By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’re interested in a quick getaway weekend to one of the New England states like New Hampshire. How long does it take to fly and what places would you recommend we visit?

A: You can take a quick 1.5 hour flight to Boston Massachusetts and pick up a car rental at the airport and drive to neighbouring New Hampshire in about an hour or fly direct into Manchester, New Hampshire in under two hours. Air Canada offers three non-stop flights on selective days of the week to Manchester or 10 non-stop flights on selective days of the week to Boston.

Once there, you have your pick on sites and activities. If you want to shop while in New Hampshire take your time. The entire state has tax-free shopping. For film buffs the state film office has loads of details on the filming of the academy award winner “On Golden Pond.” Still a classic tourism draw after the film’s premiere over 25 years ago, you can visit Squam Lake in Holderness, Sandwich and Center Harbour.

For book lovers, the state is a bastion for writers old and new. Dan Brown, the author of the popular blockbuster Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons is a New Hampshire resident. According to the tourism office, his books have spawned a tourism industry of their own as people make pilgrimages to sites mentioned in his novels. Even John Irving’s books including Hotel New Hampshire makes reference points to various private schools that resemble Philips Exeter Academy in Brown’s hometown of Exeter.

Here are some more neat literary trivia: The Robert Frost Farm in Derry was the home of the writer and his family from 1900-1909. The modest clapboard house is open to the public and is located on the rural State Route 28 and evokes the true spirit of “the road not taken” from his famous poem, “Mending Wall.” Dr. Seuss went to Dartmouth. Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss contributed regularly to the humor magazine, Jack O’Lantern. P.J O’Rourke, J.D. Salinger and Nathaniel Hawthorne all lived in New Hampshire.

For more travel information on New Hampshire visit them online at or call toll-free 800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664).


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