Romantic adventure in southeast New Hampshire.
It’s all about the views—and hiking, fishing, and simply exploring on foot—in this scenic New Hampshire town and its surroundings. Drive Route 10, between Keene and Walpole, to discover four historic covered bridges (also known as “kissing bridges”) and 3,165-foot Mount Monadnock, which has views all the way to Boston.
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.
Cast for bass on this pond, north of Keene (hike there from the trailhead on E. Surrey Rd.).
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 on the main drag, steps from the gazebo (and, in October, the giant pumpkin towers).
The town's paramount diner is replete with vinyl-covered swivel stools and flannel-shirted regulars enjoying buttery French toast with maple syrup.
L. A. Burdick
Hike this national monument.