Monadnock New Hampshire Shopping

New Hampshire is often thought of as the place to go for outdoor exploration. But one of the Monadnock Region’s not-so-hidden secrets is its array of thriving shops, art galleries, antique markets, and local boutiques. In a single downtown area, you can hit a vintage store, a quintessential bookshop, and a market stocked with culinary delights, such as locally-made wines, chutneys, and olive oils.

Shopping local is a point of pride for Monadnockers, who participate in events like Plaid Friday (instead of Black Friday) each year to support local business. The result is a vibrant community of interesting, inviting (and even a little quirky) places to shop in nearly every town around the mountain. 

Whether you are searching for rustic-chic furniture, original artwork, or gorgeous French linens, the Monadnock Region offers up a plethora of unique shopping experiences. And of course, a day on the town is always a great excuse to visit one of the area’s artisanal chocolateries for short rest and a decadent treat.

Southern New Hampshire is also home to several markets dedicated specifically to goods made by local artisans. Stunning, handcrafted jewelry, blown glass terrariums, and one-of-a-kind bicycle baskets are just a few examples of the remarkable wares you may encounter. You will also walk away knowing that you supported a local maker by investing in their work.

Depending on when you arrive, you are likely to meet the artists themselves at one of the region’s many exciting, seasonal events, which include art walks and studio tours, festivals showcasing locally-made goods, and antiques markets that bring together top vendors from all over New England. 

The holidays are a particularly wonderful time to see what the area’s sellers have in store. As you hop from shop to shop, you can enjoy festive tunes, hot cocoa, and the bustling fun of the season, all while crossing items off your gift list. It is the perfect opportunity to spend a day with friends and kick off the holidays in a less hectic, more meaningful way. 

Whichever season you choose, you are sure to return home with a collection of finds you wouldn’t have discovered elsewhere. So come explore this little but lively part of New Hampshire, and bring something memorable back with you. The only trouble you will have is narrowing down which places you love the most!

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Three bottles of Walpole red wine
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Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard

43.073211 -72.372157 Shop

Category: Made in NH,

114 Barnett Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608

Experience FINE ESTATE WINES made exclusively from our vineyard — growing 32 varieties of French-American hybrids and the new Cold-Climate grapes, producing an exquisite selection of reds, whites, blushes, and blends to suit a wide variety of preferences from driest … Continue reading ...

Red barn Antiques Mall with parking lot
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Antiques And Collectibles Mall of New England, LLC

42.770857 -71.81354 Shop

Category: Antiques,

8 Dunster Avenue / Route 45, Greenville, NH 03048

Incredible array of antique and vintage collectibles and home decor – from furniture to hunting, fishing and militaria, to gold, silver and costume jewelry, artwork, toys, coins, glass, pottery, hardware, tools and lamps, and everything in between. Nestled in the … Continue reading ...

Front of Terrapin Glassblowing Studio and Gift Gallery Lesson painted blue with sea turtle
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Terrapin Glassblowing Studio

42.823418 -71.996582 Shop

Category: Made in NH,

79 Hadley Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio is a mother-daughter owned small business right off Rt. 202 in Jaffrey, NH. Situated in the home of Mt. Monadnock, this is an open doors studio with the mission of making glassblowing available to the local communities … Continue reading ...

Yellow sided 18th century building with people dressed in revolutionary period costumes
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Historical Society of Cheshire County

42.92764 -72.276858 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

246 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

The Historical Society of Cheshire County offers about 150 programs each year to help people find their place in history. The Historical Society’s headquarters on Main Street in Keene has a permanent display of local items of historical interest such … Continue reading ...

Parker's Maple Barn store front with covered entrance, fresh pink flowers, and wagon wheel
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Parker’s Maple Barn

42.741351 -71.720103 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops,

1316 Brookline Road, Mason, NH 03048

Step back in time to an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation. We offer seasonal tours of our rustic sugar house and visit our gift shoppe/country store for a wide variety of maple products, gifts and gourmet goodies! Our unique 1782 maple … Continue reading ...

Hannah Grimes Marketplace window front with scarves, mugs, and items for sale
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Hannah Grimes Marketplace

42.932806 -72.277966 Shop

Category: Gifts & Specialty Shops, Made in NH,

42 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

The Hannah Grimes Marketplace is a “localvore” gift shop located in the heart of downtown Keene, NH. We opened our doors twenty years ago and have been home to over 1,000 artisans selling their crafts through our storefront. We carry … Continue reading ...

Aerial view of Crotched Mountain partially covered in snow and blue skies with white clouds
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Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride

43.012022 -71.878904 Shop

Category: Outdoor & Sports Gear,

615 Francestown Road, Bennington, NH 03442

Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride is a ski area located in Bennington NH that has 5 lifts, 25 trails, a full-service base lodge, snowsports programs, 100% trail lighting, 100% snowmaking capability and is home to the fastest summit lift ride … Continue reading ...