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Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
1. Swasey Parkway in Exeter, NH
Beautiful, meandering park next to the Exeter River overlooking the Rev War powder house. Perfect for picnicking, strolling or just watching the PEA skull boat teams practice. In winter good viewing point for the smelt fishermen's shanty town.
2. Loaf and Ladle Restaurant in Exeter, NH
With two decks overlooking the river, string bridge, fish ladder and new Library this cafeteria style wooden cabin restaurant serves soups, chowders, homemade sandwiches stacked high with extras and delicious desserts at very reasonable prices (don't miss the pecan pie or chocolate cake). Dining is informal, servings large and the view unbeatable. Its where we locals eat, though, so it does get lines at lunch hours.
3. TNT Subs at Hampton, NH
Located on Rte 1 in Hampton, the TNT serves mouthwatering meatball subs at reasonable prices. Seating is extremely limited, so go at off times or better still do takeout for a picnic at one of the nearby beaches.
4. Downtown Exeter, NH
Exeter was the Revolutionary War capitol so the downtown is full of colonial churches, brick buildings and old colonial homes. Enjoy a stroll down Water Street and see if you can spot the heads on the colonial Gazebo. The truly bright-eyed will also see Lady Justice not watching nearby as they enjoy the delights of our quintessential New England town.
5. Lady Who Waits statue at Hampton Beach
This lovely lady is a poignant reminder of the widow walks of Portsmouth and the sacrifices of both those who go to sea and those who wait for them to return. Take a moment while playing at the beach to visit her with a wish her for her men's safe return... and a thought for those who didn't.