“Charming, Hip, Unexpected.” A Day in Tamworth, NH.
A trip to Tamworth, New Hampshire has been on my list for a few months now. I finally checked this town off my list and I can say nothing but great things; I was beyond impressed.
I’d never heard of this tiny, rural town until recently, when I read about it in Travel + Leisure magazine and Free People’s blog - two sources I have a lot of respect for, and only an hour and twenty minutes drive from Portsmouth? I had to get there asap.
The main draw for my trip was the highly praised Tamworth Distilling company - a rather hipster, craft distillery that seems like it came straight from Brooklyn. My friend and I were greeted by Matt, a friendly native of Tamworth, who is 1/2 of the creative brains behind the distillery’s unique list of products. Matt gave us the rundown on the distillery, as well as a mini tour + tasting.
There is a beautifully curated shop selling tasteful memorabilia from the distillery (It’s also the only place where you can buy their products!). The whimsical brass factory and bottling room can be seen through glass windows of the shop and you can peek in the whiskey-aging barn out back. There are beautiful gardens and a small river behind the distillery too!
The town of Tamworth itself is quaint and old fashioned; it feels like a flashback to the early 1900's, when a simple farm life was the American dream. Classic New England white buildings - a church, a library, town hall, and theatre - line the street where cars seem to roll by every five minutes. It is truly small town America and I loved it…for a day:).
Equally as impressive was the Tamworth Lyceum, a general store/coffee shop/local gathering place that shares a similar hipster vibe to the distillery; think chalkboards, camp-style coffee mugs, and stylish leather notebooks. The coffee was craft and the food was all locally sourced. My friend and I ordered sandwiches, sat on the front porch, and people-watched (although there wasn’t much of that going on…). It was quiet, sunny, and relaxing…and the sandwiches were healthy and fresh.
Another popular draw to Tamworth is Remick Farm - vast acres of fenced-in farm land with animals, a museum, and little market. It was pretty to peek at:).
We took a circuitous route back to Portsmouth, stopping at Mt. Roberts (across Lake Winnipesaukee from Mt. Major) for a hike…the views were absolutely stunning and the picturesque backdrop made me prouder than ever to be from this beautiful state. The back roads wove us through Wolfeboro, where we HAD to stop for a celebratory ice cream, while watching boats skid across Lake Winnipesaukee into the perfect summer sunset.
A summer day packed with jaw-dropping scenery, eye-opening experiences, and a taste of country living at its finest - I’m already looking forward to going back.
So, have you been to Tamworth? Do you have any favorite places or hikes in the area?