, the fictional setting for the play.
Browse the shops and galleries of Depot Square, Peterborough’s retail hub. Have lunch in one of its restaurants. Peterborough Diner has hosted numerous presidential candidates on the campaign trail.
Continue your shopping at Peterboro Basket Company, which has been producing handcrafted wooden baskets since 1854. It is one of the oldest continuously operating basket companies in the United States.
Immerse yourself in New Hampshire’s scenic beauty at Miller State Park. Climb to the top of Pack Monadnock. To enjoy the mountain’s stunning views without the hike, drive along the paved road leading to its summit.
MacDowell Art Colony, just outside town, has been operating for over 100 years. Make an appointment to see works of MacDowell Fellows in the Eugene Coleman Savidge Library. The site also hosts events throughout the year.
Despite its small size, Peterborough has a large cultural scene, regularly hosting concerts, art festivals, plays and dance shows. Whether you come for a special event or just want to explore, you’re sure to leave this charming town wearing a smile.
Situated in Peterborough, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mariposa Museum and World Cultures Center, Peterborough Town House, and The Monadnock Center for History and Culture. Sharon Arts Center is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.
This family-friendly Keene hotel is located in the suburbs, within 1 mi (2 km) of Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Cheshire Children's Museum, and Historical Society of Cheshire County. Colonial Theatre and Horatio Colony Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Leominster, this motel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from The Mall at Whitney Field and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fitchburg State University and Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center. Trap Falls and Wachusett Mountain Ski Area are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Keene, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cheshire Children's Museum, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, and Alumni Field. Horatio Colony Museum and Historical Society of Cheshire County are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from The Mall at Whitney Field and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fitchburg State University and Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center. Trap Falls and Wachusett Mountain Ski Area are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Historic Main Street, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colonial Theatre and Central Square. Horatio Colony Museum and Historical Society of Cheshire County are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Bedford, this motel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University Arena, and Mall of New Hampshire. Northeast Delta Dental Stadium and Millyard Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Keene, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cheshire Children's Museum, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, and Horatio Colony Museum. Historical Society of Cheshire County and Colonial Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km).