General Information About The Area
Southwestern New Hampshire is known as the “Monadnock Region” and also New Hampshire’s “quiet corner.” Mount Monadnock is the most climbed mountain in North America and the second most climbed mountain in the world (after Mt. Fuji). There is much to do in this region, from biking, hiking, lakes/recreation, arts and culture, antiques, plenty of places to dine, and much more.
The Monadnock Travel Council Website has a wealth of information about the Monadnock Region.
SouthwestNH.com is another great source of information for things to do, dining, resources, and outdoor activities.
Click here for a Calendar of Events in the Monadnock Region
The Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce Website has information for those visiting the area, those relocating to the area, and those who live and work in the area.
Let our home be your home-away-from-home while you enjoy central New England. Many guests stay with us for several nights to experience New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
Click here for suggested day trips – museums, historical sites, and recreational activities – all within a couple of hours’ drive of the inn.
Keene State College – Arts and Entertainment at:
Thorne-Sagendorf Art Gallery (Visual Arts Center)
Films at the Putnam Arts Lecture Hall
Redfern Arts Center of Brickyard Pond offering a variety of performances in theatre, dance, music, and more
Enjoy a concert at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music which is dedicated to the performance and teaching of classical music. You’ll love the music and the idyllic setting on top of Apple Hill.
Take in one of the many performances by Monadnock Music
You’ll want to check out what’s happening at The Colonial Theatre in Keene
For professional summer theatre, visit the Peterborough Players
Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center in Peterborough is worth the trip
Swanzey Old Home Day, a great family fun day in late July. Car Show, Farmer's Market, craft and food vendors, pony rides, parade, music, Union Civil War Re-enactments, lots of free games for children, Bike the Covered Bridges, and more!
Cheshire Fair – Located on Route 12 in Swanzey, the annual Cheshire Fair is held in late July/early August. Additionally, the Cheshire Fair Association sponsors year round events, such as horse shows, ice skating, concerts, and agricultural events.
Keene Pumpkin Festival where thousands and thousands of carved pumpkins are aglow and daytime activities abound for children; attracts thousands of people each year.
Treat yourself to a scenic flight with Monadnock Aviation and see the Monadnock Region from the sky
Swamp Bats Baseball – Home Games are at Alumni Field at Keene High School on Arch Street. Join in the fun.
Monadnock Speedway, located a few miles south of us in Winchester.
Attic Antiks, just over a mile from the inn on Route 10 in West Swanzey, a great place to find antiques.
Cameron’s Winery, about ½ mile from the inn on Route 10 in West Swanzey, enjoy fruit wines, wine-tastings, and you’ll find their passion for wine is evident throughout the store.
Antiques at Colony Mill (Keene), many dealers under one roof
Downtown Keene, shopping, dining, galleries, and more
Hannah Grimes Marketplace (Keene)
Knotty Pine Antique Auction Gallery, located less than a mile from the inn, has auctions typically on Thursday nights
Depot Square in Peterborough has lovely shops, antiques, great places to eat, and is a treat for artists
Toadstool Bookstore, book lovers won’t want to miss this wonderful bookstore in the Colony Mill in Keene.
Mount Monadnock, the focal point of the Monadnock region; Hiking Mount Monadnock
Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey
Ashuelot Rail Trail, a couple tenths of a mile from the Bridges Inn - great for biking or walking
Foliage Tours in the Monadnock area, late September and into October
Biking in the Monadnock Region
Ashuelot River Park, other parks, and open areas in Keene
Rhododendron State Park (Fitzwilliam)
Surry Mountain Recreation Area (Surry)
Otter Brook Dam Recreation Area (Keene / Roxbury)
Keene Country Club – Golfing
A seasonal farmstand, Monadnock Berries is a lovely place to pick your own berries (Troy, NH).
Bretwood Golf Course, open golf available daily; tournaments and championships.
Granite Gorge Ski Area (Keene/Roxbury)
Stonewall Farm, 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. Events and programs range from maple-sugaring in the spring to Thanksgiving Farm Fare.
Crescendo Acres Farm in Surry has berry picking, Christmas trees, alpacas, maple sugaring and more.
Chesterfield Gorge, off Route 9 (Chesterfield)
Pisgah State Park, over 13,500 acres in southwestern Cheshire County towns of Hinsdale, Chesterfield, and Winchester
Swanzey Lake Recreational Area is only a few miles away. Family-friendly. It’s for Swanzey residents only, but guests of the Bridges Inn are admitted at no charge.
Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing (New Ipswich)
Covered Bridges - 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.
Keene State College (Keene)
Antioch New England Graduate School (Keene)
Franklin Pierce University (Rindge)
Camp Takodah in Richmond; we hope you’ll stay with us when you drop off or pick up your children attending this wonderful nearby camp.
Cathedral of the Pines (Rindge)
Pilgrim Pines on Swanzey Lake offers biblically-based, ministry-driven programs for people of all ages
School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro)
Marlboro College Graduate Center (Brattleboro)
The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough is open to the public one Sunday in August for Medal Day. The Colony was founded in 1907 to nurture the arts by providing an inspiring environment in writers, composers, visual artists, photographers, printmakers, filmmakers, architects, and those collaborating on creative works can produce their work.
Cheshire Historical Society (Keene)
Swanzey Historical Museum, open May through September. Tourist information and information on the history of Swanzey.
Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene
Click here for a list of places to eat in the region, courtesy of MonadnockDining.com
Burdick’s Homemade Chocolates in nearby Walpole has a wonderful restaurant and is a chocolate lover’s dream.
Cherry Garden (Keene), Chinese and Japanese Cuisine
Country Life Natural Food, Vegetarian and vegan lunches, made from fresh, all natural ingredients, 15 Roxbury Street (just off Central Square), Keene
Elm City Brewing Company and Pub, beer is brewed on premises at the microbrewery. Great selection of main dishes, salads, steak, and burgers; breads, sauces, and desserts are made fresh, using locally grown produce when available
Fireworks Restaurant, 22 Main Street, Keene
Fritz’s Belgian Fries, offering a whole lot more than fries, 45 Main Street, Keene
JimEddie’s, excellent homemade food, on Route 10 in Keene
Keene Fresh Salad Co., offers salads, soup, and sandwiches, and cater to many specific dietary needs, 44 Main Street, Keene
Kristin’s Bakery and Bistro, on Washington Street (just off Central Square), Keene
Lee and Mt Fuji Chinese and Japanese Restaurant, 144 Main Street (Route 101), Marlborough, NH
Lindy’s Diner, casual family-friendly diner, serving seafood, hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and typical diner food; 19 Gilbo Avenue in downtown Keene
Luca’s Medeterranean Café, representing true Mediterranean cuisine of Italy, France, and also of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, 10 Central Square, Keene
Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant and Watering Hole, 77-81 Main Street, Keene
Market at Luca’s, 11 Central Square, Keene
Nick’s Restaurant, variety of seafood, dinner selections, and prime rib; located about 3/10 mile from the inn on Route 10 in West Swanzey
Nicola's Trattoria, outstanding, authentic, Italian food; 51 Railroad Street, Keene
Ocean Harvest, great seafood in an informal atmosphere, 429 Winchester Street (Route 10), Keene
Papagallo’s Restaurant on Route 12 on the Keene-Swanzey border, Italian restaurant featuring a variety of salads, sandwiches, wood fired brick oven pizza, chicken, veal, steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes
Piedra Fina, fine Latin cuisine, enjoy the aromas and flavors of Cuban and Venezuelan cuisine, Route 101 in Marlborough.
Pub Restaurant and Caterers, American, Greek, and Italian food, 131 Winchester Street, Keene
Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza, offers pizza, salads, subs, and more; located at 176 Main Street, Keene
The Stage Restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in a relaxing, artistic atmosphere; 30 Central Square, Keene.
Thai Garden, excellent Thai food, 118 Main Street, Keene
Waxy O’Connor’s, Irish Pub and Restaurant, 401 Winchester Street, Keene
W.S. Badger, maker of pure body care products, including healing balms, many of which we use and sell at the inn.
We serve locally roasted coffee from Prime Roast.
Cheshire Garden, 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.
We get our farm-fresh eggs from Squier Davis Farm in Royalston, Massachusetts as well as fresh honey, which we use in baking and also sell at the inn.
Covered Bridge Maple Syrup; our trees are tapped for maple syrup in the spring. The Faulkners of Covered Bridge Maple Sugar House in West Swanzey (right next to the Slate Covered Bridge) gather the syrup, boil it down, and bottle the syrup. Crescendo Acres Farm also supplies maple syrup to the inn.
During the summer and early fall, we get produce from Tracie’s Community Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
We rely on Your Kitchen Store in Keene for our cookware, bakeware, small kitchen appliances, and other kitchen gadgets and accessories,
Suerae Stein of Red Barn Artworks creates original digital photography turned into impressionistic pieces of art such as ceramic ornaments and mouse pads. Click here for some impressionistic image of the Bridges Inn.