Named "Best Places To Live" by Money Magazine—Bedford, New Hampshire is quietly tucked away with plenty of woods and lakes to explore, yet less than an hour from Boston. Award-winning fine dining, world-class theatre, renowned art museums and lots of breathing space await you.
Formerly the site of a ski resort in the 1930s, the Uncanoonuc Mountains were served by an incline railway that went up the South peak. With three main trails from top to bottom, it was a popular ski destination until the 1940s. Now these two mountain peaks are a great spot for hiking and snowshoeing, with scenic views of the nearby skyline of downtown Manchester and on a clear day, the faint skyline of Boston.
For New England history with a side of 4-diamond ambiance, look no further than the Bedford Village Inn—dating back to 1774. Once the site of a working farm known as "Gordon Farm," the circa 1810 Federal-style estate has been transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel complete with elegant suites and multiple dining options such as the elusive Dining Room and Corks Wine Bar. During the spring and summer you must dine on the patio in the garden.
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Warm up fireside and enjoy craft cocktails paired with farm-to-table cuisine (or stay the evening and relax poolside in the heated saltwater pool and spa) at The Lobby Bar at The Grand. Try the Caramel Apple Moscow Mule—concocted with High West vodka, caramel syrup, local cider, fresh-squeezed lime juice and Fever Tree ginger beer.
The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth and LeWitt— with rotating exhibitions such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The museum also offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House.
On an exciting spring evening in 1915 the Palace Theatre celebrated its opening night with great fanfare. Today, the Palace Theatre is an elegantly restored 880-seat professional performing arts center with favorites such as "A Christmas Carol," "Mamma Mia!," "Grease," and many more broadway acts, comedians and local productions. In an area that once had over 22 theatres, the historic Palace Theatre is the sole survivor of "The Great White Way."