Best Local Paper
The "HippoPress" is Manchester's alternative weekly. It's youthful, hip, and playful. It has also successfully challenged "The Union Leader" for media control(The Union Leader is an infamous newspaper, known for arch-conservative views and bias). The Hippo is also great for nightlife and restaurant guidance.
Little Known Observatory
Built in 1887 as a gift to the citizens of Manchester(the Queen City had money, then), the Weston Observatory is somewhat of an unknown local monument.
This is mainly due to the fact that the tower is open only a few weeks a year, either for city celebrations or a set two weeks of leaf-peeping each October.
Still as you can see in the picture, the view is pretty good. Not amazing, but good(enlarge the pic to see the City Hall office tower on the left, and the PSNH tower on the right, New Hampshire's tallest buildings). The observatory is currently under consideration for National Historic Site status.
The tower is within city limits, but I listed it as "off the beaten track" b/c this site is so off the radar. Reach the observatory via Interstate 93, exit 8 "Wellington Rd./Bridge St., or follow Bridge St. East/uphill from Downtown. Enter Derryfield Park to Oak Hill.
One note: This spot was/is a popular cruising area for gay men. So, if somebody invites you for a "walk in the woods", be absolutely sure that is what you want to do.
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I live in Manchester NH, have all my life. Any questions, let me know.
About 1 hour north of Boston MA. 1 Hour from the Atlantic Ocean and 1 hour from the White Mountains. A great airport to get in and out of.
Tax free shopping here. No tax in shopping malls for any purchases. We do have tax on meals in restaurants and hotels.