New Hampshire To Do

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by Alice Alford, Reference Librarian

Are you looking for activities to do with out of town guests who are coming for a week long visit; or are you in need of ideas for day trips with the children this summer? “NH To DO Magazine” can help you, and the Lane Memorial Library has it in its periodical collection.

This activity based magazine, which is published monthly, is filled with information about the many fun and interesting things to do in New Hampshire, whether it is for a weekend , a day trip or a vacation. The publishers, who believe that residents, as well as visitors, need a magazine to help them discover the many recreational activities that are available in the state, launched publication of “NH To Do Magazine” with its summer 2002 issue.

One of the appealing aspects of the magazine is that it features in depth articles that are submitted by freelance writers who actually participated in the activities about which they are writing. Not only is there a description of the activity or adventure, but also the cost, as well as good places to eat that are near by, and places to stay.

During the past year some of the activities that appeared in the magazine included snow tubing and snowshoeing; kayaking on the Seacoast’s Sagamore Creek; hot air ballooning in the North Country; visiting the Squam Lake Natural Science Center; mountain biking in the Henderson Swasey Town Forest in Exeter; rockhounding in the White Mountains; visiting a dude ranch in South Effingham; driving the scenic Kancamagus Highway; and skateboarding at the Rye Airfield. There were also articles about maple sugaring, and covered bridges, and included maps showing the locations of New Hampshire’s 76 sugar houses and 56 covered bridges. The Sandwich Fair; Franconia’s annual Fields of Lupine Festival, and Littleton’s annual Frostbite Follies Winter Carnival were among the fairs and festivals that were featured in “NH To DO Magazine”.

This guide to recreational activities in New Hampshire, most of which are off the beaten track, has a to do list which is a four month calendar showing the magazine’s top picks of upcoming events. There are reviews eateries, from upscale restaurants to diners; as well as hotels and bed and breakfasts; and each issue contains a section entitled “A Trip to Know Where” in which a New Hampshire town is highlighted.

Readers, if you are looking for some fun and interesting activities to do with your family or friends, stop by the library and check out “NH To Do Magazine”.

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