Manchester, New Hampshire sits less than 60 miles north of Boston, and is a bustling city filled with cool people to meet, places to explore and sites to see. With the motto, "Live Free or Die", it is no surprise that taxes take a back seat in this northern New England state. Making shopping a bit less pricey for those looking to add to their "stuff". Spend a day seeing why people love Manchester.
The Dancers — Photo courtesy of Kathy TangneyEnjoy your time here wandering the streets and popping into art galleries where you'll find fabulous works of funky art by local artists like Kathy Tangney whose whimsical work began as necessity after her career as an art teacher was interrupted by multiple chemical sensitivities. Somehow, Kathy managed to keep her art alive, and uses materials friendly to her skin to create her amazing works. On display at various Manchester locations like Hatfield Gallery, Farmer's Market, and even at the 36 Delux Restaurant where you can admire her watercolors from your table while chomping on their tasty treats. Ski in Color by Kathy Tangney — Photo courtesy of Kathy Tangney
Had enough art viewing/buying for one day, check out some of the cool attractions in Manchester like the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour, minutes from Manchester, in Merrimack, NH this tour will give you some insight into beer-brewing. Taste a bit and enjoy the gift shop where you'll find more than you'll ever need of Anheuser-Busch merchandise. If a brewery tour does not please your senses make your way the the SEE Science Center where you'll learn that science can be fun! The hands on exhibits allow visitors to get a sense of the science behind things like movement and electricity while having a great time. And the kids are sure to love this place.
When your hunger has gotten the best of you try one of Manchester's best restaurants. For an upscale experience dine at The Chateau. This waterfront wonder serves some of Manchester's best American fare with countryside flair and water views. Weekends bring dinner theater in house, allowing guests to enjoy a show while the dine. For a more reasonably priced, yet romantic option try Richard's Bistro, a 10best pick it is a place worth trying for its innovative New American cuisine. And if a pub is more your scene make your way to Strange Brew, not only a 10best top 10, but it is a referral from friends who reside in Manchester. This favorite hangout for drinking and dancing also serves up spectacular pub grub. Best enjoyed without the little ones in tow, this is a place you could easily come for dinner and leave when they are ready to close the doors.
Just don't forget to to a little shopping before you leave, and if the Mall of New Hampshire is not what you crave, wander downtown Manchester and pop into stores like Benton's where the goods they sell are high quality and cheap.Manchester — Photo courtesy of 10best916266