New Hampshire’s wide-open spaces and serene landscapes are the perfect setting for a laid back vacation. Where you can finally take time to relax, unplug, and recharge on your own terms. With plenty of private spaces, tranquil settings, and easy activities to choose from—you’ll have no trouble planning a perfectly relaxed summer getaway in the Granite State!
Pick a Lake, Any Lake
New Hampshire is dotted with 944 lakes, which means you’ll have no problem finding the perfect place to soak up some sun and dip your toes into cool waters. The state’s largest lake—Lake Winnipesaukee—is a summer hotspot with over 170 miles of shoreline to kick back and relax by. Nearby Newfound Lake is said to be one of the cleanest waterbodies in the world, fed by 8 springs and featuring 22 miles of beautiful shoreline. Up in the Great North Woods, you'll find pristine waters that are stunning, quiet and remote. Explore other lakeside escapes and decide which waterfront destination is right for you. But if you’d prefer the remote serenity of a cozy cabin in the woods to clear your mind—there are plenty of breezy cottages and cabins that can offer you the perfect restful retreat.
Relaxing Road Trip Destinations
Once you’ve had plenty of time to unplug, breathe in the fresh New Hampshire air and settle in—why not hit the road and explore. Head up north to experience the humbling grandeur of the White Mountains where plenty of hiking, biking, and floating opportunities await. Or, you could journey south towards the Seacoast to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the sands of Hampton Beach and a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk. In the western part of the state, the Monadnock Region is an oasis of inspiring landscapes, rural environments, and a peacefully slower pace of life. No matter where your journey to relaxation takes you—one of the best ways to cap off a summer day is by sipping on a refreshing craft brew or settling in for a wine tasting at one of the state’s many scenic wineries!
Art, Culture and Delicous Eats
Visit the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region to stroll quaint streets and shop local handmade goods, antiques, plus plenty of gifts and treats! Catch a perfectly dramatic performance at the New London Barn Playhouse for some laughs or a good cry. Or head north to Hanover where you can discover works of art in Dartmouth College’s worldly Hood Museum. Afterwards, you’ll want to hit up Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery or Murphy’s on the Green for a great meal.