Concord, fall capital of the arts
Concord. It is an emerging destination worth a look. Set in the middle of the state, with great hikes, apple picking, and all within an easy drive. It makes for the perfect fall foliage base.
September will kick off with the Capital Arts Fest, a weekend of exhibitions, performances and art on the street combined with great food and local beer. Between September 27th and 29th, the League of NH Craftsmen brings together artists and craftsmen from all over the state to Main Street in Concord to celebrate creativity.
Every Saturday you can visit the Farmers Market, and the Arts Market at Bicentennial Square which goes on until September. The Main Street is quite attractive, with lots of new places to shop and eat and impressive 19th century brick architecture.
Almost 100% of the stores and restaurants along Main Street are locally owned. They range from high fashion, to antiques, to a range of authentic cuisines including Greek, Asian, American, vegan and more. It is a small city with big city offerings, reminiscent of Newbury Street in Boston, with a variety of art-inspired stores including the League of NH Craftsmen, Capital Craftsmen and Romance Jewelers, art galleries and shops with other rare finds.
Concord is the state capital – that means the State House on Main Street – open 5 days week with 190+ years of history to share. But, there is a lot more. See the grave and the home of Franklin Piece, the only US President from NH. Learn about the NH First in the Nation Primary at the State Library, Barley House Restaurant, and State House. Or, venture outside the city to see Canterbury Shaker Village, the Pierce Homestead, stone arch bridges, or Mary Baker Eddy’s home (there are 2).