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, such as recreation, hiking, lakes, biking, arts and culture, entertainment, museums, antiques, shopping, plenty of places to dine, and much more. In addition to the information you’ll find here on the Bridges Inn website, the Greater Monadnock Collaborative – Regional Chamber of Commerce website has a wealth of information about the Monadnock Region as well as a page on Visiting the Monadnock Region.

Delicious looking meal on a plate with grilled chicken, vegetables and more
Several glasses of beer and wine
Several chocolates

Places to Eat

The Monadnock Region offers an abundance of choices for fine dining, all within a short drive. If you’re looking for simpler fare, you’ll find that too. We’d be glad to recommend a great restaurant. You’ll find our listings here.

Wine, Beer, and Spirits

Do you enjoy a fine wine, or local brew? You’ll find a nice selection of local wineries, breweries, and distilleries here.

Desserts and Sweets

Whether it’s locally-made fine chocolate, gourmet ice cream, or tantalizing confections you’re looking for, you’ll find some great suggestions here.

Outdoor Activities

The Monadnock Region offers various things you can do outdoors. Depending on the season you can hike, fish, golf, ski, snowshoe, swim, or pick berries or apples. We’ve got lots of suggestions for you.

Area Attractions

The Monadnock Region is known for its Covered Bridges. You’ll also find many other area attractions that will keep you busy, and the family entertained while you’re staying with us. Here are some of our favorite area attractions.

Arts, Culture, Education, Heritage

The Monadnock Region boasts several colleges, plus a number of museums, historical, and cultural centers to make your visit memorable. Learn more here.


Shopping locally is one of the great pleasures of a visit, especially because it’s tax-free. The Monadnock Region has many stores and places to find antiques.  Here are some suggestions to help you find what you’re looking for.
Two young boys picking blueberries with Mt. Monadnock in the background
Keene Jazz Orchestra
Cathedral of the Pines, outdoors with Mt. Monadnock in the background
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Green Mountains (Vermont) looking south from Mt. Mansfield
Picture of Calvin Coolidge at the Calvin Coolidge Homestead

Within an Hour’s Drive

New England is blessed with destinations of both natural beauty and cultural significance. And unlike the iconic American West, where sites are separated by several hundred miles, many New England destinations are merely an hour or two apart. Let the Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House be your home base and consider this selection of ideas within an hour from the Bridges Inn.

Within 1.5 Hours Drive

Driving a little further from the Bridges Inn will bring you to Central New Hampshire, the Connecticut River Valley, Southwestern Vermont, and Central Massachusetts. There’s a plethora of things to do in these areas. Here are some suggestions.

Within 2 Hours Drive

If you’re looking to venture a little further, you can reach Boston and the Atlantic Coast in about two hours. You can also enjoy several museums in Western Massachusetts. We’ve got some ideas for you!

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