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Underrated Towns in the Upper Valley You Shouldn't Overlook

Covered Bridge in Cornish NHThe Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont is home to a vast collection of beautiful and peaceful small New England towns. The Upper Valley runs from Windsor, VT, and Cornish, NH (on neighboring sides of the Connecticut River) in the south to Bradford, VT, and Piermont, NH in the north. The Upper Valley region is situated in the lower middle part of each state along a forty mile stretch of the river. 

The team at Linde Mac Real Estate looks forward to helping you find the perfect small town match for you and your family as you search for homes in this treasure trove of New England tranquility. Each town has its own personality and character. Whichever town you choose you’ll never be far from a farmer’s market or a snowshoeing opportunity, weather permitting. It has been said that New England has nine months of winter followed by three months of very poor sledding. You will need a good set of snow tires to get to the winter farmer’s market when you live here! 

Cornish, New Hampshire 

Cornish, NH is home to the longest two-span covered bridge in the world and has a rich tradition of attracting artists and writers alike…its landscape is breathtaking and inspirational. Many of the homes include large acreage providing homeowners great privacy and solitude. There are many recreational opportunities including an annual fair. The Cornish Fair has been held here every year since 1950. It’s an agricultural fair with horse and oxen pulling, arts & crafts, vegetable exhibits, rides, and music. It is a family friendly country fair you and your family will enjoy together for years to come. Explore homes for sale in Cornish, NH

Reading, Vermont 

Reading, VT is home to the Hall Art Foundation and the Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area. The Hall Art Foundation is a recent addition to this historic town. It features contemporary and post war art exhibited in repurposed buildings on a former dairy farm and enjoys an exhibition partnership with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Your family can walk the grounds and explore the works of Anselm Kiefer, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, and Julian Schnabel one weekend and explore the recreational opportunities of snowmobiling, hunting, hiking, trapping, and fishing in the Knapp Brook WMA the next weekend…all without stepping one foot outside of this picturesque Vermont town. Explore homes for sale in Reading, VT

Orford, New Hampshire 

Orford, NH is known for its historic homes along Orford Street. There are 38 historic buildings, not including barns and outbuildings, in the district. Most notable are 7 homes built on Ridge Street between 1773 and 1839. Long before these buildings were built, and still standing today, are Mount Cube, Cottonstone Mountain, and Sunday Mountain. The mountains continue to provide hiking and snowshoeing challenges to the brave and adventurous. The 2,909 foot summit on Mount Cube affords hikers spectacular views of the White Mountain Range. If you could introduce yourself to just four Orford neighbors a day, you would know everyone in under a year! (population is hovering slightly over 1,200) Explore homes & land for sale in Orford, NH

Thetford, Vermont

Thetford, VT offers to put a little drama into your daily life…by way of community theater! The Parish Players at The Eclipse Grange Theatre have been staffed and run by volunteers since 1966. You can become part of the proud thespian tradition and volunteer when you become a resident. There are many ways to be involved. If you would rather sit back and just enjoy the show, you can explore the trail running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities at Thetford Hill State Park before the curtain opens. Thetford Academy built a 5-kilometer running trail in the park in 1991 and is considered one of the finest in New England. Explore homes for sale in Thetford, VT

The Upper Valley region includes 24 towns in Vermont and 20 towns in New Hampshire, so there is no shortage of small town New England charm to choose from. We look forward to helping you narrow your search and find your perfect Upper Valley home. Contact Linde Mac Real Estate today!

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