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Manchester, NH, USA

Manchester vacation rentals

Manchester offers more than just art

The Currier Museum of Art and its masterworks by Picasso and O'Keefe might be the main reason people flock to this small town just north across the New Hampshire border from Boston, but it's certainly not the only one. There’s also pretty forests and wooded state parks, the recreational opportunities of Lake Massabesic, some interesting industrial history related to the town's redbrick textile mills, and some top-quality Manchester vacation rentals with enough rooms for the whole family, waterfront verandahs, and charming New England architecture to boot.

Out and about in Manchester

While wandering between the Neo-Classical halls wondering at works by Matisse, Monet, Picasso, and Frank Lloyd Wright should be top of the list for all visitors to Manchester, there's oodles more to do here once you're finished. Wintertime means a clutch of snowy pistes to ride, right in the heart of the town. Summertime means kayaking on nearby lakes, or camping in the open New Hampshire hills. Meanwhile, the local breweries host regular tasting sessions and beer hall tours, and plenty of specialty gift shops pepper Market Street and Hanover in the center.

From the art exhibits to the ski slopes in Manchester

The Currier Museum of Art is always going to take the top spot here. It's got one of New Hampshire's best permanent collections of classic European and American paintings, and curates the nearby Zimmerman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright no less. When the outdoors call, Lake Massabesic is the place go for summertime kayaking sessions, while Livingston Park has boardwalk nature trails next al fresco swimming pools for the whole family. And then there's that smattering of nursery slopes and ski schools at the McIntyre Ski Area – perfect if you're looking to find your snow feet in a smaller New Hampshire resort.

There’s snow and sun in Manchester

While New Hampshire's great peaks and winding ski slopes are drawing winter sportsters from December to March, fewer people will be looking at Manchester vacation rentals in the town. That's because the pistes here are modest, and most travelers prefer to hop between the pretty lakes, woods, and rich museum collections when the sun's shining. For that, it might be better to come in the summer, between the warmer months of June and August.

Drive north of Manchester for American wilds

Manchester vacation rentals might have doorstep access to some pretty parks and modest lakes, but there's really no substitute for heading north, deeper into the hinterlands of New Hampshire, if you're in search of truly untamed American wilds. Cruising up Interstate-95 will eventually bring you to the muscular ridges of the White Mountain National Forest, where gallery woods of pine trees hide one end of the iconic Appalachian Trail. Add in over 20 campsites, a handful of accomplished ski fields, and natural habitats for the bald eagle, Canadian lynx, coyote, and mink, and it's easy to understand all the hype.