Things to Do in the Monadnock Region

Ourdoor altar at Cathedral of the Pines overlooking Mount Monadnock

Cathedral of the Pines

Keene Jazz Orchestra

Keene Jazz Orchestra

Boys picking blueberries with Mt. Monadnock in the background

Blueberry Picking

Outdoor Activities

Alyson’s Orchard, Walpole, offers the apple picking and other fruit in this picturesque orchard, with a playground and a farm stand/shop with local products (seasonal)

Ashuelot Rail Trail, extending from Keene to Hinsdale (on the Vermont border) runs alongside the scenic Ashuelot river, with entry 2/10 of a mile from the Bridges Inn, the 21.5-mile rail trail is great for biking or walking

Ashuelot River Park, Keene, one of the many open areas used for strolling, relaxing, picnicking, and occasional shows and events

Bretwood Golf Course, Keene, golfing, tournaments, and championships (seasonal)

Chesterfield Gorge, Chesterfield, natural area offering great opportunities for hiking as you explore the footpaths along the gorge and enjoy the scenic views (can be combined with a visit to Madame Sherri Forest)

Covered Bridges, Swanzey and Winchester, the inn is located a stone’s throw from the historic Thompson Covered Bridge and near the other Cheshire County covered bridges for which the inn is named; don’t miss seeing all six covered bridges

Crescendo Acres Farm, Surry, offers berry picking, Christmas trees, alpacas, many soft and warm clothing items and crafts made from the alpaca fiber, maple sugaring and maple products, and more

Crotched Mountain Ski Area, Bennington and Francestown, skiing

Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail, Walpole and Alstead, an environmental and horticultural learning center, with acres of gardens and miles of trails, some of which are Accessible

Fishing, you’ll find many places to fish in the Monadnock Region

Granite Gorge, Roxbury/Keene, skiing, cross country skiing, show shoeing, and tubing

Keene Country Club, Keene, golfing (seasonal)

Madame Sherri Forest, Chesterfield, conservation land includes several trails plus you can view the foundation, chimneys, and a grand stone staircase from Madame Sherri’s once magnificent house (can be combined with a visit to Chesterfield Gorge)

Miller State Park, Peterborough, hike the various trails or drive up Pack Monadnock Mountain where you’ll experience wonderful views on a clear day

Monadnock Berries, Troy, a seasonal farm stand, is a lovely place to pick your own berries with panoramic views on Mount Monadnock

Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, snowshoeing, and possible backcountry skiing on some of the lower trails

Mount Monadnock hiking, Jaffrey and Dublin, the focal point of the Monadnock region, known as one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world, is excellent for prepared hikers

Pisgah State Park, Hinsdale, Chesterfield, and Winchester, over 13,500 acres of rough forested terrain, the park protects seven ponds (popular for fishing), four highland ridges, numerous wetlands, and six trailheads for hiking, mountain biking, ATV, and snowmobile use

Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam, rhododendron grove with accessible trails is always open for recreation but is in bloom in mid-July

Richardson Park Recreation Area at Swanzey Lake, Swanzey, only a few miles away, offering family-friendly beach access and swimming seasonally (for Swanzey residents only, but guests of the Bridges Inn are admitted at no charge)

Otter Brook Lake, Keene and Roxbury, offers recreational opportunities such as swimming, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and in the winter, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the winter

Stonewall Farm, Keene, a nonprofit working farm and educational center whose mission is to connect people to the land and to the role of local agriculture in their lives, offering events and programs such as maple-sugaring in the spring and Thanksgiving Farm Fare

Surry Mountain Lake, Surry, offers recreational opportunities such as swimming, picnicking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the winter

Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, New Ipswich, scenic groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; offering rental skis and snowshoes, and a family-friendly handcrafted lodge

Walldogs Magical History Tour, Keene, outdoor walking tour featuring 15 originally designed, large outdoor murals which showcase the culture and history of the region; see map and description of murals

Area Attractions

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Nelson, performance and teaching of classical music in an idyllic setting on top of Apple Hill and throughout the Monadnock Region

Cheshire Fair, Swanzey, the annual Cheshire Fair is held in late July/early August; also, the Cheshire Fair Association sponsors year round events, such as horse shows, concerts, and agricultural events

Covered Bridges, Swanzey and Winchester, the inn is located a stone’s throw from the historic Thompson Covered Bridge and near the other Cheshire County covered bridges for which the inn is named; don’t miss seeing all six covered bridges

Harris Hill Ski Jump, Brattleboro, VT, since 1922, jumpers from the US and abroad compete in the annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping competition, where Olympic-level feats of gravity and fearlessness can be witnessed (a weekend in mid-February)

Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, Peterborough,

Monadnock Aviation, Keene-Swanzey line, treat yourself to a scenic flight and see the Monadnock Region from the sky

Monadnock Music, Peterborough, musical performances throughout the Monadnock Region

Monadnock Pumpkin Festival at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, a family friendly event includes a huge display of jack-o-lanterns, children’s activities, non-profit food vendors (a Saturday in mid-October)

Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, located a few miles south of the inn

Peterborough Players, Peterborough, a professional theatre set in a historic 18th-century barn

Swamp Bats Baseball, Keene, Home Games are at Alumni Field at Keene High School (seasonal)

Swanzey Old Home Day, Swanzey Center, family fun featuring a car show, farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, pony rides, parade, music, Union Civil War Re-enactments, covered bridge bike ride, and more (a Saturday in late July)

Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, offering classes, gift gallery, and free demonstrations

The Colonial Theatre, Keene, performance arts venue presenting exciting and diverse live events, niche independent films, and stimulating educational and outreach opportunities

Walldogs Magical History Tour, Keene, outdoor walking tour featuring 15 originally designed, large outdoor murals which showcase the culture and history of the region; see map and description of murals

Arts, Culture, Education, Heritage

Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Nelson

Camp Takodah, Richmond

Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge

Covered Bridges, Swanzey and Winchester, six nearby covered bridges

Franklin Pierce University, Rindge

Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene

Keene State College, Keene

Landmark College, Putney, VT

MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, open to the public one Sunday in August for Medal Day

Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, Peterborough

Marlboro College Graduate Center, Brattleboro, VT

Monadnock Music, Peterborough, performances throughout the Monadnock Region

Northfield Mount Hermon, Mount Hermon, MA

Peterborough Players, Peterborough

Pilgrim Pines on Swanzey Lake, Swanzey

Putnam Theater at Keene State College, films

Redfern Arts Center of Brickyard Pond at Keene State College, Keene

River Valley Community College, Keene

School for International Training (SIT), Brattleboro, VT

Swanzey Historical Museum, West Swanzey , open seasonally

The Caterpillar Lab, Marlborough

The Colonial Theatre, Keene

Thorne-Sagendorf Art Gallery at Keene State College, Keene

Walldogs Magical History Tour, Keene, outdoor walking tour; see map and description of murals

Shopping

Some of our favorite local places to shop

Antiques and Collectibles Mall of New England, LLC, Greenville, antique and vintage collectibles and home décor, such as furniture, hunting, fishing, militaria, gold, silver and costume jewelry, artwork, toys, coins, glass, pottery, hardware, tools and lamps

Cheshire Curio Shop, Swanzey, offering unique and special items, from furniture to antiques to new items and artwork

Colony Antiques, Keene, many dealers under one roof

Depot Square, Peterborough, has lovely shops, antiques, great places to eat, and is a treat for artists

Downtown Keene, Keene, shopping, dining, galleries, and more

Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Keene, home to local artisans selling their crafts and handmade treasures such as food, wine, pottery, blown glass, wooden items, and more

League of NH Craftsmen Keene Fine Craft Gallery, Keene, high quality, distinctive, and functional fine crafts made by the League’s juried members

Toadstool Bookstore, Keene, book lovers won’t want to miss this wonderful bookstore with café; also in Peterborough, at Depot Square

Toy City, Keene, toy and hobby store with items for children of all ages including an expansive game department, radio control section, and an extensive baby department

Local Products and Services We Proudly Use

Cheshire Garden, Winchester, specializing in heirloom berries, fruits and herbs made into preserves, vinegar, mustard, salsa, and more; we use these delicious products in our breakfasts and sell them at the inn

Covered Bridge Maple Syrup, West Swanzey, the Faulkners of Covered Bridge Maple Sugar House gather sap, some of which if from the inn’s maple trees in the spring, boil it down, and bottle the syrup; we use this maple syrup in our breakfasts and sell it at the inn

Deep Roots Massage & Bodywork, Keene, open seven days a week, to reduce stress, recover from injury, reduce chronic pain and enhance sports performance

Crescendo Acres Farm, Surry, supplies their own maple syrup to the inn as well as alpaca products for our gift shop

Gomarlo’s Supermarket, West Swanzey, offers a full selection of groceries plus prepared and to-go food

Keene Farmers’ Market, Keene, offers vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, eggs, preserves, wines, maple products, breads, cookies, granola, and other tempting treats as well as local crafts (seasonal)

Maple Nut Kitchen, Swanzey, gluten-free and vegan granola mixes handmade in a dedicated gluten free facility, using ingredients such a nuts, maple, gluten-free oats, and berries; we use this delicious granola products in our breakfasts and sell them at the inn

Monadnock Food Coop, Keene, where food is fresh and locally produced; groceries and prepared food; many ingredients in our breakfasts are purchased here

Prime Roast, Keene, locally roasted coffee served at the inn with breakfast; a wide assortment of beans and ground coffee available at their coffee shop, along with pastries and light snacks

Tracie’s Community Farm, Fitzwilliam, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) providing produce from summer into autumn

W.S. Badger, Gilsum, maker of pure body care products, including healing balms, many of which we sell at the inn

YMCA, Keene, programs and activities for people of all ages, visitor passes available

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27 Main Street, Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446

innkeeper@bridgesinn.net

(603) 357-6624