Destination guide

Lobster rolls and redbrick towns in New Hampshire

No matter which season you travel to sophisticated New Hampshire, you'll have more on your plate than steamed crabs and the world-famous New England lobster roll. This is a place where charming redbrick towns and forested mountains, punctuated by glistening lakes, are the norm. If you step out of your mountainside New Hampshire vacation rental into the crisp air, you can strap on your skis to race down the powdery runs. Alternatively, choose a place along New Hampshire's tiny stripe of sandy shoreline for family fun on the beach.

Things to do

New Hampshire is as kid-friendly as it gets

If you're lucky enough to have scored a New Hampshire vacation rental in the pretty harbor city of Portsmouth, the best introduction is a walk along the trail which takes you past 70 of the most historic sites in the state. Of particular note is the Strawbery Banke Museum, a collection of period houses brought to life by costumed guides. Bringing kids? No problem. New Hampshire's got you covered with its range of family attractions. Expect adventure parks, cog railways and more theme parks than you can shake a stick at. If that's not enough to keep them happy, we're not sure what is.


Soar like an eagle in New Hampshire

Like much of New England, the state is awash with countless outdoor activities. As well as having a range of light, or challenging, hiking and biking trails, both along the coast and in the mountains and forests, there are some more unique adventures to be had. When you stay at a New Hampshire vacation rental, you could soar like an eagle on one of the tandem hang-gliders. For something a little tamer, if you like paddle boarding and yoga, you could combine the 2 in summer classes at night, which will see you doing downward dogs under a full moon.


Highly changeable New Hampshire weather

New Hampshire's climate is highly varied, depending on whether you've scored a New Hampshire vacation rental on the tiny stripe of coast or in the mountains. It's unsurprising that the summer marks the high season, with hikers descending on the mountain paths, while families build castles in the sand along the seashore. Much of New Hampshire gets busy during fall, when the trees burst into typical New England colors. If you drop by the White Mountains during winter, the snowy runs are used by plenty of thrill-seekers on skis and snowboards.

Natural features

Wild White Mountains in New Hampshire

The wild White Mountains' biggest draw is the myriad species that roam their forested foothills. It's almost impossible to go walking along the trails without being wowed by something you've spotted. The white-tailed deer is the state mammal and they dart around the forests in abundance. Moose are often spotted along the marshy waterways in the valley, particularly at dusk or dawn, when they are most active. With a little luck, you may also catch a glimpse of a black bear or bobcat ambling through the forest. Just remember to keep your distance.

Where to stay around New Hampshire?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,118 vacation rentals near New Hampshire. From 676 Cabins to 1,888 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New Hampshire for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in New Hampshire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Hampshire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Hampton Beach: 202 vacation rentals
  • Lake Winnipesaukee: 1,071 vacation rentals
  • North Conway Village: 367 vacation rentals
  • Portsmouth: 762 vacation rentals
  • Lincoln: 958 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in New Hampshire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in New Hampshire?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Hampshire:

  • Portsmouth: 762 rentals
  • Lincoln: 958 rentals
  • Meredith: 1,208 rentals
  • Laconia: 881 rentals
  • Moultonborough: 861 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to New Hampshire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in New Hampshire are:

  • Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal): 1,169 vacation rentals
  • Manchester Regional Airport (MHT): 63 vacation rentals
  • Berlin, NH (BML-Berlin Municipal): 246 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in New Hampshire?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in New Hampshire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Spofford Lake: 121 rentals
  • Wallis Sands State Beach: 1,432 rentals
  • Echo Lake State Park: 813 rentals
  • Santa's Village: 230 rentals
  • Mount Sunapee: 128 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Hampshire listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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