Destination guide

Exeter is a New England favorite

A quintessential New England town in southeast New Hampshire, Exeter invites travelers to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and kick back in a town where outdoor adventure and a laid-back lifestyle go hand in hand. Whether you want to experience the thrill of kayaking in the Great Bay or are firing up your taste buds for the annual Chili Festival, booking an Exeter vacation rental is a great way to spend time in New Hampshire's Colonial Capital. Whether you're looking for a cute beach house or a smart historic district home, this town has you covered.

Things to do

Soak up culture in Exeter

Attractions here offer something for everyone but, given the town's history dates to before the American Revolution, you'll find a culture fix is particularly easy to come by. Kick things off with a visit to the town's historic district where the intriguing American Independence Museum lies within strolling distance of an elegant Bandstand bestowed on the town in 1916. If you want to pick up the pace a little, a trip to the New England Dragway in nearby Epping comes up trumps for the whole family with lively events such as Jet Cars Under the Stars and Night of Fire.


Enjoy the outdoors in Exeter

Exeter's inspiring landscape makes it easy to see why activities here often have an outdoor theme. Hiking and mountain biking are popular pastimes, not least amidst the earthy landscape of Oaklands Town Forest, although a self-guided walking tour through the town's tree-lined streets, taking in historical spots such as the Powder House along the way, can be an equally enjoyable way to explore the area. On warm evenings, settling down to watch an al fresco movie on Swasey Parkway is a lovely way to round things off before heading back to your Exeter vacation rental.


Exeter is at its best in summer and fall

If you're visiting in July or August, you can expect temperatures in the 80s to complement the town's busy calendar of summer events. Many travelers choose to visit in fall, though, no doubt drawn by blazing foliage in hues of burnt orange and fiery red. Throw in the annual Keg Beer and Chili Festival and it's not that hard to understand why the hottest Exeter vacation rentals have long since been snapped up. Spring is a blink and you'll miss it type deal while winter typically won't be as generous with the snow here as in other areas of New England.

Natural features

The Exeter landscape has something for everyone

The highlight of Exeter's landscape is perhaps the Squamscott River, a stretch of water that's lined by lush riverside parks, perfect for picnicking and fishing, and a bustling waterfront area where shops and dining spots keep vacationers entertained between activities. Those who prefer their landscape a little more rugged can head northeast to Great Bay, a vast tidal estuary where picturesque hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife are among the highlights. Beach lovers can find their happy place in the sand at Hampton Beach State Park, just 25 minutes out of town.

How to get there

How to get to and around Exeter

The nearest airport is in Portsmouth, NH (PSM-Portsmouth Intl.), located 11.4 mi (18.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), which is 19.2 mi (31 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Exeter Station.

Where to stay around Exeter?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 536 vacation rentals near Exeter. From 245 Houses to 75 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Exeter for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Exeter?

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

  • Hampton Beach: 207 vacation rentals
  • Rye Beach: 286 vacation rentals
  • Seabrook Beach: 86 vacation rentals
  • York Harbor: 420 vacation rentals
  • Cape Neddick: 829 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Exeter?

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

  • Phillips Exeter Academy: 661 vacation rentals
  • Gilman Park: 659 vacation rentals
  • Exeter Historical Society: 662 vacation rentals
  • American Independence Museum: 661 vacation rentals
  • Wallis Sands State Beach: 1,457 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Exeter listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Exeter?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 245 Houses in Exeter. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Exeter include:

  • Cabins: 75 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 169 rentals available
  • Cottages: 75 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Exeter?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 20 vacation rentals with pool available in Exeter. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.