Welcome to the Best of NH
Since 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.
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.
2021 Best of NH Party
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.
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 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
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.