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Peterborough, NH
Travel Guide

Peterborough showing autumn leaves and a house

Home to an art colony and one of America’s oldest basket companies, this idyllic town in New Hampshire was also the inspiration for Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town.

Historic New England meets a thriving arts scene in Peterborough, New Hampshire. See its charming red-brick town center and gorgeous natural surroundings that have made the town a favorite among tourists.

Start your tour of downtown at the Peterborough Historical Society. Check out the 18th-century kitchen and learn about local history through its series of rotating exhibits.

The sprawling brick Peterborough Town Library, supported by soaring white columns, is an iconic building. Established in 1833, it also has the distinction of being the country’s oldest tax-supported public library. When you enter the library, look up. The veranda’s ceiling is adorned with a mural depicting a beautiful Contoocook River scene.

Peterborough was the inspiration for Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning play about small-town America, Our Town. Look for Grove Street, very similar in name to Grover’s Corners, the fictional setting for the play.

Browse the shops and galleries of Depot Square, Peterborough’s retail hub. Have lunch in one of its restaurants. Peterborough Diner has hosted numerous presidential candidates on the campaign trail.

Continue your shopping at Peterboro Basket Company, which has been producing handcrafted wooden baskets since 1854. It is one of the oldest continuously operating basket companies in the United States.

Immerse yourself in New Hampshire’s scenic beauty at Miller State Park. Climb to the top of Pack Monadnock. To enjoy the mountain’s stunning views without the hike, drive along the paved road leading to its summit.

MacDowell Art Colony, just outside town, has been operating for over 100 years. Make an appointment to see works of MacDowell Fellows in the Eugene Coleman Savidge Library. The site also hosts events throughout the year.

Despite its small size, Peterborough has a large cultural scene, regularly hosting concerts, art festivals, plays and dance shows. Whether you come for a special event or just want to explore, you’re sure to leave this charming town wearing a smile.

Jack Daniels Motor Inn
Jack Daniels Motor Inn
2.5 out of 5
80 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH
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The price is $119 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Peterborough, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mariposa Museum and World Cultures Center, Peterborough Town House, and The Monadnock Center ...
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Spacious Estate With Mtn Views! Private Setting, Great Family Home!
Spacious Estate With Mtn Views! Private Setting, Great Family Home!
Peterborough, NH
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This family-friendly Peterborough vacation home is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Peterborough Town House, The Monadnock Center for History ...
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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leominster
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leominster
3.5 out of 5
99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA
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The price is $135 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from The Mall at Whitney Field and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fitchburg Art Museum and Fitchburg ...
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"Overall we had a great stay. Everyone we encountered was so pleasant and accommodating. However, we didn’t see until the morning that our comforter was stained and our coffee makers water reservoir was disgusting."

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leominster
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Spacious Estate With Mtn Views! Private Setting, Great Family Home!
Spacious Estate With Mtn Views! Private Setting, Great Family Home!
Peterborough, NH
This family-friendly Peterborough vacation home is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Peterborough Town House, The Monadnock Center for History ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Relaxing family getaway
"Our family spent a week here over the Christmas holiday. There were 11 of us, spanning 3 generations. The house was clean, well stocked, and expansive. The views from the sunroom were beautiful, from sunrise, to snow showers, and then the full moon at night. The village of Peterborough was delightful. ..."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

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Cabin: Private Hot Tub, Walk to Pats Peak Ski Area
Cabin: Private Hot Tub, Walk to Pats Peak Ski Area
Henniker, NH
Situated in Henniker, this cabin is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Pats Peak and within 12 mi (20 km) of Horace Lake and Family Tree Health Care. Franklin Pierce Homestead ...
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Tentrr Signature Site - Wally Meadows at Purgatory Falls
Tentrr Signature Site - Wally Meadows at Purgatory Falls
Lyndeborough, NH
The price is $115 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Lyndeborough, this campground is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) from Baboosic Lake Town Beach and 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from Greenfield State Park. Merrimack Premium ...
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