NH Hidden Treasures

by GSA Sarah Brown

What else to do during mud season but explore some of New Hampshire’s hidden treasures? We headed north this time to visit the Museum of the White Mountains. I was surprised to discover that the museum is part of the university rather than a separate non-profit. As a long ago graduate of Plymouth State College, I remember the building as the Episcopal Church on the corner of Highland and Landon Avenues. The focus of the museum is art; about and created in the White Mountains.

The main exhibit when we went was a showcase of student works. A wide variety of painting, sculpture, and photography were displayed. Downstairs was a small exhibit on 19th Century Tourism in the White Mountains and in a classroom displays on vernal pools. The next major exhibit, running May 17-September 12, will be The Grand Hotels of the White Mountains. We might have to go back to see this! There is no entry fee, but donations are encouraged. Suggest you take exit 25, go into Plymouth, around the common and up the hill. There is free parking off street around the museum building. They are open Monday-Friday 10 to 4 and Saturdays 11 to 4.

For lunch we chose an old favorite the original Common Man in Ashland. Also part of the decision was they are an option on the NH Public Radio Member Card so we got a discount! Lots of great choices at a Common Man and we left room for S’more Cheesecake for dessert. To get to the restaurant take exit 24 which puts you on Main Street. The restaurant is on the left, free parking across the street on the right before you get to the center of town. They serve lunch and dinner daily.

Since we were traveling on I93, we had to make a quick stop at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tilton. GSA’s are eligible to get a free coupon book at this outlet mall so be sure to check in at the mall office to get one. The mall is off exit 20 with plenty of free parking. Stores are open 10 to 6 fall, winter, and spring and 10 to 9 during the summer.