Destination guide

Explore New Hampshire from vacation home rentals

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

Attractions near New Hampshire vacation rentals

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.

Activities

Activities for your stay in New Hampshire vacation homes

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.

Weather

Local weather for your trip to New Hampshire vacation homes

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.

Food and drink

Regional delicacies in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a unique culinary culture that ranges from fresh-caught seafood to farm-to-table fare from the mountains and valleys. You’ll also find fresh-batch beer and wine throughout the state, which perfectly combine with regional delicacies like corned beef brisket, ham, and root vegetables. Whatever your taste, you’ll find a range of cuisine options that reflect the diverse cultural heritage of New Hampshire in restaurants near your vacation rental.

Family friendly

Family fun near New Hampshire vacation homes

New Hampshire is the ultimate destination for a memorable family trip. Vacation homes can be found near places like Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, a natural oasis with live-animal exhibits, hiking trails, and lake cruises, and Whale’s Tale Waterpark, a family-oriented aquatic park with a wave pool, lazy river, and slides. Kids will also love Santa’s Village, an amusement park with a North Pole theme, elves, reindeer, and Christmas shows.

Can I find a vacation rental around New Hampshire?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,009 vacation rentals near New Hampshire. From 656 Cabins to 1,848 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: 201 vacation rentals
  • Lake Winnipesaukee: 1,000 vacation rentals
  • North Conway Village: 361 vacation rentals
  • Portsmouth: 750 vacation rentals
  • Lincoln: 919 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: 750 rentals
  • Lincoln: 919 rentals
  • Meredith: 1,138 rentals
  • Laconia: 832 rentals
  • Moultonborough: 812 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): 1,096 vacation rentals
  • Manchester Regional Airport (MHT): 59 vacation rentals
  • Berlin, NH (BML-Berlin Municipal): 155 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: 119 rentals
  • Wallis Sands State Beach: 1,401 rentals
  • Echo Lake State Park: 796 rentals
  • Santa's Village: 225 rentals
  • Mount Sunapee: 117 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.

Explore destinations around New Hampshire

Portsmouth
750 vacation rentals
Lincoln
919 vacation rentals
Meredith
1,138 vacation rentals
Laconia
832 vacation rentals
Moultonborough
812 vacation rentals
Wolfeboro
959 vacation rentals
Rye
429 vacation rentals
Bartlett
998 vacation rentals
Conway
1,094 vacation rentals
Gilford
937 vacation rentals
Jackson
779 vacation rentals
Hampton
524 vacation rentals
Pittsburg
74 vacation rentals
Manchester
751 vacation rentals
Seabrook
482 vacation rentals
Sunapee
136 vacation rentals
Madison
1,031 vacation rentals
Bristol
85 vacation rentals
Waterville Valley
718 vacation rentals
Hanover
132 vacation rentals