25+ NH experience gift ideas

The question comes up every year — what do you get the person who has everything? We suggest you ditch the idea of an item and look into one of the many fantastic experiences you can find right here in New Hampshire.




Gift ideas for food lovers

Cooking Lessons

Foodies will love learning a few tricks of the trade from professional chefs. Why not give the gift of cooking lessons?

Berrybogg Farm
650 Province Rd., Strafford
(603) 664-2100, www.berryboggfarm.com
Berrybogg walks students through preparing dishes ranging from orange mascarpone brunch rolls and Champagne syllabub to pavlova roll with fruit and meringue tips. Classes are limited to 12 people, and focus on using fresh, local ingredients in the recipes.

A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School
Located at the Bernerhof Inn Bed and Breakfast
342 Rte. 302, Glen
(603) 662-9989; bernerhofinn.com
Past class offerings have included sushi making, vegetarian ideas, Thanksgiving dishes, soups, desserts, cocktails, clean eating, flavors of Spain and much more. Private classes are also a possibility. One major upside to this school? It’s located at the gorgeous, cozy Bernerhof Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Chez Boucher Culinary Training Center
321 Lafayette Rd., Hampton
(603) 926-2202; chezboucher.com
Classes here range from professional training over multiple weeks to fun Couples Night Out classes perfect for a date night. They also offer cooking essentials and food fundamentals for the true beginner chef.

Cooking Confidential - An Evening With The Chef at The Colby Hill Inn
33 The Oaks, Henniker
(603) 428-3281; colbyhillinn.com

A hands-on bed and breakfast cooking school class followed by a three-course dinner with wine. Classes are on Monday evenings.

The Creative Feast with Liz Barbour
5 Broad St., Hollis

(603) 321-5011; thecreativefeast.com
Liz is all about healthy (and always delicious) cooking and in addition to cooking demonstrations for groups you can also book a private in-home lesson.

Where to make your own beer or wine

Not sure what kind of beer or wine to get your friends? Let them make their own at IncrediBBREW/Grape Time Winery in Nashua.

IncrediBBREW
112 DW Hwy., Nashua
(603) 891-2477; incredibrew.com, grapetimewinery.com

Brew at YOUR home
If you know someone who's an at-home brewing enthusiast, here's a nice roundup of New Hampshire's homebrewing supply stores.


Gift ideas for those who love adventure

Zip Lines

Give the outdoorsy person on your list the gift of zooming through the forest high above the ground.

Alpine Adventures
41 Main St., Lincoln
(603) 745-9911; alpinezipline.com
Features award-winning zip line tours, among other adventures, all year long.

Bretton Woods Canopy Tour Mount Washington Resort
Rte. 302, Bretton Woods
(603) 278-4947; brettonwoods.com/activities/canopy_tour
Experience the White Mountains at speeds reaching 30 mph on nine zip lines that range from 120 to 830 feet in length for a total of a 1,000-foot decent. 

Cranmore Mountain Resort
1 Skimobile Rd., North Conway
(800) SUN-N-SKI; cranmore.com
Soaring Eagle Zip Line: This thrill ride lets you experience the sensation of flying, while accelerating you 700 feet down the mountainside on a suspended cable.

Gunstock Mountain Resort
719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford
(603) 293-4341; gunstock.com
ZipTour Zip Lines: Soar from peak to peak — over 1.5 miles — on the longest zip line canopy tour in the continental United States.

More ideas for thrill seekers and sport-lovers

New Hampshire Rivers Guide Service
Northeast Fly Fishing School

Classes are held at several locations throughout the state.
www.nhriversguide.com/Northeast-fly-fishing-school.htm
Give a gift certificate for one of several classes held throughout the spring, summer and early fall, and the recipient will get unbiased advice on selecting equipment, learning where to cast, when to cast, how to cast and how to select flies and read the water, among many other details.

ELC Outdoors
983 Upton Road, Errol
(603) 215-0002, www.elcoutdoors.com
White water rafting, aerial adventures (including some overnight and weekend trips) and more will satisfy the adrenaline junky who loves spending time in nature. For those who want to skip the thrill-seeking, they also offer wildlife tours, fishing excursions, canoe or kayak rentals, yurts and other fun outdoorsy pursuits.

Summer Sessions Surf Lessons
2281 Ocean Blvd., Rye
(603) 319-8207, www.newhampshiresurf.com
Private lessons are the fastest, safest and easiest way to learn how to surf. Students are fitted with a wetsuit and board and are shown how to time waves, develop balance and strength, and how to paddle, stand up, turn and ride down the line. Stand-up paddleboard lessons are also available.

New Hampshire Boat Museum
399 Center St., Wolfeboro
(603) 569-4554, www.nhbm.org/youth-family-adult-boat-building
Their boat building classes give participants a chance to create their own craft. Recent sessions have allowed students to build a canoe, a kayak, a Bevin’s skiff, a paddleboard or an Optimist sailboat dinghy. At the end of each 10 day session, a special launching is held on Lake Wentworth to celebrate the completion of the project. Prices vary depending on what boat is built.

Archery in Motion
Located in Bass Pro Shops
2 Commerce Dr., Hooksett
(603) 219-0294, archeryinmotion.com
Any would-be Katniss or Peeta can live out their Hunger Games dream by learning the sport of archery — taught by the high-level coaches at Archery in Motion. Take a few lessons and start dropping arrows into the gold like a pro.

SkyVenture
100 Adventure Way, Nashua
(603) 897-0002, skyventurenh.com
If the adrenaline rush is appealing but the plummeting part leaves you cold, consider SkyVenture  New Hampshire, where thrillists can experience the thrill of flight in a perfectly safe indoor wind tunnel.


Gift ideas for animal lovers

NH School of Falconry
183 Deering Center Rd., Deering
(603) 464-6213; nhschooloffalconry.com
Get up-close-and-personal with these majestic birds at the NH School of Falconry. This Federally licensed falconry school is available for demonstrations and/or classes.

Horseback Riding

Stables and resorts around the state offer horseback riding, which is a great way to experience New Hampshire’s varied scenery from a new perspective.

Lucky 7 Stables
145 Litchfield Rd., Londonderry
(603) 432-3076; lucky7stables.com
A great place for experienced riders and beginners alike. Try one of their fantastic sunset rides offered on Fridays.

Riding in the Clouds
Located at Castle in the Clouds
Rte. 171, Moultonborough
(603) 476-8350; ridingintheclouds.com
Ride thorough the historic – and picturesque – wooded acres at the mountaintop estate of Castle in the Clouds.

The Inn at East Hill Farm
460 Monadnock St. Troy
(603) 242-6495; east-hill-farm.com
Take a scenic trip through the Monadnock area.

High Meadow Farms 
975 Beach Pond Road, Wolfeboro
(603) 539-6052; highmeadowsfarms.com
This 100 acre farm offers trail rides, pony rides and specializes in beginners.

The Equestrian Center at Bretton Woods
Rte. 203, Bretton Woods
(603) 278-3388; brettonwoods.com
Gorgeous scenery awaits. Private or group trail rides are offered plus activities for children.


Gift ideas for concert and theatre lovers

No need to head to Boston or New York for great shows. Each of these venues regularly hosts everything from nationally known stars to local theater.

The Colonial Theatre
2050 Main St.
Bethlehem
(603) 869-3422; bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org
This historic cultural center is a jewel of the North Country. They offer both movies and live performances.

The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center
39 S. Main St.
Plymouth
(603) 536-2551; flyingmonkeynh.com
Grab dinner and a show at this venue run by the Common Man Family of Restaurants.

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth
(603) 436-2400; themusichall.org
Another gorgeous historic theater where you can see shows that range from best-selling author talks and opera to comics and concerts. For a more intimate venue try the Music Hall’s Loft located on Congress Street.

The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester
(603) 668-5588; palacetheatre.org
This beautiful theater is both historic and quaint. See why people have been traveling to Hanover Street for more than 100 years.

The Tupelo Music Hall
2 Young Rd.
Londonderry
(603) 437-5100; tupelohalllondonderry.com
Great music in a fun, relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

The Colonial Theatre
95 Main St.
Keene
(603) 352-2033; thecolonial.org
Everything from music and comedy to movies and local acts.


Gift ideas for the artistic

Trendy paintbars are all the rage in New Hampshire. During sessions you eat, drink wine or beer and socialize while an instructor helps you create a work of art. Grab your spouse or a friend and enjoy a night painting the town (with a paintbrush and glass of red).

Art with a Splash
222 State St., Portsmouth
11 Main St., Nashua
(603) 427-8251; artwithasplash.com

Graffiti Paintbar
2 Cellu Dr., Nashua
(603) 589-9948; graffitipaintbar.com

Muse Paintbar
42 Hanover St., Manchester
(603) 421-6500; musepaintbar.com  

More ideas for art lovers

Studio 550
550 Elm St., Manchester
(603) 232-5597; www.550arts.com
They offer date night clay classes, stain glass workshops, family events and much more.

Northstar Music Center
265 East Main St., East Hampstead
(603) 382-2242, northstarmusiccenter.com
Who hasn’t dreamed of ripping into a face-melting guitar solo in front of a stadium full of adoring fans? Get one step closer to living that rock star dream by actually learning how to play. Northstar Music Center has a thriving lesson and performance program that’ll get even the inexperienced beginner strumming in no time.

Majestic Theatre
922 Elm St., Manchester
(603) 669-7469; majestictheatre.net
Wardrobe is fitted, lines are memorized and the curtain is opening — time to break a leg. Acting lessons at the Majestic Theatre will provide aspiring thespians with the thrill of a dramatic production, guided by experienced and trained actors.

More holiday festivities and local gift ideas

Christmas Lights Displays

If you're the type to pack the family into the car for a lights tour around the neighborhood, then you might be interested in these dazzling displays.

Popping with the sounds of holiday cheer

There's no need to travel outside New Hampshire for first-rate holiday pops symphony and choral performances.

Easy cocktail recipes for holiday entertaining

Spread holiday cheer with these delicious and lively spirits

Smitten at Bedford Village Inn

Find contemporary and stylish clothing, jewelry and more at Smitten at the Bedford Village Inn.
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