Like many small communities across the United States, Keene has re-invented itself over time. Meanwhile, Keene and the Greater Monadnock region have maintained a deep sense of community. This has made the region special to residents and intriguing to visitors.
Keene’s downtown Main Street is a thriving, dynamic place featuring an eclectic array of unique, independently owned and operated shops and restaurants as well as educational institutions and arts & cultural organizations.
The Greater Monadnock region, during the early years of the industrial revolution, became a manufacturing hub, thanks to its vast natural resources and the railroad transportation network. At the same time, the region attracted many people who sought relief from Boston, New York City, and other cities in order to enjoy the rivers, lakes, mountains, and quaint villages of Southwestern New Hampshire.
Fast forward to today, the southwest corner of New Hampshire hosts many multi-national advanced manufacturing firms, dozens of entrepreneurial ventures, and a broad selection of arts & culture venues and recreational activities including hiking, biking, skiing, boating, apple-picking, and more. Indeed, Keene’s library is the largest public library in the state. Often, visitors decide to relocate to the region.
Here’s a short list to explore:
In Keene, check out The Stage, Luca’s Mediterreanean Cafe, Machina Arts Kitchen & Artbar, Yahso Jamaican Grille, Prime Roast Coffee, and Modestman Brewing as well as The Colonial Theatre, Keene State College and its Thorne-Sagendorf Art Gallery and Redfern Arts Center, and the Historical Society of Cheshire County‘s Jonathan Daniels Center for Social Responsibility.
Just off Keene’s Main Street, discover Terra Nova Organic Coffee Roasters, Toadstool Bookstore, MoCo Arts, the Monadnock Food Co-op, the Cheshire Children’s Museum, Ashuelot Concerts, the Cheshire County rail-trails, and of course Keene’s Walldogs Mural Tour.
Around the year, there are many things to do in Keene, for example, the winter Ice & Snow Festival, Art Walk, Art in the Park, the Keene Music Festival, and the Pumpkin Festival. During the holiday season, Keene’s tree lighting ceremony is not to be missed.
Just beyond Keene, enjoy the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson as well as Frogg Brewing, the Hot Glass Art Center and The Caterpillar Lab – all in Marlborough, and the Peterborough Players in Peterborough. Of course, every visit must include a stop at L.A. Burdick’s Chocolates in Walpole.
And, a few hotel recommendations:
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