Welcome to the Best of NH

SinBestof Logo 2022 Vector W Hphcce 2000, New Hampshire Magazine has polled and published the picks of its readers and editors in categories that range from best cupcakes to best martini to best antiques shop and everything in between.

Voting in these categories takes place each year, starting in mid-January. Our online-only ballot is the best way for readers and customers to recognize the best of the best that the Granite State has to offer.

Our annual Readers’ Poll and extensive list of Editor’s Picks all lead up to the state’s biggest celebration, The Best of NH Party, which is held annually each summer.

2022 Best of NH Ballot

The Best of NH Ballot will be open through March 11, 2022.

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Friendly ask from the editor: Please do not reach out to us and ask for a category or your business to be added to this year’s ballot. The 2022 ballot has already launched, so no changes or additions will be made at this time. There is a question on the ballot where you can add suggestions for next year’s ballot. The ballot is 100% write-in, so it’s not possible to add businesses to the ballot.

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2021 Best of NH Winners

Best of NH 2021 Food Odds and Ends

Not everything fits neatly into a category, but that doesn't mean you should pass up these winners, including your favorite new restaurant, family-friendly, outdoor and farm-to-table dining, plus gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy options

Best of NH 2021 Above and Beyond All-Stars

We invited readers to nominate some “Above and Beyond All-Stars” — each managing to defy the downturn of the pandemic and carry on serving their communities in spite of all the setbacks and challenges of the past year.

Best of NH 2021 Shops & Services

Who doesn't need a little retail therapy now and then? From places to buy a bike to great garden centers, here's where to indulge yourself. Plus, find the best services in pet care, fitness and more.

Best of NH 2021 Arts & Culture

Check out a newly formed hip-hop band, step hundreds of years into the past, and get ready to laugh— this list of winners in the cure for boredom.

Best of NH 2021 Fun & Adventure

It's time to get out and explore the Granite State. Here are our suggestions and readers' picks for the best ways to have fun and maybe learn something new along the way.

2021 Best of NH Party

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Thank you to those who joined us for a completely re-imagined Best of NH Party! This year’s party, held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Canterbury Shaker Village was an elegant, tented party that celebrated all the best the state has to offer — great food, drink, art, culture, history, tours, and rollicking humor.

Photos from the party

Party Entertainment

Becky RuleRebecca Rule

Rebecca Rule, who lives in Northwood, has been collecting and telling stories of New Hampshire and New England for more than twenty-five years. Her latest book is That Reminds Me of a Funny Story: a Memoir, How-to and Compendium of Yankee Humor.  Her short story collection The Best Revenge was named “Outstanding Work of Fiction” by the NH Writers Project and listed as one of five “Essential NH Books” by New Hampshire Magazine.

For ten years Rule hosted the NH Authors Series for NHPBS. Currently, she hosts Our Hometown, also on NHPBS.


Fred Marple

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Fred Marple is the unofficial spokesman for Frost Heaves, NH; humorist, storyteller, and ne’er do well. Some say he is actually a fictional character portrayed by Peterborough humorist, storyteller and ne’er do well Ken Sheldon, but investigative research can only be conducted on the erratic schedule of the Frost Heaves Free Library and is so far inconclusive. Clues can be found by searching either’s name on Facebook.


Fee & The Evolutionists

Fee The Evolutionists

When you think of the golden age of hip hop you think of conscious rhymes, good vibes and crowd participation.  That’s what New Hampshire musicians Fee & the Evolutionists are all about, bringing together the familiar sounds of soul and classic hip hop with a fresh new approach.






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