Last-Minute Road Trip Idea: New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s chefs, winemakers, and beer brewers are a few of the many reasons you should start planning a trip ASAP

Enjoy some great wine in New Hampshire.


Beer-wise, New Hampshire is also killing it. From coastal breweries like Smuttynose and Throwback Brewery to Moat Mountain and Woodstock Inn Brewery up in the mountains, the state has plenty of spots for tasting suds right at the source. Most of the breweries allow for drop-in visits, too, so you can add stops for beer tastings all along the itinerary of any road trip through New Hampshire (so long as you’ve got a designated driver).

Chocolate gets creative in New Hampshire.

Adeline Ramos

Round out your trip with visits to Cava, executive chef and owner Gregg Sessler’s tapas and wine bar in Portsmouth, and Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, where you’ll find decadent candies turned into gorgeous art that you’ll feel guilty for eating. But not too guilty.


You can fly into Manchester (close to the southeast coast) or Lebanon (near the western border, just over 70 miles northwest of Manchester) to be in the Connecticut River Valley and close to the mountains. Or just take a scenic drive from wherever you live and let New Hampshire be your goal. Wherever you land, your final stop will be a sight to behold.