Start Your Holiday Shopping with NH Open Doors

The statewide touring and shopping event offers art, crafts, jewelry and more

Shoppers visiting Ripple Pottery in Rumney. Photo courtesy of NH Open Doors

Though we may be focused on Halloween candy and outfits galore, or even planning what to make for Thanksgiving dinner, the days are ticking down to when we will be making our Christmas wish lists. There will be plenty of local craft fairs and museum showcases all vying for your attention, but we suggest checking out one in particular: NH Open Doors.

This statewide touring and shopping experience occurs over two days in November. The public is invited to attend, connect and engage with the people, products and places at this annual event. Visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour that will lead them to over 80 artists, craftsmen and business owners. The fair offers anything from bead artists to sculptures to flowers worthy of the most artsy holiday table centerpieces. There will also be product tastings, raffles and art demonstrations that showcase the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the state.

NH Open Doors, now in its 12th year, is managed by the League of NH Craftsmen, a statewide organization dedicated to maintaining the state’s creative economy. “Visitors have the opportunity to walk into a craft studio and see the artist in their environment,” says League of NH Craftsmen Executive Director Miriam Carter. “Our customers are interested and love to see how things are made and explore what these artists do everyday to make their work.”

You can stop at Willow Creek Sugarhouse for maple confections in Exeter, visit The Winnipesaukee Winery for barrel-aged wine in Wolfeboro, or explore the Matt Brown Fine Art gallery in Lyme, which, after closing for a time, will fittingly celebrate its reopening the weekend of Open Doors. These are just a few examples of participating locations – this year is the largest yet, and there are many more places to explore.

As this is a statewide event, there are tools to help you plan your trip. Visit the website to find a Google map that includes all of the Open Doors locations. If planning road trips isn’t really your thing, then the League has a few itinerary suggestions on the site as well.

For the social media-savvy types, consider entering this year’s virtual contest. Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences and post pictures on the NH Open Doors Facebook and Instagram accounts using #NHOpenDoors2017. Those who visit the most locations will be entered to win a League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery gift certificate, so get snapping. You can also download a NH Open Doors Passport to bring along on the tour. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see NH at its finest during this fun-filled weekend.

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