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Contents Courtesy Photo

A Newcomer’s Guide from the Exper

20 Introduction 4 Publisher’s Note

A warm welcome to New Hampshire by Sharron McCarthy

6 Five Words to Know


69 18 Lakes Region

Vacationers and residents alike love this region that’s home to more than 250 lakes and ponds.

20 White Mountains

8 Discover New Hampshire

24 Great North Woods

10 Seacoast Region

It may be small, but it’s packed with history, art, food and more.

12 Merrimack Valley

Our most populous region is a commercial, cultural and culinary hub.

14 Monadnock Region

The western part of the state boasts picturesque towns and unbeatable scenery.

16 Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Artists, intellectuals and outdoors lovers will all love this rural but vibrant region.


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60 Best Lawyers

34 Best New Restaurants

61 Assisted Living/ Senior Care

An overview of the state’s cultural roots and current venues. by Erica Thoits

Woodward White’s Lawyers of the Year

A Newcomer’s Guide from the Exper

There’s a lot to know about the Granite State. Start with these five words. Newcomers explain how they chose New Hampshire and why they love their particular regions.

32 Arts and Culture Snapshot

A hiker’s paradise.

Seeminlgy endless untouched nature awaits.

The Well

26 Four Seasons of Events

New Hampshire Magazine’s Managing Editor shares her picks for can’t-miss events. by Erica Thoits

30 A Statewide Playground The Editor of Parenting New Hampshire lets you in on the state’s best hidden gems the kids will love. by Melanie Hitchcock

Some exciting newcomers on the dining scene. by Susan Laughlin

42 Granite State Spirits

Learn about the state one sip at a time at local distilleries. by Bill Burke

Trusted resources for the later stages of life

64 Arts and Culture Our favorite venues

66 Chambers of Commerce Business resources

68 State Parks

The state’s best parks

NH Tool Kit

45 Everything you need, all in one place

A resource guide covering everything from health care to dining.

69 Restaurants

Find great dining options in every region of the state.

Odd Bits 9

New Hampshire at a Glance

15 New Hampshire Firsts

46 Top Dentists

23 New Hampshire Politics

52 Top Doctors

41 New Hampshire State Symbols

FInd the right dentist

A Newcomer’s Guide from the Expe FInd the right doctor

72 Last Laugh

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part of the country or even if you’re a longtime

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resident, this magazine will serve you well as a

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guide, or a reminder, of just how much there is

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to enjoy and experience in the Granite State. You can think of this publication as a snapshot of a state in motion because, as publisher of New Hampshire Magazine, one thing I’ve learned is that New Hampshire is always on the move. There are new restaurants, new businesses and new cultural attractions popping up everywhere. But you can also think of it as a family album, because there is so much here that is rooted in tradition, which speaks to a quality of life that has all but vanished in many parts of the country. Read up on the seven economic development regions of the state and you’ll get an idea of their uniqueness and of what a diverse and remarkable state this is. We asked newcomers to each region to explain why they chose to settle in their particular parts of the state — I hope their experiences and stories will help you navigate your new home. Additionally, the editors of New Hampshire Magazine and Parenting NH offer insights and knowledge cultivated over decades of living and working in the Granite State. Rounding out the issue is our new “Tool Kit” reference section. There you’ll find everything from trusted health care professionals and attorneys to state parks, restaurants and can’t-miss arts and culture venues. The truth is, there’s no way that this or any publication can do justice to the whole state in a single issue, so we’ve crafted a starting point for further exploration. You could call it a road map to New Hampshire, but it’s also a serious tool for relocators and a great reminder for natives of the richness of their surroundings. Indeed, you can live a lifetime here and still find surprises, sometimes in the town next door. So, whether you’re starting or resuming your New Hampshire adventure, take Destination NH along for the trip. For in New Hampshire, as in life, the journey

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Welcome to New Hampshire If you’re new to the state or you’ve been here awhile and are still trying to figure out what makes it tick, then you’ve come to the right place. And either way, there’s a lot you’ll need to know. One important fact is that you’re not alone. The majority of Granite Staters are from somewhere else. This fact once bothered locals who feared that their way of life was being challenged by “flatlanders” (which basically just means “from somewhere else” no matter how hilly it might be). The trend has been going on long enough that most locals have calmed down, but don’t be dismayed if you see the occasional bumper sticker reading “Welcome to NH, Now Go Home.” What the natives have learned is that most of the newcomers are eager to settle down and fit in. This probably describes you, or else you wouldn’t be reading this publication. Anyone who does arrive with an agenda soon encounters a hard fact: people don’t change New Hampshire nearly as much as New Hampshire changes people. You might even say, you don’t move into New Hampshire. New Hampshire moves into you. So have fun exploring and meeting the locals, but to begin your orientation and to really understand the Granite State, here are five words you need to know ...


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Capt. John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) parked his fishing boat at our Isles of Shoals back in the early 1600s before anyone had tripped over Plymouth Rock. Apparently, Boston had a better PR team back during the Revolutionary War era, but the first real act of war against the British Crown took place here in Portsmouth (Google “Raid on Fort William and Mary”). We were the first state to declare independence from England, and when the founding documents of our country were being approved, it was New Hampshire that sealed the deal, becoming the ninth and binding signatory of the US Constitution.



Dean Although we can’t claim to be Kamen the origin of words “Yankee ingenuity,” it’s certainly part of the Granite State DNA, from the unique cog railway up Mt. Washington to the Segway (created in the Manchester millyard by genius inventor Dean Kamen). The first public library in the US was founded in Peterborough in 1833; and the first American man in space was Alan Shepard of Derry. Manufacturing is our largest industry and we have become a full-blown epicenter of the Boston-area tech explosion.



Our ratio of forested land to developed is one of the highest in the country. With outdoor tourism one of our main industries, we are proud of our gorgeous environment and also eager to put it to wise use. We have the highest peak in the Northeast (Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet) and hundreds of lakes and wild rivers. We’re bounded on the west by the Connecticut River (and own the whole thing, bank to bank), on the east by mostly undeveloped forests of Maine and by the country’s shortest stretch of seacoast.



Some would say “quirky,” but it’s really deeper than that. Not only do we have the most pugnacious state motto in “Live Free or Die,” we’re home to the largest museum of classic arcade games (at Weirs Beach in Laconia); the birthplace of America’s first documented serial killer (H.H. Holmes of “Devil in the White City” fame was born in Gilmanton); the two most significant encounters with UFOs (Betty and Barney Hill’s abduction in Franconia and the “Incident at Exeter”); and the site of what is possibly (though not likely) the country’s oldest archeological site: America’s Stonehenge in Salem. Our highway welcome centers are also state-run liquor stores and we don’t require adults to wear seatbelts or motorcycle helmets, but we’re still one of the healthiest places in the country to live. Oh, and we were selected by the libertarian Free State Movement to be the new home for 20,000 liberty-minded individuals who hope to redefine our political structure over the next decade. We wish them luck and repeat that hard fact: You don’t so much move into New Hampshire as New Hampshire moves into you.



To be clear, we’re political but not especially partisan. Although the Republican Party was founded here in Exeter in 1853, the state has wobbled between Republican and Democratic over the decades, but the strongest political bent in the state is Independent. With our huge 424-member State Legislature (the largest in the country), our heritage of town meetings and our 100 years of hosting the First in the Nation Presidential Primary, folks here get to know their candidates (at every level) up close and personally and aren’t easily swayed by campaign promises.

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To help you get your bearings on the state, it has been neatly divided into seven “economic development regions.”

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Sometimes these are obvious zones (like the


Seacoast or Lakes Region), sometimes they are cobbled together and contain their own subsectors (like the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region), but each one is a treasure trove of places to


explore. To help illustrate the characteristics of


each region, we’ve asked several newcomers to share why they chose to live and start businesses

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spots of culture along coastline.

Lake Winnipesaukee.

2 Merrimack Valley This is the river-based

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6 White Mountains Has 48 4,000-foot peaks,

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the state.

7 Great North Woods

3 Monadnock Where

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4 Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee A pastoral


5 Lakes The lively liquid

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White Mountain National Forest


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Seacoast Region

The perfect mix It was at Throwback Brewery in

North Hampton that the VanCamps had their “ah-ha” moment. This, they thought, was a state they could call home.

Above: Portsmouth’s iconic tugboats Below: The VanCamp family.


Ben VanCamp says that it was important to him and his family to move to “an area that had a lot of culture, along with a vibrant culinary scene and delicious craft beer.” The Seacoast, they soon learned, is one of the best places to find all of that and more. This region may be one of the smallest, but it’s packed with world-class dining, art, music and a staggering number of excellent local breweries. “The dining scene in Portsmouth is amazing,” says VanCamp. “We are slowly making our way though the finer dining [restaurants] when we get the occasional night out. We have enjoyed getting to know the craft breweries in the area and still like to visit Throwback along with Smuttynose, Seventh Settlement, Stoneface, Liars Bench and several others.” That’s not to say these were the only requirements. VanCamp adds that they have family and friends in the area and his wife, Amy, is a University of New Hampshire alum. After 13 years living in Asheville, North Carolina, the VanCamps were itching to ski on some real Northeast mountains. “We’re avid outdoors people,” says VanCamp. “Amy loves the beach, we both love the mountains, and the Seacoast puts us in great proximity to both.” Along with their two children, 8-year-old William and 5-and-3/4-year-old Charlotte (“she asked me to include the 3/4,” says VanCamp), Amy and Ben settled in Durham in August of 2016. Amy is now the academic fieldwork coordinator in the occupational therapy department at UNH and Ben is the VP of membership at the

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SNAPSHOT OF THE area Our short coastline (13 miles — 18 if you add the islands) is bursting with beautiful beaches, arts, music, theatre, an amazing dining scene with a focus on keeping it local, too many craft breweries to count and important historical landmarks. Oh, and if you’re a shop-til-you-drop type, the area’s many boutiques and other local stores are a delight. Here you can eat fried dough as you stroll the boardwalk at Hampton Beach, enjoy a show at the historic Music Hall, take in local art at one of the many galleries, sample brews with Granite State Growler Tours or walk through Portsmouth’s living history museum Strawbery Banke. Consider taking an ocean tour to the Isles of Shoals, which were settled in the 1600s and have a diverse history as an important fishing area in Colonial times, a hideout for pirates, a peaceful retreat for artists and much more.

Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. Durham, says VanCamp, “is a pretty small town when you subtract the UNH student population.” The town’s size has both advantages and limitations. However, the many upsides for the VanCamps, including a great school system, access to the outdoors and living in culturally rich area, far outweigh any of the drawbacks.

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Where to have it all For a family with four kids, it was the

outstanding public school system in Bedford that motivated the Morris family to make the move from Massachusetts.

Top: The State Capitol in Concord Above: The Morris family.


This “loyal, loving, loud family of six (plus our dog),” says Jessica Morris, might operate “at New York speed, but we’re all about the New Hampshire landscape.” As you might imagine, with four kids and canine companion Rosco (the 12-year-old yellow lab who’s a “family, food and boating enthusiast,” says Morris), life moves pretty fast for this Bedford family. The combination of access to a huge number of activities — from sports and dance lessons to exploring their favorite secret spot, Big Island Pond in Atkinson — there’s plenty to keep everyone active, but there’s also space to get away from it all. That juxtaposition, says Morris, is one of the best things about calling New Hampshire home. “You can wake up every day, look out the window and feel like you’re on vacation,” she says. “But then you can hustle to work, a volunteer activity, school or something fun.” For the kids, each has plenty of opportunity through school and the nearby YMCA Allard Center in Goffstown to pursue his or her favorite things. For 10-yearold twins Lana and Kyleigh, it’s all about competitive gymnastics at the Y, soccer, dance and writing (Lana) and competitive swimming at the Y, soccer, dance and reading (Kyleigh). Eight-year-old Alexis is a competitive hockey player for the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Program, and enjoys lacrosse, dance and “Star Wars.” Six-year-old Drew also competes in the Regional Youth Hockey Program, plays soccer and lacrosse and loves “Ninja Warrior.” This part of southern New Hampshire is also a commercial and business hub of the state. Michael is the CEO of Topcoder, a crowdsourcing software development company, and Jessica is managing director of jam:pr, a strategic communications firm. She’s also a freelance journalist, children’s book author and adjunct professor. Though all of these things make Bedford their ideal home, there’s another element Morris discovered. “The most wonderfully surprising thing about Bedford was how like-minded people are,” she says. “They’re goal-oriented for themselves and their families, supportive of good schools, town leaders and local businesses and willing to do for others no matter how full their plates may already be.”

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SNAPSHOT OF THE area The most populous region of New Hampshire, the Merrimack Valley is the cultural, commercial and political center of the Granite State. Named for the river that gave life to a booming textile industry, today the area’s mills are finding new life as luxury condos, breweries, shops, other businesses and, in Manchester, as a hub of science and technology. In the northern part of the region is Concord, the state capital. The State House was built in 1818 and is the oldest such building in continuous use in the country. It’s not all tech, government and industry. Catch an independent film at Red River Theatres in Concord, sample fine dining in many cities and towns, and in Manchester, view famous works of art at the Currier Museum of Art, enjoy America’s pastime with the NH Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium or see today’s biggest stars at the SNHU Arena.

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Region 3


Monadnock Region

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“Nature and freedom,” says Mengwei

Zheng of Keene, were two big reasons why he chose to settle in New Hampshire.

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One thing that surprised him about moving here, he says, “is that I’m able to see the stars at night.” Zheng was born in China, moving to the US at age 15 when his parents sought “a better life and better education for me,” he says. For five years he lived in Boston, then in North Dartmouth, Mass., while attending the University of Massachusetts as an undergraduate and then Northeastern University for his master’s degree in accounting. Now 25, he works as a tax analyst for C&S Wholesale Grocers in Keene. When he first heard about the company, he says, what really drew him in was the area itself with its abundant natural resources and all the sports it offers. As a nature enthusiast, the idea of being able to ski, hike and fish appealed to him. “Even though I had lived in a big city my whole life, I’ve always loved nature.” Another related perk? No traffic. “I don’t have to consider the traffic situation before I head out,” he says. The Monadnock Region is also one of the state’s big farming centers. Here, adds Zheng, he can find fresh, local vegetables at one of many farmers markets. But it wasn’t just nature that brought Zheng to his new home. As a recent grad with student debt, cost of living was a big factor. “New Hampshire’s living expenses are much lower compared to Boston,” he says. The fact that New Hampshire doesn’t have a sales or state income tax didn’t hurt either. “For a recent graduate like me, it helps me so much to get rid of my student loans and establish a good financial status at beginning of my career.” Though the practical and financial reasons are compelling, Zheng still comes back to how the state makes him feel. “I love nature,” he says. “When I was driving around in New Hampshire I felt like I was in a national park, especially during the fall — all those maple leaves gave me a unforgettable experience. There are so many things I can do in New Hampshire; I feel I’m not limited by space and traffic jams anymore.”

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SNAPSHOT OF THE area With its beautiful fall foliage, farmland and scattered covered bridges, the Monadnock Region is the embodiment of picturesque New England. The region’s namesake, Mount Mondanock, is one of many idyllic spots for nature lovers, but culture abounds here as well. In fact, this part of the state has attracted artists and intellectuals for many years, including Ralph Waldo Emerson. The city of Keene is a vibrant college town with great food, shops, art galleries and more. Perhaps the most famous arts and culture attractions are the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough (a world-renowned artists’ retreat), the historic theatre troupe the Peterborough Players and Keene’s Colonial Theatre. In tiny Walpole you’ll find the famous chocolatier L.A. Burdick Chocolates, home to confections and a delightful restaurant. It may seem sleepy at first, but our western corner holds many surprises.

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SNAPSHOT OF THE area Perhaps one of the state’s more overlooked regions is also one of its best. Here a love for the outdoors, art, culture and learning all come together to create a unique mix of everything that makes New Hampshire great. The region represents a harmonious dichotomy that’s anchored by the prestigious Ivy League school Dartmouth College in Hanover and the serene Lake Sunapee. The graceful grounds of the SaintGaudens National Historic Site are juxtaposed against the groundbreaking discoveries at the world-renowned Dartmouth-Hitchcock She was also happy to learn that reality Medical Center. This part matched her imagination’s view of the state. of the state is also known for “What most surprised me was how beautiful its world-class precision New Hampshire is,” says Melvin. “It really manufacturing. Industry gidid resemble the postcards I saw as a child.” ants Hypertherm in Hanover, Being the new person in a small town could Timken Aerospace in Lebanon have been difficult, but Melvin felt accepted and Thermal Dynamics, a divifrom day one. “I was so moved by the warm sion of Thermadyne, in West welcome I received from the community,” Lebanon all have operations she says. “I made friends pretty easily, and here. Firearms manufacturer it’s great to walk into your favorite little coffee Sturm, Ruger & Co. has facilishop on a Saturday morning and everyone ties in Newport. knows your name.” Now she enjoys the Spanish and Caribbean cuisine at the Candela Tapas Lounge in Hanover, and she’s even taken a stab at New Hampshire’s official state sport, skiing. Though not an immediate convert, she hopes to give it another try. Skiing might be a bit much for someone new to outdoor sports, but Melvin is beginning to love other aspects of the region. “I enjoy Saturday Top: Dartmouth College in Hanover mornings alone, deep in thought while canoeing in the middle of the Connecticut Above: Jade Melvin River, or hiking with friends to the top of Moose Mountain,” she says.

Some might say our state motto is a bit extreme,

but Lebanon resident Jade Melvin interprets it as a way to live life to its fullest. Originally from Connecticut, Melvin spent eight years living in New York City before heading home in 2013 to work for the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency at the Business Center in Bridgeport. Then just last year, a new career opportunity at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College drew her to the too-often-overlooked Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee area. As the Business Development and Marketing Manager at Tuck Business School, Executive Education, and Minority Business Programs, Melvin aids the school’s mission to provide world class education to diverse business leaders. “I just knew I had to be a part of such a world-changing program, and to learn from the very best in the diversity and inclusion space,” says Melvin. The ideal job was her main reason for making the move, but she soon realized how much she enjoyed a quieter life in New Hampshire. “As I have just hit the big 3-0,” she says, “I decided to slow down, and truly live free, because only then is one living life to the fullest.”


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Region 5


Lakes Region

Best of both worlds A fter living a somewhat nomadic life, Amanda Crawford and her husband Ben started to search for the ideal place to settle.

Right: Mirror Lake in Tuftonboro Below: Ben and Amanda Crawford


That place turned out to be near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in the town of Meredith. Married for just about two years now, the couple met in 2010 while living in San Diego. From there they moved to Colorado, Lake Tahoe and the Philippines. All of the places they lived, says Crawford, offered a huge range of outdoor fun. “We’ve lived in so many great places with amazing beaches, skiing, boating and hiking, and when it became time to settle down, we wanted to find a place we could do all the things we love,” she says. “We found New Hampshire is the best place for us since it has all the things we love to do. We like to live in places where other people vacation.” Living in Meredith offers them quick access to everything on their list — they can go boating, hiking, easily drive up to ski in the White Mountains or get to the airport in Manchester within an hour. “It’s also important for us to be near Boston to have a main city and support our favorite sports teams,” says Crawford. Though access to both the great outdoors and city life were the main goals, they discovered other perks when making the move. For one, says Crawford, the cost of living was a pleasant surprise. “We were able to get a beautiful home for a fraction of the price we would pay out West,” she says. Another surprise? All of the craft breweries and wineries. “We love all the New Hampshire breweries we have been discovering, including Tuckerman and Moat Mountain.” Still, it was the landscape itself that ultimately did the trick. “Our first impression was what a beautiful place it really is,” says Crawford. “Our first trip a few years ago we hiked Mount Major in Alton and were really impressed. We call Winnipesaukee the Lake Tahoe of the East!” Currently they’re planning a camping trip to Crawford Notch and a hike up the iconic Mt. Washington. Their favorite thing about living in the Granite State, she says, is that it’s truly “four-season living, and there’s always something to do. It’s hard to be bored in New Hampshire!”

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SNAPSHOT OF THE area Located in the middle of the state, the Lakes Region comprises the areas surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam Lake, Squam Lake and Newfound Lake. With all its aquatic beauty, it’s no surprise that this region has been a recreation destination for centuries (really). Lake Winnipesaukee serves as the region’s star attraction, first made popular in the 1700s by John Wentworth. Laconia, as the region’s largest city, is the business center for the area, with Wolfeboro, Meredith and Weirs Beach as the major tourist hubs. Tour the lake on the historic M/S Mount Washington, ride the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, view the spectacle of Laconia Mortorcycle Week, shop the Tanger Outlets or learn about the surrounding natural world at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.


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White Mountains

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“So much brought us back to New Hampshire, but first and foremost it was the quality of life.”

Top: Paradise Falls in Woodstock Below: Innkeepers Adam Lori Alderin with their daughter Lydia at the Beal House Inn


Lori Alderin describes herself and her family as “boomerangs.” Alderin grew up in New Hampshire, and her husband, Adam, is originally from Connecticut and lived in Portsmouth for a few years. Together they moved to New York City, but the Granite State was where they wanted to raise their family. Alderin says that she and Adam both love the outdoors — skiing, hiking and being on the water are all things they love to do together. In New Hampshire, especially the White Mountains region, those things can be a part of their everyday lives. “We love the pace and the priorities of the people in our community,” she says. “The cost of living makes it so that you can work to live and not live to work, which was our goal.” In New York, she adds, they found themselves “working more and enjoying less.” They returned to the Granite State to reverse that situation. It wasn’t a one-stop move. First they lived in Londonderry for a short time before eventually settling in Littleton. While living in southern New Hampshire, they hunted for the right opportunity to make a dream come true — opening a restaurant. That chance came when the Beal House Inn came up for sale. Today, they own and operate the 55-seat restaurant and six-room inn. As the chef, Adam is in charge of the restaurant, while Lori handles most of the inn side of things — the marketing, accounting and other related tasks. “We wanted to have a business but we didn’t want to kill ourselves to make it successful,” she says. “We wanted to do it in a place where our family and spending time together could come first. The cost of living in New Hampshire, together with the community that we joined, allowed all of that to happen.” Today, she says, “we love living north of the Notch more than we thought possible. Littleton is a walkable town, which we love, and it still has a small town sense of community and Main Street feel.” Being in the middle of the White Mountains doesn’t hurt, she adds. “The state’s beauty never ceases to amaze us. We’re surrounded by beautiful sights that people travel to visit.” Combined with the welcoming nature of their neighbors and fellow Littleton residents, these new innkeepers have found their perfect home.

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SNAPSHOT OF THE area There are endless outdoor activities to do in every season in the White Mountains. In the summer there are miles upon miles of hiking trails and in the winter there’s a mountain for every level of skier or snowboarder. Enjoy the fresh, crisp mountain air and the quirky, quaint towns that dot this breathtaking landscape. Don’t want to climb the famous Mt. Washington? Drive up the dizzying Mt. Washington Auto Road or take the historic Cog Railway. Picturesque Jackson and its maintained trails network beckon to cross-country skiers. The White Mountains National Forest offers too many beautiful attractions to list. Franconia Notch State Park alone contains the natural formations of the Flume and the Basin and the 4,100-foot Cannon Mountain ski area.



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Region 7


Great North Woods

No regrets


“I can honestly say that we don’t

regret it, and we don’t miss anything — including traffic and stop lights.”

Top: Whitewater rafting is one of many outdoor activities available in the region. Above: Hallie, Ellie and Ray Day


So says Hallie Day, who made the move to Pittsburg a little over two years ago with her husband Ray. Some people, she says, questioned their choice, and even she worried that life so far north would be too challenging. To make life even more interesting, things didn’t go exactly as they pictured. Plan A was a camp they bought off the beaten path. For the month of October, they lived in a tent while renovations on the camp were underway. When Day realized she was pregnant with her daughter Ellie, the couple had to rethink their living situation. The camp needed too much work, and winter was approaching. They soon found their current home — “a beautiful old home,” says Day, that they rent at an affordable rate. “One of the many perks of living all the way up here,” she adds. Happily, everything worked out and the Days love where they live. “It was a pretty random move,” she says. “Everyone thought we were crazy. But my husband grew up coming here and some of his best childhood memories were from his family vacations to Pittsburg. The first time

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The Great North Woods region is a wonderland for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The northernmost section of the state has the fewest people but plenty of hidden gems that are well worth exploring, whether you enjoy skiing, hiking, fishing or even just long drives through gorgeous scenery. Once home to a booming paper mill industry, this region is undergoing an outdoor tourism renaissance. Ride a network of snowmobile trails in the winter, and in the summer drive on 1,000 miles of trails via ATV at Bear Rock Adventures in Pittsburg. Nearby, the Connecticut Lakes Natural Area has more than 25,000 acres on tap for fishing and other outdoor activities. Hit the rapids with ELC Outdoors, or sign on for one of their many other guided adventures. In Berlin, learn about the history of the area at Northern Forest Heritage Park or connect with current arts and culture at the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts.

he took me here I fell in love with it. We could just drive for miles and miles; you drive down some of those back roads and the forests just envelops you. There was no one around for miles, just the soft sounds of the Great North Woods. We started to crave it when we went back to our weekly jobs. All of our spare time was spent disappearing into the North Country.” As much as she loved the area, says Day, after they made the move she was surprised by how much she liked living in Pittsburg. Both she and Ray were nervous that she might end up regretting the decision. The nerves, she says, were unfounded. “The North Country is the absolute epitome of the lush beauty that is New England — in my opinion, anyway,” she says. “The mountains, the wildlife, the lakes and streams — it’s all so intoxicating and I can’t imagine life without it.” Though the town might be small, Day loves its people and strong sense of community as much as the surrounding environment. “Everybody knows everybody,” she says. “Everyone is significant. It’s a community of hard workers and people who are capable of self-sustainable living.”

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Four Seasons of Events


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un in New Hampshire comes in many forms — from fairs that celebrate our agrarian roots and summer music festivals to wine-tasting benefit galas and snow sculpting competitions. Here are some of New Hampshire Magazine’s favorite, can’t-miss, big events, plus some of the smaller, perhaps quirkier happenings that often fly right by the tourists.

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Let’s get the shameless self-promotion taken care of right at the start. New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH Party is possibly the most efficient way to learn about the state’s top restaurants, breweries, distilleries and so much more. If you can eat or drink it, then it’s likely represented at this statewide bash. Each year, we celebrate the winners of our annual Best of NH poll during an evening of food, fun and live music. June 15, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Manchester. Get tickets and more information at The tasting fun continues in June with “the ultimate craft beer weekend,” the New England Brewfest. This beer lover’s paradise is held over three days in the town of Lincoln, and includes far


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more than just samples (though there are plenty). The weekend is packed with live entertainment, beer dinners, vendors, beer talks and all additional events. Tickets always sell out, so if you’re set on going, keep an eye on June 23-25, Loon Mountain, Lincoln.

Focusing in on one of the state’s best beer regions is the Seacoast Microbrew Festival hosted by 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover’s Henry Law Park. This July tasting event is all about the Seacoast Region’s small breweries. Visit for details on 2017’s festival.

When people think of New England, quaint, idyllic small towns often come to mind. Step into this vision at the annual Fitzwilliam Strawberry Festival, which is usually held the last Saturday in June. For more than 40 years, the Fitzwilliam Historical Society has hosted this delightful event on the Town Common. Enjoy fresh, juicy strawberries, whipped cream made while you wait, warm biscuits and live music under the tent.

The Prescott Park Arts Festival is a massive, months-long series of concerts, plays, outdoor movie nights, a brewfest, chili competition and more. From June through the early fall, there’s something going on for the entire family. Most events take place in Portsmouth’s Prescott Park. Visit for a complete schedule and more information. Though the NH Music Festival lasts for a month and takes place in several

The New Hampshire Music Festival also includes lovely outdoor concerts. Photo by Moundy Mitchel Photography Below left: A blue ribbon-winner at the Deerfield Fair. Photo by Bethany Silver

venues, this celebration of classical music tends to take people by surprise. The NHMF presents world-class performances of symphonic, choral and chamber music that are meant to be accessible for all. Concerts mostly take place in Plymouth and Wolfeboro. July 5-August 5, Hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts roar into the Lakes Region for the annual love-it-or-hate-it Laconia Motorcycle Week. The 94th Bike Week will be held from June 10-18. Learn more at laconiamcweek. com. A slightly smaller celebration of motorized vehicles is the Jericho ATV Festival held at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin. This Great North Woods celebration includes ATV races, guided trail tours, demos and more. August 4-5,


» Fall is fair season in New Hampshire,

and if you want a taste of tradition, then consider two of the oldest and most iconic fairs we’ve got — the 142-year-old Rochester Fair (September 16-25) and the slightly younger 141-year-old Deerfield Fair. (September 28-October 1).,

For small-town fall celebrations, consider the delightful Apple Harvest Day in downtown Dover (October 7,, the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta on the banks of the Piscataquog River in Goffstown (early October;, the Warner Fall Foliage Festival (70th annual festival on October 6-8, or the smaller Sandwich Fair in Center Sandwich (October 7-9, Fall in New Hampshire wouldn’t be complete without a pumpkin festival. For years the Keene Pumpkin Festival reigned supreme, and after a brief hiatus, it lives again in Laconia as the NH Pumpkin Festival. This year’s celebration of our official state fruit kicks off on October 1. Trust us, you’ve never seen so many jack-o-lanterns in one place. See for a complete schedule of events. The early-October Milford Pumpkin Festival is a little smaller in scope, but is no less fun. Most events are held right on the charming Milford Oval in the heart of the small

town. Enjoy fireworks, the giant pumpkin weigh-in, a talent show, craft fairs and more at this charming celebration. October 6-8, In September, two can’t-miss festivals take place in vastly different areas of the state. On the Seacoast, the annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, happening September 8-10, is your chance to stuff yourself silly with everything from lobster rolls to fried scallops. See for more information. Up north, get your kilt and head to the New Hampshire Highland Games, taking place from September 15-17 at Loon Mountain in Lincoln. More than 50 clans gather to compete in Scottish heavy athletics, enjoy good food, music and more. Visit nhscot. org for a complete list of events. For something a little less crowded and much more relaxing, the annual Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Weekend is a tour of the area’s wineries. Usually held in early October, visit barrel-tasting for 2017 details. A Drum major leads the band at the New Hampshire Highland Games. Courtesy photo

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If you’re not into snow sports, no worries — there’s plenty of other fun to be had during the cold months. For holiday celebrations, you really can’t beat the incredible month-long series of events in downtown Portsmouth called Vintage Christmas. Not only is this a premier local shopping destination, the city is filled with music, the Candlelight Stroll, theater and more. Visit for a complete schedule. A smaller, but no less charming historical Christmas experience can be had during the Christmas at Canterbury weekends at the Canterbury Shaker Village. Ride in the horse-drawn sleigh, sing carols, sip on hot cider or take in live music. See for more information. Wine lovers will be glad to know there are back-to-back wine festivals in January and February. First is New Hampshire Wine Week (typically late January; nhwineweek. com), which is capped off with the phenomenal Winter Wine Spectacular to benefit Easterseals New Hampshire. The month-long Winter Wine Festival (late January through February) is a series of tastings, dinners and other events held at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa in New Castle. See for details. You can’t avoid the snow, so embrace it at the annual

Snow Sculpting Competition held in Jackson. Weather

permitting, this is usually held in late January or early February. Dozens of New England’s most talented sculpting teams will carve up snow to make amazing works of art. See for more information. A lesserknown winter celebration happens in early February at the Colebrook Winter Carnival. Enjoy the pancake breakfast, ice carving demonstrations, snow bocce and more. See for more information.

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At first glance, spring (we call it “mud season”) seems like a slow time in New Hampshire, but if you look closely, there’s still plenty going on. First of all, warmer days mean the sap is flowing and maple syrup can be made. Don’t let anyone fool you — Vermont may have the maple rep, but we’ve got plenty of the local sweet stuff. The midMarch/early-April New Hampshire Maple Weekends are your chance to visit working sugar houses (there are over 60) to see how maple syrup is made (and to taste it). See for details. Also in March, the annual statewide New Hampshire Restaurant Week features prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner from restaurants in every region of the state. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the cuisine landscape. See for more information.


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Far left top: The Candlelight stroll at Portsmouth’s Vintage Christmas. Photo by Ralph Morang Far left bottom: An artist at work at Jackson’s Snow Sculpting Competition. Courtesy photo Left: Maple-on-snow is a traditional activity during New Hampshire Maple Weekends. Below: Sample and vote for your favorites at the annual Chowderfest & Brews celebration at Waterville Valley Resort. Courtesy photo

On the cusp of spring and summer is the Chowderfest & Brews celebration at Waterville Valley. Held in Town Square in late May, area restaurants compete for the coveted Golden Clam and regional brewers offer samples. An excellent way to welcome the new season. Learn more at

Are you sensing a food theme here? A fitting finale is ChocolateFest, held in mid March in Grantham. This elegant evening is your chance to enjoy chocolate and wine (yes, they go together — trust us) along with hor d'oeuvres. See for details.

This is a small sample of events. Visit for music, theater, festivals, fairs, community events, gallery openings, benefits and so much more happening all year long in every corner of the state. For more detailed event information, visit thingstodo.

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by Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire Magazine

A Statewide Playground


Pittsburg, one of the state’s northernmost towns, is a nature lover’s paradise. All year long you can keep the family busy with outdoor sports and activities — from miles and miles of snowmobile trails to stunning hikes.

rom the mountains to the ocean, and everywhere in between, New Hampshire is home to numerous familyfriendly attractions, museums, parks and educational centers where the focus is on fun. You won’t run out of things to do or places to go, no matter the season. Below are Parenting New Hampshire’s picks for places to go for family fun and our hidden gems, places you may not have heard about even if you are a longtime resident.



Water Country: Water Country in Portsmouth is New England’s largest water park and one of the best places to cool off during the summer. The park features 26 acres of attractions for all ages, including several for smaller children. While your kids are riding on the water slides, you can grab a raft and relax in the whirlpool. Water Country is open June through early September. More information and calendar can be found at Hidden gem: The Seacoast Science Center, located in Odiorne State Park in Rye, is far from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and offers some of the best ocean views. The focus of the marine education organization is on teaching folks of all ages about why it is crucial to keep the ocean clean. Programs and exhibits are offered year-round. Visit for program information.

Merrimack Valley » Canobie Lake Park: Canobie Lake Park in Salem has been

keeping families entertained for generations. The park, which opens in May, offers rides, including the newest roller coaster UNTAMED, water rides and shows and games for all ages and abilities. In late September, the park embraces its spooky and ghoulish side when Screemfest opens.


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Hidden gem: The Robert Frost Farm in Derry, a National Historic Landmark, was home to the venerable poet and his family from 1900-1911. Tours, displays, a trail and poetry readings are all available. A great place if you are looking for less adventure and more leisure. Programs are offered to the public at no charge.

Monadnock » Monadnock State Park: Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey offers year-round recreational activities including hiking, camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It’s also a

great spot for a picnic if you want to put your feet up for a while and let the kids do the hiking. Hidden gem: The Cheshire Children’s Museum in Keene keeps kids busy with several exhibits and programs. The museum focuses on educating about the community and highlights places in the Monadnock region. Visit for the daily calendar and more information.

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Mount Sunapee in Newbury boasts numerous ways to have an outdoor adventure and gets your adrenaline flowing. Soar above the trees on a zipline or stay closer to the ground and play 18-hole championship disc golf, among other activities. Open May through October.

Great North Woods » Pittsburg: One of the northernmost towns in the state boasts

a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, which includes fishing, hiking and biking. Pittsburg is also known for its miles of ATV and snowmobile trails. It’s not uncommon to see wildlife such as deer and moose while you ride in the deep snow or take on the muddy trails. Plus food, fuel and lodging are available along the way. Hidden gem: Beaver Brook Falls Wayside in Colebrook is a 7-acre spot popular with hikers and picnickers. The park is always open, but staffing may be limited during certain times of the year. The falls are breathtaking any time of year; this state park is a popular spot for weddings and reunions because of the picturesque surroundings.

Hidden gem: If you are interested in Native American history and culture, then plan a visit to Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner this summer. The museum hosts special events and programs May through October, including the annual Powwow held in July.

Lakes » Weirs Beach: While there are things to do all year round, The

Weirs really comes to life during the summer with several attractions for families, a boardwalk, places to eat and, of course, the beach. Motorcycle Week is only one of many annual events on the calendar. And be sure to hit Funspot in Laconia, which is a little more than a mile from Weirs Beach. Billed as the world’s largest arcade, it’s home to many classic arcade games and a museum. Hidden gem: The New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro teaches visitors of all ages about boating history and boating life in the Granite State. In addition to exhibits and programs, you can sign up for a family, youth or adult boat-building workshop. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

White Mountains » Conway Scenic Railroad: Hop aboard a train

and have an authentic railroad experience. Journey on historic rail routes, try out a dining excursion on the rails or take an unforgettable scenic trip through Crawford Notch. The season opens in April, with special events through December including Santa’s Holiday Express and Railfans’ Weekend. For a complete schedule, visit Hidden gem: Get outside and experience natural beauty that started forming millions of years ago at Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in North Woodstock. Explore the gorge at night during a guided lantern tour or take your kids for a hands-on learning adventure. Open May through October.

Far left: Canobie Lake Park in Salem Above: Monadnock State Park offers opportunities for exploring and learning about nature.

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Arts and Culture S


hen thinking about New Hampshire, you’re forgiven if farmland and mountains come to mind rather than provocative plays and gallery openings. Yes, our forests, lakes, oceans, mountains and other sites of natural beauty are some of the big perks to calling the Granite State home. But if you’re ready to trade your muddy hiking boots for dress shoes (or just regular sneakers), then you’re in luck — a vibrant arts scene awaits discovery. Speaking of our majestic mountains, the White Mountains are part of New Hampshire, — and America’s — artistic past. In the mid19th century, a group of landscape painters became known as the Hudson River School for focusing on the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding area, including the Catskills and Adirondacks. Artists such as Thomas Cole, who is generally credited with founding the movement, painted romantic scenes of a vast wilderness that touched on the themes of the time — discovery, exploration and settlement. Eventually, artists began to take notice of nearby New Hampshire. Cole was one of the first to paint our rugged mountain range, having explored Crawford Notch in 1828. Later, in the 1850s, other artists began to take interest as well, with New Hampshire-born artist Benjamin Champney leading the way. This group was eventually named the White Mountain School. Today, New Hampshire continues to draw and showcase talent from New Hampshire and beyond. Though you’ll find artists and


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galleries all over the state, a great place to start is at McGowan Fine Art in Concord. This contemporary gallery has been a home to local and New England artists — in a variety of mediums — since 1980. For those on the Seacoast, Nahcotta in Portsmouth has become a mainstay since its opening in 2000. Returning to the White Mountains, 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem is part gallery, part entertainment space and part studio housed in an 1877 church. For 50 years, the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College has hosted work by local and international artists, and provided a gathering place for students, artists, educators and patrons. Perhaps it’s something in the water (or granite) that makes New Hampshire a continuous source of artistic inspiration. In the western corner of the state is the charming town of Peterborough, itself inspiration for the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” (which, by the way, you can occasionally catch at the historic Peterborough Players, founded in

1933). Here, tucked into the woods, is the renowned MacDowell Colony, a retreat for artists of all types. Founded in 1907, it is the oldest such retreat in the country. Over the years it has supported composers, authors, painters, filmmakers, poets and more from Willa Cather to Michael Chabon. Each year in August on Medal Day, the public is welcome (with free admission) to explore the grounds. You can also attend the ceremony where the Edward MacDowell Medal is awarded to “an artist of enduring vision and creativity.” Five poets from New Hampshire served as US Poets Laureate, including iconic New England poet Robert Frost. The Robert Frost farm in Derry still stands, and its grounds are open to the public. Take a tour, listen to a reading or simply walk along the trails through the landscape that inspired his writing. In fact, Frost attributed many of his poems to his years spent at this two-story white clapboard farmhouse. The Granite State’s poetic tradition continues with the help of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, which hosts an annual

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poetry fest in September at Manchester’s New Hampshire Institute of Art. It’s also a great resource for other poetry events happening around the state. Continuing in the vein of the written word, New Hampshire also claims a number of famous authors: John Irving, J.D. Salinger, Grace Metalious and Jodi Picoult are among them. Aspiring authors will want to hook up with the NH Writer’s Project, which organizes meet-ups, workshops, readings, book clubs, conferences, socials and much more. If you want to find a literary event or like-minded folks, then check out this excellent local organization. Lest you think it’s all painters and wordsmiths, New Hampshire is no stranger to the performing arts. The historic Peterborough Players were mentioned earlier, but there are two other places to soak up a unique mix of small-town New Hampshire charm, history and great performances. Along with the Players, the New London Barn Playhouse and the Barnstorm-

ers Theatre in Tamworth represent three of the oldest — and most respected — summer theaters in the country. All three opened back in the 1930s, and each is home to excellent companies and cherished traditions. If you want more history with your plays, musicals, concerts, film screenings or comedy shows, nearly each region of the state has a beautiful, fully restored historic venue. Among them are the two Colonial Theatres, one in Keene and one in Bethlehem, The Music Hall in Portsmouth, The Palace Theatre in Manchester and The Rochester Opera House in Rochester. Music of all genres is in no shortage, but New Hampshire happens to have an abundance of ways to enjoy classical music. With the New Hampshire Philharmonic, Symphony NH, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, you’re able to enjoy a huge range of performances around the state. One of the summer festival season’s crown jewels is the New Hampshire Music Festival, which aims to make classical music accessible to all with a month of

concerts. Fans of the blues should follow the Granite State Blues Society for the lowdown on concerts and festivals, and jazz lovers will want to catch a show at Pittman’s Freight Room in Laconia, the Purple Pit Coffee Lounge in Bristol or at the legendary Press Room in Portsmouth. Keep up to date on concerts and news via the Seacoast Jazz Society or NH Jazz. Finally, one of the state’s hidden gems mixes nature, history, art and music together at one gorgeous estate. The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish is the former home of one of America’s premier artists, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Spend a summer day strolling the incredible grounds and galleries that are peppered with over 100 of his artworks. After your tour, settle in on the porch and enjoy one of the many concerts held from July through September. We could go on, but consider this an excellent starting point to understand our cultural roots and vibrant present. Destination NH | 2017



Photos and story by Susan Laughlin, New Hampshire Magazine cuisine editor


New Restaurants


he New Hampshire dining scene has never been more promising. New establishments have popped up all over the state, with large new build-outs or small storefronts replacing failed ventures by both adventurous young chefs and seasoned pros. The look is casual for the most part, but the food is serious and local sourcing has gone mainstream. Find Edison bulbs everywhere, along with rustic barn boards, great bar seating and earnest craft cocktails. All we have to do is enjoy!

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The interior is eclectic — think Vermont fishing lodge meets London gentleman’s club in the Colonial era — but it’s also cozy and inviting. Step up to the bar to enjoy a variety of interesting craft cocktails amidst green velvet curtains and reclaimed wood. The chef and bartender are both in their early 20s, so look for the hottest concepts in both dining and drinking. The menu items don’t come with poetic descriptions — rather, find a simple list of the three main tastes in the dish. Plates are offered in three sizes to fit any appetite. The bar is full-on craft cocktail with all the right equipment and an impressive knowledge base, including staff formerly of Codex in Nashua. The bar top itself is a unique specimen of red oak.


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The Birch on Elm’s seared scallops with parsnip purée and grilled peaches

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The flying-wing logo has nothing to do with motorcycles but everything to do with rooting the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location in car dealerships of yore. The menu is approachable in size and concept, offering a nice range of dishes including meatballs (pictured above), scallops and Reuben rolls in small-plate fashion. The cocktail list is creative, using house-made bitters and infusions. Dish Not to Miss: Spicy tuna with crispy rice and truffle oil (pictured at right, $9)

Dish Not to Miss: Duck confit ravioli with orange brandy and truffle ($16) Lunch, Thursday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lunch and dinner on weekdays, dinner only on Saturday 36 Lowell St. (603) 232-7059

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New Restaurants The Grazing Room » Henniker

The new owners of the Colby Hill Inn have taken the dining room (now called The Grazing Room) up several notches. They found the property after a wide search for a charming New England inn. Chef/owner Bruce Barnes comes with an incredible culinary background via his own restaurants in New York City (Universal Grill and Harvest) and multi-cultural experience in Washington, DC, where he helped develop the menu at Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian. Most recently, he was senior executive chef at the World Bank. Barnes is serious about keeping it local, using nearby sources for everything from eggs and cheeses to poultry. Dishes are exquisitely plated for both the eye and taste buds, and the seasonally-inspired menu changes weekly. Get cooking tips from this seasoned chef at the inn’s monthly cooking classes, and don’t miss local-ingredient-filled mixed drinks and the special Sunday supper menu.

Pickled vegetables with hazelnuts at The Grazing Room

Dinner Wednesday to Sunday 33 The Oaks St. (603) 428-3281;

Dish Not to Miss: Chicken and waffles (pictured on left). The brined chicken is sous-vided, then deep-fried and served with sweet potato waffles ($26).


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Suna » Sunapee Chef Scott Ouellette has expanded his empire again, this time in the former One Mile West location. Find Ouellette’s Rubbin’ Butts BBQ as a main event, along with house meatloaf made with Kobe beef, house-smoked pastrami Reuben and his classic sweet-and-sour calamari. The space has been cozied up, and your server will bring fresh bread to the table in a white paper bag. Dish Not to Miss: Rubbin’ Butts nachos with pulled pork on their house chips ($12) Opens at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday 6 Brook Rd.; (603) 843-8998

Left: Sweet-and-sour chicken at Suna Above: A server cuts fresh bread for the table.

Expanded Locations Taj India Nashua

The former Unum’s space was given an Indian makeover with a similar menu to the Manchester location, including the generous lunch buffet. Open for lunch and dinner, closed Monday. 47 E. Pearl St., (603) 864-8586

Tuscan Kitchen Portsmouth

Salem residents no longer have this popular restaurant and spcialty market all to themselves. The second New Hampshire location is now open.

Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar Manchester

Beautiful renovation inside and out has transformed a bleak landscape just off Exit 5 into an

Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar

airy space with a roomy and attractive bar area. Same menu as other Giorgio’s locations. Try a grapefruit cocktail — the juice is squeezed right at the bar. Lunch and dinner daily, 270 Granite St., (603) 232-3323

Pasquale’s Ristorante and Pizzeria Londonderry

Authentic Neopolitan brick oven pizza and fine Italian foods are now offered by Chef Pasquale Celone in Candia and Londonderry. Lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday

Durbar Square Restaurant Portsmouth Base Camp Café in Hanover has a new sister restaurant in

Portsmouth at the former Michelle’s on Market Square. They both feature authentic Nepalese cuisine, from steamy momos to chicken or vegan chhoila to wild boar ribs to gundruk soup, a 500-year-old homeopathic tradition to cure what ails you. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Find authentic Nepalese cuisine at Durbar Square.

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The former New Socials Bar and Grill location has been revitalized by opening up the space and putting an everso-slight French twist on the menu. Dish Not to Miss: Taverne Wings ($10.99) offered with a variety of sauces. Lunch and dinner daily 2 Pleasant St. (603) 287-4416; Far left: Triple-chocolate cake with chocolate ganache Left: Taverne on the Square Chef Geoff Kronberg

More New Restaurants Latham House Tavern Lyme

Former British Beer Company Executive Chef James Gibney is spreading his wings at this new casual tavern near Hanover offering great comfort food and local beers. 9 Main St., (603) 795-9995

Dixie Blues Restaurant and Bar Manchester

The owner/chef team from the former BluAqua is building out the shuttered Ted Veranda Martini Bar & Grille

Hebert’s Music Mart on Elm Street. They will bring a casual menu from south of the Mason-Dixon Line with plenty of barbecue and New Orleans influence with a creative twist. This will not be your typical downand-dirty BBQ joint.

Maza Mediterranean Grill Nashua

Fast casual Mediterranean spot for shawarma, kebabs, tabbouleh and more served from the counter. 274 Daniel Webster Hwy., (603) 888-7500

Oak House Newmarket

A casual menu done in high style features smoked duck confit, a smoked meat board and a whole smoked chicken ($25) served with a garlic potato purée and smoked gravy. The drink list is enlightened — a tangerineand-rose-hip simple syrup is added to the Woodford Reserve — while the draft list includes offerings from Deciduous Brewing Company and North Country Hard Cider. 110 Main St., (603) 292-5893


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Crab cakes from Veranda Martini Bar & Grille and owner Tumseen Qureshi

Veranda Martini Bar & Grille Manchester

A fusion of Old World and New World flavors with a nice cozy bar offering tempting drinks. 201 Hanover St. (603) 627-2677

Bar One » Milford

They’ve got the gastropub concept down pat — good food in a pleasing environment with plenty of Edison bulbs. The drink list is interesting, including a smoked blackberry and sage margarita. Not to mention that the bloody mary looks like a meal in a glass. Flatbreads are grilled and topped with everything from mac and cheese with charred scallion oil ($12) to pulled pork and fig jam (on the Lucky Duck, $14). Items on the First Bites list are just the right size to set off a few local draft beers. Dish Not to Miss: Duck confit poutine ($10) has the right curds and tasty gravy. Dinner only Wednesday through Saturday, plus Sunday service 12 to 5 p.m. 40 Nashua St. (603) 249-5327; Facebook Asian pork sliders at Bar One in Milford.

Green Elephant » Portsmouth

Here, you’ll find vegetarian and vegan dishes with Thai inspiration. The Green Elephant offers an opportunity to dine with your vegan friend and get a taste of clean eating. You won’t miss the meat as the flavor here is turned up to 11. Spices, rich broths and texture make the meal interesting. Desserts are good too, as denial can only go so far. Dish Not to Miss: Panang curry vegetable and tempeh (pictured, $15) Lunch and dinner daily 35 Portwalk Pl. (603) 427-8344;


» Manchester

There’s no need to drive to Boston for exceptional and modern fine dining. This imaginative remodel of a former industrial space on Bridge Street includes glass walls, a glass atrium entrance, contemporary art installations, a roof deck, wall gardens, generous bar space and affordable fine wines. The management wants you to have an exceptional, sensory dining experience in a blissful environment. Save room for dessert — the pastry chef is from France. 55 Bridge St.,

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New Restaurants Tinos » Hampton

Authentic Greek with a creative twist includes an ample selection of traditional dishes — moussaka, pastitsio, a saganaki with apricots and cocoa nibs — served with beautiful plating. The room itself is nicely designed, creating an intimate spot. A threeseason deck space features a huge fire pit to take off the chill of the evening. The restaurant was built by owner John Tinios as a second-floor addition to The Galley Hatch. Dish Not to Miss: John’s signature lollypop lamb chops ($21.95), and don’t forget a side order of the herb-roasted potatoes ($4.50) Dinner nightly and Sunday brunch 325 Lafayette Rd. (603) 926-5489; Right: Appetizers for the table add a new element to the dining experience. Left: The Greek Fisherman’s Stew

Even More New Restaurants Friendly Red’s Tavern Windham

Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q Nashua

Comfort food with a friendly bar.

This is the first New England franchise location.

Smokeshow Barbeque Concord

Unity Café Manchester

The taste of Texas in a strip mall location.

Beautiful space with nice breakfast and lunch options.

Local Moose Café Manchester

CC&D’s Kitchen Market Keene

Emphasis on fresh and local for breakfast and lunch only.

Eastern Burger Company Stratham

Artisan burgers.

Covered Bridge Farm Table Campton

Lovely location.

Roots Café Hooksett

Breakfast and lunch at the historic Robie’s Country Store. Facebook

Buckley’s Bakery & Café Merrimack

Sandwiches, pizza, entrées and more.

The Crazy Goat Concord

European favorites.

From-scratch grab-and-go meals.

The New Woodshed Moultonborough

Rising from the ashes, this romantic spot harks back to its former self with a restored rough-hewn barn interior. Famous for their prime rib.

The Beal House Littleton

Chef Adam Alderin and Lori Alderin recently purchased The Beal House and have brought chef-driven cuisine to the North Country. Adam is bringing locally-sourced, seasonal fare to their tavern. Read more about them on page 20.

Revival Kitchen & Bar Concord

The Skinny Pancake Hanover

A crêperie.

Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine Manchester Turkish cuisine.

Otis Exeter

Modern American in an historic building.

Umami Northwood

Café fare made from sustainable and local sources. Facebook

Milk & Honey Manchester

Smoothie café with grain bowls and vegan options.

Grill 603 Milford

Locally sourced casual dining.

The Last Chair Plymouth

Casual dining and local beer from Sublime Brewing Company.

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Approachable fine dining with local sources. Go to: page 69 for additional restaurant listings. A Newcomer’s Guide from the Experts at


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by Bill Burke

Granite State Spirits


s whiskey and bourbon

continue to tempt the palates and

capture the imaginations of discerning sippers throughout the world, New Hampshire’s distillers have put a distinctive Granite State stamp on the white-hot industry.

The veteran

» Nine years ago, Kevin Kur-

land was on his second tour of duty for the New Hampshire Air National Guard when his position came under mortar attack at the Baghdad International Airport. It turned out to be a fortuitous event. “It was the first half of that deployment in 2008, and the insurgency was still relatively strong in the Baghdad region,” Kurland says from the much quieter environs of his Seabrook distillery. “About once a week or more we’d get a rocket or mortar barrage on the airfield. When that happens, you put on your helmet and your gear and basically, you’re stuck wherever you are.” Kurland took shelter with a copy of the Wall Street Journal someone had abandoned, and an article on the promising future of craft distilling caught his attention. At that moment, Kurland knew what he was going to do when his tour was up. Appropriately for this veteran 42

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and father of three, Smoky Quartz Distillery (named for our state gemstone) moved into its Lafayette Road location on July 4, 2013. An eye-catching, well-kept exterior right on Route 1 near the Hampton Falls line leads to a welcoming, comfortable tasting room. Reclaimed wood from a barn built in 1850 lines the walls; a chalkboard filled with events came from an old schoolhouse undergoing renovations in Pittsfield, and whiskey barrels hold up the well-worn bar top. A door leads visitors into the distillery itself, where a large, shiny still of Kurland’s own design sits alongside Northern Wisconsin White Oak barrels and a 1953 Yankee cook kettle serving as a mash tun. It’s here that Smoky Quartz’s spirits are crafted. The Smoky Quartz V5 Bourbon (named for the five veterans in the family), is a small-batch whiskey aged in 15-gallon white oak barrels and bottled at 90 proof. It’s sweet, flavorful and has a long, warm finish. The company’s

With stores of the high-quality stuff aging in barrels laid down from from Tamworth to Seabrook, there’s plenty of America’s native spirit ready for bottling. For those interested in surfing the amber wave, New Hampshire has several distilleries producing top-notch whiskies along an impromptu granite whiskey trail. Interested sippers need only point their designated driver at one of several spirits crafters around the state to discover some of the finest whiskey this side of Jefferson’s, Jack and Jim. Besides, Kentucky is so last year. Leading the way: The veteran, the teacher, the farmer, the alchemist and the filmmaker.

While you’re there:

Try the Solid Granite Vodka. It’s crafted with corn grown within 125 miles of the distillery, fresh, local grains and New Hampshire spring water. It’s got a natural sweetness with a smooth, no-burn finish.

flagship, it garnered Kurland the 2016 American Craft Spirit Association’s Silver Medal. “I just wanted to keep it simple,” Kurland says. “There’s no malt in it — it’s 100 percent corn. I call it a very simple whiskey. You’re not going to get overly complex. It’s a very balanced whiskey. There’s a nice balance between the sweet and the heat, and at the back of the throat you get a nice warmth with no burn to it.”

Smoky Quartz Distillery owner Kevin Kurland Photo by Susan Laughlin

The farmer »

The tasting room at Tamworth Distilling Photo by Susan Laughlin

The teacher »

Andy Harthcock and his wife, Cindy, owners of Djinn

Spirits in Nashua, were born and raised in Mississippi. And while one might assume they arrived here with bourbon in their DNA, it’s interesting to note that they hail from a dry county. “I didn’t have any moonshiners in my family — or at least nobody fessed up to it,” Andy Harthcock says. “My wife grew up in Lawrence County. The counties in Mississippi are divided into ‘Beats,’ which are basically voting districts. Lawrence County was dry, but even as a child she knew that they made moonshine in Beat 3. Everybody knew it.” Thus the name that would adorn the bottles of Djinn’s whiskies was chosen. The two produce three whiskeys under the Beat 3 label, including a white whiskey — using a charcoal filtering process similar to the “Lincoln County” process used in Tennessee whiskies. The white whiskey is then aged in charred American white oak barrels to make their mid-grade Reserve Whiskey, and their premium Single Malt Whiskey, which is aged for one year in new charred barrels for an intense caramel flavor. “I bottle it at 50 percent alcohol by volume (100 proof) because some like it a little on the hot side,” Harthcock says. “But you can add just a little water or serve it over an ice cube, because as

While you’re there: Try Djinn’s staggeringly-popular Krupnik — a spiced honey liqueur created from a 500-year-old recipe originally drawn up by Lithuanian monks. It’s traditionally served neat, but also mixes well with apple cider and brandy.

the percentage of alcohol goes down, a good whiskey will release more aromatics and flavor. I’ll stack our Single Malt up against any of the others in the category.” The knowledgeable Harthcock also revels in pulling back the curtain to reveal how it’s all done. Drop in for a visit — the distillery is open for tours on weekends from 12-5 p.m. — and the friendly, talkative distiller will fill your mind as well as your flask. Classes are held at the Nashua distillery monthly, providing enthusiasts with everything they’d want to know about whiskey, from its history and classification to fermentation, distillation and advanced aging techniques.

Like most entrepreneurs, Brian Ferguson wears many hats: owner, winemaker, distiller and farmer are among them. In fact, there’s not much that goes on at the 110-acre site that doesn’t bear Ferguson’s fingerprints — including the extensive agricultural element that goes into his products. Ferguson found his way to Flag Hill in Lee by way of Grand Cayman Island, where he was the Head Distiller for the Cayman Spirits Company. He started at Flag Hill four years ago, and purchased the business two years ago. “When we moved here, the goal was to stay for a couple years and then I was going to work on starting a distillery in Pennsylvania,” Ferguson says. Plans changed. The 29-year-old and his wife, Maddie, had developed an unexpected connection to this corner of the Granite State. Thanks to Ferguson’s agricultural calling, the weeping fields behind the winery/distillery are now filled with corn and wheat alongside the grape vines. Walk into the comfortable, farmhouse-style tasting room and you’re immediately surrounded by the fruits of Ferguson’s labor — from vodka to wine to brandy. Crossing from the wine displays over to a rack where the sun is filtered through the amber tint in the angular bottles of Flag Hill Straight Rye, the discussion turns sharply to the world of whiskey. Flag Hill produces both a bourbon and a rye whiskey. The rye is Monongahela-style rye whiskey, which is very different from Kentucky-style rye whiskey. There’s no corn in the mash bill, and it has very high malt quantity. “You get these really nice, honey, grassy notes,” he says. “I’ve actually had multiple people think we were physically dumping honey in to get that flavor. It just comes from high malt and the way we ferment, the way it sits in a barrel, the type of barrel it sits in and for how long. As it sits in the barrel and develops, it becomes big and bright.” The Flag Hill Straight Bourbon — look for the gorgeous bottle with every bit of information you’d want on the label — is made up of 71 percent corn, 15 percent malted barley and 14 percent rye. Bottled at 90 proof, it is both top notch and unbelievably smooth. Visitors to the farm can see for themselves: Flag Hill is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and public tours are available on the weekends at 12 p.m. While you’re there: Pick up a bottle of Josiah Bartlett Barrel Aged Apple Brandy. It’s a delicious combination of oak, local apples, and just the slightest touch of heat. The distillery at Flag Hill

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Granite State Spirits The filmmaker

» Some get into distilling as an investment or to join

The alchemist

» For a tangible sense of this part of New Hampshire, a visit to Tam-

While you’re there: Try, well, as much as you can. The selection is vast. But visitors looking for the latest should seek out Tamworth’s newest offering, the Chocorua Straight Rye Whiskey. It was bottled and released just months ago, and stands as a great example of the founder’s connection to the land, and his constant quest for quality.

worth Distilling is a must. Here you’ll the family business. For Robert Patton-Spruill, a filmfind infused gins, flavored vodkas and maker with a resume that includes films for Miramax and inspired liqueurs. And we’re not talking Showtime, professor, director-in-residence at Emerson the overly-sweet, chemical-tasting College and proprietor of New England Sweetwater Farm stuff whose empty bottles are found and Distillery, it was a bout of introspection. at the bottom of college town dumpsters. Think fresh fruits, locally-sourced “It’s a midlife crisis in-progress,” Patton-Spruill jokes. vegetables and New England grains, and you’ll get closer. Add in founder “I learned about distilling as a teenager, and after my parSteven Grasse’s penchant for chasing his muse, a heavy dose of Tamworth ents died I started thinking about mortality. I inherited the itself — from the ingredients to the packaging to the distiller and the workers farm and developed a manifestation psychosis that then — and the recipe starts to look more complete. developed into a full midlife crisis.” Tamworth Distilling came from the mind of founder Grasse, the man The result of Pattonbehind Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry’s Rum. Inside, on the left, is a masSpruill’s existential struggle: sive explosion-proof glass wall that looks in on the distillery. On the right, New England Sweetwater the distillery’s test-kitchen, filled with samples, bottles, tubes, computers, Farm and Distillery, which notes and concoctions that may be destined for bottles. sits right on Main Street in In fact, the site, which houses the distillery, a welcoming tasting room the center of Winchester. and a rickhouse where much of Tamworth’s whiskey rests, has a distinct The distillery produces sense of history. It all sits on Cleveland Hill Road, named for former Presia variety of gins, vodka, dent Grover Cleveland, who vacationed nearby, and whose grandson still moonshine, rums and calls the town home. whiskeys. But it’s the talk of Choosing which of Tamworth’s spirits to sample is a task unto itself. whiskey that brings PattonThere’s the Skiklubben Aquavit, a spirit inspired by the storied history of Spruill to life. Nansen Ski Club in Berlin; Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial; “That’s what I live to do,” and the Chicory Root Vodka. Tamworth Distilling’s White Whiskey, however, he says. is a great start. Crafted with 75 percent red wheat, 5 percent chocolate While you’re there: Try the New England Sweetwheat, 5 percent carawheat and 15 percent malted barley, it is smooth and Ashuelot Gin — a style Pattonwater Farm and Distillery slightly sweet. The chocolate wheat makes itself known on the back of the Spruill describes as “New produces Clark & Chestertongue during the lingering finish. England rainy day gin.” It’s the field American Single Malt The Camp Robber Whiskey – an apple-flavored version named for the result of experiments as PattonWhiskey, Clark & Chestercamp robber bird, known for its fearlessness and propensity for robbing Spruill embarked on a quest to field Bourbon and a single camp sites. The 16-month-old whiskey used in the base is “stolen” from stillcraft a gin unlike the pine-heavy malt white whiskey. Relying aging barrels, and then combined with apple brandy and fresh apple cider. varieties that led to a regrettable on his own experience and “It can be a little sweet for a serious whiskey drinker,” says Director of experience he refers to as “the tastes, Patton-Spruill has Operations David Grasse. “But that can be nice.” gincident.” crafted a spirit that feels at “It seems to me that people are interested in it because it’s different. home in New Hampshire, There is a lot of good whiskey being made by craft distillers and even the he says. national brands. The thought is that we can differentiate and have a prod“I have a very New England palate,” he adds, identifyuct that won’t replace the traditional bourbon and whiskeys, but it will be ing the difference between Kentucky-style bourbon and something that’s different that might be of interest.” what he creates. “Everything in the south is sweet — sweet tea, sweet spices. It needed some spice, and this fits as a New England-style bourbon.” Visitors to the tasting room, which is located at 136 Djinn Spirits Newcomer’s Guide from the ExpertsWay, at no. 9, Nashua • (603) 262-1812 • Main St., can sample a wide variety ofAspirits in a setting 2 Townshend that evokes the soul of this small southwestern New Flag Hill Winery and Distillery Hampshire town. Much of the refurbished downtown 297 North River Rd., Lee • (603) 659-2949 • structure uses reclaimed wood from the original building New England Sweetwater Farm and Distillery and historical sites nearby. It’s a style he describes as 136 Main St., Winchester • (603) 852-8356 • “rustic modern.” Smoky Quartz Distillery 894 Lafayette Rd., Seabrook • (603) 474-4229 • As for the midlife crisis, Patton-Spruill thinks it’s a healthy one: “If I fail, I’ll still have a bottle of liquor when Tamworth Distilling A Newcomer’s Guide from Experts 15the Cleveland HillatRd., Tamworth • (603) 323-7196 • it’s all over.”

Find your way


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NH Tool Kit

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If you’re new to the state, then it’s good to rely upon the experience of others. The following pages contain a wealth of trusted resources, from doctors to lawyers and restaurants to state parks.

A Newcomer’s Guide from the Expert

Moving to a different state can be overwhelming, especially if you’re also new to the region as a whole. Getting a handle on the culture as well as the geography is no small task. While we can’t instantly download all of our Yankee lingo into your repertoire, we can point you in the direction of some respected service providers. The following lists can help guide you toward finding a new doctor, dentist, lawyer or assisted living facility. Learning the lay of the land is about more than filling needs — it’s about knowing where to find fun too! The curated restaurant guide, arts and culture venues list and the list of our wonderful state parks are

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excellent starting points. Let

these be a jumping off point for exploring your new home. Finally, chambers of commerce

are indispensable resources. We include a number of them to help introduce you to the state’s many vibrant business communities.

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William L. Gagnon Hudson Dental Associates 5 George Street Hudson (603) 889-8499 Gordon F. Geick Londonderry (603) 432-2961 Whitney E. Goode Goodwin Community Health Somersworth (603) 749-2346 Renee L. Goodspeed Alliance for Dental Care Rochester (603) 332-7300 Timothy J. Goslee Great Bay Dental Care Newmarket (603) 659-3341 Marc A. Greer Allaire & Greer Portsmouth (603) 436-6922 Ralph Guercio Merrimack Dental Associates Highway Merrimack (603) 424-6131 Salvatore Guerriero Nashua Smile Makers Nashua (603) 882-3727 Kit R. Gurwell Antrim (603) 547-4059 Carol M. Haddad Manchester (603) 627-6826 Paul E. Harvey, Jr. Harvey Dental Practice Portsmouth (603) 436-7810 Birgitte Hastings Hastings Dental Health Swanzey (603) 357-7707 Edgar Thomas Hastings Hastings Dental Health Swanzey (603) 357-7707 Hubert W. Hawkins IV Dr. Hughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dental Littleton (603) 444-4141 Matthew S. Heimbach Abenaki Dental Care 1 Hampton Road, Suite 305


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Exeter (603) 583-4533 Audrey A. Herod Merrimack Dental Associates Merrimack (603) 424-6131 Andrea Herold Portsmouth (603) 436-3718 Neil S. Hiltunen North Hampton Dental Group North Hampton (603) 964-6300 Michael J. Hochberg Nashua (603) 879-9314 Joshua D. Howard JD Howard Dental Dover (603) 749-0636 Eugene S. Hulshult, Jr. Concord (603) 228-0123 Brian M. Hunter Portsmouth Dental Studios Portsmouth (603) 431-7605 Tamatha L. Johnson Brentwood Dental Designs Epping (603) 679-3679 Donna Levy Kalil Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Nashua (603) 880-7004 Kenneth J. Kalil Kalil Dental Associates Windham (603) 434-0090 Nicholas Kanelos, Jr. Garrison Family Dental Dover (603) 742-8844 Robert Karelitz Dover (603) 749-6053 Eric M. Katzman Katzman Dental Dover (603) 749-2010 Melissa A. Kennell Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dentistry of the Lakes Region Gilford (603) 527-2500

Puneet Kochhar Alliance for Dental Care Rochester (603) 332-7300

Rochelle H. Lindner Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900

Michael I. Kramer Penacook Family Dentistry Penacook (603) 753-6371

John L. Lombardi Lombardi Family Dentistry Londonderry (603) 434-8800

Janis M. Krauss-Krieger Oceanside Family Dental Hampton (603) 926-1551

Jody B. Low Dover (603) 742-5805

Janet S. Krefting My Dentist Londonderry (603) 965-3407 Beth A. Kress Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Nashua (603) 880-7004 Heidi L. Kurland Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900 Alan D. Lajoie Londonderry (603) 434-9329 Adam J. Lankford Bedford Dental Care Bedford (603) 625-2193 Robert J. LaRocque Nashua (603) 883-6010 Matthew C. Leighton Clark & Leighton Amherst (603) 673-7950 Samuel John Lemeris Greatview Dental Exeter (603) 778-9630 Henry E. Lemieux Preferred Family Dental Bedford (603) 668-8644 Keith Levesque Levesque Family Dentistry Nashua (603) 882-7578 Tara Levesque-Vogel Levesque Family Dentistry Nashua (603) 882-7578

John C. Machell Nashua (603) 882-9881 Nikki-Jo Magnifico Bow Family Dentistry Bow (603) 224-3151 Brian T. Maguire North Hampton Dental Group North Hampton (603) 964-6300 Robert M. Maguire, Jr. Wolfeboro (603) 569-1140 John J. Maloney, Jr. Seabrook (603) 474-9506 Nellita M. Manley Piscataqua Dental Portsmouth (603) 431-4559 James B. Manning Brookfield (603) 522-9900 Robert N. Marshall Aesthetic Dental Center Concord (603) 224-1743 Barry F. McArdle Portsmouth (603) 430-1010 Craig F. McBeth Keene (603) 357-1748 Jennifer A. McConathy Dover (603) 617-4492 Barton E. McGirl Hampton (603) 758-6000 Daphnie Mercado Chestnut Family Dental Manchester (603) 622-7173

James M. Nash North Hampton Dental Group North Hampton (603) 964-6300 Julie Nash North Hampton Dental Group North Hampton (603) 964-6300 David A. Ness Somersworth (603) 692-2045 Jay A. Nesvold Atlantic Family Dental Portsmouth (603) 430-9009 Lindsey O’Connor Goffstown Dental Associates Goffstown (603) 497-3656 Daniela O’Neill O’Neill Dentistry Salem (603) 894-5494 Raymond Orzechowski, Jr. Concord (603) 228-4456 Joshua T. Osofsky Family Dental Care of Milford Milford (603) 673-3332 Eliot L. Paisner Paisner Dental Associates Nashua (603) 883-6546 Michael J. Paisner Paisner Dental Associates Nashua (603) 883-6546 Jonathan Charles Palazzo Manchester (603) 624-4313 Alan Pan Ocean Shades Dental Portsmouth (603) 436-7325 F. Thomas Parsi Rockingham Dental Exeter (603) 772-7874 Paul Pasternack Granite Dental Group Barrington (603) 664-7850 Wilfred Stanley Pawlak Exeter (603) 778-8101

Greg A. Perry Antrim (603) 547-4059 Stephan L. Peterson Peterson’s Family Dental Dover (603) 742-6546 Ralph M. Phelan 104 Pleasant Street Concord (603) 224-5421 Janice E. Pilon Hanover (603) 643-5405 Charles Pipilas Nashua (603) 881-8280 Todd G. Pollack Nashua (603) 882-8000 James R. Predmore Hanover (603) 643-8300 Nicholas C. Rizos Bedford (603) 669-4384 James R. Rochefort Dover (603) 742-0711 Laurie A. Rosato Concord (603) 228-9276 Christiane M. Rothwangl Rothwangl Dental Care Bedford (603) 472-5733 James V. Savickas 704 Milford Road Merrimack (603) 880-0712 David J. Shane Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900 Joseph E. Sheehan Manchester (603) 623-0641 Christopher N. Skaperdas Skaperdas Dental Manchester (603) 668-0244 Elizabeth S. Spindel Manchester (603) 669-9049

Lesleyann M. Splagounias Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900 David B. Staples Garrison Family Dental 801 Central Avenue, Suite 5 Dover (603) 742-8844 Jason E. Sudati Amoskeag Family Dentistry Manchester (603) 627-1301 Nathan A. Swanson Newmarket Dental Newmarket (603) 659-3392 Ronald F. Szopa Manchester (603) 669-6843 Jyoti Thapa Belknap Dental Associates Dover (603) 742-4735 Paul E. Thompson Smiles By Design Manchester (603) 669-6131 Stephen C. Ura Center for Dental Excellence Nashua (603) 886-5500 Jeffrey R. Vachon Vachon Dental Manchester (603) 627-2092 Richard E. Vachon Vachon Dental Manchester (603) 627-2092 Hossein Vaez Goffstown Dental Associates Goffstown (603) 497-3656 Randall G. Viola Nashua Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry Nashua (603) 880-3000 Judith A. Whitcomb Nashua Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry Nashua (603) 880-3000 Kevin D. Wilson Family Dental Care of Milford Milford (603) 673-3332

Joseph L. Wingate Londonderry (603) 434-5150 Erik H. Young Derry Dental Associates Derry (603) 434-4962 Karen A. Young Derry Dental Associates Derry (603) 434-4962

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery TOP VOTE-GETTER Mark D. Abel Manchester Oral Surgery Manchester (603) 622-9441 Rocco R. Addante Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Care Lebanon (603) 650-5150 Vincent M. Albert Great Bay Oral Surgery Associates Portsmouth (603) 431-8427 Christopher J. Auty Great Bay Oral Surgery Associates Somersworth (603) 692-6598 Marshall A. Baldassarre Baldassarre Oral Surgery & Periodontal Center Bedford (603) 624-8042 Cameron Braasch New Hampshire Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Nashua (603) 595-8889 Louis F. Clarizio Portsmouth (603) 436-8222 Karen E. Crowley Londonderry (603) 437-7600 Daniel Henry De Tolla Seacoast Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center Portsmouth (603) 436-3608 Sotirios Diamantis Lowell & Nashua Oral Surgery Associates Nashua (603) 595-9119

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William P. Dobbin Manchester (603) 645-6600 Amy D. Field Lowell & Nashua Oral Surgery Associates Nashua (603) 595-9119 David J. Greene Greene and Torio Nashua (603) 883-4008 Mark G. Hochberg Manchester Oral Surgery Manchester (603) 622-9441 Robert C. Kuepper Pembroke (603) 224-7831 Salman Malik Granite State Oral Surgery Londonderry (603) 432-3308 Nader Moavenian New Hampshire Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Suite 201, Nashua (603) 595-8889 Dave C. Pak Seacoast Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center Rochester (603) 332-0818 Peter P. Reich White Birch Oral Surgery Dover (603) 740-1414 Richard J. Rosato Capitol Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (603) 225-0008 Mark M. Scura Concord Oral Surgery Concord (603) 225-3482 Jeffrey D. Stone Lowell & Nashua Oral Surgery Associates Nashua (603) 595-9119 A. Jose Torio Greene and Torio Nashua (603) 883-4008


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Thomas A. Trowbridge Lowell & Nashua Oral Surgery Associates Nashua (603) 595-9119 Patrick B. Vaughan Concord Oral Surgery Concord (603) 225-3482 Leonard Weldon, Jr. Monadnock Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Keene (603) 357-3709

Orthodontics TOP VOTE-GETTER E. Diane Shieh Amherst Orthodontics Amherst (603) 672-0844 John E. Beinoras Gilford (603) 524-4663 Suren Chelian Chelian Orthodontics Nashua (306) 882-6100 Douglas J. Elliott Elliott Orthodontics Merrimack (603) 424-1199 Timothy Finelli Seacoast Orthodontics North Hampton (603) 964-2220 Paras Gosalia Monadnock Orthodontics Peterborough (603) 924-3040 Dennis C. Hiller Hiller Orthodontics Conway (603) 452-7277 Paul D. Johnson III Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics Manchester (603) 623-8003 Alan F. Kennell Kennell Orthodontics Laconia (603) 524-7404 Jason S. Lenk Lenk Orthodontics Durham (603) 868-1919

Philip M. Mansour Goffstown Area Orthodontics Goffstown (603) 497-4605 William A. Mehan Mehan & Johnson Orthodontics Manchester (603) 623-8003 Lance R. Miller Rindge Orthodontic Specialists Rindge (603) 899-3392 Sogole S. Moin Moin Orthodontics Manchester (603) 699-4503 Thomas Montemurno Manchester (603) 622-5841 Donald J. Neely Hanover Orthodontics Hanover (603) 643-1200 Hugh R. Phillis Nashua (603) 889-2520 Tracy Pogal-Sussman Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900 Rachel J. Polgrean Apple Tree Orthodontics Londonderry (603) 434-0190 Lioubov G. Luba Richter Luba Richter Orthodontics Concord (603) 225-5242 Danielle C. Ross Windham Orthodontics Windham (603) 216-1188 Patricia B. Timmeny Apple Tree Orthodontics Londonderry (603) 434-0190 Michael E. Vermette Vermette Orthodontics Concord (603) 224-9119 Bradford C. Watterworth Watterworth Orthodontics Portsmouth (603) 431-7616

Pediatric Dentistry TOP VOTE-GETTER Gary S. Lindner Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900 Roger A. Achong Concord Pediatric Dentistry Concord (603) 224-3339 Patrick F. Capozzi Concord Pediatric Dentistry Concord (603) 224-3339 Nina B. Casaverde Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900 Andrew T. Cheifetz Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dental Center of New Hampshire Amherst (603) 673-1000 Nilfa Collins Collins Dentistry for Children 100 Bridge Street Pelham (603) 635-1166 Jennifer Creem Core Pediatric Dentistry Exeter (603) 773-4900 James F. Dickerson Pediatric Dentistry of Salem Salem (603) 893-5266 Luis S. Englander Lindner Dental Associates Bedford (603) 624-3900 Danielle C. Hinton Concord Pediatric Dentistry Concord (603) 224-3339 Nancy E. Jun Monadnock Pediatric Dentistry Jaffrey (603) 532-8621 James C. McAveeney Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dental Center of New Hampshire Amherst (603) 673-1000

Matthew Burton Smith Children’s Dentistry of the Lakes Region Gilford (603) 527-2500

Periodontics TOP VOTE-GETTER Michael D. Neal Bedford Commons Periodontics Bedford (603) 623-6639 Pamela Z. Baldassarre Baldassarre Oral Surgery & Periodontal Center Bedford (603) 622-2526 Stephen Boone North Conway Periodontics North Conway (603) 356-8282 Roland R. Bryan 769 South Main Street Suite 100 Manchester (603) 623-3800

Charles Burliss Salem (603) 458-6886 Robert A. Fremeau Manchester (603) 668-6434 John R. Herrin New Hampshire Center for Periodontics Bedford (603) 624-8787 Craig J. McLaughlin Nashua (603) 880-1707 Rory O’Neill New England Dental Arts Salem (603) 898-6120 Nomith T. Ramdev Dover (603) 742-4123

James D. Spivey Portsmouth Periodontics & Portsmouth Dental Implant Care Portsmouth (603) 436-7787 Tracey M. Vest Cornerstone Periodontics & Implants Concord (855) 650-9090 Austin H. Wang Cornerstone Periodontics & I mplants Concord (855) 650-9090


Michael R. Hamel Manchester (603) 668-3202 Richard Liu Evergreen Dental Care Newington (603) 436-9200 Deborah M. Munoz Bedford Center for Prosthodontics Bedford (603) 625-6456 Lisa B. Schulman Seacoast Dream Dentistry Portsmouth (603) 436-2951

TOP VOTE-GETTER Paul J. Connolly Bedford Center for Prosthodontics Bedford (603) 625-6456

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or the 2017 top Doctors Poll, we selected national research firm Castle Connolly to conduct the survey process. Included are 273 doctors in 55 specialties, as nomi-

nated by their peers, who cover a wide range of medical needs from pediatrics and cardiology to surgical care and obstetrics.

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Many of the doctors featured in this survey practice in more Experts at hospital and many have private practices. Below than one is a list of the hospitals in the state and their abbreviations:

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APDMH) Lebanon

Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center (BASC) Catholic Medical Center (CMC) Manchester Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (Cheshire/DHK)

Children’s A Newcomer’s Guide from the Experts at Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) Manchester

Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH) Frisbie Memorial Hospital (FMH) Rochester Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH) Laconia Littleton Regional Healthcare (LRH) Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) Peterborough

Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Center (NASC) New London Hospital (NLH) Parkland Medical Center (PMC) Derry Portsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC) Nashua

Concord Hospital (Concord) Cottage Hospital (Cottage) Woodsville

St. Joseph Hospital (SJH) Nashua

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital

Elliot Hospital (Elliot) Manchester

Valley Regional Healthcare (VRH) Claremont

(DHMC) Lebanon

Exeter Hospital (Exeter)

(UCVH) Colebrook

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH) Dover

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Adolescent Medicine Keith Loud, M.D., M.S.C. DHMC Primary Care Lebanon, (603) 653-9663

Allergy & Immunology Barbara Lynn Deuell, M.D. PRH Allergy Associates of New Hampshire Portsmouth, (603) 436-7897 John N. Kalliel, M.D. Elliot/CMC Manchester Allergy Inc. Manchester, (603) 668-6444 Amit Kumar, M.D. SNHMC Southern New Hampshire Asthma and Allergy Nashua, (603) 577-3065 Kevin Roelofs, M.D. PRH Allergy Associates of New Hampshire Portsmouth, (603) 436-7897


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Cardiac Electrophysiology Connor Haugh, M.D., F.A.C.C. CMC, SJH New England Heart & Vascular Institute Manchester, (603) 663-6888 Lilian Joventino, M.D. WDH Wentworth Health Partners-Cardiovascular Group Dover, (603) 516-4265 Daniel M. Philbin Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C. CMC New England Heart & Vascular Institute Manchester, (603) 669-0413

Cardiovascular Disease Bruce W. Andrus, M.D., M.S. DHMC Gifford Medical Center Lebanon, (603) 650-5724 Steven P. Beaudette, M.D., F.A.C.C. CMC, SJH, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua New England Heart Institute - Nashua Nashua, (603) 883-5673

Wendi Cardeiro, M.D., F.A.C.C. SNHMC Foundation Cardiology Nashua, (603) 577-2039

Emil Martin Pollak Jr., M.D. LRH, Cottage, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Littleton Littleton, (603) 444-9390

Edward Catherwood, M.D., M.S. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5724

Steven Lee Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.C. SNHMC Foundation Cardiology Nashua, (603) 577-2039

Philip Fitzpatrick, M.D., F.A.C.C. CMC, PMC New England Heart & Vascular Institute Manchester, (603) 663-6888 Gregory M. Goodkin, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 773-9992 Alan Ted Kono, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-2929 Robert M. Lavery, M.D. Elliot, CMC New Hampshire Cardiology Consultants Manchester, (603) 627-1669 Jeffrey Taylor Lockhart, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Cardiology Associates Concord, (603) 224-6070

Child Neurology Jan B. Wollack, M.D., Ph.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9669

Clinical Genetics John B. Moeschler, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 629-8355

Colon & Rectal Surgery John V. Flannery Jr., M.D. SNHMC Colon & Rectal Surgery of New England Nashua, (603) 577-3322 John C. Friel, M.D. SNHMC Colon & Rectal Surgery of New England Nashua, (603) 577-3322

Jeffrey R. Harnsberger, M.D. Elliot Hospital Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 695-2840 Russell A. Strong, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Surgical Associates Concord, (603) 224-0584

Dermatology Anthony J. Aversa, M.D. Concord Hospital Dermatology Associates of Concord Concord, (603) 224-2251 M. Shane Chapman, M.D. New London Hospital Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heater Road Lebanon, (603) 650-3106 James G. Dinulos, M.D. WDH, PRH Seacoast Dermatology, PLLC Portsmouth, (603) 431-5205 Newmarket, (603) 431-5205 Jose Emilio Peraza, M.D., F.A.A.D. VRH, NLH, APDMH, Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center Peraza Dermatology Group Claremont, (603) 542-6455 Robert B. Posnick, M.D. SNHMC Nashua Dermatology Associates Nashua, (603) 579-9648

DevelopmentalBehavioral Pediatrics

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Nina Sand-Loud, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-6060

Ellie Chuang, M.D. SNHMC Southern NH Diabetes and Endocrinology Nashua, (603) 577-5760

Diagnostic Radiology Elizabeth Angelakis, M.D. CMC Southern NH Radiology Consultants Bedford, (603) 627-1663 CMC Breast Care Center Bedford, (603) 663-5270 William C. Black, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7443 Michael Ciaschini, M.D. WDH Seacoast Radiology, PA Dover, (603) 516-1307 David Hou, M.D. Concord Hospital Southern NH Radiology Consultants Bedford, (603) 627-1663 Shawn M. Rayder, M.D. WDH Seacoast Radiology Dover, (603) 516-1307 Peter van der Meer, M.D. CMC/Elliot Southern NH Radiology Consultants Bedford, (603) 627-1663

Richard J. Comi, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8630 Lara Joy Levin, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-6570 Robert A. Levine, M.D., F.A.C.E. SJH SJH Endocrinology Nashua, (603) 881-7141 Mini Mahata, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Hampton, (603) 926-1119 Sue A. Taylor, M.D. WDH Endocrinology & Diabetes Consultants Dover, (603) 742-1143

Family Medicine Barbara A. Bates, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-6763

Fred Brennan Jr., D.O. WDH, FMH Seacoast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Somersworth, (603) 742-2007 David Buono, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Kingston, (603) 642-3910 Deborah T. Dennis, M.D. SJH SJH Family Medicine Nashua, (603) 883-7970 David V. Ferris, D.O. LRH North Country Primary Care Littleton, (603) 444-0116 John Edward Ford, D.O. Weeks Medical Center, LRH Whitefield, (603) 837-9005 Patricia T. Glowa, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heater Road Lebanon, (603) 650-4000 Colleen P. Guiry, M.D. SNHMC Primary Care of Milford Milford, (603) 672-7600 Scott C. Jaynes, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heater Road Lebanon, (603) 650-4000

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Timothy G. Keenan, M.D. Exeter Hospital Seacoast Family Practice Stratham, (603) 772-7764 Keith A. Lammers, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliott Family Medicine at Amherst Amherst, (603) 249-3000 Michael A. Pangan, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 775-0000 Catherine Pipas, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heater Road Lebanon, (603) 650-4000 Mark Reeder, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Epping, (603) 642-3910 The Center for Orthopedics & Movement Exeter, (603) 778-7975 Jonathan B. Thyng, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-4440

Gastroenterology Lynn Butterly, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5030 Christopher N. Dainiak, M.D. PMC Granite State GI Consultants Derry, (603) 432-8802 Mark Detweiler, M.D. PMC Londonderry Gastroenterology Associates Londonderry, (603) 818-4712 Stuart R. Gordon, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5030 Marylyn Virginia Grondin, M.D. PRH Atlantic Digestive Specialists Portsmouth, (603) 433-2488 Hampton, (603) 758-1717 Leon Michael Kogan, M.D. LRH Gastroenterology Services Littleton, (603) 259-7798 Brian E. Lacy, M.D., Ph.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5261 William E. Maher, M.D. WDH Atlantic Digestive Specialists Somersworth, (603) 692-2228 Richard I. Rothstein, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5261 Robert A. Ruben, M.D. WDH, FMH Atlantic Digestive Specialists Somersworth, (603) 692-2228


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Thomas M. Sherman, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 772-5528 Corey A. Siegel, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5261 Mark Silversmith, M.D. CMC NH Gastroenterology Consultants Bedford, (603) 625-5744 Robert D. Thomson, M.D. Concord Hospital Monadnock Community Hospital GI Associates - Concord Gastroenterology Concord, (603) 228-1763

Geriatric Medicine Samuel Joel Goldman, D.O. Elliot Hospital Senior Health Primary Care at Elliot Senior Health Center Manchester, (603) 663-7030

Jinsong Wang, M.D., Ph.D. BASC, CMC, Elliot, PMC The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Bedford, (603) 669-5454 Salem, (603) 898-0180

Hematology Frederick M. Briccetti, M.D. Concord, Elliot NH Oncology Hematology PA Hooksett, (603) 622-6484 Concord, (603) 224-2556 Marc Gautier, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5529 Kenneth Meehan, M.D. DHMC Norris Cotton Cancer Center Lebanon, (603) 650-4628

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Lyn Lindpaintner, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord, (603) 224-4003

Lisa Ann Leinau, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-6570

Gynecologic Oncology

Sarah J. MacDuffie, D.O. PRH The Edgewood Centre Portsmouth, (603) 436-0099 PRH Palliative Care Program Portsmouth, (603) 436-5110

Leslie R. DeMars, M.D. DHMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester, NLH Gynecological Oncology at DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-3530 Gynecological Oncology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 695-2900 Gynecology at New London Hospital New London, (603) 526-5450 Evelyn Fleming, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-3525 Loyd Avery West, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-3525

Hand Surgery Roderick Bruno, M.D. PRH Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics Portsmouth, (603) 431-3575 Exeter, (603) 775-7575 Robert J. Heaps, M.D. SNHMC, Elliot, CMC, BASC, SJH, PMC, NASC The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Bedford, (603) 669-5454 Nashua, (603) 883-0091 Hiram M. Quitkin, M.D. PRH Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics Portsmouth, (603) 431-3575 Exeter, (603) 395-9335

Donald B. McDonah, M.D. SJH SJH Palliative Care Nashua, (603) 882-3000

Infectious Disease Elizabeth Clark, M.D. SNHMC, Elliot Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Merrimack, (603) 429-1611 David Jay Itkin, M.D. PRH Appledore Infectious Disease Portsmouth, (603) 433-8733 James T. Noble, M.D. Concord Hospital Infectious Disease Concord, (603) 230-1939

Internal Medicine Joseph Peter Cunniff, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliot Internal Medicine Londonderry, (603) 434-1919 John J. Fothergill, M.D. UCVH Indian Stream Health Center Colebrook, (603) 237-8336 Laura Fox, M.D. SNHMC Southern NH Internal Medicine Associates Derry, (603) 216-0400 Steven S. Levine, M.D. SNHMC Nashua West Adult Medicine Nashua, (603) 889-3667

Kevin Y. Pho, M.D. SJH SJH Adult Medicine Nashua, (603) 891-4500 Donald E. Reape, M.D. SJH SJH Internal Medicine Nashua, (603) 595-3614 Kevin A. Silva, M.D., F.A.C.P. LRH Littleton, (603) 444-2002 Tanja VanderLinde, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord, (603) 224-4003

Interventional Cardiology Jonathan Bridges, M.D., F.A.C.C. York Hospital, PRH Cardiovascular Care of NH and York York, Maine, (207) 363-6136 Newington, (603) 431-6691 Jeffrey Colnes, M.D., F.A.C.C York Hospital, PRH Cardiovascular Care of NH and York Newington, (603) 431-6691 York, Maine, (207) 363-6136 Wells, Maine, (207) 363-6136 James DeVries, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5724 John E. Jayne, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5724

Maternal & Fetal Medicine Emily R. Baker, M.D. DHMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Lebanon, (603) 653-9306 Nashua, (603) 577-4300 Peter S. Heyl, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Care at Bedford Bedford, (603) 695-2902 Jeffrey R. Johnson, M.D. WDH The Center for Medical Genetics Dover, (603) 516-0092

Medical Oncology Bradley Arrick, M.D., Ph.D. DHMC Hematology/Oncology Lebanon, (603) 653-6181 Konstantin Dragnev, M.D. DHMC Cancer Center Lebanon, (603) 650-6345 Kathryn C. Hourdequin, M.D. DHMC Norris Cotton Cancer Center Lebanon, (603) 650-9474 Peter A. Kaufman, M.D. DHMC Hematology/Oncology Lebanon, (603) 653-6181 Gautami Rao, M.D. SNHMC Foundation Hematology/Oncology Nashua, (603) 886-7900

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NeonatalPerinatal Medicine

Mildred H. LaFontaine, M.D. Concord Hospital Neurology Associates Concord, (603) 224-6691

James E. Gray, M.D., M.S. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-6063

Keith McAvoy, M.D. CMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 695-2940

Steven A. Ringer, M.D., Ph.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-6063

Lara K. Ronan, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5104


Geoffrey Starr, M.D. Exeter Hospital The Center for Orthopedics & Movement Exeter, (603) 772-0345 Core Physicians Portsmouth, (603) 772-0345

Peter Cheung, M.D. Elliot, CMC Nephrology Associates, PA Manchester, (603) 641-5800 Sean W. Fitzpatrick, M.D. SNHMC, SJH, CMC Southern NH Nephrology & Hypertension Nashua, (603) 577-5377 Brian D. Remillard, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-3830 Ana Stankovic, M.D. PMC, Holy Family Hospital Center for Kidney and Metabolic Disorders Salem, (603) 890-2771

Neurological Surgery N. Ross Jenkins, M.D. Elliot, Concord, CMC NH Neurospine Institute Bedford, (603) 472-8888 Concord, (603) 225-6674 Hulda B. Magnadottir, M.D. APDMH Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery Lebanon, (603) 448-0447 Henry F. Pallatroni, M.D. PRH Coastal NH Neurosurgery Portsmouth, (603) 433-4666 Derry, (603) 433-4666 Harold J. Pikus, M.D. APDMH Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery Lebanon, (603) 448-0447 Anthony Salerni, M.D. LRGH Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists Gilford, (603) 528-9100 Nathan E. Simmons, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7516 Robert J. Singer, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5109

Neurology Jeffrey Allen Cohen, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5104 Barbara C. Jobst, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5104


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Vijay M. Thadani, M.D., Ph.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5104 Robert Thies, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliot Neurology Associates Manchester, (603) 663-4800

Nuclear Medicine

Heidi Meinz, M.D. Elliot Hospital Manchester Obstetrical Associates, PA Manchester, (603) 622-3162 Deborah Ann Mueller, M.D. FMH Caring Partners Obstetrics & Gynecology Rochester, (603) 335-6988 Sonja Nelson, M.D. PRH Harbour Women’s Health Portsmouth, (603) 431-6011 Jeffrey M. Segil, M.D. WDH Dover Women’s Health Dover, (603) 742-2424 Portsmouth, (603) 742-2424 Gary Alan Wasserman, M.D. Elliot, CMC Manchester Obstetrical Associates, PA Manchester, (603) 622-3162

Occupational Medicine

Jeffrey Mendel, M.D. PMC Salem Radiology Salem, (603) 893-4352

Phillip B. Collins, M.D. APDMH Occupational Health Services Lebanon, (603) 448-7459

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Robert K. McLellan, M.D., M.P.H DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-3850

Danielle Albushies, M.D. Elliot Hospital Bedford Commons OB/GYN PA Bedford, (603) 668-8400

William Windler, M.D. Elliot Hospital Manchester, (603) 663-2830 The Doctor’s Office NH Manchester, (603) 625-1724

Joan Crane Barthold, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9302 Valerie A. Bell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-4300 Mark A. Conway, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. SJH SJH OB/GYN Merrimack, (603) 883-3365 Kenneth R. Herr, M.D. Elliot Hospital Bedford Commons OB/GYN PA Bedford, (603) 668-4646 Marc F. Leclair, M.D. Elliot Hospital Bedford Commons OB/GYN PA Bedford, (603) 668-4646 Kelly M. MacMillan, M.D. SJH SJH OB/GYN Merrimack, (603) 883-3365 SJH Family Medicine & Specialty Services Hudson, (603) 883-3365 Karen Kay Maynard, M.D., FA.C.O.G. SNHMC Women’s Care of Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-3100

Ophthalmology Richard Chace, M.D. PRH Eyesight Ophthalmic Services Portsmouth, (603) 436-1773 Warren Goldblatt, M.D. PRH Eyesight Ophthalmic Services Portsmouth, (603) 436-1773 Marsha C. Kavanagh, M.D. PRH Eyesight Ophthalmic Services Somersworth, (603) 692-7500 Portsmouth, (603) 436-1773 Kimberly Licciardi, M.D. Elliot, CMC NH Eye Associates Manchester, (603) 669-3925 Patrick James Morhun, M.D., F.A.C.S APDMH Lebanon, (603) 448-6008 Patrick Joseph Riddle, M.D. SNHMC Nashua Eye Associates, PA Nashua, (603) 882-9800 George J. Shaker, M.D. Elliot, CMC The Medical Eye Center, PC Manchester, (603) 668-2020

David Alan Weinberg, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Eye Center Concord, (603) 224-2020

Orthopaedic Surgery William A. Abdu, M.D., M.S. DHMC Spine Center Lebanon, (603) 650-2225 Eric Arvidson, M.D. PMC, Holy Family Hospital Essex Orthopaedics & Optima Sports Salem, (603) 898-2244 John-Erik Bell, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5133 Eric R. Benson, M.D. Elliot, CMC, PMC, BASC The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Bedford, (603) 669-5454 Londonderry, (603) 434-3118 A. Neil Clerk, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians The Center for Orthopedics & Movement Exeter, (603) 778-7975 Jeffrey Clingman, M.D. LRGH, FRH Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists Gilford, (603) 528-9100 Alexander David Davis, M.D. PRH Access Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Portsmouth, (603) 431-3575 Exeter, (603) 775-7575 Stephen J. Fox, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Orthopaedics Concord, (603) 224-3368 Douglas M. Joseph, M.D. SJH, SNHMC The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Nashua, (603) 883-0091 Amherst, (603) 673.6065 Thomas F. McGovern, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians The Center for Orthopedics & Movement Exeter, (603) 778-7975 Marc J. Michaud, M.D. Elliot, CMC, BASC, PMC The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Bedford, (603) 669-5454 Nashua, (603) 883-009 Mayo Noerdlinger, M.D. PRH Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Portsmouth, (603) 431-1121 York, Maine, (207) 363-3490

Mark B. Silbey, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Keene, (603) 354-5482 Jason E. Simon, M.D. SJH SJH Orthopedics and Physical Medicine Nashua, (603) 578-9363 SJH Family Medicine & Specialty Services Milford, (603) 578-9363 Gregory W. Soghikian, M.D. CMC, Elliot, PMC, SJH, SNHMC, BASC, NASC The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Bedford, (603) 883-0091 James C. Vailas, M.D. CMC, Elliot, PMC, SJH, SNHMC, BASC, NASC The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Bedford, (603) 669-5454 Salem, (603) 898-0810 James Weinstein, D.O., M.S. DHMC Spine Center Lebanon, (603) 650-2225

Otolaryngology James P. Bartels, M.D. Elliot Hospital Dartmouth-Hitchcock ENT Specialists Southern New Hampshire Manchester, (603) 622-3623 Benoit J. Gosselin, M.D. DHMC Otolaryngology Lebanon, (603) 650-8123 Peter Soon Ihm, M.D. Exeter, PRH Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 772-8208 Portsmouth, (603) 766-6400 Comprehensive Otolaryngology and Audio Core Physicians Portsmouth, (603) 776-6400 Exeter, (603) 772-8208 Keith Jorgensen, M.D. PMC Dr. Jorgensen Professional Association Derry, (603) 432-8104 Christopher Knox, D.O. WDH, FMH Northeast ENT & Allergy Dover, (603) 742-6555 Christopher Ryder, M.D. VRH Springfield Hospital Connecticut Valley ENT Claremont, (603) 542-5073

Pain Medicine James A. Mirazita, M.D. SNHMC Pain Solutions Nashua, (603) 577-3003

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Praveen K. Suchdev, M.D. SNHMC, FRH Pain Solutions Nashua, (603) 577-3003

Pathology Stephen Brady, M.D. Northeast Dermatology Associates Portsmouth, (603) 436-2872 J. Samuel Smoot, M.D. Elliot, MCH Pathology Specialists of New England PA Manchester, (603) 663-2583 Arief Suriawinata, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7211 Wendy Wells, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7211

Pediatric Allergy & Immunology Robert Walsh Hickey, M.D. PRH Allergy Associates of New Hampshire Portsmouth, (603) 436-7897

Pediatric Cardiology Naomi Gauthier, M.D. WDH CHaD at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Dover, (603) 740-2366 Jenifer Glatz, M.D. CHaD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 695-2740

Pediatric Endocrinology Samuel J. Casella, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9877 Cynthia H. Meyers-Seifer, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 695-2790

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Pediatric Nephrology Matthew M. Hand, D.O. Elliot Hospital Elliot Pediatric Nephrology & Integrative Medicine Manchester, (603) 663-3222 Adam R. Weinstein, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9884

Pediatrics Alexandra Bonesho, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Epping, (603) 693-2100

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Andrew John Breen, M.D. PRH Pediatrics Associates of Hampton & Portsmouth Hampton, (603) 929-3838 Mark Dixon Carney, M.D. Concord, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord Concord, (603) 226-6100 Adela M. de Vera, M.D. MCH Peterborough, (603) 924-7101 Eileen Forrest, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 772-8900 Deborah Jean Ganem, M.D. SNHMC Medicine-Pediatrics of Nashua Nashua, (603) 594-6337 Gregory Kaupp, M.D., F.A.A.P. SNHMC Medicine-Pediatrics of Nashua Nashua, (603) 594-6337 Terri L. Lally, M.D. WDH Dover Pediatrics Dover, (603) 742-4048 Steven P. Loh, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 772-8900

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Barry Charles Gendron, D.O. PRH, WDH Seacoast Area Physiatry Portsmouth, (603) 431-5529 Bruce Myers, M.D. WDH, PRH Seacoast Area Physiatry Portsmouth, (603) 431-5529

Plastic Surgery Steven L. Brown, M.D. CMC, Elliot Hospital, BASC BASC Bedford, (603) 471-1634 CMC Wound Care Center Manchester, (603) 663-6000 Mark B. Constantian, M.D., F.A.C.S. SJH, SNHMC Office of Dr. Mark B. Constantian Nashua, (603) 880-7700 Robert S. Feins, M.D. Elliot Hospital, CMC, BASC The office of Dr. Robert S. Feins Manchester, (603) 647-4430 Charles Jerome Gaudet, M.D. PRH, York Hospital Piscataqua Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Portsmouth, (603) 431-5488 Wayne K. Stadelmann, M.D., F.A.C.S. Concord, CASC, NLH Concord Plastic Surgery Concord, (603) 224-5200

Bruce M. Topol, M.D. Elliot, CMC Bruce M. Topol M.D. Plastic Surgery Manchester, (603) 622-0900 Dale C. Vidal, M.D., M.S. APDMH Lebanon, (603) 443-9572

Psychiatry Paul Holtzheimer, M.D. DHMC White River Junction VA Medical Center Lebanon, (603) 650-4914 Santharam Yadati, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliot Behavioral Health Services Manchester, (603) 668-4079

Pulmonary Disease John P. Brennan, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 775-0234 Christopher C. Daigle, M.D., F.C.C.P. SNHMC Foundation Pulmonary Nashua, (603) 886-0290 Paul Deranian, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 775-0234 Richard I. Enelow, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5533 William Goodman, M.D., F.C.C.P., M.P.H. CMC Manchester, (603) 663-6071 Joseph Hou, M.D. CMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 645-6407 Stephen P. Imgrund, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Pulmonary Medicine Concord, (603) 224-9661 Harold Manning, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-5533 Muhammad Mirza, M.D. Elliot Hospital Manchester, (603) 663-3770

Radiation Oncology James Becht, M.D. WDH, Elliot Radiation Oncology Associates PA Dover, (603) 742-8787 Manchester, (603) 663-1800 Alan C. Hartford, M.D., Ph.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-6600

Peabody, Mass. (978) 538-4120 Thomas Sheldon, M.D. Concord, Elliot Radiation Oncology Associates PA Concord, (603) 230-6100

Reproductive Endocrinology Misty Marie Blanchette Porter, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9240 Joseph A. Hill, M.D. PRH, Winchester Hospital Fertility Center of New England Reading, Mass. (781) 942-7000 Albert L. Hsu, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9240 David B. Seifer, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9240 Kristen Wright, M.D. Elliot Hospital IVF New England Bedford and Portsmouth (800) 858-4832

Rheumatology Daniel A. Albert, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8622 Daniel Kunz, D.O. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians The Center for Orthopedics & Movement Exeter, (603) 658-1306 Irene Orzano, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Orthopaedics PA Concord, (603) 224-3368 Hoke H. Shirley, M.D. Concord, New London Concord Orthopaedics PA Concord, (603) 224-3368

Sports Medicine Patrick Casey, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Orthopaedics PA Concord, (603) 224-3368 Christopher J. Couture, M.D. SNHMC Victory Sports Medicine Merrimack, (603) 429-3155 Nashua, (603) 577-2663 Tahsin Ergin, M.D. PMC Essex Orthopaedics & Optima Sports Salem (603) 898-2244

Jeffrey I. Kauffman, M.D., F.A.A.O.S. LRH The Alpine Clinic Franconia, (603) 823-8600 Jonathan Mack, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliot Orthopaedic Surgical Specialists Manchester, (603) 625-1655 Joshua A. Siegel, M.D. PRH Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics Exeter, (603) 775-7575 Portsmouth, (603) 431-3575

Surgery Richard J. Barth Jr., M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-9479 Connie Campbell, M.D., F.A.C.S. CMC Breast Care Center Manchester, (603) 663-5270 Esthia Giakovis-Sterling, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliot Surgical Specialists Manchester, (603) 627-1102 Lawrence M. Hoepp, M.D. Elliot Hospital, CMC Manchester, (603) 627-1102 William S. Laycock, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8010 Patrick Mahon, M.D., F.A.C.S. CMC, PMC, Elliot Surgical Care Group at CMC Manchester, (603) 627-1887 Teresa Ponn, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliot Breast Health Center Manchester, (603) 668-3067 Alice Rocke, M.D. LRH Surgical Associates at LRH Littleton, (603) 444-0997

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Christopher Roseberry, M.D., F.A.C.S. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Exeter, (603) 775-7405 Kari M. Rosenkranz, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7903

Jay W. Swett, M.D., F.A.C.S. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians A Newcomer’s Guide from t Exeter, (603) 775-7405 Thadeus L. Trus, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8010 Brent Carleton White, M.D. DHMC, Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center Lebanon, (603) 650-8010

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David J. Finley, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8537

William Farber Santis, M.D. Concord, NLH Concord Hospital Center for Urologic Care Concord, (603) 224-3388

Jock N. McCullough, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7390

Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Benjamin M. Westbrook, M.D. CMC, Elliot Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates Manchester, (603) 663-6340

Jeffrey P. Chapdelaine, M.D. SJH Nashua Radiology Nashua, (603) 882-3000

Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Mark G. Goldshein, M.D. Derry Imaging Center Derry, (603) 537-1300

Elisabeth A. Erekson, M.D., M.P.H. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Specialty Care at Bedford Medical Park Bedford, (603) 629-8388 Paul Hanissian, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9312

Urology James Betti, M.D. PRH Lahey Clinic Institute of Urology Portsmouth, (603) 742-5011 Elizabeth Ann Gormley, M.D., M.S. DHMC, APDMH Lebanon, (603) 650-6053 APD Lebanon, (603) 443-9572 John J. Janeiro Jr., M.D. SNHMC, SJH Lahey Urology at Nashua Nashua, (603) 594-0800

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very year the national polling firm Woodward/White performs an exhaustive search for the country’s top attorneys and publishes their names in its compre-

hensive volume, “The Best Lawyers in America.” The 2017 edition is complete, and here are the best of the best, their “Lawyers of the Year.”

Appellate Practice

Doreen F. Connor Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer Manchester (603) 626-3300,

Banking and Finance Law

Camille Holton DiCroce Devine Millimet & Branch Manchester (603) 669-1000,

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation: Construction

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Employment Law: Individuals

Litigation: Health Care

Non-Profit / Charities Law

Employment Law: Management

Litigation: Intellectual Property

Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants

John E. Rich, Jr. McLane Middleton, Manchester (603) 625-6464,

C. Kevin Leonard Douglas, Leonard & Garvey Concord (603) 224-1988,

Jennifer Shea Moeckel Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson Manchester (603) 621-7100,

Kelly J. Gagliuso Gagliuso & Gagliuso, Merrimack (603) 595-4500, Elaine M. Michaud Devine Millimet & Branch Manchester (603) 669-1000, Arnold Rosenblatt Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson Manchester (603) 621-7100,

David K. Fries Cleveland, Waters and Bass Concord (603) 224-7761,

Energy Law

Litigation: Labor and Employment

Civil Rights Law

Environmental Law

Litigation: Land Use and Zoning

Martha Van Oot Jackson Lewis, Portsmouth (603) 559-2700,

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Scott W. Ellison Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson Manchester (603) 621-7100,

Construction Law

Frank P. Spinella, Jr. Wadleigh, Starr and Peters Manchester (603) 669-4140,

Corporate Law

Curtis Little Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson Manchester (603) 621-7100, Mark S. McCue Hinckley Allen, Concord (603) 225-4334,

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Michael J. Iacopino Brennan, Lenehan, Iacopino & Hickey, Manchester (603) 668-8300,

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Phil Waystack Waystack Frizzell, Colebrook (603) 237-8322,

Elder Law

Ann N. Butenhof Butenhof & Bomster, Manchester (603) 296-0428,


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Susan S. Geiger Orr & Reno, Concord (603) 224-2381, Michael J. Quinn McLane Middleton, Portsmouth (603) 436-2818, Peter D. Van Oot Downs Rachlin Martin, Lebanon (603) 448-2211,

Family Law

James V. Ferro, Jr. Ferro Law & Mediation Group Manchester (603) 836-5400, Ronna F. Wise Sulloway & Hollis, Concord (603) 224-2341,

Insurance Law

Thomas M. Closson Jackson Lewis, Portsmouth (603) 559-2700,

Daniel E. Will Devine Millimet & Branch Manchester (603) 669-1000,

Ari B. Pollack Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell Concord (800) 528-1181,

Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs

Litigation: Real Estate

Gregory Michael Bernstein Shur, Manchester (603) 623-8700, Richard Y. Uchida Hinckley Allen, Concord (603) 225-4334,


Peter J. Loughlin Law Office of Peter J. Loughlin Portsmouth (603) 431-6466,

Lawrence S. Smith Ransmeier & Spellman Concord (603) 228-0477,

Kevin Dugan Abramson, Brown & Dugan Manchester (603) 627-1819,

Jamie N. Hage Hage Hodes, Manchester (603) 668-2222,

Donald J. Pfundstein Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell Concord (800) 528-1181,

Land Use and Zoning Law

Gary M. Burt Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer Manchester (603) 626-3300,

Litigation: Patent

Litigation: Trusts and Estates

Debra Weiss Ford Jackson Lewis, Portsmouth (603) 559-2700,

Benjamin F. Gayman Devine Millimet & Branch Manchester (603) 669-1000,

Charles G. Douglas III Douglas, Leonard & Garvey Concord (603) 224-1988,

Andrew D. Dunn Devine Millimet & Branch Manchester (603) 669-1000,

Labor Law: Management

James C. Hood Nixon Peabody, Manchester (603) 628-4000,

Ralph F. Holmes McLane Middleton, Manchester (603) 625-6464, John Burwell Garvey University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord (603) 496-5571,

Medical Malpractice Law: Defendants Michael A. Pignatelli Rath, Young and Pignatelli Nashua (603) 889-9952,

Medical Malpractice Law: Plaintiffs Eva Bleich Abramson, Brown & Dugan Manchester (603) 627-1819,

Real Estate Law

Peter F. Imse Sulloway & Hollis, Concord (603) 224-2341, Kenneth A. Viscarello Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green Manchester (603) 668-0300,

Tax Law

William F. J. Ardinger Rath, Young and Pignatelli Concord (603) 226-2600, Steven M. Burke McLane Middleton, Manchester (603) 625-6464,

Trusts and Estates

Amy K. Kanyuk McDonald & Kanyuk Concord (603) 228-9900, Anu R. Mullikin Devine Millimet & Branch Manchester (603) 669-1000,


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Care & Living

ccording to the 2015 US Census estimates, New Hampshire ties for the second oldest population when it comes to median age, a title we share with Vermont –

the median age in both states is at 42.8, with Maine just a step behind. In fact, we’ve traded this title with our neighbors over the years. There’s a litany of stats that show the state is aging, and as a result, it’s more than ready to offer its population anything and everything older residents may need — starting with a reason to be here. The “Live Free or Die” motto describes the attitude as well as a way of life for many New Hampshire retirees. There’s a robust feeling of independence here in the Granite State, which has to do with a tangible sense of being connected to the place and to its traditions. Like all of New England, the cost of living tends to run higher than the national average. Yet compared to some other parts of the Northeast, New Hampshire can be considered a bargain. The biggest plus is that the state’s income tax of 5 percent does not apply to salaries or IRA distributions. In addition, there is no general sales tax or personal income tax. When it comes to staying active, the Granite State has an abundance of natural beauty for retirees who appreciate the outdoors, including the majestic White Mountains, with more than 1,200 hiking trails, top-notch skiing and stunning fall foliage, more than 270 lakes and ponds for boating and fishing and six public beaches along its picturesque, 13 miles of seacoast that are perfect for sailing, swimming or simply enjoying the sun and sand. New Hampshire also has an abundance of care options available to retirees, including about 30 hospitals, 28 assisted living facilities, 62 skilled nursing and rehab centers, and a plethora of medical and nonmedical home care agencies. Overall, the Granite State is a welcoming destination to spend your retirement years. In this section, you will find a list of retirement, assisted living and residential care facilities in New Hampshire.

Seacoast Region Brookdale Spruce Wood Durham (603) 659-1100 Clipper Harbor of Portsmouth Portsmouth (603) 431-2530 Langdon Place of Dover Dover (603) 743-4110 Langdon Place of Exeter Exeter (603) 772-5251 Partridge House Hampton (603) 929-3032

The Pines of Newmarket Newmarket (603) 659-6000

Aynsley Place Nashua (603) 204-8660

Bentley Commons at Bedford Bedford (603) 644-2200

RiverWoods at Exeter/ The Boulders/The Ridge Exeter (603) 772-4700

The Arbors of Bedford Bedford (603) 647-9300

Birch Hill Terrace Manchester (603) 645-6500

Benchmark Senior Living Bedford Falls Bedford (603) 471-2555

Carlyle Place Bedford (603) 472-2000

Wentworth Senior Living Portsmouth (603) 436-0169

Merrimack Valley All American Assisted Living at Londonderry Londonderry (603) 537-9898 AssistedLiving

Benchmark Senior Living at Nashua Crossings Nashua (603) 882-2898 Benchmark Senior Living Greystone Farm at Salem Salem (603) 898-5393

Courville at Manchester Manchester (603) 647-5900 Courville at Nashua Nashua (603) 889-5450

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Live Your Life

Granite Ledges of Concord Concord (603) 224-0777 ofConcord Havenwood Heritage Heights Concord (603) 224-5363 Hunt Community Nashua (603) 882-6511

Sugar Hill Retirement Community offers an affordable, carefree lifestyle with co-op style ownership. • Maintenance-free living • Upscale dining • Social and cultural programs • Wellness programs • Assisted living services on site • 24-hour emergency monitoring systems • A small, friendly, and caring community

Visit or call 603-569-8485 to schedule a tour! 83 Rolling Wood Drive • Wolfeboro, NH An affiliate of Huggins Hospital

The Huntington at Nashua Nashua (603) 882-6511 Langdon Place of Nashua Nashua (603) 888-7878 Ledgewood Bay Assisted Living & Memory Care Milford (603) 672-5037 Presidential Oaks Assisted Living Concord (603) 225-6644 The Residence at Salem Woods Salem (603) 890-0581 The Villas Nashua (603) 204-8660 Windham Terrace Windham (603) 437-4600

Monadnock Region Bentley Commons at Keene Keene (603) 352-1282 Langdon Place of Keene Keene (603) 357-3902 Rivermead/Village at Rivermead Peterborough (603) 924-0062

Scott-Farrar at Peterborough Peterborough (603) 924-3691 Summerhill Assisted Living Peterborough (603)-924-6238

Dartmouth/ Lake Sunapee Harvest Hill Lebanon (603) 448-7458 harvest_hill Kendal at Hanover Hanover (603) 643-8900 Wheelock Terrace Hanover (603) 676-7916 Woodcrest Village Assisted Living New London (603) 526-2300

Lakes Region Forestview Manor Assisted Living I, II, III Meredith (603) 279-3121 The Golden Crest Franklin (603) 934-6742 Taylor Community Laconia (603) 524-5600

White Mountains Mineral Springs North Conway (603) 356-7294 NorthCountry Manor Littleton (603) 259-3100 Riverglen House Littleton (603) 444-0458

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& Culture


ew Hampshire’s natural resources are often touted as one of the main reasons to live here in the Granite State. We’re not arguing that fact, but we’d like to point

out that we have more than a few treasures of the artistic variety as well. Consider this a cultural starter list — for even more music, plays, film, opera, fine art and much, much more, you can visit or, come the warmer months, check out the extensive summer theater guide at

Seacoast Region 3S Artspace Portsmouth (603) 766-3330 3S is part gallery, performance space and restaurant all in one. The Music Hall Portsmouth (603) 436-2400 A beautiful historic theater that hosts music, comedy, independent film and much more. Find a more intimate atmosphere at The Music Hall’s Loft on Congress Street. Pontine Theatre Portsmouth (603) 436-6660 The place to find original and boundary-pushing plays and performances. The Rochester Opera House Rochester (603) 335-1992 Historic venue featuring many types of entertainment including theater, comedy, music and shows for the whole family. Seacoast Repertory Theatre Portsmouth (603) 433-4793 Nonprofit theater showing plays, musicals and films. Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth (603) 433-1100 A living history museum that recreates everyday life from the 1600s to the 1950s.

Merrimack Valley Capitol Center for the Arts Concord (603) 225-1111 Enjoy a wide range of events including film, dance, music, theatre, comedy and more. The Spotlight Café hosts smaller, more intimate performances.


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Concord City Auditorium Concord (603) 228-2793 This is a beautiful historic theater built in 1904. Currier Museum of Art Manchester (603) 669-6144 One of the best small museums in the country that features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. Museum of NH History/Tuck Library Concord (603) 228-6688 The NH Historical Society’s museum’s collection consists of thousands of interesting artifacts, and the Tuck Library features the largest collection of New Hampshire historical information in the region. The Palace Theatre Manchester (603) 668-5588 This historic and award-winning theater hosts musicals, concerts, comedy and more. Red River Theatres Concord (603) 224-4697 An award-winning independent, nonprofit movie theatre that shows a wide variety of films. Symphony NH Nashua (603) 595-9156 Founded in 1923, Nashua’s Symphony NH is the Granite State’s oldest professional orchestra. Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry (603) 437-5100 Intimate music and comedy venue.

Monadnock Region The Colonial Theatre Keene (603) 352-2033 The focal point of Keene’s arts scene since 1924, The Colonial

Theatre is home to a variety of live performances each year as well as nightly screenings of awardwinning films. Keene Chamber Orchestra Keene (603) 847-3475 Combining the talents of professional musicians and accomplished student musicians of all ages. Monadnock Music Peterborough (603) 924-7610 Providing the state with diverse classical programming and has hosted annual summer music festivals for nearly 50 years. Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond Keene (603) 358-2168 Since 1981, this performing arts center has hosted nationally respected performers as well as emerging local talents. Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Keene (603) 358-2720 This gallery was a given to Keene State College in 1964 as a gift from artist Beatrix Sagendorph. Sharon Arts Center Peterborough (603) 924-7256 This division of the NH Institute of Art is home to several art exhibitions and also offers classes.

Dartmouth/ Lake Sunapee Hood Museum of Art Hanover hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edum, (603) 646-2808 Dartmouth College’s art museum is dedicated to providing the skills necessary to construct meaning from the visual arts. In 2016 the new Hood Downtown gallery opened on Main Street in Hanover. Hopkins Center for the Arts Hanover

(603) 646-2422 The cultural hub of Dartmouth College since its opening in 1962. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Cornish (603) 675-2175 The historic site of the great sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ home, studios and gardens is also home to summer concerts and nature trails.

Lakes Region Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Meredith Provides classical music for central NH as well as the opportunity for musicians of varying skill levels to come together to create music. The Village Players Wolfeboro (603) 569-9656 A nonprofit community theater organization that offers live stage productions. The Wright Museum Wolfeboro (603) 569-1212 A museum dedicated to preserving the stories of America’s “Greatest Generation,” displaying artifacts from WWII.

White Mountains The Gallery at WREN Bethlehem (603) 869-3100 Fine art gallery that’s a part of the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network. Jean’s Playhouse Lincoln (603) 745-6032 A year-round theater in the heart of the White Mountains. The Colonial Theatre Bethlehem (603) 869-3422 A historic movie theater built in 1915 that now also offers live performances. Presents a new show

Photo courtesy of The Music Hall


Photo courtesy of The Music Hall

featuring the work of different local and regional artists each month. Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center Plymouth (603) 536-2551 Revived by the owners of The Common Man Family of Restaurants, this historic venue hosts everything from film to rock concerts. North Country Center for the Arts/ Jean’s Playhouse Lincoln (603) 745-2141 A nonprofit organization supporting arts in northern New Hampshire that has performed for more than 150,000 audience members. Silver Center for the Arts Plymouth (603) 535-2787 Hosts plays, shows by nationally and regionally recognized musicians and performances by Plymouth State University’s student musicians.

Great North Woods Northern Forest Heritage Park Berlin (603) 752-7202 Located in the Androscoggin River Valley, this park preserves the

storied history of the Granite State’s Great North Woods region and also hosts a variety of outdoor activities and events. St. Kieran Community Arts Center Berlin (603) 752-1028 A charming performing arts venue. The Tillotson Center Colebrook (603) 237-8576 Part community heritage center, part performing arts venue and gallery.

Summer Theatre New Hampshire has a rich and historical summer theater tradition that, in some cases, dates back to the 1930s. Whether you love plays, musicals or operas, it’s all offered right here in New Hampshire. Andy’s Summer Playhouse Wilton (603) 654-2613 The innovative plays at Andy’s Summer Playhouse are performed by kids, but are meant to be enjoyed by those of all ages. The Barnstormers Theatre Tamworth

It’s Your Day to Shine.

(603) 323-8500 The longest-running professional summer theatres in the country. Interlakes Summer Theatre Meredith (603) 707-6035 This company seeks to bring the Lakes Region a wide variety of productions, from children’s theatre to old classics. New London Barn Playhouse New London (603) 526-6710 One of the oldest stock theatres in the country that opened in 1933. Opera North Lebanon (603) 448-4141 Opera North is a non-profit, professional opera company serving residents of the Upper Valley Region and beyond. Celebrating 36 seasons in 2017.

Peterborough Players Peterborough (603) 924-7585 Founded in 1933 and housed in a rustic barn. Now also offering a winter season. Weathervane Theatre Whitefield (603) 837-9322 Brining Broadway to the North Country for 52 years. Winnipesaukee Playhouse Meredith (603) 279-0333 The Playhouse is a non-profit, award-winning theatre churning out high-energy shows. Founded in 2004 it’s newer to the scene, but already making a huge impact.

Summer Theatre

The Palace Theatre Manchester A Newcomer’s Guide from the Experts at The playhouses and venues listed (603) 668-5588 here are some of our favorites, but This venue is open all year long, but you can find even more online at The Palace Professional Theatre for Children Series is a must for the Plus, you’ll find a current schedule younger crowd. A wonderful family of all the plays, musicals and opouting during school vacation time. eras happening at each venue.

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Chambers of A

lthough we think of them as being as American as cherry pie, chambers of commerce are

actually a European innovation that dates back to the 16th century. The oldest known existing

chamber in the English-speaking world with continuousrecords, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 1783. New Hampshire’s many chambers of commerce are a good way to get detailed information about local businesses but also about traveling in specific areas of the state. They can recommend great places to stay and things to do in the towns and cities in their areas.

New Hampshire’s Chambers of Commerce are here to help you!

Amherst • Brookline • Greenville • Hollis Lyndeborough • Mason • Milford Mont Vernon • Temple • New Ipswich • Wilton 603.673.4360


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America’s Original Grover’s Corners!

The Gateway to the North Country




Welcome to Concord, NH!

The Chamber’s Visitor Center is your information resource for area tourist attractions, walking tours, local museums, cultural, educational and outdoor activities. Stop by our 49 S. Main Street location for tips, and unique New Hampshire products and gifts.


Visit to learn more!


The Audubon’s McLane Center has environmental education and live animal exhibits.

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce (603) 224-2508 •

Visit Historic & Scenic Hillsborough, New Hampshire


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NH State T

here are 93 state parks in New Hampshire that range from ocean and lake beaches to campgrounds, historic sites, natural areas, trail networks

and much more. Here are some of our favorites, but for a complete list, visit

Ocean State Parks

Our coastline may be small, but we managed to fit five state parks into 13 miles (or 18 depending on who you ask). Hampton Beach 160 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Perhaps the most famous of our beaches, Hampton is home to a lively boardwalk with shops, food, bars and entertainment. In fact, during the summer and early fall, there’s a busy schedule of events including the marquee shindig, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival in September. Visit for more information. Jenness State Beach 2280 Ocean Blvd., Rye Keep in mind that the parking lot is relatively small — there are just 67 spots, so get there early. This is a great family spot that's ideal for swimming and picnicking. There are bathhouses onsite and lifeguards. North Hampton Beach Rte. 1A, North Hampton There is a bathhouse here, but there are no lifeguards on duty. North Beach 920 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Lovely sandy beach and nice places to picnic. Lifeguards are on duty daily through midAugust. There is a bathhouse available. Wallis Sands State Beach 1050 Ocean Blvd., Rye Enjoy views of the Isles of Shoals, plentiful parking, a shop with food and drinks, a large bathhouse with showers, a picnic area and daily lifeguarding until 5 p.m. through September 5.

Lake State Parks

We may be the Granite State, but an alternate moniker could very well be the Lakes State. With 959 lakes, there’s plenty of freshwater fun to be had. We’re going to give you some insider


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info — on weekends, the major lake parks tend to reach capacity by midmorning. Here are some of the more out-of-the-way parks that won’t be as mobbed. Echo Lake 68 Echo Lake Rd., Conway The impressive 700-foot Cathedral Ledge towers over this pristine mountain lake. Echo Lake is located within Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains. Forest Lake State Park 397 Forest Lake Rd., Dalton Created in 1935, this is one of New Hampshire’s 10 original state parks. Enjoy the 200-foot sandy beach, picnicking, fishing and more. Wadleigh State Park 78 Wadleigh State Park, Sutton Tall pines shade the picnic areas located on the shores of Kezar Lake. Wentworth State Park 297 Governor Wentworth Hwy. Wolfeboro It spans 50 acres and is located on the shore of scenic Wentworth Lake.

The Notches

Here’s a tip for talking like a New Hampshire native — when someone says, “North of the Notches,” they’re referring to the upper half of the state accessed through three narrow mountain passes — Crawford, Dixville and Franconia Notches. Crawford Notch State Park 1464 US Rte. 302 Harts Location This park has 5,775 acres that provide access to tons of hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing, wildlife viewing, campsites and spectacular mountain views. If it’s wilderness you seek, then this is the place. Dixville Notch State Park 1212 West Rte. 26, Dixville Dixville Notch State Park may seem small at just 127 acres, but you won’t want to miss its

scenic gorge and waterfalls. Then there’s the spot that gives anyone afraid of heights nightmares — various trails lead to the infamous Table Rock. Beware — this hike is not for the faint of heart. Franconia Notch State Park 260 Tramway Dr. Franconia/Lincoln We saved the biggest for last. Franconia Notch State Park is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. The notch itself is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway that extends from the Flume Gorge (also a state park) at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For 8 miles, I-93 winds between the dramatic peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. While in the park, you can fly fish at Profile Lake, bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, hike on the Appalachian Trail (fun fact: NH hosts 161 miles of the trail and some of its toughest terrain), ride the aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain or just enjoy all that nature has to offer.

Historic Sites

Why not learn something while taking in the views? Daniel Webster Birthplace 131 North Rd., Franklin This is the early childhood home of Daniel Webster, one of our country's most respected orators and statesmen. It also provides a glimpse of 1700s farm life in the infant years of our country.

Fort Stark 211 Wildrose Ln., New Castle Fort Stark overlooks the Piscataqua River, Little Harbor and the ocean, and was named in honor of John Stark, commander of NH forces at the 1777 Battle of Bennington. General Stark was responsible for the state’s “Live free or die” motto. Franklin Pierce Homestead 301 2nd NH Turnpike Hillsborough The 14th president of the US may not have been the best (in fact, he’s often referred to as the country’s worst president), but he’s New Hampshire’s nonetheless. This site was his home from infancy until his marriage in 1834. Robert Frost Farm 122 Rockingham Rd., Derry This was the home of Robert Frost and his family from 19001911. Frost, one of the nation's most acclaimed poets, attributed many of his poems to memories from the Derry years. Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion 375 Little Harbor Rd. Portsmouth This is the former home of New Hampshire's first royal governor, Benning Wentworth, who served from 1741 to 1767. The rambling 40-room mansion, which overlooks Little Harbor, is one of the most outstanding homes remaining of the Colonial era. Its stateliness and impressive interior and furnishings reflect aristocratic life in Portsmouth in the 1700s.

Explore the outdoors Fort Constitution A Newcomer’s Guide from the Experts at Off Rte. 1B at US Coast Guard Station, 25 Wentworth Rd. New Castle This late 1700s fort is located on a peninsula on the northeast corner of New Castle Island. It overlooks both the Piscataqua River and the ocean and is an excellent spot for a picnic.

This list is a tiny fraction of the many wonderful state parks and historic sites found all over the state. The state’s website,, is a valuable resource when planning any outdoor activity. For the slightly more adventurous, the Appalachian Mountain Club maintains networks of trails and several remote lodging options. A Newcomer’s Guide from the Experts at Visit them at



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Applecrest Farm Bistro

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Bridge Street Bistrot

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Tinos Greek Kitchen

86 Pleasant St., Portsmouth (603) 294-0989;; $$–$$$ D (


99 Bow St. Portsmouth; (603) 431-0901;; $$$–$$$$ L D (



66 Marcy St., Portsmouth; (603) 433-2340;; $$–$$$ L D ( international


TAPAS 10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth; (603) 319-1575;; $–$$$ L D

TAPAS 106 Penhallow St., Portsmouth; (603) 319-8178;; $$–$$$ D (

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The Oar House

287 Exeter Rd., Hampton; (603) 929-7972;; $$-$$$ L D (



55 Ceres St., Portsmouth; (603) 436-4025;; $$–$$$$ L D b ( SEAFOOD/AMERICAN

189 State St., Portsmouth; (603) 427-8258;; $$-$$$ L D (

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4 Front St., Exeter; (603) 580-1705;; $$–$$$ D (


567 Calef’s Hwy, Barrington; (603) 664-4000;; $$ L D (

Italian 34 Dover Point Rd., Dover (603) 749-4181; $$–$$$ L D (


Revolution Taproom and Grill


96 State St., Portsmouth; (603) 501-0132; domoportsmouth. com; $$ L D

61 North Main St., Rochester; (603) 244-3022;; $-$$ L D


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Ristorante Massimo

2 Pine St., Exeter; (603) 772-5901;; $$$–$$$$ B L D b (

59 Penhallow St., Portsmouth; (603) 436-4000;; $$-$$$ D (

Franklin Oyster House

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148 Fleet St., Portsmouth; (603) 373-8500;; $-$$$ D

5 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth; (603) 319-5011; row34nh. com; $-$$$ L D b (

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Savory Square Bistro


35 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth; (603) 427-8344;; $–$$ L D


2454 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth; (603) 319-1638;; $-$$ L D

401 State St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-5202;; $$–$$$$ L D b ( steakhouse

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29 Ceres St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-0887;; $$–$$$$ D ( INTERNATIONAL

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Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café

150 Congress St., Portsmouth; (603)from 766-3474; jumpin- at A Newcomer’s Guide the Experts; $$$–$$$$ D (

BREW PUB 47 Washington St., Dover; (603) 373-1001; 7thsettlement. com; $–$$ L D

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32 Depot Square, Hampton; (603) 926-2202; $-$$$ L D ( european


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greek 325 Lafayette Rd., Hampton; (603) 926-6152; tinosgreek. com; $–$$ D b

The Wellington Room

67 Bow St., Portsmouth; (603) 431-2989;; $$$–$$$$ D ( new american

Merrimack Valley Bar One

40 Nashua St., Milford; (603) 249-5327; Facebook;


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2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford; (603) 472-2001;; $$–$$$$ B L D


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STEAKHOUSE 438 DW Hwy., Merrimack; (603) 424-0995;; $$–$$$$ D (


55 Bridge St., Manchester; (844) 946-3473; — This new restaurant offers unique, modern dining in an artful setting. Enjoy fine wines, the roof deck, chef’s table, a contemporary bar, world-class food and much more. $$$–$$$$ D (

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Café Momo

1065 Hanover St., Manchester; (603) 6233733;; $–$$ L D


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15 Leavy Dr., Bedford; (603) 488-2677;; $$–$$$$ L D (


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75 Arms St., Manchester; (603) 622-5488; cottonfood. com; $$–$$$$ L D (


427 Amherst St., Nashua; (603) 821-7356;; $ L D (

american/farm-TO-TABLE 50 Commercial St., Manchester; (603) 836-1925;; $$-$$$ D b

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SMALL PLATES 36 Lowell St., Manchester; (603) 232-7059;; $–$$$ D (

Giorgio’s Ristorante

mediterranean 707 Milford Rd., Merrimack; (603) 883-7333; 524 Nashua St., Milford; (603) 6733939; 270 Granite St., Manchester; (603) 232-3323;; $$–$$$ L D (

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STEAKHOUSE 149 Hanover Street, Manchester; (603) 644-2467;; $$$–$$$$ L D (


33 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 647-0788;; $–$$ D ( italian

Mint Bistro

1105 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 625-6468;; $$–$$$ L D ( fusion

MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

212 Main St., Nashua; (603) 595-9334;;


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STEAKHOUSE/SEAFOOD 11 South Main St., Concord; (603) 8567925; 62 Doris Ray Court, Lakeport; (603) 524-9373;; $$–$$$ L D

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449 Amherst St., Nashua; (603) 864-8740;;


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MEDITERRANEAN 1069 Elm St., Manchester; (603) 666-3723;; $–$$$ L D

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11 Depot St., Concord; (603) 715-5723;; $$–$$$ D (


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69 Lafayette Rd. North Hampton; (603) 964-5064;; $-$$ D (


Stella Blu

The Old Courthouse

30 Main St., Newport; (603) 863-8360;; $$–$$$ L D b (


Papagallos Restaurant

70 East Pearl St., Nashua; (603) 578-5557;; $$–$$$ D

9 Monadnock Hwy., Keene; (603) 352-9400;; $–$$ L D (

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207 Main St., Nashua; (603) 595-9293; 99 Bow St., Portsmouth; (603) 334-9855;; $$–$$$$ D b

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385 S. Broadway, Salem; (603) 893-5773;


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248 Nutting Hill Rd., Mason; (603) 878-1151; pickityplace. com — Serving a wonderful locally sourced luncheon in a historic setting. $$ L ( lunch

67 Main St., Salem; (603) 952-4875; 581 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth; (603) 570-3600;; $$–$$$ L D b

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677 Hooksett Rd., Manchester; (603) 627-2424;; $–$$ L D (

47 Main Street, Walpole; (603) 756-9058; burdickchocolate. com; $–$$$ L D b (

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Bantam Grill

1 Jaffrey Rd., Peterborough; (603) 924-6633;; $$–$$$ D ( ITALIAN

Bellows Walpole Inn Pub

297 Main St., Walpole; (603) 756-3320;; $$ L D ( INTERNATIONAL/AMERICAN

Del Rossi’s Trattoria

Rte. 137, Dublin; (603) 563-7195; $$–$$$ D ( ITALIAN

Elm City Brewing

222 West St., Keene; (603) 355-3335; elmcitybrewing. com; $–$$$ L D BREW PUB


22 Main St., Keene; (603) 903-1410;; $–$$ D ( italian/pizzeria

Fox Tavern at the Hancock Inn

33 Main St., Hancock; (603) 525-3318; $-$$$ L D ( TAVERN

The Grove

247 Woodbound Rd., Rindge; (603) 532-4949;; $$–$$$ B L D b (


Luca’s Mediterranean Café

10 Central Sq., Keene; (603) 358-3335; lucascafe. com; $$–$$$ L D ( MEDITERRANEAN

Marzano’s Trattoria

6 School St., Peterborough; (603) 924-3636;; $–$$ L D ( ITALIAN

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51 Railroad St., Keene; (603) 355-5242; Facebook; ITALIAN

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10 Main St., Wilton; (603) 654-2457;; $-$$ L D bistro/international

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Dartmouth/ Lake Sunapee Base Camp Café

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(603) 643-2007; basecampcafenh. com; $-$$ L D

Bistro Nouveau

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Candela Tapas Lounge

tapas 15 Lebanon St., Hanover; (603) 277-9094; candelatapas. com; $$-$$$ D (

Canoe Club Bistro

27 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-9660; canoeclub. us; $–$$ L D (


Coach House

London; (603) 526-6899;;. $–$$ L D

277-9192;; $–$$ L D (

Lou’s Restaurant H

Lakes Region

30 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-3321;; $-$$ B L D


Lui Lui H

8 Glen Rd., West Lebanon; (603) 298-7070; 259 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua; (603) 8882588;; $–$$ L D (


Market Table

44 Main St., Hanover; (603) 676-7996;; $–$$ B L D b


Millstone at 74 Main

74 Newport Rd., New London; (603) 526-4201;; $–$$ L D b


Molly’s Restaurant

11 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-4075;; $$–$$$ L D b (



11 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-4075;; $$–$$$ L D b (


Peter Christian’s Tavern

tavern 195 Main St., New London; (603) 526-4042;; $–$$ L D b

Peyton Place

454 Main St., Orford; (603) 353-9100;; $$ D (


PINE at the Hanover Inn

2 South Main St., Hanover; (603) 643-4300;; $$$–$$$$ B L D b ( AMERICAN

Poor Thom’s Tavern H

19 Bean Rd., Meriden; (603) 469-3400; poorthomstavern. com; $–$$ D tavern

Revolution Cantina

38 Opera House Square, Claremont; (603) 504-6310; Facebook; $-$$ L D b


Salt Hill Pub H

7 Lebanon St., Hanover; (603) 676-7855; 58 Main St., Newport; (603) 863-7774; 2 W. Park St., Lebanon; (603) 448.-4532; 1407 Rte. 103, Newbury; (603) 7632667;; $-$$ L D PUB

Stella’s Italian Kitchen

Italian 5 Main St., Lyme; (603) 795-4302;;

$–$$ L D


6 Brook Rd., Sunapee; (603) 843-8998;; $$–$$$ D (


353 Main St., New London; (603) 526-2791;;$ $–$$$$ D (

Taverne on the Square

Flying Goose Brew Pub H

Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine H


brew pub

40 Andover Rd., New

2 Pleasant St., Claremont; (603) 287-4416;; $–$$$ L D


thai 5 S. Main St., Hanover; (603)

Bayside Grill and Tavern

51 Mill St., Wolfeboro; (603) 894-4361;; $–$$ L D



300 DW Hwy., Meredith; (603) 279-3003;


$–$$ D


216 South River Rd., Bedford; (603) 935-8070; 232 Whittier Hwy., Center Harbor; (603) 253-4762;; $$–$$$ D (


Corner House Inn Restaurant

22 Main St., Center Sandwich; (603) 284-6219; $$ L D b (


Crystal Quail

202 Pitman Rd., Center Barnstead; (603) 269-4151;; $$$–$$$$ D (


Faro Italian Grille

7 Endicott St. N., Laconia; (603) 527-8073; faroitaliangrille. com; $$ D (


Fratello’s Italian Grille H

155 Dow St., Manchester; (603) 624-2022; 194 Main St., Nashua; (603) 889-2022; 799 Union Ave., Laconia; (603) 5282022;; $–$$ L D



6 North Main St., Wolfeboro; (603) 569-7788;; $–$$ L D (


Hart’s Turkey Farm

233 DW Highway, Meredith; (603) 279-6212;; $–$$ L D (


Hobb’s Tavern & Brewing Co.

BREW PUB 2415 White Mountain Hwy., West Ossipee; (603) 5392000;; $–$$ L D

Homestead Restaurant

1567 Summer St., Bristol; (603) 744-2022; 641 DW Highway, Merrimack; (603) 4292022;; $–$$ D


Kathleen’s Cottage

90 Lake St., Bristol; (603) 744-6336;; $–$$ L D



18 Main St., Center Harbor; (603) 253-8617;; $–$$$ D (



64 Whittier Hwy., Moultonborough; (603) 253-8100;; $–$$ L D


Local Eatery H

farm-to-table 21 Veterans Sq., Laconia; (603) 527-8007;; $–$$ D (

Mise en Place

Libby’s Bistro & SAaLT Pub



96 Lehner St., Wolfeboro; (603) 569-5788;; $$-$$$$ L D (

The New Woodshed

115 Main Street on Rte. 2, Gorham; (603) 466-5330;; $$–$$$ L D (

mexican Rte. 302, Glen; (603) 383-6556;;

O Bistro at the Inn on Main

Moat Mountain Smokehouse

$–$$ L D

200 North Main St., Wolfeboro; (603) 515-1003;;

$$–$$$ D

brew pub 3378 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 3566381;; $–$$ L D (

O Steaks & Seafood

One Love Brewery


STEAKHOUSE/SEAFOOD 11 South Main St., Concord; (603) 856-7925; 62 Doris Ray Court, Lakeport; (603) 524-9373;; $$–$$$ L D

Tavern 27

2075 Parade Rd., Laconia; (603) 528-3057; tavern27. com; $–$$ L D (


Wolfe’s Tavern

NEW ENGLAND TAVERN 90 N. Main St., Wolfeboro; (603) 569-3016;; $$–$$$ B L D b (

North Country

brew pub 25 South Mountain Dr., Lincoln; (603) 745-7290; onelovebrewery.coml $–$$ L D

609 Beach Rd., Pittsburg; (603) 538-9556; — Serving a variety of comfort food from seafood to ribs. The tavern serves appetizers, hearth-baked pizzas and sandwiches. $–$$ D (


Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

STEAKHOUSE 3 Station St., Glen; (603) 383-4344;;

$–$$ L D

Rustic River



The Beal House Inn

Schilling Beer Co.

5 Main St., North Woodstock; (603) 745-2110;; $-$$ L D

Deli/pub 2 W. Main St., Littleton; (603)

444-2661;; $$-$$$ D Under new ownership

brew pub 18 Mill St., Littleton; (603) 444-4800; (603) 444-4800;; $-$$ L D

Black Cap Grille

Shovel Handle Pub


1498 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 3562225;; $-$$ L D

pub 357 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson; (603) 383-8916;; $-$$ L D

Chang Thai Café H

Six Burner Bistro



77 Main St., Littleton; (603) 444-8810;; $-$$ L D

13 South Main St., Plymouth; (603) 536-9099;; $-$$ L D

Chef’s Bistro

Tony’s Italian Grille & Pub

2724 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-4747;;

NEW american

$-$$ L D

Delaney’s Hole in the Wall H

AMERICAN/asian 2966 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway; (603) 356-7776;;

$–$$ L D

Gypsy Café

111 Main St., Lincoln; (603) 745-4395;; $–$$ L D


Horse & Hound Inn

205 Wells Rd., Franconia; (603) 823-5501;; $$–$$$$ L D (

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italian 3674 Rte. 3, Thornton; (603) 745-3133; $$ L D (

Tuckerman’s Restaurant

336 Rte 16A, Intervale; (603) 356-5541; tuckermanstavern. com; $–$$ D


The Wayside Inn

european 3738 Main St., Bethlehem; (603) 869-3364;; $$–$$$ D (

Woodstock Brewery

BREW PUB Rte. 3, North Woodstock; (603) 745-3951;; $–$$ L


Jonathon’s Seafood

A mecca for foodees, gardeners or anyone looking for relaxation and inspiration.

Rainbow Grille & Tavern H


106 Main St., Littleton; (603) 444-7717;; $-$$$ L D (

The Original Farm to Table

Margarita Grill

128 Lee Rd., Moultonborough; (603) 476-2700;; $–$$$ D tuckaway


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seafood/american 280 East Side Rd., North Conway; (603) 447-3838;; Newcomer’s Guide from Experts at Visit: for $–$$$ L D (

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Last Laugh


New Hampshire



year ago I moved from Indiana

to the Granite State. Transplants

may make up more than half of New Hampshire’s population, but we non-natives still face a steep learning

by Sarah Cahalan

8. Southern New Hampshire University is a real place! It exists outside of those ads that play on TV all the time in the Midwest! 9. The word “Winnipesaukee” will rattle you the first

curve about our adopted home. I’ve picked up a thing

two or three times you hear it, then become normal.

or two in my time here and, for the benefit of imports

You will remain uncertain about “Uncanoonuc” prob-

past, present and future, here they are: the 13 lessons

ably forever.

you’ll learn in your first year as a New Hampshire noob.

10. “Center,” “Falls” and “Beach” are all acceptable

1. Just because your state symbol disintegrated 14

suffixes to toss onto any place name for added

years ago doesn’t mean it can’t still decorate your

effect. Similarly, you can end your town’s name with

license plates and road signs.

“-oro” or “-orough” however your whims decide.

2. It turns out it is not appropriate to suggest to your landlord that, in the interest of living free and all, your rent should really be $0. 3. You will brag to your friends back home that you

11. Life here won’t make you a libertarian. It will, however, make you wonder, enraged, whoever decided that sales taxes were OK. 12. When a candidate you don’t like is in town, New

practically live in ski country. This will not change the

Hampshire’s political importance will be boring old

fact that you do not ski.

news that you’re too cool to care about. When a

4. After dozens of confused people stop you when

candidate you do like is in town, New Hampshire’s

you reach the eighth digit, you will adopt, “No, sorry,

political importance is the best thing ever and a

those first three are the area code” as a permanent

sure-fire way to break your record for Instagram

part of your non-603 cell phone number.


5. Before long, your defenses will fly up when people ask, “So where are you living now? Vermont?”

13. The question, “Can I wear flannel to this?” has only one answer: “Obviously.”

6. Seth Meyers and Sarah Silverman will become your new comedy icons. Adam Sandler will become that guy we don’t talk about. 7. Speed limit: 55 signs on I-93 exist only to give drivers something to laugh at (until some point north of Concord, where the 70 mph signs become the laughable ones).

For more information

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— New Hampshire Magazine Assistant Editor Sarah Cahalan, who lives in Manchester, celebrated her first full year as a Granite Stater this past March.

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