Exeter, NH

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Once a bustling state capital, this peaceful town is now known for its serene riverside location and enthralling heritage.

Stroll along Exeter’s streets decorated with rustling trees and spot charming Early American architecture. Wander in lush, open parks and delve into enthralling museums to uncover fascinating artifacts of American independence.

Walk down either of the two main routes running through the heart of town and view stunning historic buildings that predate the American Revolution. One of Exeter’s earliest remaining buildings is Gilman Garrison House. Home to the owners of Exeter’s first sawmill, this 1709 building is now a museum with photos and artifacts chronicling the development of area industries.

Admire the elegant early 20th-century bandstand as you make your way toward the Exeter Historical Society. The peculiar yellow-brick exterior ensures this treasure-trove is easy to find. The team of committed volunteers here will be delighted to show you a selection of Native American garments as well as memorabilia from President Lincoln’s visit to the town in 1860.

Head to the American Independence Museum nearby. View relics from Exeter’s time as the seat of New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War. Step inside the very same tavern that President Washington visited in 1789. The collection’s most fascinating asset is one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence that was found here long ago.

For outdoor enjoyment, take a break in some of the 56 acres (23 hectares) of parkland around the town. Kick your way through leaves and throw a football at Swasey Parkway on the banks of the Squamscott River or get your skates on at two large ice rinks.

Exeter is in southeastern New Hampshire, a 45-minute drive east of Concord. Stay for a night or longer at one of several cozy hotels and guesthouses in town. Select from a variety of restaurants available, with excellent New England seafood on the menus. Don’t miss the farmers market that takes place every Thursday between May and October and stay for the American Independence Festival that is put on each July by the museum.

Hampton Inn & Suites Exeter, NH
Hampton Inn & Suites Exeter, NH
2.5 out of 5
59 Portsmouth Ave, Exeter, NH
The price is $101 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from American Independence Museum and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Liked everything"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Exeter, NH
Exeter Inn
Exeter Inn
3.5 out of 5
90 Front St, Exeter, NH
The price is $119 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Exeter Historical Society and 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Phillips Exeter Academy. American ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (679 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable room and great food!"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2022

Exeter Inn
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Portsmouth Exeter
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Portsmouth Exeter
2.5 out of 5
138 Portsmouth Avenue, Exeter, NH
The price is $101 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from American Independence Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Phillips Exeter Academy. Exeter Historical ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (321 reviews)
"Very convenient."

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Portsmouth Exeter
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Manchester/Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Manchester/Airport
3 out of 5
1000 Perimeter Rd, Manchester, NH
The price is $95 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Mall of New Hampshire and within 6 mi (10 km) of Southern New Hampshire University Arena and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (859 reviews)
"Clean spacious quiet. Enjoyed the relaxing nature of the hotel. Had an easy time getting an uber to local restaurants. Free transport to airport (mine was a 6 am flight with 430 am shuttle service) !"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Manchester/Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Dover
Homewood Suites by Hilton Dover
3 out of 5
21 Members Way, Dover, NH
The price is $118 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Situated in Dover, this aparthotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from The Children's Museum of New Hampshire and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Woodman Institute. Vaughan Woods State ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (449 reviews)
"We had a very enjoyable experience at the Homewood suites! The kitchen had everything we needed, the room had ample space for our baby, toddler and 2 adults. Next time, I will reserve a suite with a seperate room for my baby can nap without my toddler waking her, which is a great option. We had to ..."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dover
Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth
Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth
3 out of 5
100 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth, NH
The price is $127 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Albacore Park, Market Square, and Portsmouth Brewery. Music Hall is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (869 reviews)
"Excelent hotel! I liked everything, the rooms are perfect for family and dogs."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Portsmouth
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