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!