Our Town




A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll.In the heart of New Hampshire's "Currier & Ives Corner," Peterborough was the inspiration for Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," so what better sweet spot for an old-fashioned winter weekend? We weren't expecting the contemporary edge we found in this snow-frosted ville.Saturday MorningInnkeeper Paula's own granola and fresh-baked muffins began the hearty breakfast at Little River Bed & Breakfast that started our day. We headed downtown to the Peterborough Historical Society where we admired American furniture and stepped back into 1785 at the Robbe Family Kitchen. The surprisingly complex collections of Native American, Nepalese, Tibetan and other folk arts at the Mariposa Museum invited us to linger and even play with the marionettes.Lunch at Twelve PineAround the corner in Depot Square, this combination deli-and-foodie emporium had caught our eye earlier. We warmed up with bowls of tomato cheddar soup and designed our own sandwiches from a dazzling selection of meats and cheeses. We made a mental note to return for a bottle of Farnum Hill cider to take home (and maybe a little-bit-of-something from the bakery).Saturday AfternoonOpposite Twelve Pine, a shingled cottage houses Alice Blue, where antiques meld vintage clothes and French laces into a designer clothing shop. Among the quilts, hand-embroidered linens and fine silver are also creamy clothes combining new and vintage fabrics and embellishments. The time-warping mix continued at Sharon Arts Fine Craft Gallery, where such traditional works as John Ryan's Shaker-style furniture and Ella Rank's bucolic felted wool sheep sit side-by-side with Chris Salmon's cutting-edge contemporary art glass and ethereal 3-D fiber art by Wen Redmond.We detoured up Grove Street to Ava Marie Chocolates and made tough choices before leaving with a box containing Best-of-NH-winning Chocolate Pecan Turtles and Fresh Cream Truffles. For bedtime reading, we ducked into independent Toadstool Bookshop to browse the local authors shelf.DinnerNone of the several local arts groups was performing, so we lingered over dinner at Cantine Mexican Kitchen. We liked their blend of local ingredients with traditional Mexican styles - especially the addition of local apples to made-to-order guacamole. Resisting the temptation to order all three chile relleno options for a serious taste comparison, we settled on a stuffing of spinach, apricots, pine nuts and goat cheese, served with pineapple-plantain mole. Pozole, pork stew with hominy, rounded out what was not exactly an old-fashioned Yankee Saturday-night dinner. We retired to our room to read and nibble Ava Marie chocolate by the gas fireplace.Sunday MorningAfter another leisurely Little River breakfast, we stopped to admire the world's best-preserved 1914 American LaFrance fire truck and an 1803 Thayer hand tub at the Aquarius No.1 Fire Museum. We browsed through Peterboro Basket Factory Outlet and scored a picnic basket with imperceptible flaws among the seconds. Nothing works up an appetite like bargain hunting, so we made a last stop at the local icon, the 1950 Worcester Peterborough Diner, and ordered a Brown Cow and a Rootbeer Float for the road.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Washington New Hampshire
    Washington is one of New Hampshire’s most overlooked towns, and it also happens to be one of...
  2. Pets to the Rescue
    Some animals are more than pets — they can comfort, teach and assist their humans in a number...
  3. A Closer Look at NH's Own Seth Meyers
    The “Late Night” host returns to New Hampshire for a good cause
  4. Guide to Retirement Living and Continuing Care
    The concept of retirement and senior living is not what it once was.
  5. Dining Off the Beaten Path in Portsmouth
    The up-and-coming Islington Street in Portsmouth's West End has it all - except the big crowds.
  6. Preserving the Old Ways
    Winter logging by horse is obsolete, but North Country native is keeping it alive.
  7. Vermin Supreme
    Getting to know the fringe presidential candidate who has been running for office since 1992
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags