Courtesy of NH Division of Parks and Recreation

Romantic adventure in southeast New Hampshire.

Travel + Leisure
August 20, 2012

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.

Goose Pond

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).

Lindy's

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

Mount Monadnock

Hike this national monument.

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