New Hampshire, nicknamed “The Granite State” for its granite formations and quarries, is the northernmost state on the eastern coast of the United States besides Maine. It is a small state, most popular for its winter sports activities, and home to some of the largest ski slopes on the East Coast. But when the winter activities are not in session, this state still grabs the attention of retirees. Though it’s situated in the North, New Hampshire has great qualities that make it a place to consider as a potential retirement destination.
The state has the 9th lowest population in the country, which keeps it very calm and tranquil. If you’re looking for a quieter lifestyle, New Hampshire can deliver there. It’s also known for being one of the only states to have no sales tax. New Hampshire residents practically receive a double-tax break, with no sales tax and an income tax that only applies to interest and dividend income. Money aside, New Hampshire was ranked #1 in the nation for quality of life and livability 5 years in a row by StayWorkPlay.org.
Eastman Community Association is one particular community in NH that wants to share the benefits of living in this state. Nestled in the woodlands of the Upper Connecticut River Valley, this pristine setting will certainly catch your eye. But you’ll also get to enjoy things like the 345 acre lake and 6 beaches, an 18-hole championship golf course, and cross country and hiking trails. Eastman, located in Grantham, NH, is also not far from the cultural hub of Boston, MA (a quick 2 hours south), and near the excitement of Lake Sunapee, New London, Lebanon, and Hanover—a town that was #2 on Money magazine’s 2010 list of “25 Best Places to Retire.”
But what else brings people to New Hampshire? Exciting adventures are to be had in the White Mountains, the most rugged mountains in New England. Though rugged, you can find leisurely strolls or strenuous hikes. Or, you can play golf on the Donald-Ross designed golf courses. Spend the day on a mountain lake, swimming or boating. Or, just enjoy the beautiful scenery around you, with any mode of transportation you choose: car, bike, horse…
Exciting cities like Concord can keep you entertained too. As New Hampshire’s capital, this city is full of history. History buffs will want to explore sites like the New Hampshire State House. Designed by architect Stuart Park and built 1815-1818, it’s the oldest state house in which legislature meets in its original chambers. Or, check out the Eagle Hotel. Though it closed its doors in 1961, this hotel has been a downtown landmark for 150 years; presidents Grant, Hayes and Harrison all dined here, and Franklin Pierce spent the night here before his inauguration.
For film lovers, the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival is definitely worth checking out. Getting its start in the fall of 2002, this festival brings together both independent films and filmmakers, all in the city of Concord.
If you are looking for a destination with an incredible history, financial benefits, and beautiful scenery, New Hampshire might very well be the place for you. The first step is coming to explore the state. The rest is history.