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Keene: The Quintessential New England Town

Katie Dunn Canoeing on Lake Massawippi, in North Hatley, Quebec.

Photo: Katie Dunn

The National Trust calls Keene "a Currier & Ives landscape come to life"—and if you disregard the skateboard park, the description is pretty spot-on.

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Destinations: Walpole · Keene

Hotels (1)

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    The Lane Hotel

    Carved out of an 1890 brick building that was once Keene's preeminent department store, the hotel is the only high-end place to stay in town. It's

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    The town's paramount diner is replete with vinyl-covered swivel stools and flannel-shirted regulars enjoying buttery French toast with maple syrup.

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    L. A. Burdick

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    Cathedral of the Pines

    The outdoor chapel sits on a bluff and overlooks Mount Monadnock. There's a beautiful altar made of stones donated from every state in the nation.

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    Goose Pond

    Cast for bass on this pond, north of Keene (hike there from the trailhead on E. Surrey Rd.).


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  • Autumn on Mount Desert Island

    Downeast + Acadia, Keene

    Spruce-strewn Mount Desert Island, which accounts for 35,000 of the 47,000 acres of Acadia National Park, teems with visitors during the summer months. But in September, the island's trees explode



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