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Pure Bliss: 3 Ways to Unwind in New Hampshire This Summer

Dreaming about unplugging and unwinding this summer? New Hampshire’s tranquil wilderness, breathtaking mountain views and stunning lakes and beaches offer endless opportunities for doing just that. The quaint shops and yummy restaurants are a bonus addition! Here are a few tips for planning your perfect relaxing summer getaway in the Granite State.

Lounge Lakeside

Umbagog Lake State Park

With 944 lakes in New Hampshire, achieving this one shouldn’t be too hard. It’s narrowing them down that poses the challenge. These refreshing lakeside escape options are a good start though. And if you ask National Geographic’s Robert Reid, “It's easy to spend a lovely, laid-back day on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee.” So get ready to lay back, sip, and savor your summer.

Dip Your Paddle

We’re not talking white-water action here. We’re thinking more along the lines of kayaking calmly down sun-dappled rivers, lakes and streams. The soothing sounds of lightly splashing water, with beautiful sights and sounds of nature all around. Are you with us? Beginning to see the benefits a simple little boat can bring?

Shop, Sip and Stroll

Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery, Hanover, NH, Photo by: Elizabeth Parenteau @eparen

Spend a day in the Dartmouth/Sunapee Region where you can stroll quaint streets and shop antiques, and local, handmade goods, gifts and treats. While you’re there, be sure to scope out Dartmouth College’s beautiful Ivy League campus and Hood Museum. Hungry? National Geographic’s Robert Reid recommends grabbing a bite to eat at Lou’s Diner or Molly’s.


The above recommendations are from the VisitNH Social Media Communities that provided their favorite New Hampshire hot spots.