One of the greatest pleasures of working is not working. We at Masiello Employment are big fans of giving it your all at work, of course, but we know you can only give 100-percent when you’re at your best—and getting away from it all for a long weekend or even an afternoon is a sure-fire way to recharge your batteries. We also realize searching for a job is the hardest job there is, which means everyone needs a break every once in a while.
There’s a world of travel possibilities out there, and we thought to focus on three quickies—that is, some quick, close-to-home getaways you might take. We’re based in Keene, NH, and many of our readers are, too, so we’re highlighting a trio of regions to visit within the state (if you’re not a local, use our recommendations to plan a trip to New Hampshire—you’ll love it here!)
- Travel to New Hampshire’s Seacoast: With just 18 miles of shoreline, New Hampshire has the shortest coast of any coastal state in the U.S., but it’s long on versatility, from the expansive sweep of white sand at Hampton Beach to the cobblestoned streets of Portsmouth. During your stay, if you want to raise a glass, get onboard for a tour with Granite State Growlers, where you’ll visit several local breweries and distilleries; if you want to raise your heart rate, fly above it all with Seacoast Helicopters; if you want to relax in nature, amble around the 330 acres of Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, open year-round for nature walks, hiking, and more; if you want to consume lots of calories, tempt your taste buds in Portsmouth (a city The New York Times says “is blessed with an absurd selection of restaurants”)—after consuming all those calories, walk to Maine over the Memorial Bridge, which connects Portsmouth and Kittery. During the summer months, there’s plenty more to do outside, from playing golf on one of the area’s many courses, to going on a whale watch. When it comes to accommodation options, there are many budget-friendly places to choose from; if you want to pamper yourself, or at least appear that way, take a walk around the once-defunct and now amazingly-restored Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle. Be sure to drive the coastal route around this beautiful little island.
- Travel to New Hampshire’s White Mountains: Take yourself up a notch in and around Franconia Notch in New Hampshire’s stunning White Mountains region—these mountain ranges offer scenic drives, historic sites, and thrilling outdoor adventures. This time of year is the bridge between skiing season and the spoils of spring and summer, with many seasonal attractions opening in May. If you want to enjoy an unforgettable interaction with fantastically large creatures, take a Gorham Moose Tour; if you want to wonder at unique scenery, don’t get lost on your way to Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves; if you want to fly from treetop to treetop, visit Alpine Adventures or glide up a mountain with Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway; and if you’re in the mood to shop, go to Clark’s Trading Post or the Garnet Hill First and Seconds Store. Be sure to visit Littleton, known as the “Be Glad” town, with its bustling main street filled with unique shops and restaurants like Schilling Beer Company (which serves well-crafted pizza alongside its well-crafted beer)—just steps from Schilling’s front door, be sure to cross the Riverwalk Covered Bridge over the Ammonoosuc River. Where to stay? There are many budget-friendly places to choose from—one unique choice is the Arlington, a Bethlehem hotel that combines affordability with luxurious touches.
- Travel to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region: New Hampshire’s Summer playground, this region is home to more than 250 unique lakes and ponds. Right now, as the frozen bodies of water thaw out, the area is awakening and gearing up for all its summertime fun. If you’re looking for a glimpse into another time and place, explore the impressive estate of Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough; if you want to get your ooh-and-ahh on, head to America’s Stonehenge, a 4,000-year old megalithic site in Salem; if you want to test your luck, enter the universe known as Funspot at Weirs Beach, the largest arcade in the world (beforehand, fuel up with the ice cream sundae buffet at nearby Kellerhaus); if all that water is making you crave a cruise, take a guided pontoon cruise at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness; if you want to take a drive, head around Lake Winnipesaukee—with nearly 200 miles of shoreline, it’s the region’s largest, yet can be driven in just a few short hours; and if you’re feeling thankful, savor Thanksgiving dinner anytime at Hart’s Turkey Farm in Meredith.
Don’t let your precious free time go to waste—take a quickie getaway vacation today!