Known for its culture and revolutionary roots, Concord is ideal for families and couples alike. Nestled in the beautiful state of New Hampshire, this capital city is sure to be a hit with all travelers. In 1775, New Hampshire became the first state to declare its independence from England. The state slogan of New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die”, and they take great pride in that (who wouldn’t?!).
Famous for its stunning fall foliage and dramatic mountain scenery, New Hampshire is a state you can visit each season and find adventures. We spent two nights in Concord and there was so much to do (and so much we weren’t able to do – a reason to go back!). Whether you are a foodie, history buff, or outdoorsy – there is something for everyone here.
I have compiled a list of the three A’s: Accommodations, Adventures, and Appetite! If you have any questions about Concord or our trip please send me an email!
Located in the heart of downtown Concord is The Hotel Concord, the only AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel in the state of New Hampshire. The Hotel Concord is one of the area’s oldest historic hotels and makes you feel glamorous just by walking into the lobby. Not only are the rooms impeccable, but the staff are gracious and kind. They also offer complimentary breakfast, something I have never seen a luxury hotel do (kudos!). In the lobby you can find a specialty coffee maker, which turned my tea-drinking husband into a coffee snob… it was delicious.
Our room was absolutely stunning, and incredibly spacious. They have 38 boutique-style rooms, and we had a king terrace suite – complete with a king size bed, twin pullout couch, and a gorgeous tiled bathroom. The show-stopper of the room was the terrace. I have never seen such a large outdoor space for one room! We had a gorgeous view of downtown – the perfect place to start and end the day. It is all about the details here at The Concord Hotel, they even leave chocolates on your pillow!
The Hotel Concord also offers event space which would be perfect a corporate event or wedding.
Apple Picking – You cannot go to New Hampshire in the fall without going apple picking – and if you do… you are missing out! We went to Carter Hill Orchard, and it was amazing! It sits upon acres and acres of farmland covered with a wide variety of apple trees, they also grow peaches, plums, blueberries, and pumpkins. Apple cider and maple syrup are made on site (OMG!). You also must try the apple cider donuts, delicious! We stayed here for over 3 hours – yup… between apple picking and playing in the kid’s area, this was a favorite stop for the whole family.
New Hampshire State House – The New Hampshire State House is the oldest in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers in the United States. It is loaded with history. You can take a self-guided tour, but I highly recommend waiting for one of the scheduled tours (it is free!). We learned so much about the history, current practices, and what makes New Hampshire so awesome.
Downtown Shopping – Downtown Concord is lined with locally owned shops and restaurants. Go support small businesses and find a unique souvenir!
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center – We were not able to come here, but I wanted to include it because I think it would have been an amazing place to take the girls. They were closed Monday-Thursday so we missed it on our visit.
Barley House Restaurant & Tavern – The Barley House is a great place to get elevated pub food and craft beer while catching the game. Their burgers were delicious, and the service was excellent. It is located directly across from the NH State House in the heart of downtown Concord.
Splendid Sushi – After a fun morning of apple picking I stopped at Splendid Sushi for lunch to go. The sushi was delicious with reasonable prices, and the staff was very hardworking.
Tandy’s Pub & Grille – Come for the happy hour, stay for the entertainment. We dined al fresco here at Tandy’s Pub & Grille, and the food was great. We enjoyed that the kiddos could go play by the water fountain while we waited for food- good spot for families!
Until next time…