Just a Little Ways South

Submitted 2 years ago
Created by
Lisa Ladd

Let's Explore Warner, NH

One of my favorite towns in New Hampshire happens to be less than an hour away. It holds a special place in my heart as my husband lived there when we first began dating.  Many people only know this town as a quick place to get gas or a few groceries right off the highway. But Warner New Hampshire has much more to offer than convenience.  Originally called New Amesbury, it was renamed by Governor Wentworth and it’s first public meeting was in 1774. A lovely community, Warner has much to offer for a day trip.  Three museums, a mountain to hike, an independent bookstore, nice shops, even a free library. The main street of town is easily walkable, you don’t have to pay for parking, and there is plenty of variety to please everyone. More on that later, but first let’s eat.

In my mind one of the most important aspects of a road trip is the food.  Either the food you pack or the special places you can get a bite to eat.  The Foothills of Warner is just the kind of family owned, dependable restaurant that I appreciate when I’m on the road.  If we can spare the time driving south to another destination, we will come into town for breakfast or lunch.  I noticed last Saturday that there is also a coffee shop named Schoodac’s and an Ice Cream shop called the Velvet Moose all located on the Main Street of town.  I look forward to sampling both on my next trip.

Independent bookstores are something I always seek when I travel.  Main Street Bookends is a wonderful shop to browse for books and toys in addition to local artist’s work.  Before you check out the museums and stroll around town, I’d recommend a visit to the Pillsbury Free Library. Local libraries are a wonderful source of information about an area, and this one is no exception. 

Now about those Museums.  I confess I have not been to either the New Hampshire Telephone Museum or the Warner Firefighters Museum yet.  I spied this sign while strolling around town, but was there too early to go in.  Both look promising, especially if you have kids or someone who is interested in technology or trucks.  The Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum is a special museum that I have been to in the past.  Open seasonally from May to October this museum highlights Native culture in New England and beyond.  Although closed for winter, it still hosts programs and a Winter Gathering.

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If the great outdoors is what you prefer, you can drive up a scenic road out of Rollin’s State Park and hike to the top of Mt. Kearsage. Both Rollins and Winslow State Park down the road offer recreational outdoor opportunities but always check before you go as these parks are both open seasonally.

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The Warner Fall Foliage Festival is worth attending.  It includes a parade, rides for the kids, agricultural demonstrations and a terrific crafts fair.  All the proceeds from the festival go right back into the community. Warner is a lovely town worth visiting and exploring and has much to offer.  So the next time you are looking for something to do, consider a visit and tell your friends.



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