A Little Something for Everyone
Littleton, New Hampshire
If you are restless and want a change of perspective, but
don’t want to drive too far from the Upper Valley, try a road trip to Littleton, New Hampshire. Considered one of the best small town
downtown’s I find something new and interesting each time I visit. I recently drove north and enjoyed a late afternoon stroll and early evening browse in some of the shops.
The main street shopping is quite fun, a family favorite is Chutter’s that claims they have the world’s longest candy counter. You can fill a bag with an assortment of your favorite candies to munch as you walk around town, or bring home for later.
I am always surprised when I revisit a town to discover that a business or attraction I enjoyed has disappeared. Recently I was hoping to stop at the Littleton Grist Mill to purchase locally ground flours for baking and gifts for the holidays. Lucky for me they are still operating out of their home and the business that has moved in is one I hope to return to on a future trip. Schilling Beer company is now occupying the former location for the grist mill. Because we had our dog with us this trip we decided to wait to check out this new restaurant and brewery.
Another favorite of mine for years was the Village Book Shop. I was happy to find it is still in business, with a new name and under new ownership. The emphasis is more on toys, but there are still books on the shelves and it is worth checking out.
Littleton has lots of art, in stores and around town. I discovered a new gallery this time that may be the perfect place to find an unusual gift for teens, or anyone into pop art. Bad-Art has nicely painted items with recognizable characters from films and books.
There are also plenty of choices for a bite to eat. I have tried the Littleton Diner and the Coffeepot Restaurant for breakfast, both are good. A treat for those who enjoy food South of the Border is the Little Grille. If you are really feeling adventurous plan to eat there on a Friday or Saturday night for a special Brazilian Rodizio, all-you-can-eat barbecue.
And if shopping is not on your agenda, you can still enjoy this destination. One of the nicest things about the city is the river, which runs right behind Main Street. You can walk along the water and even head across a covered bridge if you want to get a different perspective of the town. In addition to this in- town walk you can find any number of trails here.
Littleton is fun to visit year-round. In the winter, it is a lovely way to just get outside and enjoy a drive towards the White Mountains. Currently you will find downtown festively decorated for the holidays. There is much more to this village than I can possibly share, so you will just have to create your own adventure, and share what you liked most.