Things to Do near Our New Hampshire Inn & Mount Monadnock

“Monadnock was visible, like a sapphire cloud against the sky.”
—Nathaniel Hawthorne, Passages from the American Note-Books Aug 31st, 1838

Grand Mount Monadnock inspired Hawthorne as well as eminent writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain and Willa Cather and painters including Abbott Thayer, George de Forest Brush and Frank W. Benson.

Home to the renowned MacDowell Colony where artists from all disciplines come to create, Peterborough is a unique blend of the historic, cultural and recreational.

Peterborough is located within sight of Mount Monadnock with its network of trails to the southwest and Pack Monadnock, home to the Audubon Raptor Observatory to the east. The Nubanusit River joins the Contoocook Rivers in downtown Peterborough, where you will find great dining amongst unique shops and galleries.

Outdoor opportunities range from hiking, biking, and kayaking from spring to fall and downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Peterborough and the Monadnock region host signature events throughout the year, including the Children and the Arts Festival, Thing in the Spring Music Festival, Farmers’ Markets, March Maple Weekends, and Midnight Madness skiing.

DINING

Please peruse the websites of the many great restaurants in the area for menus and hours. When you arrive, ask our friendly staff about their favorites and what’s open. We are also happy to help with reservations or directions.

Aesop’s Tables & Events
.6 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch; Cafe – healthy choices and great cafe drinks

Alberto’s Italian Restaurant
10.4mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner; Italian fare – Classic Italian food
A great place for special occasions for the family.

Bantam Grill
1.6 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; Italian flare – A Peterborough gem with great specials
Pam and Eric suggest their Grass-fed Burger or the Bantam Chicken.
One of Sandy’s recommended places in town!

Bradys Bar & Grill
.5 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; American fare – burgers, omelets (all day!), pasta and salads. Super family friendly!
Randie recommends the grilled chicken sandwich!
Charlie’s favorite dishes here are their seafood pie and chef’s salad

Cafe 352 & Deli
6 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch; Café – local ingredients!

Cafe de Olla
1.4 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; Mexican fare – Burritos, quesadillas etc. Perfect for a quick lunch!

Del Rossi’s Trattoria
5.7 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner; Italian fare – fabulous meals in a beautiful farmhouse

Elm City Brewing Company
21.1mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; Pub food fare – They brew their own beer on-site!

Fiddleheads Catering
7.1mi from Jack Daniels
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; Café fare — A local popular restaurant and caterer!

Fitzwilliam Inn
17.2mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner and Sunday brunch; Rotating menu – Great array of options with local ingredients
Their wood-fired pizzas are a local favorite, and they sometimes have live music and special events!

Grappelli’s Pizza
.5 mi from Jack Daniels
Try the Vidalia onion pizza!

Hancock Inn
7.2 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner; rotating seasonal menu – amazing food with New England cuisine flare
Pam loves their maple margarita!

Harlow’s Deli & Cafe
.7 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; Eclectic fare – Well rounded menu with something for everyone: nachos, salmon, steak tips. Great beer and wine selection. Live music!
With so many options and fun environment, Meaghan suggests giving them a try during your stay!

Kimball Farm
*seasonal*
7.5 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; fried food and homemade ice cream – fun summer option for a family oriented meal with dessert after!
Charlie, Meaghan, Jenn and Randie agree their ice cream is amazing!
Eric gets his yearly lobster roll here once they open for the season!

Kogetsu
2.3 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; Japanese and Chinese fare – also offers curry and Pad Thai dishes. Lovely outdoor seating area by the river.
Charlie loves their crab rangoons.
Sandy recommends getting dinner here!

Lab ‘n Lager
7.6mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; Pub food fare –

London Tavern
8.3 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner; Traditional British fare – British hosts bring their food to treat you!
A great place to experience classic British food.

Mi Jalisco Restaurante
1.2 mi from Jack Daniels
Mexican fare – has some amazing dishes and great drinks
Charlie’s favorite dish to get is their taco salad!

Nature’s Green Grocer
2.5 mi from Jack Daniels
Local organic food store with a café serving organic and special diet-friendly lunches, along with vegan and vegetarian options.
Pam suggests snagging a sandwich or salad as a healthy treat!

Nonie’s Restaurant & Bakery
.7 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves breakfast and lunch, bakery – great breakfast and baked goods!
Meaghan’s favorite place to get eggs benedict!
Pam says their morning brain teasers are a great way to ‘feed your mind’ along with your meal!

Parker’s Maple Barn
Serves breakfast and lunch; Restaurant, sugar shack and gift shop – a signature favorite of our area! Super popular breakfast place
A great special occasions breakfast.

Parker House Coffee & Café
2.3 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch; Café – Local roastery! Great salads and sandwiches, café drinks and baked goods

Pearl Restaurant
1.6 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner (reservations only); Asian fusion – amazing entrees and drinks. Oyster bar!
Meaghan can’t get enough of their Lemongrass Chicken and Ahi Tuna Sashimi.

Peterborough Diner
.7 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves breakfast and lunch; diner fare – good, reasonably priced breakfast and lunches.
Charlie loves their omelets!

Pickity Place
14.6 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch; Rotating seasonal menu – Reservations only, but worth it! Almost every ingredient is grown or raised on-site

Piedra Fina
15.1 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner; Latin fare – Modern atmosphere with classic Latin American artwork.
We suggest you try a variety of tapas to share with your group!

Sunflowers Cafe & Catering
7.6 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; rotating menu feat. local ingredients– excellent food and people!

Thorndike’s Restaurant
9.3mi from Jack Daniels
Serves dinner; Country fare – Elegant twist on local favorites

Twelve Pine
.7 mi from Jack Daniels
Deli-style market with handmade entrees, salads and soups. Café and pastries as well, and gelato during the summer. Take your meal to-go or eat in their seating area past the specialty items.
Jenn recommends them for a quick lunch!

Waterhouse Restaurant
.7 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner (brunch Sundays); Eclectic fare – fabulous food and drinks! Seating is lovely especially by the river
Pam suggests sitting near the river – a ‘slice of Peterborough Heaven’

Woodbound Inn
9.5mi from Jack Daniels
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; Pub open every day, dinner Thur-Sat – Rotating eclectic menu
Experience their Taco Tuesdays and Family Buffet Wednesdays!

Yen Yen Chinese Restaurant
1.7 mi from Jack Daniels
Serves lunch and dinner; Chinese fare – great mixed drinks!

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SHOPPING

Shopping is a special experience in Peterborough, where you’ll find unique stores, galleries and boutiques, including a great independent bookstore, antiques, clothing, food gifts and more:

Ava Marie Handmade Chocolates
Located in downtown Peterborough. Finely crafted chocolates and sweets since 2003. Ice cream during the summer. Some of the best treats in town!

Depot Square
Home to many unique and wonderful shops in downtown Peterborough. Behind Grove Street with ample parking.

Toadstool Bookshop
Amazing local bookstore with locations in Milford, Peterborough & Keene. New & used, extensive children’s and media sections. Regularly hosts author talks. Book lovers can spend a whole day at the Toadstool!

Sharon Arts Center Store
Located in downtown Peterborough. Shop and find great gifts from local artists and support the gallery!

Twin Elm Farm
Located in Peterborough. Wide range of antiques and consignments procured and on display in a charming New England farmhouse.

Laurel & Grove Home Décor
Located in Peterborough. Attached to the James Thomas Salon, shop beautiful and rustic décor your home.

Grove & Main Antiques
Located in downtown Peterborough. Wide array of beautiful antiques with new arrivals weekly.

Joseph’s Coat
Located in Peterborough. A cultural and global treat! Shop and find some unique and amazing items inside.

Sarah’s Hat Boxes
Located in Peterborough. Handmade and even customizable fabric hat boxes. Great for gift giving!

Eastern Mountain Sports Inc
Located in Peterborough, just off Route 202 North. Outdoor clothing and activities for hiking, cycling, paddling, climbing winter sports enthusiasts. Wide array of items including technical clothing, gear, and camping goods.

Peterboro Basket Company
Located in Peterborough, just off Route 202 South. A historical treat! Founded in 1854, the factory store carries items not available online. Worth a visit.

Monadnock Oil & Vinegar
Located in downtown Peterborough. Sample oil and vinegar infused with unique flavors. Great for gift giving and stocking up for yourself!

Vicuna Chocolate Cafe
Located in downtown Peterborough. Fair trade chocolate that is processed from bean to bar on-site.

New England Everyday Goods
Located in Jaffrey, just off Route 202 South. A fine collection of local products from grocery to home décor. Café 532 is on-site – Great stop any day!

Colony Mill Marketplace Shopping Center
Located in Keene. Home to many local shops, including antiques and a bookstore.

Hannah Grimes Marketplace
Located in Keene. Features locally made products from the area. Worth a visit for yourself or gifts for others!

Frye’s Measure Mill
Located in Wilton. Shaker and antique boxes have been made here since 1858, and continue the tradition.

L.A. Burdick Chocolate
Located in Walpole. Their small chocolate shop has turned into a tea room and grocery store. Check out their chocolate mice!

New Hampshire Made Store-Northbound

Parker’s Maple Barn
Located in Mason. Classic farmhouse turned into a restaurant and sugar shack, tour the grounds and shop while you wait for a table or after you’ve eaten!

Pickity Place
Located in Mason. The house that inspired the illustrations for Red Riding Hood. Monthly specials for their restaurant are always popular. Also located on-site is a gift and garden shop.

Ben’s Sugar Shack
Located in Temple. Local award-winning maple syrup that is harvested and refined into all the products they offer!

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HIKING
Hikers at the rocky mountain summit enjoy blue skies and a vista of forest below

Miller State Park
Rhododendron State Park
Monadnock State Park
Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside (park and ride)
Greenfield State Park
Pisgah State Park
Peterborough Conservation Commission Trails
Wapack Trail
Rail Trails

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GOLF
A yellow flag marks the hole in a neatly manicured green flanked by granite boulders

The Shattuck Golf Club
Crotched Mountain Golf Club & Resort
Bretwood Golf Course
Souhegan Woods Golf Club‎
Monadnock Country Club

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ARTS
A glass-blowing student and her instructor hold a rod with molten glass in the white-hot furnace

The Colonial Theatre
Peterborough Players
Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site
Horatio Colony Museum
Sharon Arts Center
Mariposa Museum
Monadnock Music
MacDowell Colony
Currier Museum of Art

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KIDS
Six children carefully paint orange pumpkins as a mom offers encouragement

The Friendly Farm
Stonewall Farm
Mariposa Museum
Greenfield State Park
Ava Marie Handmade Chocolate
Twinkletown Miniature Golf
The Fort at No. 4
Pickity Place
SEE Science Center
Millyard Museum
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Cheshire Children’s Museum
Adams Park and Playground
Edward MacDowell Lake
Monadnock Country Club
Humdingers Mini Golf

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UNIQUE ATTRACTIONS
Eight men in Revolutionary War uniforms and tri-corner hats march in a downtown parade

Cathedral of the Pines
The Fort at No. 4
Winchester Speedpark
Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Site
Hinsdale Greyhound Park
Windy Hill Farm
Parker’s Maple Barn
Ben’s Sugar Shack
East Hill Farm
Pickity Place
Monadnock Berries
Maple Homestead Farm
Morning Star Maple
Connolly Bros Dairy Farm

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SKIING
A skier flies through a blue sky above an S-shaped rail and soft white snow

Windblown Cross Country Ski Area
Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride
Granite Gorge
Pats Peak

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NEARBY
A group of bird watchers stand watch for migrating hawks with binoculars, scopes, and cameras

Reiki Healing Connection
New Hampshire Ball Bearing
Monadnock Community Hospital
Monadnock Paper Mill
Millipore
New England Wood Pellet
New England Forest Products
Soul Yoga
Eastern Mountain Sports
RiverMead
Summerhill Assisted Living
Pheasant Wood Care
Franklin Pierce University
Keene State College
Antioch University New England
Dublin School
High Mowing School
Pine Hill Waldorf School

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